CATS FC is a not-for-for profit soccer club that began in 1999. Our purpose is to offer a competitive soccer atmosphere with a small hometown feel. We achieve this objective with licensed coaches that not only know the game of soccer, but also know to teach skills in a safe and friendly environment to prepare your child for success at high school and collegiate level. Our coaches know and have played the game. The CATS coaching roster consists of current or former college players, current or former high school coaches, and current or former college coaches.
CATS FC competes against teams within both the Grand Valley Soccer Association (GVSA) and the Michigan State Premier Soccer League (MSPSL). CATS players go on to play for Caledonia, South Christian, Wayland, Thornapple-Kellogg, Hastings, Kentwood and other area high schools.
CATS FC was formed in 1999 and originally known as Caledonia Area Travel Soccer. We started with 2 girls’ teams. Today, we field boys and girls teams from U8 through U19.
What is Travel Soccer?
Travel or select soccer means that players tryout in order to make a team.
What’s the Difference Between Rec Soccer (AYSO) and CATS?
Unlike recreational soccer (AYSO, YMCA), which groups team into 2-year brackets (U6, U8, etc), travel soccer teams are divided into single “U” ages. CATS offers a faster paced, competitive level of soccer. Our focus is finding the right balance between skills improvement and player development, and successful soccer. Winning is great, but not at the expense of developing your players.
This level of soccer is for players who have had success in AYSO and other recreational leagues and are interested in playing at a higher level. Teams practice 2 or more times per week and practices begin up to 4 weeks before the season begins. Teams play 8 games in the fall and 8 in the spring, with many playing in tournaments, indoor soccer leagues or participating in off-season training. Our Academy and Premier teams train almost year-round.
About our Coaches
Most CATS’ coaches have either a D or E level coaching license from the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) or equivalent. An E license requires 16 hours of training, while a D license is an additional 32 hours of training. CATS balances the feel of being a community-based club, but with paid, professional coaches.
Our coaches bring their experience as current and former college players (from NCAA Div I to NCAA III and NAIA), current and former area High School coaches, to help your player find their level of success in soccer.
With an increased level of commitment from the players, the coaches and the entire CATS organization, playing soccer for CATS FC is a solid stepping stone to high school level soccer.