What age programs are available?
AC United starts at U11 and goes through high school. AC United will support any youth age level for which we have interest. For U10 and younger we recommend either Ardsley North Hills Athletic Association or Roslyn Boys and Girls Club. Both programs offer U6 through U10 and many of their players continue at AC United at U11.
What are the age divisions?
Age ranges are based on birth year (not school year) and all players must be Under an age for the given year. For example, in 2020, everyone on a U15 team must be under 15 (therefore born in 2006).
When is registration?
Registration usually opens in February or March with team assignments completed by May for the upcoming Fall Season. Teams may practice during the summer prior to the season and afterwards may play in tournaments, winter, and/or spring programs (these costs are not included in registration). The cycle stats over again in February/March.
What do the registration fees cover?
Registration includes uniforms and goes toward Fall Season league fees and referee fees, as well as insurance and other costs of running a travel soccer program. AC United may also host additional training programs (for example keeper training), some at no cost and some for a fee. Many teams also play additional tournaments and winter and spring leagues - these are not included in the base AC Untied registration.
What is the refund policy?When are evaluations / try-outs? As a smaller, community-based club, we recognize we generally have one team per gender/age group (although some exceptions exist). We therefore do not hold traditional "try outs." However, if we have enough registrations for multiple teams in a gender/age group and feel that evaluations are necessary, we will schedule ad-hoc evaluation sessions (likely in April or May).
Registration fees can be refunded in full less a 2% cancellation fee prior to August 1. During August, AC United pays league fees, insurance premiums, and purchases uniforms. The refund amount will be dependent on whether those activities have been completed or not. If they have been completed, a percent of the registration fee will be refunded but not the full amount. Once the season starts the registration fee is not refundable.
What is the expected commitment level once placed on a team?
Travel soccer is a competitive sporting environment. Players are expected to attend all games and practices. During the fall season, there will generally be two (2) practices per week and a game on Saturday or Sunday, as well as potential participation in the local Jack Welsh Memorial tournament over Columbus Day weekend. Practices for the fall season generally start in August. Games start in September and run through end of November.
Additionally many teams extend the season with additional tournaments, indoor winter leagues, and a Sunday spring league. While this additional participation is optional and depends on the coach and team, it is highly encouraged. Fees for any tournaments and leagues outside the normal fall league must be covered by the team and its families. You will find coaches more than willing to work with players to avoid conflicts, but the same cooperation is expected from the players and parents as well.
How far will we have to travel?
Most of our teams play in ICSL, which has teams from Montgomery, Bucks, and Philadelphia. ICSL creates divisions based on geographic areas but more importantly based on skill . You could be playing in Glenside and Horsham but may also play teams from Quakertown or Northeast Philadelphia. Most games are within a half hour, but there could be occasional games at further distances depending on the division.