The Competitive Program is a great opportunity for players to experience a higher level of soccer than the Recreational Program, with more experienced coaches, team selection through a try-out process, and the opportunity to participate in tournaments.
Players selected for Mako teams are committing to their team for one seasonal year (August 1 - July 31 of the following year). Additionally, players selected for Mako teams are also financially committing to their team for one seasonal year.
Teams qualify for competition based on performance in the previous season or by their ability as a Team. There are several leagues within the region that Mako teams compete in. Regardless of which league a Mako team plays in there is an extensive amount of commitment and traveling involved.
The seasonal year is divided into a Fall season and Spring season with half of the games at home at McChesnney Park, and the other half away (opponents home field). Mako, Florida State Premier League teams play their games at a neutral location).
Mako Soccer club had a total of sixteen competitive teams competing in 2014/15 season, providing opportunities for girls and boys, ranging from U9 through U19, to improve their soccer skills. Many Mako teams have had a very successful season with many bringing home many trophies. Mako Teams, U18 Girls, U13 Girls, and U14 Boys made it as far as the Florida Youth Soccer Association (FYSA) State Cup, Round of Sixteen. This was a great accomplishment for the Club, Teams and their respective Coaches.
While Competitive team head coaches are still volunteers, they are appointed via an application/selection process, with an understanding to providing players with training from more experienced and knowledgeable individuals. Some teams chose to additionally enhance training through the use of professional coaches which may increase the cost.
If you are interested in coaching Comp soccer in Mako Soccer Club, please contact the club’s Director of Coaching (DoC) Stuart Duffin.
The playing season:
The Competitive Program season is longer than that for Recreational soccer, typically running from early August through May. Teams schedule two or three 1-1/2-hour practices per week. Teams participate in regular league games at the beginning of August and play through Fall, followed by post league cup play in December. Some teams also opt to play in league play in the Spring [Brevard Youth Soccer League (BYSL)].
The number, and location of tournaments entered, is up to the individual team (typically 4 or 5), but there are plenty of options within the State of Florida. Typically, Tournaments will require an overnight stay which will make the experience even more memorable. There are tournaments which are local and require no overnight stays. Depending upon the team’s ability and level of play it will become beneficial for that team to travel out of state to tournaments. This will require permission to travel from FYSA.
League games are again, primarily, played within the local area, but teams do accept that there can be requirements to travel further afield, for example to Homestead or possibly to Titusville. A league will have a typical 10 game league schedule that will have an equal split of home and away fixtures.
For more information on Leagues please see Leagues below.
Leagues that Mako teams participate in are as follows:
Brevard Youth Soccer League (BYSL)
South Florida United Youth Soccer Association (SFUSA)
Florida United Girls Soccer Association (Flugsa)
West Palm Beach League
Treasure Coast League (Developmental league)
Florida State Premier League (FSPL- High Competition)
In order to play in the competitive program, players must attend try-outs. Through a series of drills and games, coaches assess players' abilities, to ultimately select a competitive team roster. A second team may be formed, depending on the number of players attending try-outs showing suitable ability, and the availability of coaches.
For more information on try-outs, please refer to our Try-out informational page.
The registration fee for Mako Competitive Soccer is more expensive than recreational soccer. The team fees typically will range between $400-750 per player for the season. Team fees per player may vary from team to team depending on the trainer used.
Uniforms are an additional expense to the player which can be ordered at the beginning of July each season.
Adult - $147.68
Youth – $137.28
There are additional costs, which vary from team to team, to cover tournament registration and professional coaching services etc.
Many teams organize fundraising events to help lower these costs.
If you have questions about the Competitive Program, please contact the club's DoC: Stuart Duffin or Comp Coordinator: Shawn Chrisopherson.