FC Stars (FC Stars of Massachusetts)
FC Stars of Massachusetts is an elite premier soccer club based in Acton, Mass. Founded in 2000, FC Stars have produced 23 State Cup winning teams in the past 10 years. FC Stars teams also perform on a national basis and in 2005 the U19 Girls team at the time won the USYSA National Championship. The Stars teams play in the Massachusetts Premier league (MAPLE), New England Premiership (NEP) and the Region 1 league. FC Stars is also a member of the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL). In 2010 the club expanded by creating a satellite FC Stars West unit to offer the Stars program to young players in western Massachusetts. Then in 2013 they started their programs in southern and northern Massachusetts; also expanded into New Hampshire. The club has fashioned a soccer training development program that meets the technical, tactical, physical and psychological needs of girls and boys who have dedicated themselves to becoming premier soccer players. The Stars coaching staff, curriculum, philosophy, and the overall competitive experience provide a compelling soccer environment for premier-caliber players.
The club employs talented full-time and part-time coaching staff with vast experience of the youth soccer landscape in Massachusetts. The quality of coaching is a major factor in the playing success of the FC Stars club. FC Stars operates a tiered system of teams in each age group. The top team in each age group is called Stars United at ages below U14 and Stars ECNL at U14 and older. The second level in each age group is typically called Stars Athletic, the third level is Stars Rovers and the fourth level is Stars Galaxy. The Stars West satellite follows a similar structure with the teams tiered as Stars West United, Stars West Athletic and so on.
FC Stars Team Structure
FC Stars also offers a Junior Academy for players U9 and younger to teach the basic fundamentals of the game and to instill a sense of fun and enthusiasm for the game that will last a lifetime. FC Stars have 5 regions:
- FC Stars Central
- FC Star New Hampshire
- FC Stars North
- FC Stars West
- FC Stars South
FC Stars offers numerous camps for all levels of play and to fit anyone’s busy schedule. They have an overnight (residential) camp at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge New Hampshire. This FC Stars camp offer all Stars players an intense premier soccer experience, with a fun and competitive learning environment for all levels. There is a four day technical clinic at Citizens Bank Fields, Lancaster during April vacation week; this is clinic is for elite players looking to improve all aspects of their game.
FC Stars has a Junior Academy.
FC Stars is host of the Annual Stars Cup (over the Labor Day weekend) which is held at various locations in the Greater Boston area in Massachusetts. The event is dual sanctioned by USYSA and US Club Soccer. Stars Cup is rated as a Premier Tournament by GotSoccer and is ranked in the top 20 tournaments in the country. All teams normally play a minimum of three games.
In late 2014 FC Stars opened a brand new soccer complex in Lancaster, Mass. This is a 20 acre facility with 4 turf soccer fields along with lights.
- FC Stars has a very comprehensive site for their soccer club.
- Good information for existing players and coaches as well as prospects.
- In-depth information on camps and clinics.
- No “search” section.
- Menus can be redundant and have too many levels.
- No fees for the club identified.