One Community. One Club. One Passion.
All Youth. All Levels. All Soccer.

President's Message

April 4, 2010

Welcome to South Carolina United FC, South Carolina’s largest youth soccer club. Whether you are a first time visitor or you are a regular to our website, we invite you to surf each and every page to learn more about the breadth and depth of all we have to offer families throughout and beyond the state. 

Based centrally in Columbia, our state’s capital city, we strive to provide high quality youth soccer programs at every level. Our mission is to enable every child, regardless of his or her socio-economic, ethnic or religious background, to play soccer at a level commensurate with his or her individual ability in a cost effective manner. With a membership of more than 4,600 players (and growing!), we are, indeed, achieving our vision of making our ultra-inclusive “All Youth…All Levels…All Soccer” player development model the most recognizable youth soccer brand in South Carolina.
 
Currently, we serve players ranging in age 3-19 who reside in one of 17 counties across the state and beyond participating in one of our six distinct soccer programs:
  1. Columbia United YMCA Strikers Special Needs Program;
     
  2. Columbia United YMCA Recreational Youth Soccer League;
     
  3. South Carolina United Player Development Program for advanced U7-U12 Recreational Players;
     
  4. South Carolina United Junior Academy Program for the most avid of U9 – U 12 players who seek quality technical and tactical training; 
     
  5. South Carolina United Select Program, our highly competitive, multi-tiered, multi-team program for U13 – U19 players who participate in leagues and tournaments throughout South Carolina (Presidents Medal Soccer League or South Carolina State Challenge League) or in the USYSA Region III Premier League each year, if qualified operated by SCYSA and in tournaments and other events operated by US Club Soccer, the two main youth soccer organizations through which we are affiliated with the United States Soccer Federation; and
     
  6. The United States Soccer Development Academy’s only South Carolina based program (SCUFC Development Academy, Inc.) to which we have licensed our trademark and for which we provide consulting and administrative services and facilities usage. 
At South Carolina United FC, we also take pride in developing our own players from within and then using the success of our player development model to also attract the best youth soccer players in the state.  We create a genuine sense of club loyalty, extreme pride in what it means to “wear the badge” and we strive to help each player achieve success at his or her appropriate competition level. At the same time we maintain a club culture founded on serving others and giving back to our community through volunteerism, scholarship and community service. Such are just a few of the benchmark characteristics which help us define who we are and how we differ from other youth soccer programs available to you.
 
At South Carolina United FC, we know who we are, what we value and the impact we are having on youth at all levels of play.  While the US Soccer Development Academy’s program (SCUFC Development Academy, Inc.) for which we provide administrative support to has sent 4 players to US National Team Regional Training events, one player is currently in residency with the national team in Bradenton, Florida and its teams currently have the best win-loss-tie percentages in this year’s Southeastern Division play,… and while our Junior Academy and Select teams have always won, and will continue to win, their fair share of State Championship trophies,… we are just as proud of our first time Special Needs players who just garnered up enough courage to play in her very first soccer match…or our first time U4 Recreational player who just made two beautiful shots (even if they were in the wrong goal!)…or our 72 former players who have recently gone on to play inter-collegiate soccer…or our Select players who participate in our annual German youth soccer cultural exchange programs….. or our SCYSA Olympic Development Program players who have represented our club, our state and our country against junior national teams in Spain and Argentina in recent years. 
 
Our soccer programming is as diverse as our membership and indeed, there are many faces of South Carolina United FC! To each of our corporate sponsors, our team sponsors and most importantly, to our parents and players, we thank you for your continued confidence and support. It is our pleasure to serve you and yours.
 
Yours in Youth Soccer,
 
Ron Tryon
President
South Carolina United FC

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