Team Challenger FC was founded in 2007 in an effort to bring together the best players in each age group so they could continue developing in a challenging environment. Since then we have been consistent in providing a platform for the best players in Northeast Ohio. Every year we have teams competing locally, regionally and nationally in some of the country’s best youth leagues and tournaments. Naturally, when the teams do well so does individual players and we have been very proud of our players who annually move into top performing universities, as well as earn local, regional and national recognition (national team call-up, All-American Honors, etc). It has also been a great Honor to represent Northeast Ohio consistently in national rankings.
Soccer is our passion. We love the game, thrive on competition, and attempt to be extraordinary each and every day.
The primary focus is continued growth and development of all our players and teams. Ball mastery, individual skills, tactical knowledge, teamwork and determination is the cornerstone of our program. We firmly believe that serious and skilled players must compete at the highest level possible in order to test themselves and continue to improve. Therefore, our teams are formed with players of similar abilities and so not every player that attends tryout gets a roster spot. Accepted players usually exhibit a solid foundation of skill, understanding, coachability, competitive nature and athleticism, however, in some cases we take chances with players who are not at the level we would like but shows promising potential. It is essential and required that all players within the TCFC program must strive for continuous improvement.
It is our belief that high-level training and competition helps our players develop the discipline and commitment necessary to excel now and in the future. Continued physical fitness, mental toughness, tactical understanding, self-comfort & confidence, building and maintaining relationships and learning life’s lessons are all very important aspects of our end result. We believe soccer should be enjoyable and strive to provide a positive yet demanding environment for all players and hope that we can achieve our goals through the combined efforts of the coaches, parents, and players.
At Team Challenger there is a simple and clear understanding of our organization. There is Club first, Team second, and the individual is third. TCFC provides players with the opportunity of pursuing their soccer goals while becoming a part of something much greater than themselves. The players understand and respect those who came before them-those who created the legacy that defines our program. And they accept the challenge of making the future better for those who follow behind us. This understanding can be observed when the younger and older players interact with each other.
Our primary goals can be summarized as follows:
- To create a learning environment that is safe, fun, encouraging, inspiring and challenging.
- To provide a competitive atmosphere that is both age and ability appropriate for each player.
- To develop competent soccer players who are able to function at a high level for TCFC and beyond TCFC: Technically, Tactically, Physically and Socially.
- To foster the future generation of citizens by instilling the character and confidence needed to succeed in their future careers.