The Elite program offers an environment within Mt. Diablo Soccer for those players looking to play at a highly competitive level while remaining part of a community-based, affordable local club.
Elite teams, from U11-U19, focus on player development. Players on Elite teams are committed to a high training regimen and to playing against strong competition. Elite teams play other AYSO Elite teams and U.S. Club teams. Travel throughout the Bay Area, and sometimes beyond, is involved. It is up to each team to choose which tournaments they wish to participate in, with approval from the Elite Committee. Each team can decide if they wish to participate in an Indoor Soccer or Futsal league during the winter.
A high level of commitment is expected from both players and parents. Elite is for enthusiastic and motivated soccer players. For the purposes of player development, a player is expected to regularly attend training sessions and matches. Parents are also expected to assist in team management and league organization.
Within the Elite program, every coach, referee and administrator must adhere to the six AYSO philosophies: Everyone Plays, Balanced Teams, Positive Coaching, Open Registration, Good Sportsmanship and Player Development. Our MDSA Elite teams are built around these six philosophies.
Our rosters are smaller than most club teams and this allows our players to receive at least 50% play time. We firmly believe that players don’t develop unless they receive a consistent amount of play time. Teams are based on birth year, with age-pure (single year) rosters.
Players on Elite teams are not required to play concurrently on a Fall Program (“Rec/House”) team. If a player wants to play on an Elite team and a Fall team concurrently, this is possible, but be aware that there are likely to be a significant amount of conflicts, as the teams are very likely to have matches on the same days.
Divisions with high school age players will take a hiatus to allow for the North Coast Section high school soccer season during the winter months.
The Mt. Diablo Soccer Elite program is a member of US Club Soccer and CYSA CalNorth, which allows Elite teams to compete in a broad range of US Club and CYSA tournaments. Some teams may compete on the CalNorth Spring and CalNorth Fall leagues.