Phone: (303) 694-6882 • Fax: (303) 694-4803• 8200 S. Akron St. Suite 122 Centennial, CO 80112 • Hours: Tues-Friday, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM realcares@realcolorado.net

Real Colorado Player Placement

Real Colorado Player Placement
Real Colorado is committed to empowering each student – athlete with the skills to reach their greatest soccer potential.  To that end Real Colorado is the only club in Colorado to offer a complete range of opportunities for our membership including both the boys and girls US Soccer Development Academy programs, both the boys and girls Elite Clubs National League programs as well as the competitive leagues of Colorado Soccer Association.  Our staff recognizes that each player has a unique set of attributes and goals.  Our objective as a coaching staff is to accurately evaluate the ability of each player and to place them on a team that will promote their greatest development.

Level of Team
Real Colorado begins the selection process of grouping together like ability players at U9 and U10 in our Junior Academy followed by our competitive, DA and ECNL programs as beginning at U11..  There are several levels of teams within each age group.  Each level of team is referred to by its own distinct name.  All teams require a commitment to the team, a consistent work ethic, support of the coach and club expectations.  Be aware that the highest level teams in each age group will have a rigorous training schedule and will compete in several out of state tournaments each year.

Interested in finding out more about Real Colorado?  

  • Consider coming to one of our competitive camps to experience our staff and see what its all about here at Real Colorado.
  • Fill out the linked form and attend a train session with an appropriate Real team.  Remember we can only add after the initial player placement period when the players ability and the need of the team match up.
Fall 2018 Competitive Tryouts

In the competitive program at Real Colorado, we believe the body of work is more important than a moment. Its our goal to be transparent in the  placement plans of forming teams for the fall 2018 season for the following reasons:

  1. To make sure, as families, you know important dates and how the process works.
  2. To make sure our families, our coaches and the Real staff all have the same expectations for the process.

*For our new U11 teams, the 2008 birth year, we will still have formal tryouts as we believe they are an important part to getting players placed correctly for the first time in our competitive program.  These tryouts will take place the week after Memorial Day weekend.

Important Dates

  • March 2nd – Communication from Real Colorado confirming from both the coach and team manager that fall evals were completed for the U11-U14 age groups.
  • March 16th – coaches have completed the roster information into the Real Colorado provided online documents to help ensure easy communication within age groups.
  • April 2nd – Tryout registration will open for out of club players, Real Colorado recreational players and fall 2018 U11 (2008 birth year) players.
  • April 20th – deadline for U11-U14 players to receive followup from the fall 2017 player evaluation from the coach.  Real has a recommended form and coaches are expected to review all the scoring sections, but are limited to comments in two (2) of the comment boxes.
  • April 30th – May 4th – Age Group Meetings for team coaches with staff.
  • May 18th – Competitive registration opens for the fall 18/spring 19 competitive season(s) for in clubs players and out of club players who have been offered spots for the fall 18/spring 19 competitive season.
  • May 21st – deadline for players to receive an email or phone call in regards to their placement for fall 2018.  An instruction email will go out to the primary email address extending the offer for player placement with instructions for acceptance.  A phone call will be made to families who are moving down.
  • May 25-29 Memorial Day weekend – Teams will play in the Real Colorado Cup and Colorado Showcase.  Players will play with their spring 2018 team unless they are a 2003 or older player in our girls program.  Those players will play with their fall 2017 teams.
  • May 29th, 12:00 noon – deadline for players to accept their position on the team. Following the instructions of the player placement email on May 21st, each player will accept their spot by contacting the coach, registering and paying the 1st payment towards fall 2018 fees.
    • After this point, the player placement spot is no longer guaranteed and can be offered to players from both inside and outside of Real Colorado if the registration and communication with the coach has not taken place.
    • We strongly recommend talking with your coach in regards to your plans of trying out elsewhere in advance of this deadline so an individual communication plan can be set and expectations from both sides can be fairly put in place.
  • Week of May 29th – tryouts for out of club players, Fall U11 teams (2008 birth year) and recreational players will take place.  To help evaluate players from outside of Real Colorado, our fall 2018 white teams for the U12-U14 age groups and fall 2018 red teams for the U15-U19 age groups will be asked to attend.  Our Real team players will NOT be evaluated at the tryouts and are only there to help us evaluate players we are not as familiar with in terms of their skills.
  • Week of June 4th – Coaches will have team meetings to introduce their new team families to each other. Coaches will lay out the plans for the summer and fall as well.
  • June 4th – Coaches will complete the Real Colorado provided online documents with fall 2018 rosters including contact information.

It is our firm belief that this is the best way for player placement to take place.  The message we are trying to reinforce is that the body of work over a period of time is the best way to measure the placement of a player within Real.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  What happens to the team when high school starts?
A:  Age groups U-11 through U-14 compete during both the fall and spring seasons.  For high school age groups, boy’s teams compete in the Spring for club and girls compete in the Fall for club.
Q:  My child wants to play other sports during the year.  Can they still play on a Real competitive team?
A:  We recognize that many players enjoy other sports.  This is an important consideration in team placement for your child.  The higher the level of team, the greater the expectation for training, travel and costs.  When a team travels, our goal is to compete to win the tournament.  If you know that your child will have conflicts with other sports or family commitments, you should discuss that with the coaching staff PRIOR to team placement.  When you accept a team placement, you are committing to all the player expectations for the team. Players should have a positive soccer experience if they are placed on the team that meets their soccer ability as well as personal goals.
Q:  Once my child accepts a position on a team, what happens next?
A:  For the newly formed U-11 teams, you will be notified of a parent/player meeting at which time key information regarding the club and upcoming season will be disseminated.  For existing teams, the Team Manager will begin to distribute information. If you are new to Real, the Team Manager is a volunteer parent who serves as the liaison between the club and parents/players and will be contacting you to discuss registration/uniforms/player accounts and other essential information.

2018/2019 HS Boys Competitive Tryouts

Spring 2017 HS Boys Player Placement – Real Colorado tryouts have been completed for the upcoming spring 2018 season.  If you were unable to attend the tryouts and are still interested in Real Colorado, please fill out our player training opportunity form.  As our tryouts just completed, it is likely we will not be able to get you out for a training until we begin again for the spring season.

  • Players will receive an email notification from a coach in regards to their team placement.   After receipt of the email, you must reply immediately, by email, with your commitment
  • If you do not reply within 24 hours after being contacted, your spot will no longer be guaranteed.
  • Our priority is to contact every player within 72 hours of their tryout, however, in some cases it may take longer to form the teams and contact every player.  If you have not received an email within 72 hours you can contact, by email, the age group coordinator listed below.
  • Online competitive registration must be completed by November 3rd.

Contact Bud Harper with any questions

Please check out website at www.realcolorado.net for last minute field changes.

In case of inclement weather call 720-360-3900 or www.realcolorado.net for alternative times and/or locations.

In club kick arounds and assessments

Kickarounds are excellent opportunities to interact with our coaches and permit them a chance to interact with you.  Before deciding on Real, we encourage you to come on out to one of our kickarounds, have a little fun and get to know us.

High School girls Kickarounds:

Dates:  April 22nd

  • TImes:
    • 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm:  ’02 and ’03 age group
    • 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm: ’01, and ’00 age groups
  • Location:  Highlands Heritage Regional Park – Stadium field

Dates:  April 29th

  • TImes:
    • 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm:  ’02 and ’03 age group
    • 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm: ’01, and ’00 age groups
  • Location:  Highlands Heritage Regional Park – Stadium field

Register for the Kickarounds

Contact Bud Harper or Russ Lentine with any questions.

DA Fall 2018 Player Placement Plan - Boys

Real Colorado is committed to matching players and programs to help create an exciting environment that is both challenging and fun for our players.  At the highest level in the United States sits the Development Academy.  If you are interested in a trial or to find out more information, please contact us.

Important Dates:

  • Current players from non-DA clubs may contact us at anytime to request a trial.
  • Current players from current DA clubs may contact us at anytime, but cannot trial until the dates listed below.
  • May 1st, 2018 – U14 (2004) players from current clubs in the DA may contact us about a trial with our teams.
  • May 28th – May 31st, 2018 – Player placement tryouts for the U11-U15 DA teams
    • Tryout schedule coming soon
  • July 1st, 7th and 8th, 2018 – Player placement tryouts for the U17 and U19 DA teams – Tryouts are permission based.  Please fill out the following form if you would like to be considered for our DA teams. 
    • July 1st – Real Colorado Soccer Complex
      • 9:00 am – 11:00 am – U17 (2003 & 2002) Tryouts
      • 11:00 am – 1:00 pm – U19 (2001 & 2000) Tryouts
    • July 7th – Real Colorado Soccer Complex
      • 9:00 am – 11:00 am – U17 (2003 & 2002) Tryouts
      • 11:00 am – 1:00 pm – U19 (2001 & 2000) Tryouts
    • July 8th – Real Colorado Soccer Complex
      • 9:00 am – 11:00 am – U17 (2003 & 2002) Tryouts
      • 11:00 am – 1:00 pm – U19 (2001 & 2000) Tryouts

Real Colorado supports both the Development Academy and the ECNL.  We expect our players interested in these programs to be excellent in both player and in person. Our goal is to develop a game-centric approach allowing for long-term development to occur through the refining of talent through challenge and application of skills and tactics. As the sport of soccer grows in the United States, young players in our country need the proper environment to compete against the world’s elite. The DA and the ECNL programs provide a national platform for development and competition for the nation’s top youth soccer players, coaches and referees by emphasizing development through quality training and limited, meaningful competition.

ECNL Fall 2018 Player Placement Plan - Boys

Real Colorado is committed to matching players and programs to help create an exciting environment that is both challenging and fun for our players.  The Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) was founded to improve the daily environment for boys youth soccer players through a collaborative club-based development program featuring competition, player identification, and coaching and club development platforms. The Boys ECNL will include both regular season conference games and cross-conference events, and qualifying teams from the Boys ECNL will advance to the post-season Elite National Premier League (ENPL) Playoffs.  If you are interested in a trial or to find out more information, please contact us.

Important Dates:

  • Current players from non-ECNL clubs may contact us at anytime to request a trial.
  • May 1st, 2018 – Players from current ECNL teams may contact us and request a trial
  • May 28th – May 31st, 2018 – Tentative player placement trials for the U11 – U15 ECNL and National teams
  • July 1st, 7th and 8th, 2018 – Player placement tryouts for the U16, U17 and U19 ECNL teams
    • Tryouts are permission based.  Please fill out the following form if you would like to be considered for our ECNL teams. 
    • July 1st – Real Colorado Soccer Complex
      • 9:00 am – 11:00 am – U16 (2003) and U17 (2002) Tryouts
      • 11:00 am – 1:00 pm – U19 (2001 & 2000) Tryouts
    • July 7th – Real Colorado Soccer Complex
      • 9:00 am – 11:00 am – U16 (2003) and U17 (2002) Tryouts
      • 11:00 am – 1:00 pm – U19 (2001 & 2000) Tryouts
    • July 8th – Real Colorado Soccer Complex
      • 9:00 am – 11:00 am – U16 (2003) and U17 (2002) Tryouts
      • 11:00 am – 1:00 pm – U19 (2001 & 2000) Tryouts
    • *You must plan to attend each of the tryouts for consideration for placement.

Real Colorado supports both the Development Academy and the ECNL.  We expect our players interested in these programs to be excellent in both player and in person. Our goal is to develop a game-centric approach allowing for long-term development to occur through the refining of talent through challenge and application of skills and tactics. As the sport of soccer grows in the United States, young players in our country need the proper environment to compete against the world’s elite. The DA and the ECNL programs provide a national platform for development and competition for the nation’s top youth soccer players, coaches and referees by emphasizing development through quality training and limited, meaningful competition.

DA Fall 2018 Player Placement Plan - Girls

Real Colorado is committed to matching players and programs to help create an exciting environment that is both challenging and fun for our players.  At the highest level in the United States sits the Development Academy.  If you are interested in a trial or to find out more information, please contact us.

Important Dates:

  • Current players from non-DA clubs may contact us at anytime to request a trial.
  • May 1st – Invitation made to in club players in regards to anticipated placement for the fall 2018 season.
  • May 6th – Player placement trials for the U14 girls DA team. Tryouts are permission based.  Please fill out the following form if you would like to be considered for our DA teams. 
  • May 6th – Player identification trials for the U15, U16, U17 and U19 DA teams for players not currently playing for a Colorado DA club. (Do not wait until this date to contact us with your interest).  Tryouts are permission based.  Please fill out the following form if you would like to be considered for our DA teams. 
    • Tryout schedule coming soon.
  • July 1st, 7th and 8th, 2018Tentative final player placement trials for U15, U16, U17 and U19 teams.
    • Tryouts are permission based.  Please fill out the following form if you would like to be considered for our DA teams. 
    • Tryout schedule coming soon.

Real Colorado supports both the Development Academy and the ECNL.  We expect our players interested in these programs to be excellent in both player and in person. Our goal is to develop a game-centric approach allowing for long-term development to occur through the refining of talent through challenge and application of skills and tactics. As the sport of soccer grows in the United States, young players in our country need the proper environment to compete against the world’s elite. The DA and the ECNL programs provide a national platform for development and competition for the nation’s top youth soccer players, coaches and referees by emphasizing development through quality training and limited, meaningful competition.

ECNL Fall 2018 Player Placement Plan - Girls

Real Colorado is committed to matching players and programs to help create an exciting environment that is both challenging and fun for our players. The Elite Clubs National League, Inc. (“ECNL”) was founded in 2009 to enhance the developmental experience of the female youth soccer players in the United States through:

  • Improving the competitive environment through creation of a true national competitive league with multiple flights;
  • Improving the process for identifying elite female soccer players through a systematic scouting and identification program based on national competitions; and
  • Improving the daily training environment at top female youth soccer clubs through developing best practices and training and organizational guidelines for its member clubs

Due to recent changes, Real Colorado is the only ECNL program is south DenverIf you are interested in a trial or to find out more information, please contact us.

Important Dates:

  • Current players from non-ECNL clubs may contact us at anytime to request a trial.
  • May 1st, 2018 – Players from current ECNL teams may contact us and request a trial
  • May 6th, 2018 – ECNL and Development Academy identification tryouts. – This tryouts are permission based.
    • Age groups: U14 (2005) – U17 (2002) ECNL teams
    • If you are a U18 or U19 player (2001 or 2000), please plan to attend our regular tryouts after Memorial Day weekend and fill out the linked form.
    • Current Real Colorado ECNL, National team and Olympico players are automatically invited
    • Players on other Real Colorado teams and from outside of Real Colorado should fill out the linked form to see if they are eligible for the ECNL tryouts.
    • Players who excel at these tryouts maybe offered the opportunity to train with our DA teams in consideration of DA placement for Fall 2018/Spring 2019 if interested.
  • May 6th, 2018 player placement schedule
    • Location – Real Colorado Soccer Complex – 12500 Real Parkway – Englewood, CO 80112
    • Schedule
      • 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm – U14 (2005’s) and U15 (2004’s)
      • 5:15 pm – 6:45 pm – U16 (2003’s) and U17 (2002’s)
    • Real Colorado players should wear their all black training kits for the tryouts.

Real Colorado supports both the Development Academy and the ECNL.  We expect our players interested in these programs to be excellent in both player and in person. Our goal is to develop a game-centric approach allowing for long-term development to occur through the refining of talent through challenge and application of skills and tactics. As the sport of soccer grows in the United States, young players in our country need the proper environment to compete against the world’s elite. The DA and the ECNL programs provide a national platform for development and competition for the nation’s top youth soccer players, coaches and referees by emphasizing development through quality training and limited, meaningful competition.

April  2018
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Events on April 3, 2018
  • Real Board Meeting
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: April 3, 2018 - 9:00 pm
    Location: 8200 S Akron St, Centennial, CO, United States Suite 122
    Description: Real Colorado is a Section 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization functioning under the auspices of Colorado Youth Soccer and is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors who are elected by the membership. The Real Colorado Board of Directors meet on the first Tuesday of the month, 7:00 pm at the Real Colorado Soccer Office.
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