Welcome to Tampa Raiders Soccer Club and thank you for your interest in our competitive program in South Tampa. Established in 1970 as “Northeast Raiders,” we have a long, celebrated history. Our local club currently consists boys and girls teams competing within the U8 through U19 age divisions. Our teams compete in the United Soccer Association (USA) and FSPL (FYSA).
Starting at the U8 age level, our program's primary focus is on player development cultivated in a competitive, team-oriented, fun environment. Players are taught technical proficiency at the younger ages so they will be able to thrive in the sport as they move to the competitive level.
As our players grow and mature, their technical skills continue to be refined; however, the training concentration gradually shifts to the more tactical aspects of the game. At all levels, we also strive to achieve an atmosphere that promotes and nurtures leadership skills, sportsmanship, teamwork and a general love for the “beautiful game.”
Starting at U5, the Junior Raiders program philosophy is to deliver a technically–sound program in a fun learning environment, based on games and activities that will help initiate children into the game. Our key goal is to help children enjoy the sport and to cultivate a life-long love of the game.
The program is fully coed, and we welcome children with all skill levels. All training methods focus on basic coordination, sharpness with and without the ball, as well as good sportsmanship. All sessions consist of developmentally appropriate activities and our philosophy can be summed up in one word: FUN
Competitive soccer demands a fairly large time commitment since our soccer year extends from August through May, a 10-month calendar. Players should not enter a competitive soccer program without the expectation of attending at least 80% of practices and 95% of games. Competitive soccer does not usually interfere with afterschool activities; however, occasional evening games on school nights do occur, as do multi-game weekends. Our club supports all efforts and communications by FYSA, US Youth Soccer Association and US Club Soccer to caution against the over-scheduling of young athletes.
We feel our fees are very reasonable and still offer an excellent level of training and competition that matches and even exceeds other clubs in the area.
FEES FOR 2023-2024
Cover overhead expenses at the organizational level, such as registration fees, field rental, utilities, administrative expenses and staffing costs.
U9-U10 Academy $1095.00
Cover tournament costs and other team-level expenses. They vary based on the events that the team chooses to participate in. The team manager should be able to supply an estimate for the season.
Range from $155 to $180, depending on player size and items ordered. Uniforms are ordered online from the supplier. Families are encouraged to size the uniform so that it will last for two years as 2022-2023 is new 2 year cycle. Players will have required uniform pieces that include two game jersey's (one red & one gray), one pair of game shorts (navy blue) and two pairs of game socks (one red & one navy blue). At least one full training uniform is also required but we encourage you to order two if possible. (gold jersey, navy blue shorts & navy blue socks).
Our club conducts open tryouts following a process recommended by the US Youth Soccer and Florida Youth Soccer Association (FYSA). To help ensure accurate, objective player ratings, our professional coaches, along with an independent evaluator, conduct every age group’s tryout.
No. Competitive soccer, and club sports in general, is best suited for aggressive, athletically minded children who thrive on competition. Most children playing recreational soccer are aware of the competitive program by the end of their second grade year. Because of the time commitment on the part of the players, we encourage parents to let their children decide whether to try out.
Most of our teams’ league games take them around the greater Tampa Bay area, with an occasional game to places farther afield.
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