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Play. Not pay.


Paying thousands of dollars each year to private clubs is not the only — nor the best — option for San Francisco soccer kids.

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Play. Not pay.


Paying thousands of dollars each year to private clubs is not the only — nor the best — option for San Francisco soccer kids.

As you sit to watch World Cup games in June and July, think about why the USA is not in Russia. Soccer leaders throughout America  have neared consensus: Insurmountable price barriers to youth soccer have set the USA way behind. 

Pay-to-play breeds exclusion and mediocrity. It is an inefficient model that rewards family affluence more than a child's ability, dedication and eagerness to improve. Its high cost effectively banishes thousands of youths from the most global, democratic and joyful of sports.

Even children fortunate enough to participate are cheated, misled by a youth soccer cartel that claims to be best, though many of the best  can't pay their way into the game.

Before they even start nickel-and-diming, San Francisco's private clubs charge fees of $2,000 and more a year per child; a bit less for recreational play, more for competitive. Only about a third of what a family pays a club covers the cost of the coaching and team services a child receives. Where does the rest go? Right into the pockets of the private club owners and directors. Players, families and coaches are all cheated.

Ask an adult who played as a kid in any other soccer nation: "How much were your parents charged?"

Not a peso, pound,  euro or real.

At IFC? Not one dollar

 
 

Calling all SF
soccer kids

We are still building IFC-Rec, IFC-Comp and IFC-X across many age groups.

Click 'CLICK' and join the fastest growing soccer club in San Francisco.

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IFC programs


Three programs to fit any young soccer player, and not one of them is "pay-to-play".

IFC programs


Three programs to fit any young soccer player, and not one of them is "pay-to-play".


IFC-Rec

Geared toward pre-established teams looking to join a club and receive additional support for players and coaches.

Players have more training opportunities and the opportunity to train and play up with IFC competitive teams.  Coaches receive curricula, training, and professional trainers to help run weekly practices.  

 

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IFC-Comp

IFC competitive teams are geared toward players interested in rigorous, progressive group trainings with players of similar age and development.

Professional, experienced trainers lead practices. Each team is assigned a well-trained volunteer (usually a parent) to be Head Coach during weekend games and to help with practices. 

IFC-X

Our newest program, IFC-X, is geared towards more experienced and developed athletes looking for the most challenging play and for a chance to move up the soccer pipeline to Academy levels, college, and beyond.

IFC-X teams play at gold levels and above as well as competitive tournaments against the top clubs in the state. IFC-X is only for fully soccer-committed players and families. Each team is assigned an experienced and well-credentialed professional coach to oversee at least two trainings a week and all games.

 

All IFC players are eligible for free and low-cost winter clinics, summer camps, and regular professionally supervised free-play, drop-in soccer games.