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Eastside's Competitive Program

Competitive Program Introduction

Eastside's Competitive program provides higher levels of training and competition to players of above average ability and commitment. Teams are formed through an open tryout system and players are offered a position on the team if in the opinion of the coaching staff they meet the standards for Eastside's teams. Our Premier Soccer Club consistently produces some of the most accomplished soccer players in Oregon, the region and the nation.


Our players are prepared to be recognized by collegiate and Olympic Development Programs for their high level of skill, quality of play, and understanding of the game as well as their passion for the sport, positive attitude, and sportsmanship. Eastside players are consistently picked for Oregon ODP, Regional ODP, Regional Training Center, and Timbers Alliance teams and boast a history of success at those levels.


Only with top coaches can real player development take place and we pride ourselves on developing each player to the peak of their abilities. Our Competitive coaches are selected from a variety of backgrounds and paid for their services. All are held to high developmental standards and expected to adhere to a strict Code of Conduct. Our full Parent Handbook is available online.

U11-U14 Fall Competitive Teams

Our U11-U14 Competitive teams are known as our "Fall" or "Pre-Academy" teams. Teams are formed through an open tryout system, tryouts are held in May, after the conclusion of the previous year's State Cup. If you are interested in joining a team outside of the May tryout window, you should email: [email protected] with the Player's Name, Birthdate, and Previous Playing Experience, as well an a contact phone number; if the coach in your age group is interested in adding players they will reach out to you.


We field at least at least two teams whenever possible in these age groups, players are selected for teams based on their ability and willingness to perform at the appropriate level. We believe every player should have the opportunity to succeed at their level of development. Our Competitive coaches are tasked with helping each player grow and develop in the sport. Coaches are selected from a variety of backgrounds and paid for their services. All are held to high developmental standards and expected to adhere to a strict Code of Conduct. Coaches must pass a criminal background check in order to participate with Eastside.


The U11-U14 teams season begins after tryouts in May, and runs 12 months up to tryouts the following May. Fall Teams participate in a number of summer tournaments, Fall and Spring leagues, one end of season tournament (Founder's Cup, Preisdent's Cup or State Cup) and train at least two times per week during the season.


The training program for each team is determined by the coaches while following guidelines provided by the club. These Pre-Academy teams focus on development and application of individual skills in a team setting and growing a player's love & understand of the sport.


Families in need of Financial Assistance should fully read the Financial Aid Application. This application must be completed by June 15th of each season in order to guarantee eligibility for financial aid. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

U15-U19 Winter Competitive Teams

Teams begin training in November, around the conclusion of the High School soccer season, and league games begin in early January. Teams will compete in their Winter League, end of season tournament, and continue through the summer in a variety of appropriate competitive tournaments. Players are expected to attend all trainings and games as a member of these teams; there is no guaranteed playing time requirements, playing time will be determined by the coach relative to performance and effort.


Our Competitive program provides high levels of training and competition to those players of above average ability and commitment. Our membership in the adidas Portland Timbers Alliance only serves to bolster our excellent program and enhances our access to Timbers coaches, curriculum, and training methods. Our players develop in a competitive environment that raises their level of play, as well as their sportsmanship, knowledge and passion for the sport. Our Premier Soccer program consistently produces some of the most accomplished soccer players in our state, our region, and the nation.


Families in need of Financial Assistance should fully read the Financial Aid Application. This application must be completed by June 15th in order to guarantee eligibility for financial aid. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Options for Assistance with Fee Payments

  • Food for Funds - Concession stand at Portland Timbers and Thorns matches
  • Financial Aid - Eastside's Financial Aid Application
  • Club-wide wreath fundraiser in October/November
  • Individual team fundraisers (must be approved by Eastside office)
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