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Lancaster FC

Lancaster Elite Program Overview

During the 2021-2022 season, the Lancaster/Depew Soccer Club will field a 18U elite boys' team for players looking for year-round, high-level training and a higher level of competition. This program is in addition to the traditional Travel teams offered by the soccer club and is an alternative to premier soccer programs being marketed by outside organizations.

The FC team will be coached by Chuck Donner who played at Canisius College, has over 30 years of coaching experience and currently holds a USSF National D License. This program has been successfully run for the past 8 years with 3 different teams.

The goal of the program is to provide high-quality instruction and competition on a year-round basis while keeping the costs lower than a traditional premier program. Beside the up-front costs, the hidden expenses of most premier programs come in the form of the travel expenses. Although we will travel to a few tournaments outside of the WNY area, our goal is to play against strong competition from the local area, Rochester, Pennsylvania and Ohio.

Over the past seasons, FC teams have been competitive with teams ranked in the top 10 of New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio while keeping the costs at a third to half of a traditional premier program.

Players do not have to be Lancaster residents to join the program.

Developmental positions are usually available to non-roster players that want to get additional training. This is done on a case-by-case basis and is based upon the player's technical ability and soccer IQ.

Former FC players have gone on to play at Brockport University, Alfred State College, Buffalo State College, D'Youville College,  Medaille College, Daemen College and ECC North.

For complete program details, costs and parent reviews of the FC program please read the PDF documents in the sections below.

Boys 18U Tryouts - Lancaster FC (Open to players born in 2004 or 2005)

Roster positions are available for the 2021-2022 Season.

The are no formal tryouts for the boys 18u team but interested players should contact coach Donner to attend some training sessions to be evaluated.

We are actively looking to add a few players to the roster.

Please contact coach Donner via phone or email (shown below).

For more information:

Chuck Donner
c: 907-7750