About Pittsburgh Football Club
History: The Pittsburgh Football Club (PFC) was formed in 2001 and since then we have grown to 15 teams and over 250 players! We are one of the largest premier clubs in Western PA. Several of our teams are nationally ranked, including our 97/98 boys team who will be representing our region in the US Club National Cup XII held in Aurora Colorado this July.
Coaching Staff: The Pittsburgh Football Club Coaching Staff is lead by Director of Coaching Richard Salvini, Coach Salvini Holds an NSCAA National License, and has been the Director of Coaching for the Pittsburgh Football Club since 2002. Coach Salvini was the PA West Premier Classic Coach of the Year in 1998-1999. He is also former Coach with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. Coach Salvini has helped to place over 100 players in college soccer programs.
Our coaching staff is comprised of licensed coaches with both US Soccer National Licenses and National Soccer Coaches of America, (NSCAA), we also have licensed goalie coaches and coaches licensed/certified in other soccer disciplines. We have several present and former college level coaches on our staff.
As a club we promote and provide yearly coaching training opportunities for our coaches, in 2012 we were the only premier club in Pittsburgh to provide an NSCAA coaches course.
Curriculum: Our curriculum continues to grow and change with the needs of our players; we will be making significant changes in our curriculum for the upcoming 2013/2014 playing seasons. We will not only be focusing on the traditional development of specific teams, but we all also focus more on the technical, tactical and speed and strength training of the individual player. PFC players will have opportunities to work on all aspects of soccer training throughout the calendar year. This will all come at no extra cost to our families.
Playing premier soccer requires a commitment from both the player and their families. At PFC we stress the importance of commitment to the team and training, we work with players to build discipline not only on the soccer field but also with their studies and other aspects of their life. We work with players so that they understand that although this high level of soccer is a priority it does not take precedence over family activities and school commitments.
Costs & Fees: The Pittsburgh Football club prides itself on being an affordable option for premier soccer training in Western PA. Although there will be a slight increase in our 2013/2014 fees, our fees will still be among the most affordable. At PFC, we realize that families have to maintain realistic family budgets. It has been and continues to be our goal to provide top level training to all players, regardless of family income, we offer scholarships to those who qualify, offer manageable payment options and keep our team tuition fees reasonable and inclusive. Team fees include player registration and insurance, fields, coaching, uniforms, winter leagues and training, the only extra fees will be for family travel.
Facilities: Although we do not currently own or operate our own facilities, we have working relationships with several soccer associations, townships, indoor facilities and school districts, including the Pittsburgh Public Schools and our teams have opportunities to play and practice at some of the highest quality fields in Western Pa. We look forward to practice time at the RMU training bubble, Southpointe Field House and George Cupples Stadium on Pittsburgh’s South Side.
Affiliations and Leagues:The Pittsburgh Football Club is affiliated with both USYS through PA West and US Club Soccer through the Pittsburgh Champions League. We align ourselves with both major soccer organizations, not because we believe one is better than the other, but to provide our players with every available opportunity that youth soccer has available in the United States. We have players involved in both PA West ODP Programs and US Club’s id2 programs, both provide the elite player with opportunities on a national stage.
PFC teams attend tournaments and showcase events throughout the region that will get our players in front of coaches and player evaluators who can assist them in getting to the next level.
Community Involvement: As members of the Pittsburgh Football Club we realize that it is a privilege to have the opportunity to play premier soccer and we feel it is important to give back to the communities that support our programs and to those who may not have the opportunity to participate in organized sports. Since 2009 the Pittsburgh Football Club has offered a FREE youth camp open to all children in Western PA, this year our 5th Annual camp will be held at Chartiers Valley Intermediate School. We also work with several groups in the inner city, including the Hill House and the Pittsburgh Public Schools to provide camps, training and for the past 2 years have organized the ALL City All Star Game which allows players from the Pittsburgh Public High School teams to play in front of college coaches. This past year several of those players were offered the opportunity to play at the college level.