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Fayetteville SC Force Travel Soccer Overview: Fayetteville Soccer Club (FSC) provides a variety of youth and adult soccer programs to the Cumberland County area. FSC is affiliated with the North Carolina Youth Soccer Association, the United States Youth Soccer Association, and US Club Soccer. The club is comprised of a recreation soccer program, and adult league program and three “travel team� divisions-Youth Academy, Challenge and Classic. FSC is home to over 1,000 players. Fayetteville Soccer Club (FSC) was formed in 1994. The club incorporated as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization in 2007. Our mission is to facilitate the growth and development of soccer in the Fayetteville area. We promote the value of playing and participating in soccer

as a lifetime sport while teaching the values of sportsmanship and teamwork. Travel or Select Soccer is competitive. There is no way around that. It is at this level that players are pushed to be more, coaches are no longer volunteers, commitment levels become higher and the pressures of winning and losing matches become more evident. From a club standpoint, our goal is to offer any player and family willing to commit to Travel (Select) Soccer the coaching, training and education to reach the next level. It goes without saying that we cannot make any guarantees of reaching the next tier of soccer, but we can at least try our best to put players in the best environment to succeed.

Months in Review: Over the past three months, the Fayetteville SC Force Travel teams officially kicked off their travel soccer seasons. The Force play in the NCYSA Classic and Select Divisions around the state at various levels. Starting in August, the teams convened at Jordan Soccer Complex to start training for the season ahead. Along with league play, this also means pre-season and midseason tournaments and showcases. Our U17 or ‘00 Girls have taken home two separate championships. One at the Wilson Summer Explosion Tournament and one at the CASL Showcase Qualifier. Our U14 or ‘03 Boys United Team took home the title at the Asheville Riverside Challenge. Our U18 or ‘99 Girls finished Finalists at the CASL Showcase Qualifier and ended with a 2-11 record at the highly acclaimed WAGS Showcase in Virginia. See the “Upper 90” section for our ‘99 Boys Summer Success.

What’s New? The Fayetteville SC Force has Hired a New Director of Soccer With Sean Brennan, long term Director of Coaching, stepping down to focus on his new head coaching position at the University of Mt. Olive, the Force has Todd is pictured here with his wife Tiffany hired Todd Abbey to step in and continue to advance the club forward. With a tremendous amount of experience in club soccer administration, and a background in both youth and professional sports, Coach Abbey was a great fit for the club. “Being from the surrounding area, and growing up just down the road in Southern Pines for a good portion of my life, I knew the Fayettville area well. The potential of the Force is great.” Abbey stated. “Then, when you add in the Jordan Soccer Complex, it was very hard to resist the opportunity.” The first six to eight months, the Force will be looking for Coach Abbey to evaluate the club and its current coaches and players. “I look forward to working with the staff and getting their thoughts on what we should do moving forward. I am a very player centric coach, and believe that the success of a club is not measured in wins and losses, but in the advancement of players to reach their personal goals.” Please welcome Coach Abbey, and his family (Wife Tiffany, Daughters Jaidyn and Ayla, and sons Lionyl (Lio) and Paxtyn) to the Force Family!

Season of Success:

6U-18U Boys and Girls Fall and Spring Seasons

Below are a few comments and notes from our Recreation Soccer and Operations Director, Adrian McConnell Numbers A special thank you to everyone who registered this past season. Our recreation numbers this fall came to 364, which shows a gradual increase in participation over the past few seasons. Despite the rain, which has caused a few games to be rescheduled, the kids appear to have learned a tremendous amount and seemed to have really enjoyed themselves, so all in all the season has been an incredible success. Uniforms We apologize for all the issues regarding the delay of the jerseys this past season. This should not be an issue moving forward, as we have decided to order uniforms much earlier and just estimate the numbers we need for future seasons. This will allow us to have all the uniforms sizes in stock on the first day of the Spring season.

Player Development Program This is a newly added program which has been really beneficial for players wanting to improve their technical skills, and overall confidence on the field. Feedback from coaches/parents has been that players have shown great improvement technically and psychologically, which has been evident in the players’ subsequent performances in both games and practices. Winter Technical Program The Winter Technical Program is not just for Travel Level Players. The Program will focus on an individuals technical abilities in a group atmosphere. Designed to help players improve on essential aspects of their game regardless of skill level, the program will help keep your player on the ball through the off-season. 6U Future Force Program Stay tuned for the 6U Future Force Program that will be offered next spring...

We would like to spotlight Jordan Everett, who was recognized for her outstanding respect and sportsmanship during this past season. Congratulations and Thank you to Jordan!

A special thank you to one of our under 7 players “Leila Slack” after she showed outstanding respect throughout the season. Despite being so young, she always took the time to help the coach collect all the equipment after every practice.”

Adult 11 v 11 Tournament February 4th 2017 (Registration goes live November 1st 2016. Deadline for teams January 23rd midnight). Upcoming Adult leagues Our Spring 7v7 season starts February 26th 2017 (Registration goes live November 1st 2016. Deadline for teams February 12th midnight). We offer recreation and competitive soccer for both male and females.

For more information on any of FSC Force Recreational Soccer Programs, you can contact Adrian McConnell through email at: or reach him by phone at

(910) 482-4313 We would also like to add a Special thanks to our U6 and U7 Recreation coach Ed Linneweber, who is just one of our MANY outstanding coaches this season, showing lots of energy and positivity with his players throughout the season.

2017 Spring Recreation Soccer Registration is now OPEN online at:

Upper 90: USYSA Presidents Cup National Finalists


hen 99 Force Premier soccer coach John Callahan outlined the makeup of the Indiana team his squad would face in the final of the National Presidents Cup tournament, it was like looking in a mirror. “We wrote their strengths and weaknesses on the board during our pregame analysis,” Callahan said. “I asked the guys what they saw there, and they picked up on it right away. They said, ‘That’s us.’” The Fayetteville Soccer Club team and its opponent, the Boilers Football Club from Indiana, were so evenly matched that the pair had played to a scoreless tie in their second-day meeting at the national U16 tournament, held July 14-17 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Indiana, which took the title in a 1-0 win over the Force on Sunday.

mistake or makes fewer mistakes is the team that wins it.”

The Force entered the final as the top seed after finishing atop the four-team standings. The Force and the Boilers each had seven points at the end of preliminary play, but the Force’s goal differential of four gave it the edge in the seeding.

Callahan said the Force actually put the ball in the net near halftime, but the Force was called for interference with the Indiana goalkeeper, resulting in the goal being waved off.

In the final, Indiana took an early lead on a first-half goal that Callahan said resulted from a Force miscue. He called that typical of a game between two closely matched teams. “We made a mistake early and couldn’t come back from it,” Callahan said. “And that’s typically how these games go. The team that doesn’t make a

“The disappointment was pretty high at first, especially because we thought we scored a goal to come back,” Callahan said. The Force reached the national tournament after winning the state Presidents Kepner Cup and the Region III Presidents Cup titles, part of a successful tournament run at the tail end of the season. It had been eight years since the Fayetteville Soccer Club had a team reach

THANK YOU The Fayetteville Soccer Club and the ‘99 Boys Premier Team would like to thank the following businesses and organizations for their donations and sponsorships that made the team’s trips possible: Regionals: Cumberland Anesthesia Associates Fayetteville Anesthesia Cumberland Cardiology Archway Real Estate AAA Carpet Cleaning Fleming & Associates A Woman’s Place in Fayetteville Cape Fear Aesthetics Cross Creek Subaru Foust Heating & Air Conditioning Cape Fear Insurance Harley’s Tuxedo & Gifts Sweetwater Real Estate Nebre Construction Company Move With Me Physical Therapy McKenzie Plumbing Clip Joint Friends of Nat Robertson for Mayor reach the national tournament. That team, a U17 boys’ squad, reached the tournament final of what was then called the National Directors Cup in 2008 before falling 2-1 to a team from Las Vegas. Despite the disappointment, Callahan said he’s emphasized to the players how much they’ve achieved this season. “We went 14 straight (games without a loss) at tournament level,” Callahan said. “That’s pretty special.” Story Credit goes to Community sports writer Jaclyn Shambaugh. Jacklyn can be reached at 609-0651 or shambaughj@fayobser

Congratulations to the ‘99 Boys FSC Force Premier: Rene Altamirano Willie Banks Wesley Britt Jordan Clayborn Nyjel Collins-Jackson Caleb Cross Declan Cutler Edward Dickerson Coby Dorsey Tyler Hinton Ashe McKenzie Will Osman Max Richter Ricardo Rodriguez Thomas Rogers Jalen Squires Marcos Ximenes Sales Da Paz Coach John Callahan

Nationals: Carolina Pediatric Group Cape Fear Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Gavins Supermarket Caviness and Cates Highland Pediatric Dental Beaver Courie Sternlicht Hearp & Broadfoot, PA

Brixx Buxx FSC Force fund raiser to help supplement for much needed equipment at Jordan Soccer Complex. October 25, 2016 For more information go to


NCYSA Olympic Development Program for players born 2004-2006 Boys and Girls. November 20, 2016 For more information go to

Winter Technical Program Four week training program for players to keep their touch on the ball in the off-season November 28 - December 22, 2016 For more information go to

INSOMNIA CUP 24 Hour Soccer Match to help raise funds for the FSC Force and Rick’s Place, home of the RHF Individual Registrations. Friend to Friend Fund raising. November 25-26, 2016 For More Information go to

NCYSA ODP NCYSA Olympic Development Program for players born 2004-2006 Boys and Girls. November 20, 2016 For more information go to

CLUB CHAMPIONS CUP FSC Force hosted Soccer Tournament for teams ages 11U-14U Boys and Girls December 10-11, 2016 For more information go to All tournaments, events and camps/clinics will be held at Jordan Soccer Complex: 445 Treetop Dr. Fayetteville, NC 28311 For more information, please visit our website:


The Force  

The Fayetteville SC Force's Quarterly Magazine.

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