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Team Formation Policy

2021 Walnut Creek Surf Soccer Club Team Formation Policy
U6-U14 Age Groups

The intent of the WCSSC Recreation Program is to develop fundamental soccer skills while creating a fun atmosphere that encourages, sportsmanship, teamwork and competition. We achieve this when teams are balanced with all levels of skill and experience.

When a significant imbalance between the skill levels exists from team to team, it often discourages families and players. If we, as a club, can offer a consistently balanced and competitive recreation league from year to year, we will maximize our potential of providing a positive soccer experience and foster a further love of the sport.

Important factors that drive player placement: Geographic Area (e.g. neighborhood, school) and Ability (U9 divisions and older). For more information about how we formulate our teams, please read on.

PLEASE NOTE: WCSSC Recreation Committee voted to remove mutual friend requests from the team formation policy in 2021 and onward.

Geographic Area:  We will form teams as much as possible according to the school of attendance or neighborhood. When there is an imbalance of player enrollment or lack of coaches in a particular area, it is often necessary to mix players with a variety of schools.  When this happens, players may be able to play with other schoolmates or neighbors, but may not necessarily play on an entirely "neighborhood" or school team. Often, teams will contain players from adjacent schools or neighborhoods (i.e. Murwood and Walnut Heights). Coordinators generally will not, unless absolutely necessary, form teams that contain players from east and west Walnut Creek.

Please note that there is no guarantee that your child’s practice will be held at their own home school. We do not accept requests for practice location, day or times. Coaches are solely responsible for determining practice location, day and time. This is determined after teams have already been formed.

Ability (U9- U14): Players (U8 and older) are evaluated at the end of each season by their coaches and are confidentially ranked based on skill, attitude, and coachability. While this is not a perfect method, it does help us form a basis of which to create our teams for the following season. We also ask parents during registration to provide an honest assessment of their child’s ability. Player ability/skill is not a factor in team placement for U6-U8 team formation.


Play Up Request: Players may request to “Play Up” to join an older division.   A "Play Up" request will only be considered if:

  • A "Play Up" request is requested at the time of registration
  • Players birthdate must be between 8/1 and 12/31     

"Play Up" requests are not automatically honored and are granted only if there is space available in the age division.

Play Down Requests:  Players are NOT permitted to play down to a younger age group

Coach and/or Team Request:  Coach and/or team requests are not utilized as a factor in team formation. While we understand that many players would want to return to the same team year after year, due to multiple factors (e.g. competitive balance, coach sign-ups, participant numbers), this is not something that we are able to accommodate. That is not to say that your child will not be placed on a team with many prior-year teammates or coaches, however, this is due to a combination of geographic placement and mutual friend requests and not due to a stated policy that places players on the same team year after year.