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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.

For the past 18 months, Independent FC (IFC) has offered club-based soccer opportunities on a donation-based model, growing to 20 current teams serving 300 boys and girls.

Now IFC has joined together with America SCORES to offer full access to organized soccer in San Francisco at all levels for all children by eliminating restrictive price barriers to the game.

Our goal is to give all San Francisco youth who join IFC for the Fall 2019 season a chance to play organized soccer at his or her true level of competition.

Who is eligible?

Independent FC is open to boys and girls ages 8-18 who reside in San Francisco or are eligible to attend San Francisco public schools. The club fields teams at recreational; local competitive, and travel leagues.

What does IFC cost?

IFC does not charge any fee to play for one of our teams. We ask each family to cover the cost of playing kits (about $90 every two years) and the pro-rated cost of league and tournament registrations ($160-500 per year). But for families who request financial assistance, we raise money through donations to help defray these costs. Teams play in at least the Fall and Spring seasons. Winter futsal leagues and tournaments are also be available on a team-by-team basis.

Is IFC a low-income club?

Absolutely not. The biggest problem with youth soccer in San Francisco is segregation. Those who can afford it, play with expensive clubs that draw players from affluent families. Those who can’t afford it mostly do not play or play on underfunded teams with no professional coaching. That has to change for San Francisco soccer to rise to the highest levels. Great youth soccer requires full desegregation of the game, achieved only by eliminating all financial barriers.

What is IFC's coaching approach?

The one-coach, one-team model does not foster strong development. Independent FC's children receive training from a community of coaches including paid professional coaches, college and high-school level players who serve as assistants, and well trained volunteers (often a team parent).

How does IFC differ from other clubs?

In many ways. Here are some:

  • IFC's goal is to build a soccer community, balancing diversity, equity and soccer excellence;

  • IFC does not contractually bind a player to the club or team, nor force a family to pay a fee in order to release a player to another club or team;

  • IFC competes on equal footing against other local clubs and teams, and, while entirely independent, also collaborates with other clubs on behalf of our players and families.

Calling all SF
soccer players

If you are new to IFC, please sign up at the link below. We are currently building new teams for the FAll 2019 season across many age groups.

IFC's goal is to build a soccer community, balancing diversity, equity and soccer excellence. Join today!

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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.