Frequently asked questions
General Club Questions
You can register for all CRUSA/FC Bucks programs by using the following link: CRUSA / FC Bucks Registration
All of your registration information can be found in your Household Account. You can use these instructions to find it: Find My Registrations
Just prior to the Fall 2010 season, Northampton Township Board of Supervisors voted to initiate a non-resident use fee for all user groups applying to use township fields. These fees apply to all FC Bucks, CRUSA Travel and CRUSA Intramural players, as well as camp registrants.
Please view additional info and see if the non-resident fee applies to you and the program you are registering for here: Non-Resident Fee Info Sheet
Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) provides the best male and female youth league in the world. The ECNL provides the structure, competition and showcase events that allow our players to develop into collegiate level athletes. Our current structure plus the ECNL enables us to continue to develop elite level players in the clearest and most efficient way. The ECNL will continue to help us graduate players who will go on to play at some of the best colleges in the country.
Yes, the ECNL is not imposing restrictions on players to prevent them from participating in any other identification program.
Playing on an FC Bucks ECNL team requires significant commitment. Teams travel approximately 6-8 times per year with mostly regional travel and some national travel.
As the competition increases, teams must travel to play the best competition. FC Bucks selects events based on our location, club soccer season and high school seasons. These events rotate each year across the country.
College coaches from across the country attend each ECNL event. College coaches from our state will travel across the country to watch the players compete. The college coaches want to be able to evaluate players’ skills against the best competition.
Only players from within FC Bucks can be added to an ECNL roster for an FC Bucks ECNL team. No players can guest play from outside FC Bucks. These players will be added based on their performance, ability and opportunity within the ECNL teams. Once these players are pulled into the ECNL Team for any event or game, they remain on the roster and can play in any future ECNL events and games.
FC Bucks will field teams identified as U13 ECNL, U14 ECNL, U15 ECNL, U16 ECNL, U17 ECNL, U18 ECNL, and U18/U19 Composite ECNL, that compete in the Elite Clubs National League.
16-22 full time players will be selected for each team.
Selection will be made at tryouts by the age group coach.
Yes, FC Bucks ECNL players can play on their school teams.
The ECNL is the highest level of play for youth soccer. Playing time cannot be predetermined or guaranteed for any player. Player personnel choices and playing time is based on each player’s ability, attitude and game circumstances.
However, ALL players selected for an ECNL team at tryouts have been selected as they have shown they can contribute to the team playing at this level and through the course of the season players will receive ample opportunities to perform and play.
Tryouts for Travel, Elite and Premier teams generally begin in late March/early April prior to the next Fall season. Please check the Tryouts Page for more information regarding a specific team or age group.
You will be invited by the coach, and/or through email should your child be selected. You then accept or decline through the invitation sentt from registration system, and complete the registration if you accept.
After your coach sends the team’s roster to CRUSA Administration, you will receive an email that your tryout registrant is eligible to register for the Travel, FC Bucks or Developmental Travel Program. Log in to your account using the online registration system, register for the travel program and pay the commitment fee. The remaining balance of the travel fee can be made at that time, or in 1 additional payment. Details are provided through the registration system.
JUNIOR ACADEMY QUESTIONS
The CRUSA Travel Academy encompasses the U7-U8 ages and welcomes players of all ability to develop a love for the game and the foundation of skills necessary to play in our travel program. Professional trainers work with the players to help them better develop the basic soccer technical and tactical skills, foundations for aspiring soccer players, with emphasis on individualized attention (trainer – player ratio approx.6:1). Parent volunteers are utilized to run festival games.
- Weekly festivals in both the Fall and Spring. The festivals will be typically held on Sundays in the Fall and a mixture of Sat/Sun in the Spring. Start times will typically be around 1pm for the U7 teams, with U8 teams typically starting after the U7 teams are complete around 2-3pm.
- Twice weekly training in the Fall and Spring. (Training times are Tues/Thurs at 5-6pm, Northampton Township Civic Center basin Fields). Once weekly indoor training sessions in the Winter (typically at a local school gym)
- A free season of intramural for our Fall registrants. Spring only registrants get 50% OFF of intramural. (Two free Intramural seasons if you register for the full year of academy).
- Uniform is purchased separately and is good for two years of Academy.
“Teams” are not formed in the academy program - all players will train together as a group. For the weekend festivals, kids will be placed on teams for that weekend by the parent leaders of that age group and will be mixed in with different kids and different coaches every week.
The games will be focused on **small-sided 5v5 (4 plus a goalie) festivals.
A “festival” consists of several short 15-20 minute 5v5 games in a 60-120 minute time period, where no scores or standings are kept. U7 teams will play two games at each festival in the fall. In the spring, kids interested in playing 3 games at each festival will be given that opportunity.
U8 teams will play three games in each festival.
The benefits of Small Sided Games are many – repeated touches on the ball by all players, more passes attempted, repeated decision making in a confined area, more opportunities to play both sides of the ball, both offense and defense, more playing time per player, more player engagement in the game
Fall Intramurals begins in early September. Spring Intramurals begins in early April. Both are 8-9 weeks long.
Yes, shirt and socks. You need to provide shorts, cleats, shin guards.
Practice schedules are determined by our volunteer coaches, who set the times based on their own schedules, as well as trying to work with the schedules of the parents on the team.