After lots of thoughts and discussions with our families and partners, beginning Fall 2020, Challenge is excited to offer boys soccer players the same experience we have successfully provided to female athletes for over 30 years. As the youth soccer landscape in Houston has changed there has become a clear need for additional comprehensive soccer opportunities that are run with integrity, honesty, clear communication and transparency. We are looking forward to filling this void with Challenge United Soccer Club.
Since our founding in 1987, Challenge has strived to provide female soccer players an unparalleled youth experience by putting the best interests of our players and families at the forefront of their athletic education and we are proud to be one of a select few girls-only clubs in the country. Our long track record of developing players who successfully compete at the highest levels of international, collegiate and youth soccer, combined with the opportunity to develop their soccer skills in a fun, safe and demanding setting, suggests that our model has worked. Thousands of South Texas families have entrusted their daughters to us and we have been proud to provide them a program that was founded on family and is always committed to excellence; we look forward to running our full-service boys club the same way.
Challenge United will be offered at all Challenge locations, with the exception of Aggieland, and will be staffed by newly hired coaches, as well as a few of our current staff. Challenge United will train at all of our current facilities in the following locations: The Woodlands, Klein, Cypress, and South. We will also continue our close working partnership with Texas Heatwave Rec to provide these opportunities in the East/Kingwood/Atascocita areas.
Challenge will be working with Rise Soccer Club to transition teams and players currently playing at Burroughs, Lindsay Lyons and Cypress, into our boys’ program. In our first year, the Challenge United teams will compete in the US Club Soccer sanctioned United Soccer Clubs (USC) Houston Division and Champions League, affording our teams the opportunity to advance to the US Club Regional and National Championships. In an effort to provide soccer to all levels of play and interest we will also be offering both girls and boys recreational programs in all areas. Similar to our girls, all boys teams will be outfitted in Adidas uniforms, training gear and spirit wear.
Many of our current Challenge coaching staff and directors have extensive experience working in both youth boys’ and collegiate men’s soccer but our expectations and intentions are for our girls’ staff to remain focused on the girls’ side of the club while offering assistance where necessary. We have tremendous coaches and leadership within our girls’ program and are very excited about the direction we are moving; we will not disrupt that momentum. Our intent is to provide staff to our boys membership that conduct themselves with the same enthusiasm, coaching acumen, communication skills, and integrity that our families have grown to know so well over the last 33 years.
Ultimately we believe this exciting time will only enhance our Club’s offerings to all families in the Houston soccer community. Having multiple playing options for boys is hugely important as coaches and clubs will continue to better themselves in an effort to educate our youth. Challenge is proud of our long-standing place, in both South Texas and US youth soccer, and your trust in us has ultimately allowed us to take this next step. We look forward to working with both current and new families as we embark on this new chapter of Challenge Soccer Club while we maintain, and grow, our reputation as a leading club in our country.
More details, including coaching assignments and tryout information, will be released in the coming days on www.challengesoccer.com. Families who have interest or questions should email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call our Executive Director, Pat O’Toole directly at 832-563-0685.