Phoenix Premier FC has developed an altered approach to tryouts for 2020, keeping the health and safety of all our members at the forefront of our planning.
Players aged 2014 (U7) – 2002 (U19) are welcome to request placement on a Phoenix Premier FC team for the 2020-2021 season by following the directions set forth below. The process has been designed to prevent exposing players to unnecessary in person contact as much as possible.
The placement request process is open to both CURRENT and NEW players. All players who would like to play for Phoenix Premier FC in the 20/21 season MUST complete the form to request team placement. This is for Current and New players. The request is free of charge.
After you have submitted your team placement request, an appropriate member of the PPFC coaching staff will reach out to you regarding your players team placement. At this point, players will have the opportunity to either accept or decline the offered roster spot. Players may be offered the opportunity to attend a small group evaluation session (see step 4 for more details).
CURRENT PPFC Players - The team placement process will involve a PPFC coach contacting you to discuss team placement for next season.
NEW Players - The appropriate PPFC coach will contact you to discuss potential team placement or offer you the opportunity to attend a small group evaluation that will follow the Arizona Soccer Association's guidelines set forth for the safe return to play.
To complete the process all committed players will need to complete PPFC club registration.
Once restrictions are lifted and return to play is permitted (currently May 16th) the club will contact players who are not committed to a PPFC team and invite them to a small group evaluation with their desired teams respective coach. Dates, times and locations for these tryouts will be shared on an individual basis when the coach contacts you.
These evaluation sessions will follow the recommended safe return to play protocol set forth by the Arizona Soccer Association.
This part of the tryout process will only be open to players who HAVE NOT accepted a roster spot on a PPFC team by this date. If you are already committed to a PPFC team by this date, you are not permitted or required to attend a small group evaluation. This will minimize the number of people at tryouts and help decrease the risks involved regarding COVID-19. We believe this is the safest way to proceed and protect the health interests of as many people as possible given the situation.
We recognize that this is a new and unique process and that there may be questions. We’ve assembled an FAQ to provide clarity.
PPFC understands that this is not a typical process and that you may have questions regarding this. Check out some of the frequently asked questions below to help you better understand the process:
Q: Does this process guarantee that my player will be offered a spot on the same team they played on last year?
A: No. This process does not guarantee a spot on the same team as last year. Coaches will make decisions based upon what they believe is best for both your player, and the overall team development. The PPFC coaching staff will do everything they can to provide a placement for returning players, but for various reasons this cannot be guaranteed.
Q: How are the PPFC coaches going to decide where to place players?
A: PPFC team placements will only be made after detailed evaluation and discussion between coaches and directors. Each placement will be based on a player’s development and performance during the 2019-20 season, and the overall player pool for the age group.
Q: Will there be player movement between teams even after the placement?
A: The club policy will remain consistent from previous years. Where appropriate coaches will roster lower team sizes at our higher-level teams to allow for players to move up depending on their development and the team needs.
Q: How does this process impact non-PPFC players who might be interested in joining the club?
A: New players who want to join a PPFC team will be contacted by the appropriate coach. Not having the ability to showcase your skills to the coaching staff brings challenges but we will do our due diligence in gathering as much information about players in order to make informed decisions on player placement.
Q: Do I need to buy a new uniform kit for my player this year?
A: The club is entering the 2nd year of its 2 year cycle with Adidas.
RETURNING PLAYER - you will not be required to purchase new uniform for the 20/21 season.
NEW PPFC PLAYER - you will need to purchase new PPFC uniform for the 20/21 season.
Q: Why am I not allowed to attend open tryouts if I have already accepted a PPFC roster spot?
A: This minimizes the number of people in attendance at tryout locations. This allows us to safely conform with the anticipated social distancing mandates as we return to play.
This decision has been made to prioritize the health and safety of players and families.
More information regarding open tryouts and policies will be released at a later point.
Q: Where do we register for open tryouts?
A: We encourage all players to complete the PPFC Team Placement form here.
Registration for open tryouts will be posted on the club website and communicated via email at a later date.