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

Youth Sports Concussion Clinic by Dr. Cindy Chang UCSF


To: All ASC Coaches and Parents

What: Youth Sports Concussion Clinic by Dr. Cindy Chang UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital
When: Wednsday Feb. 1, 2017 7:00-8:30pm
Where: St. Josephs Notre Dame High School Gym
1109 Chestnut St. Alameda

A free clinic being offered by UCSF to educate everyone involved with our Club on concussion identification, protocols and safety measures associated with youth in our program. Though this is not mandatory, I strongly advise all ASC coaches at all levels to attend if possible. Please RSVP to if you plan on attending.

Islanders 2017 Competitive Tryouts, 2000-2003 players

Players born in 2003 and older that wish to play for an Islanders team in the spring of 2017 are invited to attend Player Placement Day. These players must attend the Player Placement days listed below. Tryouts for 2017 Islanders Fall teams will be held in May or June.

Register on TeamSnap

Please see the the FAQs and 2017 Competitive Tryouts post for details about other age groups and the ASC Competitive program.

Islanders 2017 Competitive Tryouts

Tryouts & Team Placements for the 2017 Alameda Islander Competitive soccer season will be held at Hornet Field (map) beginning in January. Mark your calendar and refer to the following Age Chart to determine which age group your daughter or son will be in for the 2017 season and the times they should attend.

NorCal Soccer has mandated specific tryout date windows by birth year. We have tried to take into consideration other sports conflicts while adhering to the new mandate. Tryouts will be run by Lee Dunne, the Challenger Sport professional training staff, and ASC coaches. Players are expected to attend both days.

Players born in 2003 and older that wish to play for an Islanders team in the spring of 2017 will be invited to attend a Player Placement Day. Dates, times, and additional information regarding Player Placement Day are posted here.

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. Kids 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 Frequently Asked Questions about Competitive Soccer please click here.


Mike Barnes
ASC Islanders Competitive Team Coordinator

Alameda Futsal Club – Winter League

Team registration is open for AFC’s 2017 Winter League

Register your team (or teams) now and players that complete registration before 12/25 will get the early bird fee of $100/player. After 12/25, per player fees rise to $125.

  • Teams can be co-ed or single-sex at U8 and up
  • The season runs from January 7th through March 5th
  • Most games on Saturdays between 8 am and 5 pm or Sundays between 8 am and 12 pm
  • All games played at The Alameda Point Gymnasium, 1101 West Redline Avenue, Alameda, CA
  • At least a 6-game season with an end-of-season tournament
  • Minimum of 6 players, maximum of 9 players per team
    $10 sibling discount

Learn more about the 2017 Winter League and register your team at

Parking for Avaya Stadium

For those going to the NCAA Women’s Championship down at Avaya Stadium today, here’s some parking info.

Avaya Stadium Parking:

  • General Admission: $10, please travel on the stadium side/non-airport side to turn into the lots because you won’t be able to cross traffic easily until Costco (Brokaw)
  • Click the image below for the PDF.


Other Info:

Final: Sunday, December 4

Inflatable kid activities and merchandise available in the 7Up Epicenter; 6 food trucks; limited rally towels to be made available

  • Parking Lots Open1:00pm
  • Box Office Opens1:30pm
  • Stadium Gates: 2:00pm
  • Kickoff3:00pm

VTA Bus Service Update:

Friday, Dec. 2: Regular Service Only on Line 10

Sunday, Dec. 4:

  • Additional Line 10 service before games – FREE between Santa Clara University, Avaya Stadium, and San José Mineta Int’l Airport
  • 3 buses available postgame (2 towards Santa Clara & 1 towards Metro)
  • No 231 service from Downtown

Rideshare parking/drop-off: Across the street from the Lowe’s shopping center (approximately: 1108 Coleman Ave.) in the cell phone waiting area for SJC Airport

Bag Policy: Under the new Major League Soccer, league-wide Bag Policy, fans are PROHIBITED from bring the following into a stadium: Large purses, Coolers, Briefcases, Backpacks, Luggage of any kind, Computer bags, Camera bags, any bag larger than 14’’x14’’x6’’

FAQs on Avaya Stadium


End of Season Coaches Tournament


Date : Saturday December 3rd
Location : College of Alameda
Time : 8AM – 2PM

Rules of Play

  • The games will have 25 minute halves with a 5 minute halftime
  • As a single field we will run the games back to back
  • Two Games Throughout the Day Plus Championship Game
  • The 2 teams with the most wins and goal differential will go to the final

Game Schedule
MSC vs ASC – 8am
PSC vs EBU – 9am
MSC vs OSC – 10am
EBU vs ASC – 11am
OSC vs PSC – 12pm

The championship game will be at 1pm.

There will be no consolation game.

Lunch will be provided