United, we are
We are excited to share with you that De Pere Select, United Hurricanes and New United will be joining forces, helping create a more comprehensive club that can further advance the goals and overall experiences of our players.
As one club, united under the Wisconsin United FC name, you and all our valued members will have access to a stronger club better positioned to serve our players from three year old's all the way to the professional Major League Soccer team.
While this combination provides many benefits, it is important to know that our individual focus and dedication on our players and members will never change. We believe that all players matter, and everyone deserves personal attention and the best possible experience both on and off the field. This combination is designed to allow our coaches and staff to connect even more closely with our players.
Though our clubs are joining forces, we expect very little impact on team formations, practice locations, or the talented coaches and staff members with whom you interact in the first year.
The new, stronger Wisconsin United FC has an exciting future. We will be able to invest more in our players, coaches, staff, facilities, and programming options while keeping membership costs as low as possible. Our coaches and staff will also have valuable development opportunities which we would otherwise not be able to provide, which will continue to improve our player and team experience.
We know you probably have many questions, and while we might not have all the answers at this time, we have put together a Q&A section below to provide you with as much information as possible.
Thank you for your continued support. We hope you’re as excited as we are for our new, united club and our future together, where all players matter.
All Players will Benefit
The new, united club will serve players in three regions of Wisconsin supported by one of the most highly skilled and passionate staffs. Serving players from three-years-old to 19-years-old, from beginner to advanced, the Wisconsin United FC will provide one of the most comprehensive player experiences and pathways in the nation, all locally driven through community-based programming.
Goal - A Better Experience!
How Will This Improve
This merger affords players from all three clubs, recreational to elite, to have access to greater development and programming options than if the three clubs would remain independent on their own.
This merger provides greater resources to take coach education and staff development to higher levels, giving players a better playing experience.
There will be some valuable administrative and organizational efficiencies that result from combining our three organizations, which allows us to reinvest back into the player experience.
The combined club has more opportunities to undertake strategic projects in the future ranging from development of playing facilities and complexes, to providing more scholarships to providing greater access to the game for our players.
No, we will always have a local team unless the numbers don’t allow for it.
Bringing together the resources of all 3 clubs into one provides an enhanced experience for all players. Coaches will follow a standard curriculum and work in sync, ensuring uniform and age specific training at practices. This exciting partnership with Minnesota United gives our club access to a top-level training curriculum and will ensure we attract the best coaches possible to work with our kids.
All players will benefit from the additional training and resources we will be able to provide to all players at every level. An MLS culture will boost enthusiasm for the sport, not only in our club but in our communities as well. We also believe combining clubs will extend playing opportunities for our older kids.
U14 and younger players will tryout at their local region as normal. Players age U15 and older will participate in one central tryout. Director's of Coaching (DOC's) will identify the number and level of teams before the tryout process begins. Players can tryout for whichever level of play they desire, whether that is local, state or higher.
Each region’s Director of Coaching will perform the assessment of the players within their region.
Practices for each region will continue to be held at their local fields just as they have in the past. Additional opportunities for scrimmages or indoor play may occur in the other regions. It cannot be stressed enough that this merger will offer added opportunities while still providing the hometown soccer club experience.
We believe that every player matters and any player that wants to be a soccer player will always have a place to play. We will continue to offer recreational, classic, state and beyond as we always have. As we grow, we will be able to group players more closely to their abilities, providing the best situation for all players to grow in the sport. We will also be able to offer even higher level play at the club level which, if desired by the athletes, will enhance their club experience - not replace it.
In short yes fees will likely change, but not due to the consolidation of the clubs, but due to the increased costs of tournaments, referee fees and great coaches. We will be working through the budget in the next couple months and will provide full club fees prior to tryouts. It is the goal of Wisconsin United FC to provide the best product at a regionally competitive price.
We are Wisconsin United FC, with the individual regions designated as:
Yes, we will be purchasing new kits for the Fall 2020 season. For Howard/Suamico and De Pere, this is a normal cycle year. For Appleton, it is an off-year, but will be purchasing new kits to remain consistent with the other regions.
Yes! In fact, as the club grows we will be able to offer incremental training with specialized coaches (goalkeeper coaches, etc.).
Camps will continued to be offered. We will evaluate our Camp offerings on an annual basis.
No, each region’s rec programs will continue to run as normal and there should be no notable changes.
Our academies will continue to operate the same way.
Our goal is to provide the best possible coach for every player. In addition, the merger will provide our coaching staff additional coaching education opportunities and resources. In addition we are hoping to attract coaches hungry to learn and develop their coaching career. License requirements/experience will continue to be determined by the Directors of Coaching for each region and by WYSA guide lines.
If your child plays at the same level they are currently, then travel should remain the same. If your child makes a higher level team, the amount of travel likely will change. This decision will be for parents and players to make - we will not force anyone to change teams or leagues if they do not wish to do so. Our goal is to provide as much local training and playing as possible.
All three clubs are currently using Team Snap and we plan to continue with that app moving forward. Additionally, we plan to launch a new website encompassing all three regions as well as social media platforms.
Look for the ‘Contact Us’ section on this page.
The Club board is made up of members from all 3 regions. Each region will also have committees working on the day-to-day operations very similar to what you have seen in the past.
We encourage all members to reach out with any questions regarding the timeline of implementation or any questions we have not answered yet. We understand that through mergers like this, there will be lots of questions, some concerns, some eagerness, but our ultimate goal is to create one of the best player experiences in U.S. Soccer.