The Spirit United Soccer Club (SUSC) was started in
1982 with a simple commitment: "A commitment to excellence
in the spirit of the game of soccer" for male and female
athletes. The pursuit of this mission helps to develop
maturity and self-confidence for our youth. As one of the
premier soccer programs in Southeaster Pennsylvania,
Pennsylvania, regionally and nationally, SUSC is the home
club for over thirty travel teams for boys and girls
ranging in age from 8 to 18. Additionally, in 1986, the
Club began the Spirit Kick-Off Classic, a summer youth
soccer tournament that is recognized as one of the premier
tournaments northeast and nationally, attracting teams
from over twelve states. In 2003, the Club started a
developmental/recreational program for players 6 and up.
SUSC is affiliated nationally with the United States
Soccer Federation (USSF), US Club Soccer and the USYSA. In
Pennsylvania, the Club is a prominent member of the EPYSA,
which serves youth soccer participants in eastern
Pennsylvania. SUSC boys and girls travel teams compete in
the Delco Soccer League (boys) and Philadelphia Area Girls
Soccer (PAGS) (girls) leagues.
SUSC is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated
to the promotion and development of youth soccer. It is a
volunteer youth organization governed by a Board of
Directors elected annually in November. In addition to the
Chairman, President, Vice President, Secretary and
Treasurer, board members are appointed to chair functional
areas such as Arbitration, Communications,
Developmental/Recreational Soccer Program, Finance,
Fundraising/Sponsorships, General Affairs, Legal,
Long-range Planning, Players/Coaches Development, Public
Relations, Referees, Team Managers, Travel Soccer,
Uniforms and Accessories, Volunteers and Web Page. The
Club is supported by an extensive group of dedicated
volunteers, businesses and the communities surrounding the
Downingtown, PA area.
The Board of Directors meets monthly. These meetings
are open to the Club's membership. Coaches, team managers
and volunteers also meet periodically throughout the year
to ensure that the Club and its teams function smoothly.
SUSC's Keys to a Successful Experience
At SUSC, the "Commitment to Excellence" has three (3)
1. Excellence in Coaching
SUSC considers the key ingredient in achieving player
success is in providing the most qualified coaches
available. Coaches, who understand that development is a
"process," who have previous playing experience and a
genuine love of kids are sought out. SUSC has coaches who
are state, nationally and internationally licensed.
Coaches are encouraged to continue their development and
get and/or upgrade their licenses and certifications. The
Club provides continual coaching education programs for
those individuals who have a commitment to player
development, as well as subsidizes the fees for coaching
2. Excellence in Facilities
Another of the cornerstones is providing excellent
facilities. SUSC has an outdoor system of over 25 playing
fields for all age groups. In addition, in partnership
with the United Sports Training Center (USTC), the premier
multi-sport training and competition facility in
Southeastern Pennsylvania, the Club is able to provide an
indoor and outdoor practice and competition facility
3. Excellence in Support
The final primary cornerstone of the SUSC program is an
extensive network of dedicated volunteers. These
volunteers participate as team managers, assistant
coaches, tournament volunteers and others who support the
Club and its teams in a variety of other ways. Finally,
the Club has a scholarship fund to provide financial
support to those players in need of financial aid to
participate at the Club and beyond.
… The combination of these three cornerstones
results in Excellence in Player Development
The results of this focus, among others, are:
• 9 high school All-Americans
• 8 Collegiate All-Americans
• 68 Division I Collegiate players
• 13 EPYSA State Champions (outdoor)
• 9 EPYSA State Finalists
• Numerous league and tournament championship teams
The SUSC soccer program is designed to develop players
to their greatest potential by focusing on top quality
instruction and training, abundant facilities and exposure
to top level competition.
• Every SUSC player, from the youngest to the oldest,
and from the least experienced to the most experienced, is
• Soccer has proven to be a youth activity where the
decision-making skills learned on the field and as a
member of a team are invaluable off the field.
• Soccer provides a forum through and in which youth
can learn good decision-making skills and the value of
• SUSC is committed to making each player's overall
experience a valuable one.
• Our focus is on the development of each
student-athlete, on the field as well as off.
- Education, both in the classroom and
faith-based, is far more important than soccer.
- The "education first" decisions of players
and parents is fully supported.
• It is our goal to offer players optimal opportunities
to earn recognition that will enable them to achieve
continued success as student-athletes and as members of
• Player Development at SUSC focuses on the "process"
and well beyond soccer, with a recognition that results
• Players are exposed to outstanding training and
• Players learn to apply these soccer skills and, in so
doing, enhance their love of the game.
• Players learn the value of teamwork, both on the
field and off.
• SUSC players are encouraged to take responsibility
for their participation in and commitment to SUSC, their
teams and their community.
SUSC coaches, parents and volunteers recognize that
participation in and support of SUSC is, first and
foremost, about our youth and their development in soccer
and, more important, as people.
All SUSC participants are expected to exhibit good
sportsmanship and teamwork at all times, especially to
their teammates, coaches, opponents, referees, and the
fans and friends of soccer.
To support the Club's philosophy of identifying and
developing top soccer players, SUSC conducts open travel
tryouts in the spring. The Club's objective is to have two
or more travel teams is each gender age group. Tryout
guidelines are established by the Coach and Player
Development Committee and are approved by the Board of
Directors. All club coaches participate in the tryout
process, augmented from time to time by highly qualified
evaluators. Typically there are initial Club-wide tryout
kick-off dates for all boys' teams and all girls' teams,
with subsequent tryout dates established by the individual
coaches. While players may tryout for a team in an age
group above their own (subject to USYSA guidelines), the
Club strongly recommends each player remain within their