Who is FC BOCA? And, what makes you different than all our neighboring clubs?
FC BOCA Predators is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has emerged as Boca Raton’s most reliable and progressive elite travel soccer club. FC BOCA mission is to build qualified student/athletes with a passion for soccer and give them real purpose. FC BOCA top priority will always be what is in the best interest of these fine young professionals in pursuant of their sports/life goals.
FC Boca is affiliated with South Florida Elite FC an effort to participate in FYSA league sanctioned competitions. At FC BOCA we view our players just as professional teams view their star athletes. We equip, educate, and prepare them accordingly. Our balanced approach includes specialized training, academics, fitness/conditioning, mental and diet/nutrition.
If I have any questions or concerns who do I contact at FC BOCA?
For administrative questions/concerns (uniform, event logistics, player cards, etc.), please consult your designated team manager. You may also contact us at fcbocapredators2015@gmail.
When / Where are tryouts held?
Information about tryouts calendar will be published on our website www.fcbocapredators.org.
Open tryouts are conducted three times per year on selected dates during months of mid-August, late-January, and in May. Off-cycle private tryouts may be furnished upon request. However, no player is guaranteed a roster spot on any team without FC BOCA coaches’ evaluation. Please call us to schedule your tryout at 561-801-3808
Are tryouts open to all boys & girls?
Tryouts are open to boys only with birth years 1999 to 2007. For birth years 2008 and 2009, consult a FC BOCA representative to explore potential to ‘play up’ U10 placement. Tryout fees are $100 however, waived if online registration is completed during tryout periods.
How does FC BOCA determine which team a prospect should tryout for?
FC BOCA will apply U.S. Soccer’s birth-year registration mandate. “As previously announced in August 2015, US Youth Soccer, along with other youth soccer sanctioning bodies, will be implementing the U.S. Soccer Federation’s birth-year registration mandates on Aug. 1, 2016.
Beginning Aug. 1, 2016, US Youth Soccer will be using the following birth-year “labels” for competition, based upon the season in which competition ends. For example:
• Players born from January 1, 2000 – December 31, 2000 will be labeled as Under-20s (U20)
• Players born from January 1, 2001 – December 31, 2001 will be labeled as Under-19s (U19)
• Players born from January 1, 2002 – December 31, 2002 will be labeled as Under-18s (U18)
• Players born from January 1, 2003 – December 31, 2003 will be labeled as Under-17s (U17)
• Players born from January 1, 2004 – December 31, 2004 will be labeled as Under-16s (U16)
• Players born from January 1, 2005 – December 31, 2005 will be labeled as Under-15s (U15)
• Players born from January 1, 2006 – December 31, 2006 will be labeled as Under-14s (U14)
• Players born from January 1, 2007 – December 31, 2007 will be labeled as Under-13s (U13)
•Players born from January 1, 2008 – December 31, 2008 will be labeled as Under-12s (U12)
•Players born from January 1, 2009 – December 31, 2009 will be labeled as Under-11s (U11)
FC BOCA will continue to organize our teams for competition with players of any age younger than the age group cut-off.
Do I need to register to participate in tryouts?
Yes, we strongly recommend that prospects complete online registration prior to tryouts to receive free registration. Tryout walk-on participants are subject to $100 registration fee.
How does a player become selected by the team?
All prospects must compete for roster positions. Current FC BOCA players who have successfully completed quarterly evaluations do not have to participate in tryouts however, FC BOCA does not guarantee you a perennial roster spot on a team.
How are the teams designated and classified?
FC BOCA Premier (A) teams are the most competitive and have a significant training and travel tournament (including out-of-state and out-of-country) obligations in age groups U15 to U19. The U10 to U14 teams travel to tournaments within FL only.
What do the coaches expect from players?
FC BOCA coaches seek prospects with highest-level of commitment, elite soccer skills, travel sport competitive spirit, and a clearly demonstrated passion for soccer. FC BOCA coaches evaluate many qualifications, including technical, tactical, physical fitness, and psychological attributes.
When will we be informed what the tryout outcome is?
Selected players will be notified by email within 2 days of completed tryouts. FC BOCA Premier players will be asked to visit FC BOCA HQ to participate in official contract signing and photo op.
If a player is selected, how soon will my son/daughter start with their new team?
FC BOCA players will be required to begin training within one-week of player’s signed contract.
What happens if player is currently registered to another club?
Consult the current club policy and contact FC BOCA front office staff via phone and/or email to determine viable option(s). Typically, if actively registered to another club prospects would need to either be officially “released” from their club prior to contacting us, or we must receive written permission from their clubs Director to participate with FC BOCA. Often times release fees may apply. FC Boca will give the parent a recommendation.
Can a player 'play up' in an age group?
Yes. FC BOCA allows “playing up” however, that is determined on several factors which may include, player skills, coaches recommendation, team roster needs, and parent-approvals.
What is the FC BOCA annual event calendar?
FC BOCA is a year-round elite select soccer club with weekly training sessions, periodic tournaments, and seasonal travel league games throughout. For example, for our FC BOCA Premier team there are three SFUYSA league seasons: ‘Early Season’ starts August and ends in late October. ‘Regular Season’ starts in November and ends in late February. ‘Mini Season’ starts in March and ends in late May.
What is the annual registration fee if my son is selected?
At FC BOCA our goal is to be a competitive and affordable elite sports program for our families. However, our intention is not simply be one of the least expensive premier travel clubs amongst all our neighboring clubs. We believe that ‘if it costs more, it’s worth more.” FC BOCA 2019 – 2020 annual registration fees can range from start-up costs of $300-$400 (insurance, uniform kits, player card, training kit, etc.); monthly dues (est. $140/month); and player-apportioned tournament registration costs associated with 6-10 events per annum. Club costs will be more fully explained in the registration agreement provided to selected players’ families.
How can I become a FC BOCA sponsor?
To receive details about FC BOCA sponsor available packages, you can sign up at registration or you can email FC BOCA Executive Director of Marketing(Rackel Almeida) at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are always looking for small business, corporate, and private sponsors.
What is FC BOCA club privacy statement?
ALL INFORMATION PROVIDED TO FC BOCA WILL BE KEPT SECURE AND CONFIDENTIAL.
Does FC BOCA have formal written policies and procedures that govern parent/player pledges, contract terms and conditions, and standard operating procedures?
Yes, all club members are provided FC BOCA handbook and will be required to read, comprehend, complete, and submit a notarized signature of approval.
Does FC BOCA allow volunteers?
Yes, we encourage and welcome parent volunteers for off-field activities only. Volunteers will not be permitted to be on-field at any time and may not partake in any coaching-related activities. FC BOCA coaches are fully-licensed, duly contracted, and must successfully complete background checks.
How do I stay updated on FC BOCA club activities, events, and news?
FC BOCA strongly believes in frequent and open communication. We often employ social media to keep you updated and informed. And you will receive updates using real-time text messages via mobile device.