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  Program FAQ

Learn more about the programs Valor Soccer offers for youth athletes!

What do the "U's" mean?


You will often see "U" followed by a number when describing eligible age groups for programs. The "U" stands for "Under." EXAMPLE: U9 means "Under 9 years old," which translates to every player in the U9 age group is under 9 years old. Each "U" age group has a corresponding birth year. EXAMPLE: For the 2021/22 playing cycle, the U9 age group corresponds to birth year 2013. You will see "U9-2013" paired together. As players grow older, they move up in their "U" age group. EXAMPLE: For the 2022/23 playing cycle, the U10 age group now corresponds to birth year 2013. You will see "U10-2013" paired together. Your player's birth year will never change, but they will move up in "U" age groups as they grow older.




Where is Valor Soccer located?


Valor Soccer's main office is located in Maple Valley, WA (23175 224th Place SE, Suite B, Maple Valley, WA 98038). We serve the communities of Kent, Covington, Auburn, Maple Valley, Ravensdale, Black Diamond, Enumclaw, and Buckley. The Rec and FirstKick programs are localized to Program Locations (Auburn, Kent Valley, Kent Fairwood, & Maple Valley) and teams train at nearby facilities such as schools and community parks. Premier, Select, and Jr. Academy teams typically train at Ravensdale Park, Summit Park & Ballfields, Petrovitsky Park, and Wilson Playfields.




What do all the acronyms mean?


We use many acronyms! Most are leagues and associations that Valor Soccer is part of.

  • USSF = United States Soccer Federation
  • USYS = United States Youth Soccer
  • WYS = Washington Youth Soccer
  • RCL = Regional Club League (league for Premier teams)
  • Jr. RCL = Jr. Regional Club League (league for Jr. Academy teams)
  • NPSL = North Puget Sound League (league for Select teams)
  • SSUL = South Sound United League (league for Recreational teams)




Is financial aid available?


Yes. Visit valorsoccer.com/financial-aid for more information.




What are the differences between Valor Soccer's programs?


From beginners to recreational players seeking to play alongside their friends to elite athletes dedicated to developing their skills to their full potential, Valor Soccer provides a pathway for every player. The primary differences between our programs are the age groups they are available to, level of competition, duration of the season, and licensure of coaches. These are very brief program descriptions. Please visit each program guide to view full details. FirstKick U5-U8: Boys & Girls Seasonal (Fall & Spring) No tryouts Volunteer coaches Jr. Academy U8-U9: Boys & Girls Year-round, Summer/Fall-only, & Spring-only options No tryouts Professional coaches Recreational U9-U19: Boys & Girls Seasonal (Fall & Spring) No tryouts Volunteer coaches Select U9-U19: Boys & Girls Year-round Tryouts required Volunteer coaches with grassroots level licensing Premier U9-U19: Boys & Girls Year-round Tryouts required Proferssional coaches with nationally-recognized licensing Valor Soccer is also proud to support TOPSoccer for players with developmental and/or physical disabilities. TOPSoccer is structured differently than our other programs. TOPSoccer is open to participants 4 years of age and older and free for all!




How do I register for upcoming programs?


Valor Soccer is now on Sports Connect! We are excited to use Sports Connect's registration platform to make registration easier for you and for us! First things first - set up your new account! Setting up your account ahead of time will make registration extra easy! Sports Connect accounts are family accounts. This means everyone's profile lives under one account, including players, parents/guardians, and any addtional account holders you invite to join your account.
Step 1: Navigate to Valor Soccer's Sports Connect homepage. Step 2: Select "Login" if you already have a Sports Connect account or "Register" to create your new account. Step 3: Follow this step-by-step guide to set up your account and everyone's profiles. Once everyone's profiles are set up, you'll be able to see what programs are available for players under the "My Account." Please note that programs will not be shown as "available" until registration is open.




Why do competitive programs cost more?


Playing competitive soccer is more expensive than recreational soccer. Club dues for Competitive programs cover the costs of state, regional association, and league fees, entry fees for Washington Youth Soccer-sponsored state cup tournaments, field rental and maintenance, administrative costs, coaching fees, referee fees, and operational costs. The playing cycle for these programs is also significantly longer than seasonal Rec and FirstKick programs.




How do I know which age group my child belongs in and what programs they are eligible for?


Valor Soccer programs run according to birth year (i.e. calendar year). Every program guide states which age groups and birth years programming is available to. You can also check the Age Group-Birth Year Matrix to see what programs are available to your child.