The schedule will be planned for the year and will utilize the GotSoccer platform that most people are used to using. Schedules, procedures, policies and play dates will all be posted.
APC will operate under a collaborative Master Calendar. APC also believes for player development reasons there should be 2-3 quality training sessions per every meaningful game therefore weeknight matches will be minimized.
Will players/teams be allowed to play up?
Players and teams will be allowed to play up with the decisions coming from each respective Club Technical Director/ Director of Coaching.
Will we still play at our home complex?
APC Leagues will employ a home-and-away model so your home league matches will continue to be at your home complex. APC member clubs have control and access to the best and largest home club complexes in Arkansas.
How will this affect our participation in tournaments?
APC Member hosted tournaments will be sanctioned through US Club Soccer and be completely open and fully insured for all US Youth, USSSA or US Club teams to participate. APC member teams will continue to have the option of participating in any open sanctioned US Club or US Youth tournament. Another added benefit is that there is no travel permission required for any APC member teams to participate in any sanctioned tournament or out-of-town event.
What coaching development opportunities will APC offer?
Coaches will continue to have opportunities to enroll in USSF National License courses. An added benefit will be exclusive coach development initiatives through US Club’s La Liga partnership and other APC planned coaching courses.
Will referees be able to get certified and have development opportunities?
Referee certification courses will be offered.
Will the players be covered under insurance?
APC Member Clubs will be certified through Players First program through US Club Soccer. Extensive Risk Management process through US Club soccer. Supplement Medical Insurance Coverage covers all programming.
What age groups and levels will the new leagues offer?
League programming will be offered for Boys/Girls U11-U19 with multiple divisions that allow for roster flexibility and “playing up” for development. Clubs will operate around a coordinated calendar with proper periodization and year round leagues. (Potential to include U9-10 programming and/or partnerships with Oklahoma Premier Club (OPC) Teams).
Can other clubs join APC?
APC is a club-based platform where members must meet certain standards. Interested clubs wishing to become a member may apply. Clubs are selected by the APC Technical Leadership Board using the following criteria:
1) APC must be their primary competitive platform
2) Quality of facilities
3) Size of club, quality of Competitive teams and Juniors/Academy programs
4) Quality of leadership and coaching staff
5) Administrative capabilities
6) Club structure, vision and development philosophy
7) Geographic consideration
8) Impact to existing APC club members
How does a coach/team apply for APC?
The tremendous excitement of the APC will undoubtedly generate a lot of interest from coaches and teams wanting to join. To ensure the level of quality remains high, the APC will only consider clubs that meet the criteria outlined above. Individual teams or coaches wanting to participate would need to join an APC member club.