The expansion of the FC Wisconsin Regional Competitive Program to include teams at the U13, U14 and U15 age groups has been a fantastic area of growth for the club, allowing more players to be a part of the FC Wisconsin development pathway. More importantly, the “RC Program” has made some big progress on the field, and the players and teams are contributing significantly to the club environment.
The Regional Competitive Program runs "side-by-side" with the club’s ECNL program (Elite Clubs National League), providing players with the same training sessions and coaching staff. Teams train side-by-side for most sessions, allowing for potential player movement between groups and the opportunity to adjust and provide appropriate competition for each player.
With many new players in each age group of the RC Proram, it could be expected that there would be an initial adjustment period, especially to the competitive training environment at FC Wisconsin. However, the club's returning players have shown great leadership making new players feel welcome and demonstrating the standards of the club. Katie McNamara and Ava Zamora (both U15), along with Nina Wolff, Kalee Fricke, and Chloe Adelin (all U14), have been particularly instrumental in building the group culture.
On the field the U14 team were sharp in the Pepsi Cup event at Uihlein Soccer Park, progressing all the way to the championship game in their first tournament together. Even the coaching staff was surprised with how quickly the players grasped the game model and style of play expected at FC WI. New players Claire Dominski, Julia Staeden, and Brittain Scalissi particularly impressed over the weekend.
The U13 and U15 teams have also begun to hit their stride as they entered league games in the last few weeks. The style of play expected at the club is a challenging one initially, with high demands on vision and decision-making, and in stark contrast to what most players are accustomed to. However the long term path is clear, and the results will show. Marija Peharda and Ashley Johnson have been significant additions to the U15 group, as have Madison Schellinger and Amelia Burns at U13.
Goalkeeping has historically been a strong point of FC Wisconsin, with several alumni keepers currently featuring prominently in college soccer. At the RC level returning goalkeeper, Paige Johnson (U13) has been joined by Audrey Evens, Audyn Krueger (both U14), and Georgia Guidice (U15). When combined with the 5 ECNL goalkeepers at these age groups, a deep talent pool is developing at the club and something that FC Wisconsin’s GK Director Monica Gonyo is excited to part of.
The Regional Competitive Program is a unique part of FC Wisconsin, and vital to the future success of the club at all levels. Watch this program as our RC players get ready to make an even bigger impact!