FC Dulles Core Values

With so many choices what differentiates FC Dulles from other clubs?

  1. We believe the key ingredient to developing a love and passion for the game of soccer is Fun;
  2. We believe in our curriculum to develop players to their highest potential;
  3. We believe in developing a growth mindset mentality to learn and improve;
  4. We believe we should support all players- regardless of gender, ethnicity, race, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, or religious affiliation- who have a desire to learn the game and are committed to improving as players and citizens of the community.
  5. We believe teaching the ideals of sportsmanship, fair play, respect, and teamwork, and developing a love and passion for the game of soccer are the most important elements to youth soccer;
  6. We believe a competitive match at any skill level can be found within a 20-mile radius of Chantilly, VA;
  7. We believe the best coaches are dedicated to (in order of priority): the health and safety of players, teaching the values of sportsmanship, fair play, respect, and teamwork, the long term individual player development of soccer skills, knowledge of the game, and performance.
  8. We believe all coaches at FC Dulles are to have age-appropriate USSF coaching licenses, be SafeSport trained, and have criminal background checks;
  9. We believe all coaches at FC Dulles should teach the club's playing style and philosophy by using and implementing the FC Dulles curriculum;
  10. We believe that everybody has soccer in them and the best coaches have the ability to bring it out of each player;
  11. We believe every player should play a variety of positions including the goalkeeper. However, players should not play goalkeeper against their will.
  12. We believe the role of the soccer club is to provide the best learning environment for every player to reach their highest potential;
  13. We believe the goal of every player and coach is to reach the next level through effort and commitment to improving in training and in games. Winning is the byproduct of this approach
  14. We believe in a player-centric, holistic development model: the US Youth Soccer Player Development Model.
  15. We believe kids in Zone 1 (U6-U12) should participate and sample multiple sports- not specialize in one sport. Specialization can begin around U13 where players can choose soccer as their primary sport, but other sports are encouraged in the off-seasons.
  16. We believe in providing parents the best resources to make the best decisions for their soccer-playing children.
  17. We believe the goal of competition prior to U16 should be on players to do their best rather than compete to be the best. 
  18. We believe players should be placed in the right competitive environment based on their skill level and development needs. Teams, likewise, should be placed at the right competitive level in leagues and in tournaments. If teams go 10-0 or 0-10 they are not at the right level. An ideal season at the right competitive level is 5 wins and 5 losses. 
  19. We believe young athletes should not be professionalized; rather young players should develop at their own pace and strike a balance between soccer and outside activities;
  20. We believe soccer isn't necessarily recreational or competitive but rather how much a child is committed and willing to put in the effort to improve as a player.
  21. We believe in long term individual player development- developing a player's technical, tactical, physical, and psycho-social skills with patience and perseverance over team building, short-term gains, and winning games. There are plenty of clubs that will take your money to play in whatever league is the flavor of the month with the sole purpose of winning games and trophies to the detriment of player development. 
  22. We believe it's not whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game.
  23. We believe the US Youth Soccer Development Model is the best youth soccer development model in the United States, if not the world and the US Youth Soccer organization the best youth soccer organization in the country.