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Soccer is expensive!

September 3rd, 2008 at 09:04 pm

Ordered my daughter's soccer uniform and backpack to the tune of $110! ICK. Who knew that competitive soccer uniforms were so much more expensive than house uniforms.

Haven't found out yet what the fees will exactly be but I have an idea.

I also need to write checks this week for hot lunch at school.

It's only the third day of the month and already it is turning out to be an expensive one.

6 Responses to “Soccer is expensive!”

  1. thriftorama Says:

    I know. I am not looking forward to the equipment costs when my beans is old enough to do sports.

  2. clubneary Says:

    Isn't it? I paid the first half of our fees to the tune of $175. In October we owe $150 more. DD will get 2 uniforms this year as opposed to just the one she got playing house. We also have to do a fundraiser if we want the team to play some indoor tournaments this winter. I do not enjoy fundraisers!

  3. djudah Says:

    If you daughter is 13 or older, have her take a referee course, that way she can help pay her way, if she wanted to. I've been refereeing for 4 years and love it, but it isn't for everyone. I just hope the training won't be too much, I know it can cost quite a bit, especially for a good premiere team. Best of luck in her season.

  4. little l Says:

    clubneary,
    We have to pay the entire cost up front since the season is just about to begin, although I believe next year when we pay we can make payments. No fundraisers here, thank goodness, we have enough of those at school and I couldn't handle anymore.

    djudah,
    She is only 8, so can't go that route.

  5. jIM_Ohio Says:

    I have earned a good chunk of money coaching soccer- see my profile- I could clear 10k in a year without blinking coaching.

    Not sure where you live or the age of your daughter- make sure you ask about fees ahead of time. Teams I coached paid around $450/season when I coached for FREE and once I got paid to coach those fees were $600/season per player.

    Costs for soccer to look at:
    1) paid training. I earned around $2250 for a 15 week season training 2-3X per week for 90 minutes/session.
    2) tournaments. Most tournaments for youth start at $500 for 3 games. Many teams will play 3 tournaments for 9 games at a cost of $1500 per team.
    3) club fees. Many clubs have paid personell. Coaching directors, training directors, boys directors, girls directors. Field costs, paperwork costs. I have seen club fees approach $5000 per team, the clubs I coached at charged around $550-$1000.
    The difference between $550 and $5000 is the number of people getting paid which might not directly interact with players.
    4) uniform. $110 for uniform and back pack sounds reasonable. I remember an $85 uniform fee and $30 for a backpack sounds right.

    I have often thought of starting my own club which cuts many of the fees out. If you think it's expensive now, build in the travel costs to tournaments 50-100 miles away and hotel costs and this adds up.

    My "soccer club vision" is no overnight travel, no tournaments and just high level league play, high level training and kids playing the sport for fun.

  6. jIM_Ohio Says:

    I have earned a good chunk of money coaching soccer- see my profile- I could clear 10k in a year without blinking coaching. PART TIME (6-10 hours/week??)

    Not sure where you live or the age of your daughter- make sure you ask about fees ahead of time. Teams I coached paid around $450/season when I coached for FREE and once I got paid to coach those fees were $600/season per player.

    Costs for soccer to look at:
    1) paid training. I earned around $2250 for a 15 week season training 2-3X per week for 90 minutes/session.
    2) tournaments. Most tournaments for youth start at $500 for 3 games. Many teams will play 3 tournaments for 9 games at a cost of $1500 per team.
    3) club fees. Many clubs have paid personell. Coaching directors, training directors, boys directors, girls directors. Field costs, paperwork costs. I have seen club fees approach $5000 per team, the clubs I coached at charged around $550-$1000.
    The difference between $550 and $5000 is the number of people getting paid which might not directly interact with players.
    4) uniform. $110 for uniform and back pack sounds reasonable. I remember an $85 uniform fee and $30 for a backpack sounds right.

    I have often thought of starting my own club which cuts many of the fees out. If you think it's expensive now, build in the travel costs to tournaments 50-100 miles away and hotel costs and this adds up.

    My "soccer club vision" is no overnight travel, no tournaments and just high level league play, high level training and kids playing the sport for fun.sport for fun.

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