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Club Soccer vs. Recreational Soccer

Club Soccer
Gold Country United (GCU) is our "club" soccer program and is intended for players between the ages of 8-18 who are looking for a higher level of coaching and competition.  Children must attend mandatory try-outs which are usually held in spring each year (check the Announcements section of the home page for dates).  
 
The GCU club teams typically play league games on Saturdays with games being within an hours drive of the Sacramento area.  Obviously, there are exceptions to this such as home games, tournaments, etc..  Teams are matched by age group and ability level via an annual "seeding" tournament.  Club teams play rain or shine.
 
Starting in 2011, the terms “Select" and "Metro" were dropped.  Instead, now all competitive/club teams are subdivided by ability levels (Premier, Elite, Gold, Silver, Bronze, Copper). Teams previously playing in Select/Metro will not change in the manner in which they are formed, managed or where they will expect to play. All things shall remain the same except for the name.  We still will refer to these under there old names of Metro/Select or Club Soccer to lessen the confusion for returning players.

Recreational Soccer
Rec soccer accounts for over 75% of the teams and players in our league.  The ability levels are typically from beginners to those who are more experienced and developing their skills. Recreation soccer teams are matched up by age groups (2 yr. brackets) and then by overall team ability level via the annual "seeding" tournament, making the season fair and fun for everyone. 
 
Other Differences 
Unlike club soccer, there are no try-outs.  Instead, children get placed on teams based on several factors (area where you live, "friend/coach" requests, etc..).  Your child's coach will typically hold practices two days a week in the afternoons - this will vary by team/coach.  Once the season starts, games will be played locally within western Nevada County on Saturday mornings. Your child is guaranteed to play in each and every game they are eligible. 

Another key difference between Recreational and Club soccer - Recreational games can/will get cancelled due to inclement weather, rain or unsafe playing conditions.  
 
Still trying to decide whether a Recreational team, a Select team or a Competitive team is best for your child? Click here for a comparison, or here for Frequently Asked Questions about Gold Country United, our club soccer program.