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Premier Frequently Asked Questions

What makes Milford Premier different from other programs?

  • We envision our Premier program to fit somewhere between our Recreational program and other area “select” programs. We have an excellent Recreational program in Milford and have seen many great kids participate and enjoy the game of soccer here. We also have players that just want that next step, the more competitive nature of the game. These players may have already left our Rec program to try other club programs. Some have come back to Rec due to time commitments, high costs and travel needs that are typical of club ball. Our Premier program addresses all of these issues.
    • Our fees are typically much lower than other clubs and include everything needed. There are no extras required.
    • We don’t have to travel to different practice fields that aren’t where we live.
    • We have one of the best parks around with a group of volunteers that are here for the kids.
    • Our coaches run the teams, not the “trainer”. We still believe in the bond formed by coaches and their players and parents.

What league does Premier play in, who is the competition?

  • We play in the Greater Cincinnati Premier Soccer League (GCPSL) which was started out of our local chapter of the SAY National organization. We are a new league that has been playing since 2014; so more teams added every season. All of the teams we inter-play are within a 45 minute drive, many on the west side of town. All teams within the GCPSL also participate in US Soccer sanctioned tournaments; competing against every other club program in our area.

How many teams are in each age group and how are the teams created?

  • Most of our boys and girls age groups have one team in them. Most teams are composed of two ages; Example: Our boys U10 team would have both 8 and 9 year olds on it. This is not a “rule” as we would like to form teams by individual ages. The “reality” is that all of our teams are initially formed from existing rec teams; supplemented with other youth that are looking for a similar step up in competition level.

When are try-outs?

  • Seasons run from fall to spring in club play. Open tryouts occur in the fall and are usually held around the time kids are getting out of school, late May or early June. For the spring seasons we hold supplemental tryouts for those teams that may need additional players.

What is the cost for my daughter to play in Premier and what does that include?

  • Player fees typically range $260 - $300 per season. This includes league, trainer, tournament, referee and uniform fees. Players reusing their uniforms from season to season would pay the lower of the range with opportunities to replace various items as necessary.

How many days a week do teams practice and where?

  • All teams will have 1.5 hour training sessions twice a week. One session will be with the club trainer and the other with their head coach. The head coach runs the team at all games and is present for all activities including the trainer session. Practices are held at our own Finley Ray Park, one of the best facilities around.

Where are the games played and when?

  • Our home fields are at Finley Ray Park, the same location as all practices. Half of our inter-league games are played at our opponents’ fields, within a 45 minute drive. Teams must be prepared to play 7 days a week. While we all strive for weekend games, Saturdays and/or Sundays, weather and tournaments always play a part in forcing teams to play some mid-week games.

How many games will my daughter play in a season?

  • Club soccer can be a busy time filled with back-to-back games at times and juggling schedules. This is due to the openness of teams to participate in tournaments held throughout the season. So teams need to be flexible in order for inter-league games to get played in addition to any tournaments a team wishes to participate in. In the fall season, each team typically is scheduled for between 6-9 inter-league games. The spring season is a shorter time frame so a 6 game inter-league season is more the norm. Participation is each tournament during either season adds an additional 3 games to your schedule per tournament. 

How many tournaments will my son play in, how far do teams travel for tournaments?

  • Our registration fee includes the cost of one tournament per season. The tournament chosen is always up to the coach of the team. If they have interest in an out of city/state tournament, they will first run the idea by their teams’ parents. If the team is interested in additional tournaments, parents and coaches work together to find what is best for their team. Any additional costs for such tournaments are shared by the team.

Who is the trainer, what do they do and how are they different than a coach?

  • For most seasons we utilize the training staff from Challenger Sports. This is a well-known organization that provides licensed soccer trainers to organizations as well as running various soccer camps in the area. If we do not use Challenger, we may utilize other trainer resources available that still bring the same level of expertise or greater. Our trainers’ responsibility is to work with our teams on individual skills identified by the teams’ coach. These may include foot skills, tackling strategies, all depending on the age group of the team. The trainer is a resource to the coach. The coach runs the team and is present at all times. Their practices will focus more on team building exercises but can include anything the coach feels is necessary for their team. Our coaches still have previous soccer coaching experience and will manage all aspects of the team and communication to the parents.
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