Sacramento United is the competitive soccer club affiliated with the Sacramento Youth Soccer League (SYSL) which represents youth soccer throughout a large portion of the City of Sacramento and nearby areas. As recreational youth players progress in the game of soccer, some of them begin to excel. Through their natural athletic abilities and enthusiasm for the game, they begin to stand out as players who would enjoy and benefit from a more competitive environment. The purpose of Sacramento United is to provide that environment by assembling these outstanding young players into teams that will compete against similarly organized teams from other towns and regions. This high level of training and competition against other quality teams enables young players to reach their highest potential. Tryouts are held each year to select the players to join the Sacramento United teams. Our Mission The mission of Sacramento United is to develop quality soccer players and teams that are competitive on a regional and statewide level. In carrying out its mission, Sacramento United coaches and representatives will continually strive to improve our image as a club, to attract and retain quality players, and to develop quality soccer players by continuously improving the quality of training, coaching, equipment, officiating, and playing fields. Our Goals The goals of our training and coaching programs are to build character and instill positive values in our players through hard work, responsibility, mutual respect, and teamwork. We also seek to instill in our players a lifelong love and understanding of the beautiful game of soccer. To achieve these goals, Sacramento United provides a club-wide training and coaching program whereby all players and teams learn from all the coaches in common training sessions and training camps. The coaches work in close coordination with each other to deliver a shared philosophy of the game and the systems to play it. We encourage and support our coaches to obtain higher levels of training and licensing, to develop relations with the recreational clubs where most young players first learn soccer, and to foster player and parental involvement in the planning, organization, and administration of the program. We conduct major fundraising activities to supplement the fees charged to the players in the program. We ensure that players have the best coaching available. All Sacramento United coaches are approved by our Board of Directors. Every coach, including assistants, must be licensed. We currently have many coaches with national licenses issued by the United States Soccer Federation and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Our Support for Our Players We endeavor in many ways to make sure all qualified players are able to participate in Sacramento United Soccer, regardless of their economic situations. We have a scholarship program that provides both financial assistance and uniforms for deserving players in special need. Sacramento United conducts club-wide fundraising activities to provide a substantial portion of the club?s income and provide funding for our scholarship program. Parents are expected to assist with these activities; after contributing the required number of volunteer hours, the volunteer deposit made at the time of registration will be refunded later in the season. In addition, teams, individual families, and players are encouraged to do their own fundraising. Some teams have been successful in raising most or all of their fees for the season through fundraising. Successful fundraising activities include car washes, yard sales, selling ads to the club?s tournament programs, and soliciting team sponsors.