Absolute non-motivating experience. There is no team building, or support. New boys always get more "benefit of the doubt" than long term players that consistently play well. Very disappointed with the experience.
Stay away from this club, at least until they change their direction and their director, who is in the business for himself. There is no concern about the development of soccer players. The club will give your child's spot to anyone, whether better or worse, who comes from outside the club. All the fundraising is for the purpose of filling the pockets of the director. Stay away! Coaches are way too busy coaching 5 teams or more. Sometimes they don't show up for their games and a parent has to coach the team. Practices are canceled for no reason. There's no concern about the development of players whatsoever.
De Anza Force is a crappy money and time waster club that will demotivate your young ones from playing soccer. In 2016 fall season they added 3rd and 4th team for U10 girls and 3rd team won '0' games for the entire season. The 'assistant' turned new coach is still doing his school and literally ran off multiple games without even talking to the players at the end of the matches since he had to be somewhere else.
Many practices were cancelled for no reason.
There is absolutely no accountability with this club and they make sure you buy needless adidas gears for 100s of $ from "soccer pro" a store that refuses to take returns for even non personalized items such as jersey instead opting for in-store credits.
Money making machine with no intent of developing players! Non-profit ? Not at all!!!
Number of teams almost doubled, but number of fields to practice remained the same. Hence 4 - 5 teams practice on one field at the same time, while the younger teams who pay around $1000 a season practice on the sidelines. Most players even on older teams have problems regarding positioning. Practices are always on quarter a field, so come match day players are completely lost so far as positioning is concerned. As a result most teams perform poorly especially at the younger age levels. Most of the younger teams with the exception of a few are almost always at the bottom rung of the league. The older teams which do well usually have players who were not groomed by The Force from a young age, but players The Force has "filched" from other clubs who have groomed them. In my opinion parents will ultimately catch on and understand what a complete waste of time and money this organization is. I have seen talented young players from other clubs who come here and change and become "De Anza Forced". My very own verb for performing poorly despite being talented!
Parents - please take my advice and stay away, The Force is not at all what it is made it to be. Take it from a parent who has seen it all....
Since this is supposedly a non-profit organization focus should be on player development NOT $ !
Review from Guidestar
If you are reading reviews to decide on donating, you should know that the income is almost all money the parents use to pay the coaches with some from the golf tournament. The extra goes almost all to one person's salary. Parents have very little say about what goes on in the club or how the coach runs the team and it is very expensive to travel. Scholarship money goes to bring in players from all around but is not shared within a team. The other reviewer explained very well that it is not a development club; it is more of a recruiting club that promises more than they deliver. If you are looking to donate to a soccer club there are more deserving places which are better run, the high level players are more than taken care of here.
Review from Guidestar
This soccer club is not about developing soccer skills of existing players, but is more about recruiting more players at each level to increase income. They take in new players almost every season giving new members the incentive of joining a level higher than the one they are currently playing at in a different club. So current/ existing players are not moved up based on improvement in skill level because recruiting new members without the above mentioned incentive would be difficult. Hence, it would be better to join here at the older levels since you will be placed in a team which plays at a higher level. If you join at a young age, chances are you will get stuck playing for a team which plays at a lower level irrespective of your child's skill level since recruitment is the primary goal of DeAnza Force. NOT improvement in skills of current players.
Review from Guidestar