The Stanford Soccer Club welcomes players who want to join a forming team (via club tryouts) or parents who want to start a new team.The Stanford Soccer Club offers teams in various stages of progression:
Established teams, whose player rosters are established but are looking to add players. See the Teams page for a listing of all Stanford Soccer Club teams and their contact info.
New teams, whose rosters need to be built from scratch or from a small core of excellent players; initiated by an open club tryout or a motivated parent (who may be coach assisted).
All teams have the same recruiting objective: to make their team as competitive as possible by adding players with optimal mix of talent, skill and attitude. Even a well-established team with a nearly full roster will normally be willing to add a capable player. Less established teams may be more flexible in their recruitment expectations, perhaps underscoring ability and attitude more than experience.
Late May - Early June is the official Open Tryouts period when club teams are preparing their rosters for the following Fall through Spring Seasons. During Open Tryouts players have few restrictions on attending other club practices or tryouts. Outside of the Open Tryout period players currently with another local club are expected to have the written permission from their current club to attend a tryout. Typically a player (family) seeking this permission would contact their club Director of Coaching. For Stanford Socer Club this may be initiated by emailing DOC@StanfordSoccerClub.org.
New players should aim to join a team well in advance of the start of a season. It can take a month or more to register a club soccer player and receive an official player pass (this requires photos, birth certificates and other official documents). A club soccer team’s roster is also usually set at the season's start. One of the objectives of a single Open Tryout period is to encourage a player's commitment to a team and general team stability throughout the year of registration.
New team requirements: There must be a parent manager willing to do the work necessary to organize a team. This would include at a minimum: organizing a tryout (with assistance of Director of Coaching) or otherwise recruiting players, identifying a coach, preparing a budget, registering the team with Cal North or NorCal, and attending monthly club meetings. A majority of the players should reside in Palo Alto.
While the club assists all Stanford teams with player recruitment, each team is responsible for creating and implementing its own evaluation process. If you wish to form a new team at the Stanford Soccer Club, please email us at President@StanfordSoccerClub.org.