We anticipate to welcome a record number of youth at our 2019-2020 Elite program tryouts! As the premier community-proud alternative to corporate soccer clubs, Lancaster Elite offers top coaching, multi-level league play, and tournaments including State Cup. Lancaster Elite is also excited to offer the benefits of partnership with La Liga Team RCD Espanyol.
Tryout registration will be available at the Registration Portal.
All tryouts are held at:
Lancaster Bible College (Donald H. Funk Turf Field) 901 Eden Rd. Lancaster, PA 17601
Thank you for your interest in trying out for Lancaster Elite! We are a community-proud soccer program competing on a state-wide platform. Our tryout and selection process is designed ensure that all players receive a fair opportunity to be selected for an Elite team.
Player eligibility for Lancaster Elite teams is determined by birth year. Players who will turn 7 or 8 during the year that tryouts are held may try out for the U9 Lancaster Elite teams.
U9/U10 – 7v7 (maximum roster of 13 players)
U11/U12 – 9v9 (maximum roster of 15 players)
U13-U19 – 11v11 (maximum roster of 18 players)
Tryouts are held once a year in the spring and consist of two sessions. The results of these tryouts determine the teams for the following consecutive fall, winter, and spring seasons. Players must attend at least one session for evaluation and are strongly encouraged to attend both.
Players will participate in a series of drills, game situations, and small sided team games. The evaluators consist of experienced coaches and trainers. Evaluators’ scores will be calculated and averaged for the most accurate assessment of each player.
Arrive at least 15 minutes prior to start time. Parents/guardians must register the player online prior to the first tryout session. Players will be issued a tryout shirt with a unique number and are required to wear that shirt for each session.
Wear cleats and shin guards.
Bring an appropriately sized soccer ball.
Ball control and dribbling skills.
Accurate passing of different ranges.
Off the ball movement and work.
* Players will have more success if they prepare in advance through ball touches at home.
** If you are interested in playing goalkeeper, please let the evaluators know upon arrival.
Teams will be formed for each age group as determined by the number of qualified players available. Teams will be chosen based on skill level, fitness, and intangibles like effort and positive attitude. There is no guarantee that a second or third team will be formed. If multiple teams are formed for an age category, the travel selection committee will determine the best team format (equal strength v. graded teams).
Player selection will be determined through a combination of tryout results and coach recommendations. The Lancaster Elite selection committee will work with coaches to determine the roster for the upcoming seasons. Accepted players will be notified as soon as possible after the end of tryouts. Please remember that having previously played for a team does not guarantee a spot on a team for the next season.