Pleasanton RAGE Competitive Program

RAGE offers Competitive Soccer for players whose dedication, desire, ability and passion for the game catapult them toward developing their soccer to the highest level possible.

Most of our teams compete in the NorCal Premier League (NPL) and attend State Cup competition. Our top teams in the U14-U18 age groups compete in the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL), traveling to affiliated ECNL events up to 3 times a year, based on age group. These events are often out of state. Our U14-U19 Premier teams compete in NPL (based on qualification). Other teams attend tournaments, in and out of state, and are projected to be competitive.

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RAGE Competitive Information

By levels and ages:

ECNL (U14-U19)    Elite (U9-U13)    Premier (U9-U19)     Orange (U9-U19)     Grey (U9-U19)

At all age groups, RAGE continues to emphasize and develop a “love of the game”, as well as development of skills needed to compete more successfully at the older ages. These players are those who have been identified as having “the right stuff” to develop into more advanced competitive players, confidently moving toward collegiate play. This division represents the highest level of commitment by both players and parents.

THE PHILOSOPHY OF THE RAGE SOCCER CLUB endorsed by USSF

Our younger ages represent the most influential period in forming a sound fundamental base and a love of the game.

Continue to make training fun while at the same time keeping it consistently challenging and competitive.

Playing to win games becomes increasingly important but should never be at the expense of playing well.

Avoid the temptation to have your players BOOT the ball long and far in the hopes that one of your fast forwards can win a foot race to create a breakaway. A ball that is aimlessly kicked forward into a sea of opponents with the idea of gaining a territorial advantage is, at best, hopeful soccer. The style of playing incessant “direct” soccer, when a team always plays the ball forward regardless of whether or not it is appropriate to do so in that situation, does not develop players. Moreover, that approach has consistently been proven ineffective at the higher level of the game.

The “direct” approach should also be discouraged because it replaces skillful and creative play with an environment in which aggression and size becomes disproportionately important. While we want to encourage players to be “direct” by going to goal when the opportunity presents itself, there is a huge difference between being constructively direct as opposed to whacking the ball forward all the time.

Playing well means playing intelligent, patient, controlled game in which skill, mobility, and precision are emphasized and applied at speed. A precise pass to a well-timed purposeful run that culminates in a shot on goal is one of the most exciting actions in any sport.

Only if we teach and give our young players the freedom to make choices during the run of play will they be able to fulfill their potential.

Hard though it may be, refrain from bellowing at your players to “shoot it” or “pass it.” A “wrong” decision by a player is better than a “right” decision by a coach. After the game is the time to discuss why a player made a specific choice in a specific situation. But during the game it must be left to the players to think for themselves.

– Rage Technical Staff

RAGE is fortunate to have well over 500 competitive players every year.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) regarding cost, time commitment, etc. can be found below, based on the birth year of the player.  Should you have further questions please do not hesitate to contact the RAGE office at 925-251-9116.

RAGE offers private, one-on-one training sessions for those who wish to improve their soccer skills. Our licensed soccer coach will take a customized approach for individual sessions. Open to any age group and any level within Pleasanton RAGE.

Available Private Training