I have some very exciting news to announce. Several years back Ridge Youth Soccer Club (RYSC) embarked on a five year plan to improve the club and bring legitimacy to the local soccer community. We have come a long, long way since we began playing in a retention pond behind Four Corners Charter School and an Airstrip in the middle of the Green Swamp. We now play at Northeast Regional Park (NERP), one of the most pristine soccer facilities in the area. Securing this location, for us to play, was pivotal to our success; it was also paramount to improving the caliber of our club. A little over two years ago RYSC’s competitive was reborn. It started with a single U12 boys team. This team morphed several time and eventually became our current U14 boys red team; the team that climbed as high as number four in the state, and is now representing the State of Florida in the USA Region III President’s Cup in Louisiana in a week. From there, we gradually added another team or two and continued struggling for visibility and identity. Then came NERP. Our first major tryout led to the creation and development of about 10 more teams. We now had a competitive team in each age group on the boys side age 9-14. We moved out of the USA league based in Tampa to GCF based in Orlando. Unfortunately, the numbers on the girls side still continued to struggle. The following season we added enough children to have a red and white team at a few different age groups. We also brought in a high school aged girls team. This team was significant because it brought attention to the girls development and provided a spark to increase numbers on the girls program. The board of directors made a decision to split the boys and the girls at the recreational soccer level to help the girls flourish and feed the competitive soccer movement that was growing. We had three teams play Division I soccer this past season and they were all successful. We were able to add a second girls team at the high school age and this year for the very first time we have a white team at the girls U13 age group and our very first black team in the club. It is a the boys U13 side. We will also field our very first premier division team. The course that we charted several years ago is successful and is coming to fruition.
The expansion of the club has been deliberately slow, to manage the growth, that we knew would come with the high visibility of our incredible fields. This year however, is a turning point with the club. We are slightly past halfway through the five year plan we laid out. Financially, the club is on sound footing. We are no longer scrapping money together for goals and field equipment. We are not one hurricane away from being out of business. And we are not one glider away from being displaced from our playing field. This year for the very first time in our club’s history we have taken steps to move away from volunteer/parent coaches in competitive soccer and move toward licensed, professional coaches. As we have done in the past, the club will proceed slowly, implementing hired coaches in key areas. I am proud to say that as I type this email we have officially offered two coaches paid positions and they have accepted. We believe this will improve the technical ability of all our players at all levels. This will also improve the coaching at all levels as the knowledge and experience of our coaching staff continues to grow by learning from each other. The Club is also looking to hire a Technical Director. This person will develop a soccer philosophy for the club, create a curriculum for training, and become an invaluable asset for our coaches.
This entire email has painted a picture depicting the past and the present. We have had many great success stories. We have also had some missteps along the way; we are not perfect but learning from mistakes is critical to improvement. The most exciting part of RYSC’s future is now ready to become public knowledge. Rumors have been circulating for weeks but we were able to provide some information at the competitive coaches meeting last month that it is official now. Years ago, and even present day, when we discuss the challenges that RYSC had attracting talent, keeping talent, and improving the competitive level of our club our biggest detractor always seems to be geography. Where are we? Where is Ridge? Unless you’re from the area you have no idea where Ridge is or what it means. South Orlando Soccer has a geographical identity. Same with Clermont Football Club and Maitland Craze. The list goes on. However, where exactly is Ridge?? It is a huge unknown. Nobody can identify us or our location given the name Ridge.
So the BOD set out on a course to help come up with a new identity. One that will announce to all of Central Florida where we are, where you can find us, and what we want people to know about us. To accomplish that we made two changes. The first was to drop the word “youth” from our name. It seemed too limiting. The club had been falling farther and farther behind other clubs in the area in our ability to keep our older kids. Our current name Ridge Youth Soccer Club is a misnomer. While technically, yes, all of our players are youth we want everyone to know that older kids are welcome and encouraged to seek us out. But then, there we are again. Seek us out, where? Where, exactly, are we? Well, we are about two mile south of highway 192 on highway 27. Isn’t that Kissimmee? Or Clermont? Orange County? What about Davenport? We can’t forget Polk County either. It is actually all of these areas. Collectively, this area of Florida is called Four Corners.
In March of 2015, we filed all the necessary paperwork with the Bank, the IRS, the State of Florida and with Florida Youth Soccer Association (FYSA) to change the name of our club. Florida and the IRS approval was quick and simple. FYSA took a bit longer but we received a letter from FYSA officially approving our name change to Four Corners Football Club (FCFC or FC2) on May 15, 2015. So there you have it. The future of the beautiful game, in our area, will begin operating under the name Four Corners Football Club beginning August 1, 2015!
There is one additional item which will require your attention. We, the Four Corners Football Club Board of Directors would like your help selecting our new crest. Attached you will find 4 options. All of them are similar but have some distinct differences. We are asking all of our current members to send an email to email@example.com . In the subject line of the email type the word CREST. In the body of the email please select only the letter A, B, C, or D of the crest you like best. The votes will be tallied this weekend and the winning crest announced early next week! Please, only one vote per member.
On behalf of the entire Four Corners Football Club, thank you for all that you do!