Michigan Power Futbol Academy is an investment in your
child’s development as a soccer player as well as a leader.
If your child has progressed through recreational soccer and wants to take their game and skills to the next level, Michigan Power Futbol Academy is the right choice for you. Michigan Power Futbol Academy offers both a “Select” and a “Premier” level of program.
Families often seek understanding the difference between recreational soccer and travel soccer programs. Players who play at the competitive/travel level usually have greater personal goals, such as a desire to become better. This desire should be done in a fulfilling and supportive way that continues to nurture their love of the game.
The travel programs are commonly also referred to as "club soccer. Below we will highlight and explain the major differences between the two environments. Competitive Soccer is also known as "Club Soccer" or "Travel Soccer”. This is meant for the aspiring player who wants to take soccer to the next level including High School, College and beyond.
Is Club soccer for you?
This level of soccer is for serious soccer players who want professional instruction and who desire a more competitive environment with other players who share the same goals. Players should not try out for a competitive team simply because some of their friends are. They should tryout because they really love to play soccer, want to learn to play at a more advanced level, and are willing to commit the time and effort required to become the best soccer player possible.
Beyond the added training, match and tournament requirements, Premier & Select level players are truly challenged to perform at a higher level both technically and tactically, individually and as a team. More is expected of each player and each team in commitment, effort, desire, and results. Club soccer truly offers a more structure higher level development program for talented young athletes.
As parents, it is important to consider the pros and cons of competitive soccer and how it will impact your family, so that if the commitment to competitive soccer is made, there is an ability to support your son or daughter. How you handle the commitment will inevitably impact how your child will also handle it. If you are prepared and educate yourself on what to expect, everyone’s experience will be better for it.
These are some of the areas you will see the difference between Select and Competitive soccer.
Premier soccer is a high level of youth soccer in the state. It involves playing soccer year around. Teams train a minimum of 2 times per week and, in some cases, 3 times per week for 1.5 hours. A strong emphasize is put on the technical ability of the player and also tactical awareness.
Select teams typically train 2 times per week for 1.5 hours each time – varies depending on age.
Both groups learn teamwork and how to translate that to the field of play. Training typically includes information, and skill training!
For the most part recreational teams PRIMARY focus is to offer a fun filled environment for players. Teams are formed based on sign-ups and pre-existing friendships or social ties.
In Club soccer players are chosen (selected) for positions on teams using a means of assessment, such as a tryout. Positions on teams are secured based on performance. Clubs offer tryouts for teams in both genders and age specific groups. Try-outs are the main selection process for teams in a travel program.
Michigan Power Futbol Academy club coaches are licensed and have extensive playing and coaching experiences at various levels. Clubs primary goal is to offer professional coaching. Coaches receive fees for their services, which varies depending on license and experience. Most clubs demand United States Soccer Federation licensing as well as continuous coaching education.
In most cases recreational teams are coached by volunteer coaches. They are often parents, family members, neighbors, or anyone else with time and energy to devote to the program. Their experience level in coaching soccer may vary.
4. Commitment Level and Attendance
Depending on age-groups competitive players agree to a much higher commitment level and are required to attend all scheduled training sessions (2-3 sessions per week), games and tournaments. Lack of attendance may reduce game playing time.
Select players are expected to attend all scheduled practice sessions, games and the included tournament.
Competitive players’ parents sign a contract for a full year agreeing to both expectations and financial commitments.
Select players’ parents agree to expectations and financial commitments when signing up their child.
Club soccer is more expensive in comparison to recreational soccer. The additional fees, in club soccer cover coaching fees by a professional staff, higher league fees, higher referee costs, as well as higher administrative fees that cover the day to day operations of the organization. All of the costs described above are associated with playing at a higher level.
Competitive game travel is rarely more than 180 minutes of Michigan Power Futbol Academy home fields and requires approximately 50% of games to be away games. Tournament travel can be further, depending on where the tournament location is.
All home games are played at Brewer Park. Occasionally, teams will play a team nearby once or twice per season. The one tournament included in a season is typically no more than 60 minutes away.
Travel in club soccer is a little more extensive. In the younger ages travel is more local. It can become more extensive as the teams become more competitive in the older ages. Year-long team plans presented at the beginning of the year help families in planning out the travel associated with the program.
Normally, club teams will attend 1 to 2 tournaments per season. In certain age groups they will compete in a State Cup tournament.
Select teams typically play in one season tournament. There are options for additional tournaments.
Competitive players are required to wear a training uniform to all training sessions and are required to purchase and wear both home and away game uniforms.
Michigan Power Futbol Academy teams are part of and affiliated with the Michigan Rovers.
Select Soccer Program
The select program is for a serious player looking for opportunities to develop further. Team selection is determined at tryouts each June by our Directors of Coaching and team coaches. Players are selected to teams which the coaches feel will best fit the player’s ability and potential. Experienced, licensed coaches teach advanced soccer skills through structured training.
Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 Season
Select Age Groups
Ages:U9-U17 years old, boys and girls (2011-2003 birth years)
Premier Soccer Program
Full year program: Fall & Spring Season, & Winter Season (2007-2006) , Half year program (2005-2003) with development focus. This program is for the player who is ready to commit time and effort to a higher level of training. Teams or player pools are selected through tryouts.
Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 Season
Ages: U13-U17 Boys and Girls (2007-2003 birth years)
Fall is girls only and Spring is boys only.