Fast Facts About Fairfax Police Youth Club (FPYC)
Approximate number of players: 1,300 house, 400 travel
Location: Fairfax City
Mission Statement: The purpose and objective of the Fairfax Police Youth Club (FPYC) Soccer Program is to provide youth an opportunity to develop athletic skills, physical fitness, and good sportsmanship characteristics through participation in a team soccer program under the auspices of the Fairfax Police Youth Club.
Director of Soccer: Tony DeFlumeri
Director of Coaching: Tom Holland
WAGS Club Rep: Debi Honaker
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FPYC has been providing the Fairfax area of Northern Virginia with youth sports opportunities for the last five decades, having just celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013.
It all started in 1963 when FPYC began as a two-sport entity, only offering football and basketball. Today, FPYC is a destination for 12 youth sports, with about 4,000 families involved in the programs every year.
The club’s successful travel and house soccer programs are now a cornerstone of the organization, with more than 1,700 total players. FPYC Soccer has 13 teams competing in WAGS, four of which (two U9 and two U10 girls teams) will be competing in the newly-formed Elite Player Development Limited (EPDL) divisions in the fall.
Director of Soccer Tony DeFlumeri attributes FPYC Soccer’s growth to a continued focus on player development through a combination of qualified parental involvement and professional coaches.
“We believe that licensed parent coaches provide a unique view in that they have experienced the FPYC culture as both parents and volunteers, exponentially driving team unity and overall commitment.” DeFlumeri said.
About five years ago, FPYC Soccer implemented professional academy-style training for its recreational players starting at age U6. The club partnered with Golden Boot Soccer and developed a regimen based on the Dutch school, where players in the U6-U10 age groups get 3-6 supplemental sessions per season from Golden Boot’s professional trainers.
Two years ago FPYC began its Advanced Development Academy (ADA) to address the needs of advanced level players in the U7 and U8 age groups in hopes of accelerating their development into elite levels of play in the future for the club’s travel teams. The club’s directors are seeking to build a style of play that begins at U4 and builds on itself up through the rest of the age groups.
“We hope to create a ‘FPYC Soccer Style’ that is evident whether you watch our house or our travel players and whether the players are U8's or U19s,” DeFlumeri said.
FPYC recently brought on UK Elite Soccer School regional manager Tom Holland as Director of Coaching, where he will look to build on the foundation built via the FPYC Soccer Academy and Advanced Development Academy.
While FPYC is not one of the area’s largest soccer clubs, those within the organization view this as a benefit, because it allows for efficient decision-making and more time to spend implementing new ideas and technical philosophies throughout the club.
The leadership at FPYC has also put a great deal of emphasis on the club’s tournaments, which have grown in recent years under Tournament Directors Debi Honaker and Becky McNaughton. The club hosts a Father’s Day All-Star Tournament for house teams, and the Liberty Cup Tournament for travel teams.
Going forward, DeFlumeri said the primary emphasis is to keep instilling sound fundamental, instincts and mental approach at the younger levels, so that players may continue to blossom at the older ages.
“FPYC Soccer will continue to drive efficient player development within the U4 through U8 program with additional focus on the U9 through U19 program to ensure skill sets continue to develop and evolve as players age up through the club,” he said.
In contrast to FPYC’s quickly evolving approach to the technical side of the game, one thing that has not changed is the club’s strong ties to the community. Since the start of the athletic club 51 years ago, it has been in partnership with Fairfax City providing quality and convenient fields for its teams.
FPYC has made investments in the four turf fields built within Fairfax City as well as in many of the grass fields maintained by Fairfax City's Department of Parks & Recreation. Throughout the spring and fall seasons, FPYC teams play on a total of 13 fields spread between Fairfax County and the city, including: Draper Park, Fairfax High School, Green Acres Center (training field), Kutner Park, Lanier Middle School, Pat Rodio Park, Providence Park, Stafford Park, Eagle View Elementary, Fairfax Villa Elementary, Mantua Elementary and Oak Marr Center.
Just last year, FPYC accomplished its 50th year of serving the community, and the club hopes to continue doing so for another five decades and beyond.
Founded in 1974 by Mavis Derflinger and Rael Vodicka, the Washington Area Girls Soccer League is one of the premier girls' soccer associations in the United States. Today's membership includes some 600 teams from across D.C., Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, competing in a variety of divisions ranging from Under-9 to Under-19 age levels. The WAGS Spring 2014 season kicks off on March 29 and will feature upwards of 600 teams from across the Mid-Atlantic region from the U-9 to U-18 levels.