We are excited to announce the creation of the United Elite Program for Canton United and Cleveland United players!
What is the United Elite Program?
The United Elite Program has been created with the sole purpose of placing our most advanced, committed, and passionate soccer players in an environment that will continue to challenge and develop them through advanced group training and top-level competition.
This program will be the “next step” for those players that our professional coaching staff believes are prepared for and will benefit from an advanced soccer environment. It is our objective that in the next few years, this program will be able to develop US National Team level players and US National Championship caliber teams.
Training sessions in the UE program will take place weekly at a central location between the Canton and Cleveland areas. Training sessions will be of the utmost importance as high-caliber training with like-minded players and coaches will result in advanced results.
The UE Program will place teams into some of the best competitions both regionally and nationally, which in turn provides the UE player with the exposure and experience of top-level competition. We anticipate attending 1-2 high-caliber events per season (4-8 annually).
How does this affect my child’s club team?
The United Elite Program is a program being provided in addition to our normal club structure. UE training sessions and competitive events will not conflict with regular club functions, so players involved with UE will also remain involved with their respective club teams.
NO PLAYER involved in the UE Program will be permitted to forego their respective club team obligations.
Developing and maintaining strong club teams in the local market is vital in maintaining a high quality reputation amongst our peers and prospective future members. Simply put, we MUST continue to compete locally as Canton United and Cleveland United in order to develop all of our players and their respective teams.
Which Age/Gender is the United Elite Program For?
In the initial start of the program (winter/spring 2014), we will look to begin with boys U10, U11, U12, and U13.
We will grow the program for the Fall of 2014 and beyond by adding additional age groups and genders.
Tryouts are open to ALL players regardless of team assignment.
How do I sign my child up?
Tryout information will be sent out to all U10-U13 boys prior to January 1, 2014. Below is an e-form for registration. At that time, we will require that any and all interested players please submit an online tryout form prior to the January 15, 2014 registration deadline.
Selection for the UE teams will be done by the Canton United/Cleveland United professional staff and in coordination with those respective age group head coaches. The selection process is done by committee and not by any single staff member. Rosters will be posted similarly to the Olympic Development Program roster process where a roster will be sent out to all families with the official list as well as alternate players.
The United professional staff also reserves the right to make changes and adjustments to these rosters as they deem fit over the course of training and match performance.