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Youth Football in Basel - How to approach a club

We are moving to Basel in June. My 15 year old son plays football as a keeper at the development academy level in the US. I am not sure how that compares in Basel but regardless he will want to play on a team and is used to practicing everyday so it is important to him. Do the various clubs have try-outs as they do in the US? Do you contact the coaches directly? Can not seem to figure out the process....

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Re: Youth Football in Basel - How to approach a club

football is pretty well organised here. Here's a link to the tables http://www.football.ch/fvnws/de/meis...n=15304&s=2012

Concordia Basel and Old boys are traditionally the 2 biggest youth teams in Basel apart from FC Basel. Your son would be in the B-Junioren age group.Concordia and Basel have U-16 teams which plays against the the youth teams of other professional clubs. As Basel is the hotspot for Swiss football both teams are leading their groups There's normally trials for them periodically but as you see to get in he'd need to be among the best goalies in Switzerland.

The coca-cola league is of a very high standard as well though. You can have a look through the tables and see what's near you and at what level he wants to play at and check it out with the clubs. Normally he could go by and they'll have a look at him. Some teams may have waiting lists it probably depends. Obviously the better the team the hard the competition. Especially as communication is generally pretty important for a goalie. The season is nearly over now anyway. The season starts in August with training starting in July.

Anyway the league hierarchy for B Junioren is the u-16s, coca-cola league then promotion and then 1. Stärkeklasse
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Re: Youth Football in Basel - How to approach a club

and to add on to this, they would be training at the very least 3 times a week. Even u12 ( as my young fella is ), is training 3 times per week minimum + match on saturday

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football is pretty well organised here. Here's a link to the tables http://www.football.ch/fvnws/de/meis...n=15304&s=2012

Concordia Basel and Old boys are traditionally the 2 biggest youth teams in Basel apart from FC Basel. Your son would be in the B-Junioren age group.Concordia and Basel have U-16 teams which plays against the the youth teams of other professional clubs. As Basel is the hotspot for Swiss football both teams are leading their groups There's normally trials for them periodically but as you see to get in he'd need to be among the best goalies in Switzerland.

The coca-cola league is of a very high standard as well though. You can have a look through the tables and see what's near you and at what level he wants to play at and check it out with the clubs. Normally he could go by and they'll have a look at him. Some teams may have waiting lists it probably depends. Obviously the better the team the hard the competition. Especially as communication is generally pretty important for a goalie. The season is nearly over now anyway. The season starts in August with training starting in July.

Anyway the league hierarchy for B Junioren is the u-16s, coca-cola league then promotion and then 1. Stärkeklasse
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Re: Youth Football in Basel - How to approach a club

Thank you so much everyone for the great advice. He is starting to work on the German communication which yjt mentioned. I think this is a great point and thank you very much for that. He currently trains 4 times a week as the Development Academy system in the US is modeled after the European system so that will not be a transition for him. I think we will start by contacting the coaches at a few clubs - probably Old Boys as our house will be 5 minutes from the club. I agree that FC Basel or Concordia will be a reach for him... I just was not sure if they had different levels of teams within the club. Football is everything to him so I truly appreciate your having taken the time to answer my post.
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Re: Youth Football in Basel - How to approach a club

re: " I just was not sure if they had different levels of teams within the club. Football is everything to him so I truly appreciate your having taken the time to answer my post."

Certain clubs may have diff levels within same age group, but that will club by club basis.
I wish him luck and hope he enjoys himself !
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Thank you so much everyone for the great advice. He is starting to work on the German communication which yjt mentioned. I think this is a great point and thank you very much for that. He currently trains 4 times a week as the Development Academy system in the US is modeled after the European system so that will not be a transition for him. I think we will start by contacting the coaches at a few clubs - probably Old Boys as our house will be 5 minutes from the club. I agree that FC Basel or Concordia will be a reach for him... I just was not sure if they had different levels of teams within the club. Football is everything to him so I truly appreciate your having taken the time to answer my post.
They do have different levels of age groups. It depends on each club. Amount of players, pitches, coaches etc. If you click on a team in the table it shows you all the fixtures of the club to the left of this under teams it shows you which teams each club has Old boys has two B-Junioren teams, Concordia even 3.

I'd definitely see how it goes at Old boys first. They have always had good youth teams, they've got really good pitches and as it's near your home his son could make friends easier. I checked out their website. They even have a small introduction in english
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Re: Youth Football in Basel - How to approach a club

http://www.gladiators.ch/
The have very good youth football program. Coach Wood has coached Daniel Glauser, who got a full scholarship to play for Florida State this fall.
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