SCFC provides programs for both recreational and, beginning with the U11s, competitive levels of play. The major difference between the two programs is that the recreational program relies on volunteer team coaches while the competitive program uses professional staff to conduct practices, skills training and game day coaching*. In addition, the competitive program has the following attributes:
- Increased player and parent commitment as the program runs for a full year (August to June) as opposed to having separate Fall and Spring seasons;
- Players often have multiple professional staff coaches in order to develop different skills and be exposed to different techniques, not a single parent coach as in recreational program;
- In some divisions, use of the player pool concept in which players can move between teams;
- A total of three nights of practices/training per week, with certain requirements for attendance that may affect game playing time;
-Travel to away games increases beyond that of the SCFC operational area; and
- Team participation in Houston regional tournaments or Texas regional tournaments, depending on the competitive division in which your child participates. Top teams in the club often travel to national events as well as have overseas opportunities over the summer.
*The D2 program offers both a pro staff led and volunteer coach led option. Even with the volunteer coach-led teams, the professional staff helps to design the curriculum, oversee some practice sessions, and provide educational training for the volunteer coaches.