On July 10, 2012 the Colorado Rapids and Colorado Fusion Soccer Club joined forces to form an expanded Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club, which will provide competitive and developmental teams for boys and girls of all ages and all ability levels. The comprehensive Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club will continue to teach the sport to children throughout the area, offering opportunities for young players of all ages, experience, backgrounds and talent levels. PRESS RELEASE
By joining together we believe that we are creating the most comprehensive youth soccer organization in the state of Colorado and that our expanded programs will offer boys and girls of all abilities a safe and encouraging place to develop their passion and talent in the sport of soccer. Below are some frequently asked questions about the partnership.
What are the benefits of the Rapids and Fusion joining together?
- Our club will offer the most comprehensive programming in the state, serving all ages and all ability levels, from the youngest developmental players from 3 years old, up to elite level players at age 18 who will compete at the state and national levels.
- Our ability to offer developmentally appropriate programs for kids of all ages and all abilities will be greatly expanded, and we will also be able to provide opportunities to children who might otherwise not have a chance to play organized soccer.
- One club will also offer the most complete player development path and the most comprehensive programs for training and retaining the best youth coaching staff.
- The combined club will affiliate our players with a professional soccer club, creating one of the most unique partnerships in the nation between a professional sports organization and a youth sports organizations.
Will this give more opportunities to players?
By combining the programming and utilizing the tremendous resources of the two organizations we will be able to offer a wider variety of programming to an increasingly diverse population. For players aspiring to reach top levels, the development path will be streamlined. For developmental players we will be able to offer additional playing opportunities in age groups currently limited by the number of registered participants.
When does the change go into effect?
Operational changes will begin to take effect immediately and will be completed over the next year. All players and teams that play in Colorado Soccer Association leagues will register under the CRYSC banner from this point forward.
Is it possible to get scholarships into the program?
Yes. We will continue to offer need based financial assistance to our membership. More information can be obtained from the CRYSC office.