Player Evaluations (Tryouts) News and Information

Many families are getting excited about the upcoming tryouts and we have been fielding some questions that we would like to address in this update…

  • Will I make a team?
  • What level should I play?
  • How do I decide?

To understand the player placement (tryout) process, you first must understand its objective. We seek to place players in the most developmentally-appropriate level...

Competitive Soccer Overview & Playing Options

"We take a balanced approach to personal growth and player development and meeting the needs of every player is our top priority"

The Gulf Coast Competitive Program provides S.E. Texas’ best value for having fun, learning and developing in youth soccer.

Our program is player-centered and rooted in Long-term Player Development principles and offers a full-spectrum of player pathways, from beginning competitive teams to elite teams playing in the top leagues and tournaments. Our aim is to help YOU achieve YOUR GOALS and realize YOUR DREAMS.

Reach Your Potential with Us! 

We focus is on individual player development so that every player reaches their full potential within the game. Meaningful player development is a long-term process that involves a creating a Personal Development Plan (PDP) for each player, continuous evaluation, and feedback by licensed and experienced coaches who are committed to helping players succeed. 

  • Player Evaluation – Players are evaluated upon entering the club to provide an objective analysis of their current ability in the 4-Pillars of Player Development and give them a starting point in the developmental process.
  • Player Placement and Movement – The goal of player placement is to assign players to teams that are developmentally appropriate and provides an environment that balances the players technical, tactical, physical and psycho-social resources with the external pressures they will experience in training and games over the course of the year. Player movement is a tool we use to manage the playing environment in the form of training/playing up or down or the permanent movement of a player. It is also important to remember that a player’s resources are not fixed or predetermined.
  • Player Development Plan (PDP) – The personalized PDP is designed to develop complete soccer players that excel in all 4-Pillars of Player Development: technical ability, tactical intelligence, physical attributes, and psychological elements. The PDP measures and tracks each player’s year-round progress in all areas of development throughout their time with us, thus assuring that players and coaches are on the same page and are working together toward helping them achieve their personal goals.

Competitive Levels

Gulf Coast Soccer offers two levels of competitive soccer to provide pathways for players all ability and interest levels to continue learning and growing in the game.   

Premier - for intermediate-to-advanced players who aspire to train and play at the highest level competition and/or that strive to play college or professional soccer. Currently, these teams compete in Houston area Division I leagues of the highest quality such as USC League (US Club) or DDL League, State Classic League or equivalent. 

What Next... Learn more about Gulf Coast Premier Division I Playing Options

Select - for beginning-to-intermediate level competitive players. These teams play in local Division II leagues (SYSA) that serve as an entry point to competitive soccer and/or those that aspire to play multiple sports and/or can not meet the time commitments of Division I soccer.

What Next... Learn More About Gulf Coast Select Division II Playing Options 

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