PASC Competitive, Premier, NPL and US Soccer Development Academy Teams

PASC 2020/21 Tryouts

Palo Alto Soccer Club will conduct evaluations for any *unaffiliated interested, eligible prospective players for 2013 – 2008 age groups. Evaluations will take place during each team’s normal practices from November 30th, 2020 – February 7th, 2021. This is the period for clubs to hold open tryouts for the sole purpose of adding players not currently registered with a competitive team in a NorCal club.

*Unaffiliated players are boys or girls who are not affiliated to another NorCal club. (i.e. AYSO, players from who just moved to the area).

Please note: Competitive players currently registered in other NorCal clubs are NOT permitted to attend a tryout at this time. The only time that this is permitted is in the NorCal TryoutWindow.

Click on the age group matrix for detailed information. Click HERE for PASC Tryouts FAQ’s.

PASC Competitive and Premier Teams are the right choices for players wanting to take their soccer to the next level with similarly committed players and professional coaches. If you are interested in joining one of these teams, you will find contact information for both team coaches and managers listed online.

PASC has seen incredible growth in competitive team enrollment in the past few years. This increased enrollment has also led to increased success of our Premier level teams at these younger age groups and National Premier League teams at the U14 and above age groups. In addition, PASC has a US Soccer Development Academy program, Silicon Valley Soccer Academy since Fall 2016 season.

Most PASC families place a premium on quality of life and have education as the highest priority. For those families that are interested in their players developing into college or higher level players, they benefit from training and curriculum modeled on the US Soccer Curriculum Guidelines from the youngest ages. These families often value the compact, more locally developed team rosters and reduced training session commute. The players benefit from participation in college showcases on a PASC NPL team. For the most elite athlete, PASC also offers US Development Academy programs via SVSA from U13-U19.  US Development Academy programs are in place to identify US National team players. With a choice of local PASC Premier, NPL or Academy team, the player, and the family can better balance education and training to enable a better college choice.

Competitive and Premier Club Teams

Competitive level

The level of soccer provided by competitive teams is intended for those players who have a greater interest and commitment in advancing their skills than is provided by recreational soccer leagues. These teams focus on ongoing player development that provides all players an advanced type of soccer at their skill level but also enables driven players a path towards Premier level teams. Our Competitive teams also participate in training, league play and tournaments throughout the year, but typically with longer off-seasons than the Premier level teams.

Premier level

These teams represent the highest level of commitment by both players and parents and represent the highest level of competitive soccer offered. Premier level teams are ideal for the most driven and skilled players that want to develop their soccer skills while competing at the highest level. Premier level teams typically participate in three training sessions per week as well as league play and tournaments during much of the year. Premier level teams have participated and won championships in prestigious tournaments including the US Club Soccer National and Regional championships and premier tournaments in Northern and Southern California. The top Premier level players are identified and encouraged to participate in regional and state player training and development programs offered by the leagues.


National Premier League

The National Premier League (NPL) currently consists of 19 member leagues for the 2015-16 season from all across the United States. The NorCal NPL is the NPL league for Northern California and is NorCal Premier’s top league for U14-U19 teams. PASC is a NorCal NPL member club with teams consistently competing within NPL. For example, PASC 97B Blue, ended in second place in NorCal NPL competition and was ranked third nationally in 2015. We are one of a few clubs in the Peninsula that offer players an opportunity to play at the NPL level. Click here for a full list of Norcal NPL leagues.

NPL is governed by US Club Soccer and provides a unified, league-based national developmental platform with the highest level of competition in given geographic areas. The NPL extends developmental principles espoused by the U.S. Soccer Development Academy into younger age groups and additional clubs, providing a platform for long-term player development.

More specifically, the NPL provides a platform that:

  • Focuses on long-term player development;
  • Supports the country’s top soccer clubs, allowing for consistent, meaningful, high-level matches appropriately scheduled with higher training-to-game ratios;
  • Allow players to be scouted and evaluated by U.S. Soccer National Staff and Technical Advisors;
  • Is designed and structured by the clubs, based on the needs of the clubs; and
  • Provides an avenue for qualification for the NPL Finals (National Championship).

Click here for more information on NorCal NPL.



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