Detroit, Michigan – 2023 saw growth for many aspects of Detroit City Football Club, with one of the most impressive growths coming for the club’s multiple youth clubs across Michigan. Not only did each club grow, but the number of clubs also grew with the addition of DCFC North, serving the Saginaw area.
Recently, leadership from each Detroit City FC Youth Club gathered at the Detroit City Fieldhouse for the annual Youth Summit! Detroit City FC Front Office staff was on hand as different ideas were shared across the DCFC ecosystem; the summit also featured a presentation from Trevor James, Detroit City FC’s Sporting Director.
Enjoy updates from each affiliate; click the name of the affiliate to be taken to their websites to learn more.
Golf Outing – Back in August, Detroit City FC held the annual Golf Outing to raise money for financial aid and scholarships for City youth.
Le Run for Le Rouge – On Sunday, October 8th, Detroit City FC held the annual Le Run for Le Rouge 5K race to raise money for financial aid and scholarships for City youth. We had a total of 327 people registered, with an attendance rate of 93%! Raised over $4,500. Congratulations to the City youth teams with the most participation, earning them a PIZZA PARTY!
4v4: 2016/17 Girls
7v7: 2014/15 Girls
9v9: 2012/13 Girls
11v11: 2008/09 Girls
Park Clean-Up – Players, parents, and family members got together early in the season to clean up the parks where teams practice and play. What a fun way to be good stewards of the community and build team and club culture!
2012 Boys Rouge – Finalists at Lightning Cup
2010 Boys Rouge – Finalists at Lightning Cup
Recreational Programs – Tots 2-5y and Foundations 5-8y programs are a safe and fun way to introduce your child to soccer! These programs create an environment where kids can practice their balance coordination and social skills, build confidence, and learn the basics of soccer at a young age. Hosted at the Detroit City Fieldhouse (3401 E. Lafayette St., Detroit, MI 48207). For info and registration, visit: www.detcityfc.com/youth-programs/
Goalkeeper + Striker Winter Break Camp – Detroit City FC will be hosting a camp on December 27, 28, and 29 at the Detroit City Fieldhouse (3401 E. Lafayette St., Detroit, MI 48207). For info and registration, visit: www.detcityfc.com/youth-programs/youth-camps/
Congratulations to the 2006 Girls Rouge team for winning the 2023 Michigan State Cup! They defeated the MFA Revolution by a scoreline of 2-1 at the Legacy Center Sports Complex in Brighton on October 14 to bring home the trophy!
We are delighted to report that Detroit City FC South Oakland saw a 20% increase in player numbers at the 2023-24 tryouts this past June, representing an impressive 163% rise in the last three years. Our coaching team also achieved great successes, such as five of our professionally licensed coaches completing the USSF National C-License course. Additionally, our commitment to our local community was on full display with the provision of free after-school clinics to communities such as Oak Park and Southfield. Furthermore, our 2007 Girls Rouge team advanced to the state cup quarterfinals, and we had amazing tournament showings at the Petoskey Autumn Blast and Lightning Cup so far.
Up next: We are excited to host our mid-season tryouts on November 5th. More information and registration here: https://dcfcsouthoakland.sprocketsports.com/club/9358
Club Growth: This season, we once again witnessed growth in our club, both in terms of membership and community engagement. Our dedicated team’s hard work has played a vital role in expanding our reach.
EA & E64-RL: Our partnership with EA and E64-RL is enhancing our club’s visibility and providing unique opportunities for our players.
DCFC Futsal Academy: We are excited to launch our Futsal Academy next month, offering additional training and development options for our players.
Street Soccer: Our new street soccer program on Friday evenings not only provides a fun environment for our players to flourish but also fosters camaraderie among them.
Player Ownership: IDPs & Tactical Player Booklets – Empowering our players with Individual Development Plans (IDPs) and Tactical Player Booklets has been instrumental in their growth and understanding of the game.
Player Leadership Council: The establishment of the Player Leadership Council, starting in December, will provide our players with a platform to shape the club’s future.
Pryde City: Our partnership with Pryde Athletics has led to the creation of “Pryde City,” a comprehensive training program aimed at improving various aspects of our players’ and teams’ athletic performance.
Top Soccer: Our involvement with Top Soccer reinforces our commitment to the community by making a positive impact on the lives of all children looking to play soccer.
New HQ: The opening of our new headquarters has provided us with a central hub for club operations, player suite analysis, and player/coach collaboration.
Investment in additional VEO: Our investment in VEO technology is paying off, improving player performance analysis and enhancing our coaching capabilities.
These highlights reflect the dedication and hard work of our entire team, and we are excited about the future prospects for our club. We look forward to discussing these achievements further with everyone during the summit and exploring ways to build upon our successes.
DCFC Youth North continues to celebrate the incredible growth and exciting accomplishments our club has experienced since becoming an affiliate in 2023. Many of our teams have accomplished tournament wins this fall. We’ve had champions and finalists in the Spirit of Saginaw Invitational, Lightning Cup, and the Capital Autumn Classic. In addition, our DCFC Youth North ‘09G Rouge team made its second consecutive appearance in the State Cup quarterfinals.
In addition to our many on-field successes, we’ve also hosted the inaugural Spirit of Saginaw Invitational. Our mission was to highlight the hospitality of our community and create a memorable experience for soccer players and their families. We brought numerous teams together and enjoyed great competition, sportsmanship, and fun. Our travel teams also participated in a club-wide team-building event prior to the start of the fall season. The goal of this event was to strengthen camaraderie, improve communication, enhance teamwork, and build connections with all of the new players who joined our club this season.
We are continuing to offer Futsal (as recommended by U.S. Soccer to our families at no cost and are the only club in the area to do so. We have seen great technical skill development from all ages and look forward to this year’s Futsal Sessions.
DCFC Youth North looks forward to continued growth, strengthening and developing new programs, and building connections with our community.
Detroit City FC Downriver had an eventful summer and fall season, marking significant achievements and memorable moments. From on-field performances to community events, here’s a comprehensive round-up of all the happenings at the club.
Club Growth: Detroit City FC Downriver has witnessed a significant surge in club growth, attributed largely to the influx of new players joining the ranks. This uptick showcases the club’s rising prominence and indicates a burgeoning interest in soccer within the Downriver community.
Social Media Engagement: Detroit City FC Downriver has experienced a significant surge in engagement on its social media platforms, notably Facebook and Instagram. The heightened activity not only reflects the growing enthusiasm for the team but also the effectiveness of its digital outreach and content strategy.
- Reach: 6.5%▲
- Visits: 19.3%▲
- New Likes: 31.4%▲
- Reach: 19.6%▲
- Visits: 20.1%▲
- New Likes: 1.2%▲
Summer League: The Detroit City FC Downriver Summer League 2023 season was a resounding success, showcasing exceptional talent and thrilling matches throughout the summer. The league increased the number of teams participating this season and fostered community spirit, making it a memorable event for participants and fans alike.
U20 Girls Academy Team: Detroit City FC Downriver U20 Girls Academy, Managed by Mike Hatfield along with coaching staff Cristina Rimonda, Conlan Cambell, Dani Evans, and Becky Ansell, celebrated a remarkable summer season, showcasing their prowess, teamwork, and unyielding spirit on the field. The young talents displayed exceptional skills and embodied the values and passion of the DCFC community, promising a bright future for women’s soccer in our area.
College Signing: Kendall Sykorski – Concordia University
Summer Camps & Clinics: Detroit City FC’s Downriver Summer Camps and Clinics were a resounding success, drawing enthusiastic participation across locations in Grosse Ile, Monroe (SMCC), Riverview, and Taylor. These events not only fostered soccer skills but also deepened community engagement, highlighting the club’s commitment to grassroots development in the region.
Fall 2023 Tournament Achievements
2011 Boys Rouge Spirit of Saginaw Finalist
2013 Girls Rouge Spirit of Saginaw Champions
2007/2008 Girls Rouge Spirit of Saginaw Champions
2010 Boys Rouge – Palatine Celtic Cup Finalist
16/17 Silver Waza Spooktacular Finalists
2013B Gold Waza Spooktacular Finalists
2010/2011G Rouge Waza Spooktacular Champions
Summer Kickoff Pool Party: Detroit City FC once again showcased their commitment to community engagement with their triumphant Downriver Summer Pool Party. The event not only brought together soccer enthusiasts but also families and residents from across the region, creating a day of fun, sun, and unity that will be remembered for years to come.
Fall 2023 Golf Outing: Detroit City FC Downriver celebrated their 1st Annual Fall Golf Outing with great success. Built by Stephanie Baron, Shelley Rusinek, and company. The event not only showcased the community’s strong support for the club but also fostered camaraderie among participants, setting a high standard for future outings.
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Primary Media Contact: Jarrett Maki
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