Tampa Campus

Competitive Program - Tampa Campus

Competitive Program

Across all 3 campuses of the Chargers Soccer Club (Clearwater, Lakewood Ranch & Tampa) the Chargers’ Competitive Program is for competitive and premier level players, between the ages of 7 and 19, who demonstrate the desire and ability to learn and play soccer in a higher competitive format where the mission is to train and develop skilled players.  The Competitive Program is designed to develop each individual player to his/her fullest potential while at the same time inspiring responsibility and commitment to a team following the Chargers’ Player First Pathway shown here.



Referee Opportunities: 

If you love the sport this is a great opportunity for you to continue to learn and grow your overall understanding of this beautiful game while earn some extra money. Chargers SC is looking to add young referees that meet our high standards. If you are interested in becoming a club referee, please visit the Florida Soccer Referee link http://www.flsrc.org/. FLSR is the governing body for Florida Referees, and they administer the class required to become certified with the U.S. Soccer Federation, the national governing body for all referees in the United States.  When you go to http://www.flsrc.org/ select the first option "New Referee - Begin Registration Here". Follow the prompts to create your referee profile.

After you finish processing your certification, please contact Maggie at Maggie@ChargersSoccer.com All newly trained referees always start in our recreational soccer program, there, they gain their experience and increase their confidence. When we think that you are ready to move onto the next level (competitive soccer), we will speak to you and assign you games at the level via GotSport.

If interested, please click on the link below and start your journey into becoming a certified USSF Referee.













We also use a tiered team structure featuring Yellow, Red and White teams for the youth academy age groups U7 through U12 and Select, Premier, and Elite teams for the 13U through 19U age groups at each location.  This enhanced structure creates a natural progression for players as they develop their level of play within their community, and creates a clear path for upward mobility through the ranks. This tiered structure also allows coaches of Red, White and Elite teams to better focus on and develop the up-and-coming players, and those of Yellow, Premier, Select & ECNL-R team levels to provide opportunities that challenge and stretch the players’ abilities and develop their advanced skills.  The other advantage is the ability to form cross-campus teams for certain competition (across the Clearwater, Lakewood Ranch & Tampa campuses).

The Competitive Program has been developed by highly credentialed and professional Soccer Directors. Through their professional and continuing education, affiliations and experiences, they bring the best programs and ideas from soccer programs throughout the United States and abroad for the development of Chargers coaches, teams and players. 

Each Chargers Soccer Club competitive team is provided an experienced and competent coach whose role it is to train and develop the players individually and as a team and to provide game day coaching.  The role of the Chargers SC professional Soccer Directors is to work in partnership with each team coach providing assistance, guidance, training and support with the goal of developing each player and to create development plans for each team as a whole.  

In addition to competitive Charger boys and girls playing on their community-based club teams (listed above), players will also have the opportunity to be evaluated throughout the season for participation in various club wide tournament teams and/or for consideration for the MLS Next Academy Teams (U11/12b, U13b, 14b, U15b, U16b, U17b & U18/19b).  This evaluation process will regularly occur while players are playing with their club teams as well as at various player ID events that may be held throughout the season.

Being a regional club with competitive teams at each campus site, there will also be internal ‘guest’ playing opportunities.  For example, if a Charger team has been accepted into a Disney Showcase tournament, the Jefferson Cup or the Orange Classic, to name a few, and is short a player or two, players on other Chargers teams throughout the club will be given the opportunity to play.  This opportunity provides support to the team attending the tournament and provides additional exposure and experience for the guesting Charger player. 

We believe that the Chargers Competitive Program model not only provides for player & team development but also provides organized internal mobility and opportunities for added experiences. 

Players are chosen for Chargers Soccer Club competitive teams through a tryout process held at each campus site.  Tryouts are typically held over 1-2 weeks and typically falls at the beginning of May.  

Depending on the number of players chosen for each age group during the tryout process, there may be multiple teams formed in each age group at each club location.  Competitive teams play in area or regional leagues and typically travel throughout the region for their league games and may travel to several weekend tournaments both local and away throughout the season. Each competitive team practices a minimum of two, with a maximum of three, times per week, depending on the age group and development level, with league games played mostly on weekends. 

Players chosen for a competitive team will be provided more specific information from their coach about training, league and tournament play for their team following tryouts. 

Age Group

Player Age

# of Players on the Field Including a Goalkeeper

Ball Size

8U-9U (U=Under)
















13U - 19U

12 - 18