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PSV Union FC & Stanford SC Announces Technical Partnership to Provide More Opportunities for Local Youth

Friday March 10, 2017 

PSV Union FC Academy and Stanford Soccer Club have formed a cooperative approach and common pathway for youth soccer in Palo Alto and surrounding areas. This partnership is a bridge between clubs that simplifies the process of identifying and vetting the best possible fit in a club program for families and players, and offers more opportunities for training and development through collaborative programs. Each club retains its unique culture and will continue to be managed and run autonomously as separate entities, while also working toward the greater good of our larger community. Local families will benefit from more choices and less anxiety in the search for finding the right club for their child. 

Initially, the PSV-SSC partnership will offer these benefits:

  • Seasonal open tryouts and trial periods will be coordinated between clubs in order to allow players to experience both the common and unique personalities of teams, coaches and players without the hassle and time consuming effort of attending separate tryouts.
  • During the season, joint practices will offer specialized training and social interactions with peers and various coaches that allow players to experience different development environments. 


PSV and SSC are both located in Palo Alto and share a common interest in providing opportunities for youth soccer players through trainings and teams, with the objective of long term development. PSV focuses on the girls side of the game, nurturing local talent and providing a pathway to elite soccer. SSC maintains its focus on both boys and girls programs in a balanced competitive environment. The collaboration between PSV and SSC enables the creation of a development pathway for increasingly committed and skilled female players to advance to the PSV USSF Development Academy and NPL teams. PSV and SSC will also provide supplementary training sessions for motivated girls players of all ages throughout the year. Both clubs will remain independent and separate entities, while cooperating to provide training and team solutions for local families.

The collaboration between PSV and SSC will enable players and families to have the opportunity to enjoy both recreational and competitive options locally, which will strengthen the soccer community in Palo Alto.

PSV Union FC Academy is a year round Girls-only club with a focus on developing players to play at Elite & Premier levels in college and beyond. Our goal is to provide the best program, training and environment for the most dedicated potential talent in the city and region. We offer programs for girls ages 3-6 (Junior Academy training) and 7-18 (competitive teams & training). PSV Union recently gained US Soccer Development Academy status (one of 70 girls clubs nationwide selected by the US Soccer Federation to be a part of the inaugural Development Academy league in Fall 2017), in addition to our status as a NorCal NPL club (highest level statewide league in NorCal Premier). PSV players are typically on track to play college soccer and for some, national team and professional. Click here to see player achievements.

Stanford Soccer Club serves Palo Alto and neighboring communities. Boys and girls teams compete in the California Youth Soccer Association and NorCal Premier Soccer leagues across all competitive levels. Professional coaches provide players with outstanding training and skill development while parent managers guide the competitive team objectives and player character development. Teams have the versatility to work together and the independence to forge new opportunities. This distinctive approach to competitive soccer has proven extremely popular in the Palo Alto community, allowing the Stanford Soccer Club to thrive and continue to grow. Stanford Soccer Club is the host of the Stanford Summer Classic Tournament which is one of the largest in Northern California. 


PSV Union FC is a club for female players and families who are seeking an elite-track program (year-round schedule, more mandatory practices, very competitive training environment).

We accept players to tryout by participating in several practices with our teams.

For players who may not be suited for PSV, we can recommend an alternative with our partner club SSC. 

"I've been coaching in the City of Palo Alto since 1991 when I trained the Stanford Red Lightning, the founding team of the Stanford Soccer Club and helped build the club in the early years. Later, I co-founded PSV Union and now it's tremendous that the 2 clubs are collaborating. Both clubs can focus on what they do best while supporting one another to help provide a variety of options for local players and families. To be an instrumental part of this new collaboration for the good of the game is truly exciting!" Gary Ireland, Director & Co-Founder PSV.