Tryout FAQs 2017-06-16T17:40:38-04:00

Tryout FAQs

What should my child bring to tryouts? 2017-03-17T18:29:16-04:00

Each player should bring their own water, shin guards, and a ball that has their name clearly marked on it.

What are the volunteer requirements? 2017-03-17T17:57:13-04:00

Warren County Soccer Academy is a volunteer run organization. Our biggest fundraiser as a club is our tournament, the Cincy Challenge. The tournament is typically held around Columbus Day weekend in October. During that weekend, every team will be assigned a job to do with shifts that must be filled by the team parents, family members or friends. Each family U8-U15 is required to volunteer a minimum of 5 hours that weekend (normally 2 shifts). High school families are required to volunteer 2 ½ hours (1 shift) at either the Cincy Challenge or the College Showcase. The success of the tournament depends upon the volunteer commitments of our families.   The money made from the tournament directly benefits each player by offsetting club fees. In addition, your team will need a few individuals to fill volunteer roles such as team administrator, and assistant coach.

What is the typical length of each season, and what do practices and games look like? 2017-03-17T17:57:06-04:00

All teams practice a minimum of 2 nights a week, with the majority practicing 3 nights. Most teams will do a minimum of two tournaments per season, usually in the Cincinnati or Dayton areas. (Again our top teams will travel more often and a little further.)  Typically there will be 6-8 league games as well.

The seasons typically run from mid August to early November and early March to early June for players U14 and younger.

Where is WCSA located? 2017-03-17T17:57:01-04:00

WCSA teams hold their practices and home games at Lebanon Sports Complex, 900 McClure Road, Lebanon, OH 45036. Home games are played at Lebanon Sports Complex.  Away games are typically played in the Greater Cincinnati area with the highest level teams traveling outside the area. More information on away game locations can be provided at the time a player is invited to join a team.

How are the teams coached? 2017-03-17T17:56:56-04:00

At Warren County Soccer Academy, our teams in each age group, starting at U8, are all professionally coached and trained a minimum of two nights per week. This professional attends and coaches the games, in addition to training sessions. Professional staff includes former professional and international players, National “A” USSF licensed coaches, and multiple B, C, and D licensed coaches.

All coaches and trainers must be background checked and complete concussion training.

What is the Junior Academy? 2017-03-17T17:56:50-04:00

The youngest players, ages 4 – 8 are invited to be a part of the WC Junior Academy Program. The Junior Academy is a youth developmental program with an emphasis on developing young soccer players’ technical skills and their enjoyment of the game. Junior Academy is open enrollment and does not have tryouts. Junior Academy is held at two locations (McClure Park (Lebanon Sports Complex) and Clearcreek Park (Springboro). See the Junior Academy tab under Programs on our website for more details.

What is the history of WCSA? 2017-03-17T17:56:44-04:00

Warren County Soccer Club was formally established in 1990 and was renamed Warren County Soccer Academy to reflect the club’s renewed focus on teaching the fundamentals of the game in a player centered environment.

WCSA currently has approximately 60 teams and 700 players at varying skill levels, ages 4 – 18. We are committed to developing players of all backgrounds and talent levels. Players at all levels will learn from experienced coaches and trainers to develop their individual and team skills.

What if I have additional questions? 2017-03-17T17:56:37-04:00

Club representatives will be available during the tryout sessions to answer any questions you have regarding the Club and the tryout process. If you have questions following tryouts, contact the person whom made your child an offer or contact Lori Howard at

What does it cost to play? 2017-03-17T17:56:31-04:00

The total cost will vary by team with the higher, professionally coached and older teams tending to cost more due to additional practice nights, travel, and turf rentals. You should receive more details on the cost at the time of acceptance. Some financial assistance is available. Check our website for more information. We also promote different fundraising activities to help offset some of the cost associated with our teams.

How does the offer process and notification process work? 2017-05-17T08:06:16-04:00

Notifications will begin in your child’s age group after completion of the last tryout session for their age group. In age groups with large numbers of players, the notification process can take several days. Official offers will be sent via e-mail to register and reserve their spot with a deposit.

When you accept your child’s spot on their team, you will be required to make a NONREFUNDABLE $200 deposit which will be applied to your club fees. This deposit and acceptance must be made on the website within 24 hours of receiving your offer or the offer may be withdrawn.

How does the evaluation process work? 2017-03-17T17:56:20-04:00

While not required, we ask that your child attend both tryout sessions so the trainers and coaches can get as much opportunity as possible to see them in action. If for some reason you cannot attend one or both of the sessions please contact Lori Howard at


During tryouts your child will be evaluated by our professional coaches and trainers. Each child will be given a racing bib to identify them to staff. Different colored bibs will be used to distinguish between current players, and new players. Current players are evaluated primarily on their performance throughout the year; more attention is focused on new players who are unknown to the staff. Returning players are not guaranteed a spot each year.


At the conclusion of tryouts, a meeting is held between our professional staff and coaches to discuss proper placement for each child. Players are assigned to a team based on their skill level until all the possible roster spots are filled. We strive to form as many teams as we can. However, sometimes we are not able to place everyone on a team. In these cases, we encourage you to have your child keep working and check the website often for openings.

Where can a parent watch the tryouts from? 2017-03-17T17:56:15-04:00

We ask that parents keep a reasonable distance from the fields and refrain from interacting with the players while they are trying out; signs will be posted designating the viewing area. Be mindful that we share the park with other organizations; don’t interrupt the nearby Lebanon Youth Soccer activities.

What is the process if there is severe weather at tryouts? 2017-03-17T17:56:08-04:00

If there is inclement weather (lightning) we will return the players to the check-in area until parents are able to pick them up. If bad weather is forecast we ask that you stay at the park. The check-in is located at the shelter north of the concessions on the east side of Lebanon Sports Complex, 900 McClure Road, Lebanon, OH.

Thank You!

Thank you for your interest in Warren County Soccer Academy and we hope you choose to become a part of the Warren County family!