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NorCal 101

NORCAL PREMIER

NorCal Premier is a youth soccer organization based in Northern California and it is comprised by Soccer Clubs from areas as far as Fresno to the south and to the Redding and Chico areas to the north, and of course, the greater Sacramento and Bay Area cities and towns as well as the Northern Nevada Reno area.

NorCal Premier has different events throughout the year for all ages of players, both male and female. Their primary events are Spring and Fall seasons and their flagship event is the NorCal Premiere State Cup Championships, carried out in the fall-winter each year.

Website: NorCal Premiere

NORCAL PARTICIPATION

Patriots Academy teams U9 and up, boys & girls, participate selectively in the NorCal State Cup competition as part of our ongoing commitment to player development. Since the Patriots Academy is a Traveling/Competitive program, we require full commitment from our players and families during the soccer seasons, but particularly during State Cup commitments.

All players in teams participating in NorCal (typically U9 and up) are required to attend all scheduled games. We publish our tournament scheduled 6 months to 1.5 years in advance, so please be sure to look at the “planning calendar” prior to the start of the season and plan ahead. (Click Here)

Unless there is an emergency or a family planned event before we publish the “planning calendars”, your child is expected to attend all NorCal games.

NORCAL OBJECTIVES

Because of the nature of the State Cup competition geared towards development, teams of all levels get to participate. For Patriots teams, the competition is a milestone set for our teams in the fall, and we attend State Cup with the full intention of winning each team’s division, while using the opportunity to help our players develop by virtue of exposing them to players with a higher level play that is difficult to obtain locally. Nevertheless, we encourage parents to not get wrapped up in wins and losses, but rather the development of their child. More importantly, did they have fun? Coming back with trophies and medals from the competition is just the cherry on top.

NORCAL FEES

All players in teams participating in NorCal are also required to pay for the event. The cost of the tournament is budgeted with each player on the team in mind. Having a previous commitment does not release the responsibility for payment for their team-share of the event cost. On average, the cost per player is $50 for the competition.

ALL travel and NorCal expenses are the responsibility of each family and are NOT included in the NorCal participation fee.

ROSTERS

Players attending NorCal are listed in the seasonal roster-team-player allocation. (Click Here)

NORCAL GAME SCHEDULES & LOCATIONS

NorCal Games typically take place over a period of 2 to 3.5 months depending on the ages. About half the games may be played on Saturdays but typically, NorCal games are scheduled on Sundays so that they may be played in unison with the local fall league in each region.

Games for the Patriots may be played from 2 to 4 hours drive time and may sometimes be only one game for an 8 hour round trip, although we try to avoid these type of games. Playing games in the Sacramento and East bay areas is typical, but from time to time it might be a bit further.

NORCAL EVENT FORMAT

NorCal State Cup consists of seven (7) guaranteed games per team, with a maximum of nine (9) games per team if a team makes it to the championship game in their division for U9 through U13. The Competition is broken down under these parameters:

U9-U10 Boys & Girls (Copper, Bronze, Silver & Gold Divisions) (Premier and State Divisions have slightly different calendar):

First Round, 3 “seeding” games. Games may be played starting around the 1st weekend in September and end by the 1st weekend in October.

Second Round, 3 “seeding” games. Games are typically played the 1st or 2nd weekend in November, one weekend for the boys and the other for the girls. The format is much like a tournament. Two (2) games, 1st & 2nd of the second round are played on Saturday am & pm, and the 3rd game of the second round on Sunday am. These games are all played at the same central location and are used to “seed” teams to play teams of similar strength in a quarter-final game on Sunday Afternoon.

Quarter-Final Game. This game is typically played on Sunday after the 3rd game in the afternoon with the winner earning a spot on a semi-final game a week later.

Semi-Final. This game is played on Saturday at a central location the weekend before Thanksgiving. Winners of the game advance to the championship game the following day, losing team goes home.

Final Game. This game is played on the Sunday before Thanksgiving and is the 9th game of the event in each division. The two remaining teams in the division play for 1st and 2nd place, both earning a team cup and player medals marking the end of the competition.

U11-U13 Boys and Girls (Copper, Bronze, Silver & Gold Divisions) (Premier and State Divisions have slightly different calendar):

First Round, 3 “seeding” games. Games may be played starting around the 1st weekend in September and end by the 1st weekend in October.

Second Round, 3 “seeding” games. The first game of the second round is typically played sometime in November, the 2nd and 3rd games are played  the 1st or 2nd weekend in December, one weekend for the boys and the other for the girls. The format is much like a tournament. One game, the 2nd of the second round is played on Saturday either am & pm, and the 3rd game of the second round on Sunday. These games are all played at the same central location and are used to “seed” teams to play teams of similar strength in a quarter-final game a week later.

Quarter-Final Game. This game is typically played on Saturday the second weekend of December at a central location for all teams with the winner earning a spot on a semi-final game a day later on Sunday. Winners of the semi-final game advance to the championship game following weekend, losing team goes home.

Final Game. This game is typically played on the Saturday or Sunday a week before Christmas and is the 9th game of the event in each division. The two remaining teams in the division play for 1st and 2nd place, both earning a team cup and player medals marking the end of the competition.

RANKINGS

NorCal teams are typically ranked by strength based on previous results and assessment by each club’s respective technical director or DOC (Director of Coaching). The stronger teams are ranked in the “State/Premier” divisions which normally includes 48 to 64 teams, the next level of teams are ranked in the “Gold/Silver) divisions and can also be grouped from 48 to 64 teams, followed by the “Bronze” divisions with about 24 to 48 teams and lastly the “Copper” division with about 12 to 36 teams, depending on numbers.

“State” teams are typically the stronger teams which play for the top “Actual” State Cup Championship in NorCal. “State” Division teams will typically start play in September, and finish in February-March of the following year, especially for the older teams U14 and up.

 

All teams have the possibility to be ranked according to the results of their 1st and 2nd round games each year, with teams able to advance from one year to the next depending on the final state cup results and other results attained during the year in local and tournament competition.

HOTELS

Accommodations for NorCal games are difficult but depending on the location and scheduling of the games, sometimes families might need to spend a Friday and/or Saturday night at a hotel. In some rare instances, the event venue and games will be close enough allowing for early Saturday morning driving (assuming a late Saturday game start), but this is not the norm.

We will typically reserve a block of rooms at a local or close-by hotel to try and get a discounted group rate. However, families are not required to stay at that hotel. Each family is free to choose. The only requirement is to have your child at the field one (1) hour before game time.

We will always try and find a hotel using the following parameters: a) Reasonable price; b) Provides breakfast; c) Has a swimming pool; d) Has a gathering place we can use; and, e) Flexible for late check outs.

Typical NorCal Season for the Patriots Academy Teams:

U9-U10, Boys & Girls

September, Weekend after  Labor Day weekend.
Through
November, Weekend before Thanksgiving if a team makes it to the championship

U11-U13, Boys & Girls

September, Weekend after  Labor Day weekend.
Through
December, Weekend before Christmas if a team makes it to the championship.

U14-U19, Boys & Girls

September, Weekend after  Labor Day weekend.
Through
November.

Then From March through May, depending on Result.

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