Fort Lauderdale F.C.: About FTL FC
Mission Statement: Fort Lauderdale Select FC is a non-profit, educational organization dedicated to fostering the physical, mental and emotional growth and development of Fort Lauderdale’s youth through the sport of soccer at all age levels. Our job is also to make it fun and instill a lifelong passion for the sport in young players.
About the Club: Fort Lauderdale Select F.C. is the official youth competitive soccer program for the City of Fort Lauderdale. The program is a non-profit organization run by a board of directors consisting of club parents and volunteers, in conjunction with the City of Fort Lauderdale. Since 2007, the program has conducted programs for boy and girls, has grown each year to over 500 players, and is still one of the fastest growing soccer club in South Florida.
The program is designed to provide opportunities for "advanced" players to transition from the city’s recreational program into a professionally run soccer training academy. Teams are organized by a team manager and a team administrator. All Ft Lauderdale Select coaches are professionally certified, and are committed to providing a safe and positive environment for the player’s physical and emotional development.
More INFORMATION about the club's policies and philosophy are available HERE.
The Competition: Fort Lauderdale Select F.C. is affiliated with FYSA (Florida Youth Soccer Association) and with the competitive based leagues in the tri-county area including FLUGSA (Florida United Girls Soccer Association) and SFU (South Florida United Youth Soccer Association). Each team plays 10-12 games that run parallel to the recreational season. The club’s top players from each age group will also be entered in several local tournaments per year. The tournaments that our academy teams play are chosen for their proximity to the club. The majority of games and tournaments are within a 30 minute drive of Fort Lauderdale. We seek the best available competitive opportunities within reasonable travel distances for children of this age.
The Teams: The Boys Program serves boys ages 6-17 and includes U9 - U17 competitive teams plus a future stars program for 4-8 year old players.
The Girls Program serves girls ages 4-16 and includes U9 - U16, and U-8 competitive teams plus the future stars program for 4-8 year old players.
Depending on the number of qualified children who try out we may have two or more teams in an age group. If there are two teams the players will be divided into a white team (more advanced players) and a blue team (the developmental team). Coaches will decide on which players play on each team, and not guaranteed a roster spot on any particular team. It is common for coaches to shuffle players between the top team and their developmental team to give players experience at different levels of play. It is also common to have advanced players occasionally play in an older age group (“play up”) based upon their skills and the needs of the team. Because young players’ skills change so rapidly it is not uncommon for a player who starts with the developmental team to move up to the advanced team or vice versa.
Practices: Practices will be 2-4 times a week are held at various locations in Fort Lauderdale depending upon your teams age group. Field locations and practice times will be finalized in July. Before the regular season begins some teams may practice on Saturday’s up until the season starts and the Saturday practices are replaced by games.
SEE LOCATIONS for more information.