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IMPACT Programs:

Pre-Academy

Ages
4-10 Spring session
4-7 Fall session
  • Participants will learn the foundations of player development
  • A succession of age-appropriate techniques, through entertaining instruction.
  • Players in small groups learn ball skills, creativity, and a better understanding of the game.
  • Experienced Coaches and Elite-level Comp Player Assistants employ exciting, competitive 1v1 matches that generate touches on the ball.
  • In small-sided scrimmages, kids play‚ at their level of ability‚ to ensure that their development in practice can be used in a game situation.
  • All while having fun!

Recreation/House

Ages
7-19 yrs Fall Season Only
  • This program is all about the joy of the game.
  • Participants play against other participants in the same age group but limited to playing against other Impact Rec members.
  • Coaches are from our parent pool and help kids learn the game while having fun.
  • Players are assigned to a team based on player ability and/ or team need for league balance.  Players are evaluated  for skill and experience during a training session at the beginning of the season.
  • Coaches determine practice schedules and location but typically practices are 2 times a week.
  • Program offers an end of the season in league tournament based on standings
  • Recreation players are selected at the end of the season to play on an all-star team where they may take on another in house league at the same age or have an opportunity to play one of our competitive teams.

Competitive

Ages
7-19 yrs Year-Round training and competitions
  • We have coaches that are paid and certified at US Club to train the participants.
  • Development is the focus.
  • Impact's competitive program is a travel program.
  • Depending on the level of play, determines the travel distance.
  • The majority of our teams are NorCal teams specifically which means travel is within the NorCal area.
  • This program also offers at least 2 travel tournaments to be played at the coach's discretion.
  • Creation of Indoor Skill Center Training for year round technical development:
  • + Tennis Soccer, Mannequins, Agility training and video analysis.
  • + Team Binders that include: - Training session information such as content and attendance - Match Reports highlighting player game time and positions played - Player Evaluations - Synchronized training sessions by age/sex

Why Soccer?

Popularity

Globally, FIFA reported roughly 265 million soccer participants, which makes it the most popular sport from a participation and fan base standpoint. An ESPN poll revealed that second to China, the United States has the highest youth participation rate in soccer with roughly 24.5 million players. And, within the country, soccer is the second most popular sport for youth, trailing only behind basketball. 

Helpful links:
10 Data Points That Prove Soccer Has Finally Made it in America
US Youth Soccer Key Statistics
Soccer is Here For Real This Time
 

COST

Soccer is inexpensive to get started. Cleats, shin guards and soccer socks are the only necessary equipment purchases prior to joining a team.  Depending on whether a player is joining a recreational or competitive team, participation costs can run anywhere from $300-$3,500. Impact prices are competitive to other clubs in the Bay area and are posted within the program's webpage.

Helpful links:
The Cost's of Youth Soccer
Cost of Minor Sports Varies Greatly

 
Level of difficulty

Soccer is one of the easier sports to learn. Due to the of infrequent stoppage in play, there is a lot of time and space for free play and creativity. There are only a couple of major tactical regulations ,such as offsides, that need to be learned before jumping into the sport.

Helpful links:
What Are The Rules?
How Long Does it Take to Learn Soccer?

 

Global Reach

Soccer is known to be the most popular sport in the world, and one of the few that is played in nearly every country. To get a gauge of fan base popularity, in 2014 there were nearly 111.5 million people who tuned in for the Super Bowl and 1 billion who tuned in for the FIFA World Cup Final.

Helpful links:
The World Cup Reminds Us That All The World's a Soccer Field
Top 10 List of the Internet World's Most Popular Sports
 

injuries

The most common injuries in soccer are sprains and strains of ankles and knees. Although there are other major injuries, such as concussions and ACL tears that can be prevalent mostly at the higher levels, severity and recovery time for soccer injuries tends to be low. 

Helpful links:
Preventing Soccer Injuries
8 Tips to Avoiding Soccer Injuries 

 
physical fitness

Soccer requires a high fitness ability, specifically endurance and agility.  On average, a soccer player will run a total of 7 miles per game, depending on level of participation and position played. 

Helpful links:
Fitness Components for Soccer

 

Site Hints

If you are new to Impact, you are probably new to our site. Let us help you understand how to maneuver through our site.

  • For the HOME page you can always click on the club logo at the top of each page.
  • All our programs are at the very top right of every page allowing to you always move to and from programs no matter where you are within the site.
  • You can find out details about Impact by selecting CLUB. Here you have a selection of discovering more internal information like our Coaching staff, out Board of Directors, and many more.
  • MORE+ contains the club calendar, alumni, and many other things that should be helpful to our members and potential members.
  • What is BOOFEST? BOOFEST is our annual tournament where kids dress up in costume and play a festive series of games as in any tournament. This is a sanctioned tournament which means all US Club rules apply. But at the end of the day, Impact's greatest desire is that everyone enjoys themselves and the kids leave with a positive experience. 
  • REGISTRATION... If you are interested in seeing all the programs that are open for registration, please look at the registration page. You can navigate to Registration by clicking on the word at the top of every page in the green highlighted section.
  • IMPACT Live & IMPACT Tube... On our home page, you can always see what is happening across the club by viewing our social media pages. This section is dedicated at pulling in all our social media streams in a easy one-stop-shop for our viewers.