If soccer is your passion, you have the desire to train and compete at a high level every week and you are a male or female born between 2005 and 2015, New Orleans DFC is the club for you.
The purpose of the PLAYER PLACEMENT/EVALUATION process is to evaluate a player’s talent as well as for the parent to evaluate whether or not NEW ORLEANS DFC is the right club for them.
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Q: WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF PLAYER PLACEMENT/EVALUATIONS?
A: Player Placement/Evaluations are conducted for competitive teams at the beginning and throughout the year. Players are placed at the level where they fit best developmentally based on coaches' feedback and player placement/evaluation performance. Rosters typically change year to year between U10-U14 and somewhat between U15-U18.
Q. WHEN SHOULD PLAYERS COME TO PLAYER PLACEMENT/EVALUATIONS AND WHAT SHOULD THEY BRING?
A. All players need to register online for evaluations at least 24 hours in advance. Arrive 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time to sign in. If you haven’t registered online, you’ll need to complete additional paperwork. Players should wear cleats and shin-guards and bring a water bottle.
Q. WHO PICKS THE TEAM?
A. Teams are selected through an evaluation process and only by the club’s competitive coaching staff.
Q: MY CHILD WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE FOR ONE OR MORE OF THE PLAYER PLACEMENT/EVALUATIONS. WHAT DO WE DO?
A. While player placement/evaluations are mandatory and we expect all players interested in playing for New Orleans DFC to attend each evaluation session, we do understand that sometimes conflicts arise that cannot be rescheduled. If there is an unavoidable conflict, and your child will not be at one or more of the evaluation sessions, you must still complete online registration for evaluations. During the registration process, you will be able to mark the days and reasons for absence. It is also helpful to contact the appropriate age group director to let him/her know about your child’s absence as well.
Q. WHEN IN SEASON, WHAT’S THE TRAINING AND GAME SCHEDULE USUALLY LIKE?
A. Our teams start training in mid-August, two or three times a week. Friendly games with competition from around the metro area and state are scheduled on weekends. Usually, each team will play in 2-3 tournaments in the region in the Fall and the Spring. U13 and below teams will take a break in December and January. U14 and above teams will take a break in November, December, and January due to High School Soccer. U13 and below teams will compete until the first or second weekend in April. U14 and above teams will compete until the end of May.
Q. HOW IS THE TRAVEL AND TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE DETERMINED?
A. The Club Directors with input from the coaching staff will determine the tournament schedule. Teams will participate in 2-3 tournaments each Fall and Spring. Newly formed teams generally do less traveling than the older teams.
Q. WHO ARE THE COACHES AND MANAGERS?
A. Every team has a licensed coach responsible for the team’s training program, game management, and player development. Team Managers are parent volunteers who have been asked to manage the administrative and communication needs of the team. This includes collecting and maintaining paperwork required for each player, uniform coordination, league website administration, tournament registration & travel requirements, and team finances.
Q. WHAT’S THE ANNUAL COST FOR COMPETITIVE?
A. The registration fees and costs for the 2024-2025 Competitive Teams will be approximately $1050 (U10-U18) for the entire year (click on the registration tab of the website for complete information). Other additional costs are player equipment (uniforms), tournament fees, and travel. Families pay the registration fees on a payment schedule set up by New Orleans DFC.
Q. IF MY CHILD DOES NOT MAKE A TEAM, CAN HE OR SHE STILL PLAY FOR THE CLUB?
A. Players who do not receive an invitation to the program are encouraged to become pool players or stay in the Grassroots program. (go to the pool player tab)
Q. WHAT IS A POOL PLAYER?
A. A pool player gets to train with the team during the week only for developmental purposes. Pool players do not participate in weekend activities until the coach feels the player is ready to do so. At that time the family will be asked to pay the full registration fee. Pool player fees are $250 for the fall and $250 for the Spring.
Are you interested in our competitive, traveling soccer program but missed our player placement/evaluations? Please email any of our Club Directors Eddie Fuentes, email@example.com, Steven Paiz, firstname.lastname@example.org, Karl Pfferle, email@example.com or Julio Paiz, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information regarding open roster positions and getting evaluated.