With a population of 7.6 million people, Long Island is a great source for soccer talents, hence, a lot of clubs sprouting in the region to nurture them. With this, comes the hectic and time-consuming experience of finding the best soccer club for your child. But we have good news for you…
In this post, we have rounded up 10 of the best soccer clubs in Long Island, in no specific order. This list should fit any player’s needs. Keep reading to find the one that’s perfect for your family.
Long Island City Youth Soccer Academy
Long Island City Youth Soccer Academy is based in 2 areas; Astoria and Long Island City. It was established in 2005 and currently provides one of the best programs to youth players in the 5 boroughs of NewYork City.
The academy aims at providing players a fun, learning platform as they develop them at all levels and in all aspects- skills, confidence and teamwork.
They offer all-year-round indoor and outdoor soccer programs, recreational and competitive soccer, personal training, and summer camps.
The academy runs the Soccer for Tots program for kids aged 2 – 4 years that introduces them to the world of soccer. Kids of 5 – 16 years are taken through the Youth Academy program consisting of two categories; travel and non-travel. The latter is tailored for players who opt to continue soccer in a non-travel setting.
Travel teams compete at the highest level. They participate in NYCSL and other leagues throughout the 5 boroughs of NYC. During winter they participate in the competitive Winter Indoor Piers Youth Soccer League.
Outdoor practises are conducted in Long Island City in the summer, spring and fall seasons while indoor practises are conducted in Astoria during the winter season.
From google reviews, parents highly recommend this academy for its great coaching and patient nature of the training staff.
Murray Playground, 45 Ave, and 21 St, Long Island City 11101, United States
|Soccer for Tots||$220 (6 sessions)|
|Non-travel program||$1320 per year|
|Travel program||$1650 per year|
Syosset Soccer Club
Founded in1976, Syosset is a non-profit organisation that’s run by a team of volunteers. Their mission is to provide a fun, competitive experience to all soccer players.
The club runs an intramural program that introduces kids – under 4 years in pre-k, kindergarten, and 1st and 2nd grade – to the sport in a fun, learning environment. The programs are run in the fall and spring seasons by New York Red Bulls Training Academy in partnership with parent coaches.
The intramural is proceeded by a development program for kids U7 and U8 age groups. The program intends to develop them in preparation for the travel program. Here, kids learn to work as a team. They train and play small-sided games as a pool. Each pool is assigned a parent and a trainer to oversee and facilitate.
Once every year, the club selects teams for its Travel program. The teams are trained by licensed professional trainers. They practice twice a week and participate in leagues and tournaments throughout the season.
The club also offers training clinics to coaches, goalkeepers, and general players during which players undergo foot skills and finish training.
The club utilizes a number of fields in the area including various parks and school playgrounds.
From reviews, members take pride in their friendly coaches and well-maintained fields.
S Woods Rd, Syosset, NY 11791, United States
|Travel program||$900 – $1400|
|Intramural, development and clinic programs||Not stated|
Oceanside United Soccer Club
Oceanside United Soccer Club ( OUSC) was founded in 1962 and serves over 1700 youth and senior players annually.
It offers a range of programs including; intramural, travel academy, senior men’s and women’s teams, scholarships and special needs programs.
The intramural program trains more than 70 boys and girls teams of 4 to 9 years, on the basics of soccer. The travel teams are selected through tryouts conducted annually by the club. Their training is done in partnership with Red Bulls Training Academy.
During fall and spring seasons, former OUSC players return to participate in the senior(U23) men’s and women’s teams. The Club provides facilities for the teams to train to compete in the Long Island Seniors Football League.
The club trains in multiple locations including schools and parks.
4 – 20+ years
3355 Lawson Blvd, Oceanside, NY 11572, United States
|U9 Development program||$435|
|9 Academy program + LIJSL Games||$195|
|Winter Outdoor Training for U10||$100|
|Special Needs Program||Free|
Intramural soccer program
|Pee Wee (U5)||$134|
|U6 – U8||$198|
Travel Soccer Program Registration Fees
|U10 – U12||$840 (including training fees)|
Farmingdale Soccer Club
Farmingdale soccer club offers soccer programs to the youths of the Nassau/Suffolk area of Long Island. The club is dedicated to nurturing players of all ages and at all levels of play through:
- Developing and improving their soccer skills and fitness levels
- Advocating for sportsmanship and teamwork
- Instilling self confidence and emotional growth.
The club offers intramural, pre-travel, and travel programs for competitive soccer based on age groups.
The intramural curriculum is designed with small-sided games to encourage kids to learn while having fun. The pre-travel program prepares kids for competitive travel soccer. In this program, teams are introduced to playing home and away games against other Long Island pre-travel teams.
Travel teams, on the other hand, undergo more intense indoor and outdoor training, 2-3 times every week. They play in leagues and tournaments both locally and out of state. This program prepares them for elite soccer.
The club also offers an intramural “135 league” program to players who in one way or another don’t make it for the Travel teams. The program is an alternative to Travel soccer and provides optional practices and weekend games to its players.
Registration for the program is done online.
U6 – U12
1111 Broadhollow Rd #228 Farmingdale, NY 11735 United States
|Birth years||Fee for 1 season (fall or spring)||Fee for 2 seasons(fall/spring)|
|2014 – 2016||$150||$275|
|2017 – 2019||$140||$225|
|Pre-travel program||$75 per season|
|Intramural ‘135 league’||$275 for 2 seasons|
South Shore Soccer Club
South Shore Soccer was established about 50 years ago and is currently housing over 600 players of various competitive levels.
They offer a youth development program for aspiring U4 – U8 players. The players are introduced to the fundamentals of soccer in a fun, mentoring atmosphere. They undergo 50- 60 training sessions, 2 – 3 soccer festivals and tournaments throughout the season.
The club has a designated pathway for its players. That is, join the Aspiring player’s program to learn the basics, proceed to a travel program where you can choose to play either recreationally or competitively. Competitive players get invited to join Lion’s United premier teams. All travel teams are trained professionally according to the club’s philosophy and curriculum.
The club also offers indoor training and foot skills programs for winter. The program is run in conjunction with Danillo Vittorato and the YESA coaching team. This program aims to develop players’ foot skills, game strategy and tactics, and overall physical conditioning.
All the programs offered by the club involve a blend of team and individual training.
The club garnered 4.8 out of 5 google stars with members recommending it for its great organization.
U4 – U19
622 Albin Ave, West Babylon, NY 11704, United States
Services and cost details are not available on their website. Contact them for inquiries.
South Huntington Soccer Club
South Huntington Club is a non-profit, all-volunteer institution, run by the local residents in the South Huntington / Huntington station neighborhood. It’s among the largest clubs in Long Island and provides programs for every age and ability.
Their training incorporates both developmental and travel programs. The developmental program encompasses 3 divisions;
- Mummy/daddy and me – 1 hour sessions where a toddler with support from either parent, is taught basic soccer fundamentals in a fun environment.
- Pee wee’s and micro’s – preschool-aged and kindergarten kids classes that involve instructional training with fun ball games.
- Lower Division – 1st and 2nd grade children classes where they practice and play soccer every Saturday of the season.
The travel teams involve training twice every week with professional instructors. They compete in Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL) and New York Club Soccer League (NYCSL).
The club also offers a TOP Soccer program for special needs children of ages 4 through 18. The sessions are an hour-long, conducted weekly in a fun, non-competitive setting. It involves drills and scrimmages.
U4 – U19
718 Walt Whitman Rd #845, Melville, NY 11747, United States
Kings Park Soccer Club
Kings Park Soccer Club is a non-profit organisation that serves Kings Park area’s youth with soccer programs like:
- KPSC Tots
- and special needs outreach programs.
The in-house program involves introducing soccer to children between 4-6 years. It entails training through imaginative stories and fun games. Parents assist trainers during the sessions to allow for positive experiences.
Their developmental training is a preparatory program for players that want to participate in competitive travel soccer. Their travel program focuses on expanding players’ soccer skills and engagement in competitive settings.
The teams are gender and age group based and are run by professional trainers. Each team is also assigned an administrator parent. They train two 90 minutes sessions every week and play games on weekends and occasional tournaments. The club participates in LIJSL and NYCSL.
The club benefits from the generosity of various sponsors and still welcomes more.
They conduct tryouts at Tiffany Field in Kings Park. Visit the website for more information.
4 – 18 years
799 St Johnland Rd, Kings Park, NY 11754, United States
|Developmental||$360 ( registration fees)$300 annually. ( $100 per season)|
|Tournaments||$40 per player.|
|Travel||$360 (registration fees)$800- $1200 annually.|
Lake Grove – NewField Soccer Club
Lake Grove – Newfield ( LGN) Soccer Club is located in Suffolk county of Long Island. It has shown tremendous success in the past few years with its teams winning a good number of championships and leagues. It is one of the highest-ranking clubs nationally.
The club offers recreational and soccer programs to everyone. It has;
- Intramural program for beginner players
- Low,mid and high-level travel teams
- Elite teams in National leagues such as LIJSL, NYCSL, NPL and more.
One thing that sets LGN soccer club apart from the crowd, is that it has a ‘Pathway to College Soccer’ program that strives to see its members recruited to college teams. They do this by:
- Developing player profiles and team portfolio
- Participating in college showcases and identification camps and clinics.
- Conducting parent/player education seminars
- Researching college programs and
- Contacting college coaches.
The staff go out of their way to ensure the players are satisfied with their choices.
The club conducts training in various fields within the county.
From the testimonials, many parents are glad to have their children in the club. They praise the hardworking staff and the values instilled in their children.
205 Dare Rd, Selden, NY 11784, United States
Note that: Information on programs’ fees will be available to you upon request. Contact the organisation for inquiries.
East Meadow Soccer Club
East Meadow Soccer Club began in 1971. It is a member of various soccer leagues and associations including the US Club Soccer, the NYCSL, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association, the Long Island Junior Soccer League and more.
The club offers a range of programs including;
- Youth academy
- Travel program
- Camps and clinics
- Goalkeeping and
- Elite programs – ECNL and NLP girls and boys
The intramural program is for kids of ages 3 -14. It is considered recreational soccer since it centers on fun while learning soccer.
The Youth Academy program tends to focus on the technical foundations of soccer and involves small-sided games. The Travel and Elite programs, on the other hand, tend to prepare skilled players for the highest-level competitions by providing the highest quality tactical and technical training.
All of their training programs are conducted by professional staff coaches.
EMSC strives to provide opportunities to players at all levels by offering training and development ( individually or as a team), fostering creativity, teaching good sportsmanship, and building players’ confidence.
U3.5 – U22
1836 New Bridge Rd, Bellmore, NY 11710, United States
|Intramural||$155 annual fee|
|Futsal clinic package||$300 (12-week program)|
|Futsal tournament select package||$450|
|Youth academy U6/U7||$250 or 8 installments of $65|
|Youth academy U8||$250 or 8 installments of $80|
Note that: Travel soccer program fees are available upon request. Contact the club for inquiries.
Soccer Cric ( Lynbrook, NY)
Soccer Cric offers both soccer and cricket classes to children of age 1.5 years to 12 years. Currently, they are serving over 2,500 children from various areas within NYC including Long Island, Queens, and Manhattan.
The club strives to create a safe and positive learning environment for all children regardless of ability level. Their teaching method is designed to develop not only motor skills, but also communication, creativity, decision making, and problem-solving skills.
Their training program is age-based. It is categorized into; dream group (age 16-24 months), toddler group (2-3 years), mini-group (3-4 years), junior group (6-8 years), and premier group ( 8-12 years).
Each group has its own designed curriculum and professional trainer.
The club also provides for personal training needs. The trainer works with one player at a time on different soccer techniques. This compliments team training since it maximizes on ball touch. The total amount of personal training each player enjoys in a season is 22 hours.
The club also offers summer camps. Check their website for updates.
1.5 – 12 years
2 Vincent PI, Lynbrook, NY 11563, United States
|All group classes||$150 for 5 sessions$250 for 10 sessions|
There you go, the 10 best soccer clubs in Long Island according to google ratings and reviews. We hope this list helps you do away with the guesswork and that you find the most suitable club for your child. All the best!