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Spring 2018 Alameda SC registration now open

UPDATE: Sorry! Registration is now closed.

It’s back, the best deal in town. A full season of recreational soccer for only $115. WOW!!!

No tryouts needed, everyone is welcome of every experience and skill level. Simply register, request to play with friends, and have a blast. Yes, it is a great way to keep your skills up during the Spring. Registration closes on March 4.

The spring soccer season (Jack London Youth Soccer League) is expected to begin on March 31, with 9 scheduled matches, and end the weekend of June 2-3. No matches will be played on Memorial Day Weekend. Practices are typically held once a week for an hour for U7 & U8 teams, and once or twice a week for an hour and a half each for U10 & older teams. There are no separate practice sessions for U6 (Sunday events only).

Once teams are formed, coaches will provide families with further information. Any child 5 years and older can register to play. The focus is on having fun, learning, and playing with friends/schoolmates. Players can ask to play with their friends, or with a specific coach (if known, but not necessary).

If you’re interested in volunteering to be a Rec Team Coach, check out our Coaches section for more information. To sign up, click here.

For questions related to the ASC’s Recreational Soccer program contact our Recreational Coordinators at For registration questions or to request financial assistance contact our Registrar at

Stephanie Rodriguez & James Murray
ASC Recreational Coordinators

Photo Day is Sunday October 1st

The Alameda Soccer Club picture day will be this weekend, Sunday October 1st at Tillman Park.

  1. Check in with Shooting Stars staff 15 minutes before your photo appointment.
  2. Assemble players in height order.
  3. Make sure each player has an order form ready to hand to the photographer.

Your access code is: AL63517

If your team is unable to attend the photo time assigned and would like to reschedule, click HERE.

Rescheduling is available until Thursday 5pm prior to Photo Day and limited to available photo times.

The league will schedule one Make-up Day for players who missed their team’s photo time or need a retake.

To sign-up for Make-up Day, which generally takes place after photos are distributed, click HERE.

Registration Open for Champions Soccer!

ASC’s Soccer Program for Children with Special Needs


Registration is now open for the second season of Champions Soccer. The Champions League provides the opportunity to play soccer for those children who have not been able to play under the typical league circumstances. The goal of the program is to provide an opportunity for children with physical and mental challenges to experience the fun of playing soccer and the joy of being part of a team.

The Champions League is an all-volunteer, inclusive soccer program where children ages 7-17 years old with special needs can participate in a fun, supportive environment, coached by experienced soccer coaches. We provide the opportunity for the children to learn and play in a safe and fun environment.

Games will be played weekly in Alameda on Sunday afternoons from September 10 to November 12 during the typical fall soccer season. By participating in the Champions League our hope is that all players will develop social skills, better motor coordination, improved communication skills and get exercise while having a fun time. The registration fee is $25 for the season.

To register, please register through Sportability.

For questions or further information please email Conor Neal at or call (510) 517-0508.

Registration is open until September 1st.

2017-18 Competitive Tryouts (2000-2003 Birth Years)

Fall 2017-Spring 2018 Alameda Islanders Competitive Team tryouts for players with a 2000-2003 birth-year will be held May 22-25 at Hornet Field. Mark your calendar and refer to the chart below to determine the appropriate dates and times for your player. This May tryout date is based on NorCal’s new mandated specific tryout window for the 2000-2003 age group. Tryouts will be run by the Challenger Sport professional training staff and ASC coaches. Players are expected to attend both days.

Boys 2000-2003
Monday, May 22 and Tuesday, May 23
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Girls 2000-2003
Wednesday, May 24 and Thursday, May 25
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

All tryouts are at Hornet Field (map)

Players must register for Tryouts
Register NOW on Team Snap.

Make sure to complete the Medical Release Waiver form when registering and bring with you to tryouts.

For tryouts players should not wear their team uniforms, or any t-shirt that relates to a specific group, organization, or local team. Players should wear a plain white t-shirt and dress appropriate for soccer and the weather. If a player wears a team jersey or t-shirt they will be asked to change. This is so our tryouts are a fair opportunity for all kids trying out. If possible, they should also bring a soccer ball.

For More Information:
Frequently Asked Questions about Competitive Soccer
Alameda Islanders Tryout Policies and Procedures

Soccer Summer Camp

ASC Families,

Once again, Alameda Soccer Club has partnered with Challenger Sports to offer a variety of soccer camps geared towards a wide range of ages and skill levels.  Please take a look at the below opportunities for your children.  All camp schedules, fees and registration can be found by clicking HERE.

For additional information or questions please contact Lee Dunne at or Kevin Comer 

Tetra Brazil Camps 

The TetraBrazil Camp combines traditional Brazilian technical practices with the flair, passion, and creativity of South American soccer. The TetraBrazil curriculum has been designed by an organization of professional soccer educators in Brazil to provide teams, coaches and players in North America with the same expert level of training received by the Professional Brazilian Clubs. Campers will warm up to samba music, learn Portuguese phrases and discover what it is like to grow up in a country where playing soccer is treated like a religion.

British Soccer Camp

 Over the past 25 years Challenger Sports’ vast army of International coaches have helped hundreds of thousands of boys and girls learn, improve, master, and fall in love with the sport of soccer.

The British Soccer Camp program will contain Challenger’s own brand of innovative practice, coached games, camp world cup, cultural education, character building, and Fun!

Your professionally coached sessions typically include: Individual Foot Skills, Fakes, Moves and Turns, Freestyle Soccer, Technical & Tactical Instruction, Small-Sided Games, Daily World Cup Style Tournament, and Fantastic Cultural Experiences!

One Week One Passion (OWOP)

This is our newest and most competitive level camp for players ages 10 – 18. A one week, 6 hour a day program that provides the skills, quickness of play, techniques, discipline and knowledge vital for the next generation of soccer superstars. Challenger Sports, highest qualified and most experienced coaches provide an inventive and motivational focus, mentoring and empowering players to take their game to the next level. In addition to an intense and high level focus on technical and tactical development, each player will receive one on one mentoring, a personalized player development plan and insights into what it takes to compete both mentally and physically at the highest level. Check us out on YouTube and see the attached flyer for more details.


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Host a Trainer

We are delighted to welcome back Challenger Sports British Soccer Coaches to train our players and coaches for the 2017 season! Challenger Coaches are hosted by families in our area and committed to coaching our teams, players and coaches from February to November. They also manage and run our holiday and summer camps. Look for the coaches in their distinctive British Soccer Jerseys on your soccer field ready to help teams during practice. We are lucky to have Adam Butler returning as a coach this year from England. Joining him will be Matteo Marotti from Italy, and Natalie Poole also from England.

Host families make this experience possible, as they house the coaches for the duration from 1 week to the full 9 month experience. The coaches have their own transportation and are taken care of by Challenger in regards to health care, wages, and flights. They are also on working visas and have gone through rigorous background checks to get into the USA and to work for Challenger Sports. Currently we are looking for housing for Matteo and Natalie.

We ask that a family will provide somewhere to sleep, shower, do laundry, and evening dinners. Although the coaches are working evenings, they will be around to deliver those extra soccer practices to your kids also!!

We are looking for as many host families as possible so please contact Jamie Kent ( if you are interested, to find out more information and to ask any questions.

Please find
background information and bios for both of our Challenger coaches needing housing attached.

Thank you so much,
Challenger Sports and Alameda Soccer Club

Parent Survey Results – We Are Listening

[Text of an email sent out to all ASC family members earlier today]

Alameda Soccer Families,

Thank you very much for the families that took the time to complete the Annual Parent Survey. Feedback of this nature is crucial in Club development and is looked at closely to identify areas for improvement. The following have been identified through this and previous years surveys as areas within the Club families feel we have room for improvement. Initiatives outlining what the Club is doing to address these areas are included.

Coaches Training – As a volunteer based organization we rely heavily on the support of our dedicated community volunteers. The majority of our coaches are volunteers. In an effort to provide training and mentorship to these volunteers we teamed with Challenger Sports 3 years ago to not only provide our players access to professional training, but to expose our coaches to it as well. This year we have taken the additional step of hiring Lee Dunne as our Director of Coaching. Lee, along with the support of our Board of Directors, will focus on the development of age-specific coaching curricula and the fostering of a Club philosophy with respect to coaching and player development. This year coaches will be provided mandatory National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) age-specific training which will consist of classroom and field training. The NSCAA course highlights player development, principles of play, technique, and tactics with small-sided games. Coaches will receive an age-appropriate license following the completion of this course. Please help us welcome Lee to the ASC Family; his experience and qualifications will be a valuable asset to the Club.

Referees – The Board has identified the need to bolster not only the number of referees affiliated with our Club, but to increase their training and mentorship opportunities. Highly trained and motivated referees results in the increased safety of our players and a higher quality of play on the pitch. Scheduling of referees is managed through Jack London Youth Soccer Sports League (JLYSSL). Teams within ASC our required to fulfill a predetermined number of credits through referee affiliation. At the completion of a season JLYSSL administers a fine per each credit not fulfilled. These fines can be thousands of dollars. In an effort to eliminate these fines, bolster numbers of referees affiliated with our Club, provide quality training and mentorship to our referee pool, and to eliminate the burden of our volunteer coaches having to find referees for their games, ASC has hired John Richer to take the lead as Referee Coordinator and Development. Please help us welcome John to the ASC Family; his experience and qualifications will be a valuable asset to the Club.

Communication – Effective and timely communication of Club business and the ability for the Board to respond to inquires and requests of parents and players is something we are working to improve.

  • ASC has partnered with Team Snap on the Competitive side of our Club. Through Team Snap we are able to manage various registrations at a lower cost to the Club. The Team Snap registration platform is an integrated data base which provides Club wide administrative access as well as individual Team pages for our competitive teams so coaches are able to communicate and schedule effectively with their players families. The cost of individual Team Snap pages will now be paid for by the Club rather than by the team. We look to expand the use of Team Snap on the Rec side of the Club in the near future.
  • A new and improved website will launch in the near future. ASC, again has partnered with Team Snap to develop and maintain what we are confident will be a highly effective tool to provide Club information.
  • A newly elected and rapidly growing Board of directors is eager to help improve Club communication and efficiencies.

Board of Directors – The Alameda Soccer Club is a volunteer, non-profit organization. An elected Board of Directors runs ASC. Each director is a volunteer, participating in the management of the club and its programs. This past year the Board actively solicited additional support to help support Club goals and objectives. Our Club has shown tremendous growth over the years and we’re extremely thankful for the dedication and commitment of all our Board members; past present and future. On January 9, 2017 the 2017 Board (effective January 23, 2017) was elected. The turnout and support we have with this newly elected Board is unprecedented and gives me a great deal of excitement for what’s to come. The ASC Board of Directors names and contact details are posted on this site. For their roles, responsibilities, and open positions click here.

Field Improvements – With the exception of Hornet Field, ASC has little control over the maintenance and development of our soccer fields within Alameda. However, we do work closely with ARPD to ensure our teams have adequate field space and the fields are maintained to provide a safe and enjoyable playing experience for our children.

Outdoor Futsal Court

  • Some may have noticed that directly adjacent to Hornet field there are unused and now dilapidated tennis and basketball courts (formerly part of the Alameda Naval Weapons Station recreational center).
  • Alameda Soccer Club, with the backing of the City of Alameda Parks and Recreation Department, lobbied for and gained City Council approval to amend our current Hornet field lease to include these tennis and basketball courts. In 2016, the
  • ASC Board approved initial funding and in 2017 renovation and re-purposing into 3 full-sized Futsal courts will begin.
  • How will we use this space? ASC plans to fully utilize these valuable ‘all-weather’ courts in several ways. First and foremost, the courts will provide ASC-controlled practice and weekend scrimmage space, for ASC teams, in-season. Likewise, it will allow us to have practice and scrimmage space when all grass fields are closed for rain in-season and for maintenance in the off-season. Additionally, it will offer easier access (than our current grass fields) to our Champions League players with physical challenges/disabilities.
  • In addition, many are already aware of our long standing and successful partnership with Alameda Futsal Club (AFC). AFC’s ‘Friday Night Futsal’ and Winter Futsal League have been a mainstay for many of our players for years. Upon completion of our Futsal courts, ASC and AFC will continue to work together to expand their Futsal programming to include skill clinics and tournaments.
  • As the sport of soccer has gained popularity and our membership has grown, access to grass fields has not. Renovation of this space provides additional access and expands our ability to deliver more soccer opportunities to our players!

Estuary Park Athletic Field Complex
Estuary Park Athletic Field Complex Renovation Project is scheduled for competition in the Fall of 2017. ASC will receive access to this facility at a discounted rate which should provide an exceptional playing environment for our children. For more information please click here.

Sponsorship & Fundraising – Due to a lack of volunteers in 2016 our Sponsorship Program was not as profitable as in years past. Sponsors are a key source of Club revenue and are crucial in keeping registration fees down as well as funding Club initiatives and improvement projects. In addition to filling the Sponsorship Director Board positon we will be working with new Board members on creating additional community-based fundraising opportunities to help further grow and support the Club. If you would like to sponsor a team or know of someone who would please contact our Sponsorship Coordinator at

ASC has shown a tremendous amount of growth over the past few years. We look forward to continuing to improve the Club to provide a high quality, unique, and positive community-based playing experience for our players and their families. If you would like to help support our Club in any way please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Mike Barnes
Alameda Soccer Club

Spring Rec Registration is Open

Spring 2017 Alameda SC registration is now open for players U6-U14!  closed.

It’s back, the best deal in town. Recreational soccer for less the $100 for the spring season (only $95). WOW!!!

Register Here

No tryouts needed, everyone welcome of every experience and skill level. Simply register, request to play with friends and have a blast. Yes, it is a great way to keep your skills up during the Spring. Registration closes in on March 6.

The recreational soccer season (Jack London Youth Soccer League) will begin on Saturday April 1, with 9 scheduled matches, and end the weekend of June 4 & 5. No matches will be played on Memorial Day Weekend. Practices are typically held once a week for an hour for U7 & U8 teams, and once or twice a week for an hour and a half each. There are no separate practice sessions for U6 (Sunday events only).

Once teams are formed, coaches will provide families with further information. Any child 5 years and older can register to play on a Recreational team. The focus is on having fun, learning and playing with friends/schoolmates. Players can ask to play with their friends, or with a coach.

For questions related to the Recreational Soccer program, see our Spring Registration page or contact our Recreational Team Coordinator at

For registration questions or to request financial assistance contact our Registrar at

James Murray
ASC Recreational Coordinator