Breakers FC Premier is the club’s highest level offered and is extremely selective and competitive. These teams train and compete year round with some extensive travel. Premier teams have paid coaches, who hold advanced soccer coaching credentials and have years of experience of being involved with the sport. An essential requirement of this level is a greater commitment from players, parents, and coaches.
Most Premier teams involve travel for league play as well as out of town tournaments, such as the Washington Cup qualifier and subsequent Cup Championships. Some premier players can maintain their commitment to premier soccer and also play a second sport, but soccer is their first priority. Premier teams place a greater emphasis on development beyond the two main pillars of the game; technical and tactical with specific focus on the remaining pillars of physical and psychological. The understanding of competition and the end result is stressed in the teams development. Winning is an important part of competing in sports and what it takes to win is stressed, with the end result taking care of itself. Along with the advanced training comes the pathway at the older ages for preparation to play at the collegiate level.
Breakers FC Select is a competitive alternative to Premier with some, but not extensive travel. Beginning at U11, select teams hold tryouts and offer competitive play for approximately 6-7 months of the year. Typically, select teams require less travel than premier teams because they compete in leagues and tournaments closer to Spokane. Travel, cost, and training commitment are less than the premier program, but more challenging than recreational. If players are unwilling or unable to commit to a year-long soccer program, select teams are often the best choice. Many athletes can maintain their commitment to select soccer and participate in multiple sports.
Breakers FC Developmental teams provide players with an opportunity to learn technical skills in a fun and supportive environment. Players learn basic techniques of the game to create a solid foundation for moving up to Select or Premier. Developmental teams prioritize players’ social, physical, and cognitive development.
|Training||1-2 per week||1-2 per week||2-3+ per week|
|Season||3-4 months||6-7 months||All year|
|Tournaments||End of year jamboree||3-4 per year||4-5 per year|
|Yes (Developmental)||Yes (Upper 7)||Yes (Upper 7)|