HFC Select Season

Information for the 2024/2025 Season will be announced in Spring 2024.

2023-2024 Select League
U9-U14/ Birth Year 2010-2015

Registration link for the Select League will be sent to players via TeamSnap messenger or email by July 23rd.
Please register through the link provided in the message by July 29th.

Select League Current Season Information

Are you or your child interested in a higher level of competition?
If so, consider joining our Select League for players in the U9-U14 range. Eligible birth years range from 2010-2015. 

Session 1: Saturday, July 8th at 12:00 PM
Session 2: Wednesday, July 12th at 6:00 PM

Location: Stadium Field, North Coast Park, 47663 Main Street, Houghton MI 49931

Player Selection: Sunday, July 16, 2023
Player Registration Deadline: Saturday, July 29, 2023

Please have your player attend one evaluation session. Sessions will last between 60-75 minutes. All players should wear soccer cleats, shin guards, athletic clothing and bring a water bottle.

What to expect:

Select teams are meant for players who want to develop as a player and are willing to work for it. Players are expected to participate in scheduled practices. All players will have an opportunity to play in games however, the practice participation may be taken into consideration when making game roster decisions.

Schedule:

The select season runs from August 8th – October 2023 and May-June 2024. Practice will be held twice a week with games scheduled on select weekends. Practice will be scheduled for all select teams at the same time (Tuesday/Thursday 5:45pm to 7:15pm) and at the same location unless notified. Houghton FC select teams plan to play games against other teams in the Upper Peninsula with Marquette, Iron Mountain and Houghton FC hosting a game day on rotational basis (we may also play other teams). We expect at least three game days in the fall and another three in the spring within the Upper Peninsula. We also plan to participate in one additional tournament in the fall and in the spring. If a team wants to participate in additional tournaments, families and coaches may do so upon approval of the select league coordinator.

Tentative game schedule is shown below. (Dates & location are subject to change)

FALL 2023
Northwoods Soccer League, Marquette, MI (Saturday, August 26)
Fall Tournament, at Midland, MI (September 8-10, 2023)
Northwoods Soccer League, Marquette, MI (Saturday, September 16, 2023)
Northwoods Soccer League, location TBD (Saturday, September 30, 2023)
Potential game day, location TBD (Saturdays, October 7, 14, 21, 2023)

SPRING 2024
Menasha Classic near Appleton, WI (May 17-19, 2024)
Northwoods Soccer League, location TBD (Saturdays, June 8, 15, 2024)
Potential Lake Superior Open, Duluth, MN (June 28-30, 2024)

Cost: $190

Registration fee is for both Fall 2023 & Spring 2024 select season.
The registration fee covers:

  • Field usage (Practice locations announced in TeamSnap)
  • Referee & tournament fee for the Northwood Soccer League and other games within the U.P.

Additional Fee:

  • Fall & Spring Tournament fee: Approximately $50 per player, payable only by those participating in the tournament (HFC is currently seeking sponsorship to fund the tournament fee)
  • Uniform: Uniform is REQUIRED for all select team players
  • All personal travel expense to tournaments (gas/lodging/meal, etc.)

Coaching & Team Roster Format

The number and composition of select teams will be determined after the evaluation dates are complete. It depend solely on the number of interested players. While we do expect most players to participate during the game days, we also want to ensure that each team has a large enough roster, so a team is able to participate in the scheduled games with sufficient number of substitute players even with absence of several players. We hope to participate in tournaments with the maximum roster allowed.

Our goal is to have three coaches per team where at least the head coach has past experience as a competitive soccer player or a coach. We hope to build a Houghton FC culture for coaching that provides continuity from one year to another as players develop. While coaches have independence on making coaching decisions for the team, all select coaches will have regular coordination amongst them to build common expectations for players’ code of conduct across all teams.

Select Team Registration Timeline

  • Evaluation Day #1: Saturday, July 8, 2023 at 12pm
  • Evaluation Day #2: Wednesday, July 12, 2023 at 6pm
  • Player Selection: Sunday, July 16, 2023
  • Player Registration opens (Players will receive registration link via TeamSnap)
  • Player Registration deadline: Saturday, July 29, 2023

Uniforms are Required for Select League

Uniform cost is separate from registration cost. Cost of kit:  

  • Youth: about $65 plus shipping  
  • All teams in all age groups use the same uniform, one red jersey, one white jersey, black shorts, one pair of red socks and one pair of white socks
  • Kits will be available through the online Team Store and links will be e-mailed after registration is complete

Other Requirements

Players are required to bring the following items:

  • Soccer cleats & shin guards 
  • Soccer ball
  • Water bottle
  • Uniforms on game days REQUIRED

Registration link for the Select League will be sent to players via TeamSnap messenger or email by July 23rd.
Please register through the link provided in the message by July 29th.