The Select programs are our Competitive travel state sanctioned club teams. There are 5 levels to the Select program; Jr Academy, Academy, Select, High School Select, and U23 Select.
SESA coaches are overseen by our Director of Coaching. All teams have a designated head coach who runs the weekly practices and games. All head coaches hold a coaching license from the US Soccer Federation. In addition to the head coaches, SESA also has multiple professional staff coaches and auxiliary coaches. The staff coaches will work with multiple teams each week on a rotation- in addition to head coaching teams. Coaches also work with the Assistant DOC/ Head Staff Coach regularly to plan out and implement their session plans and review player development. All staff coaches are former college players and/or current college coaches with years of experience in the game and a dedication to player development.
The Iowa Soccer League (ISL) is the competitive travel league sanctioned by Iowa Soccer. SESA competes in the ISL at all u10-u19 levels. The league is comprised of other area clubs. At the Academy and u11/12 level, games are played on specified "play dates" and locations in the "East" division. This is done to minimize travel and make the league and programs more efficient. All other teams then compete on varying dates and locations during their season. Our teams average 8 ISL games each season. Most locations are within 1.5 hours of Burlington, as well as home games played in Burlington.
In additional to the ISL, some teams may also compete in the 641 league. The 641 league is a more developmentally focused local league. To get additional games or developmentally appropriate playing time, teams may play some 641 games during their regular season.
In each fall and spring season, SESA teams attend a minimum of 2 tournaments and often will attend a 3rd. All teams attend the home tournaments; the Monster Match in October, and Midnight Cup in May. Additionally teams are able to play in the home Turf Wars tournament in February. The DOC selects which tournaments each team will attend, or give options of suitable tournaments to attend. The tournaments are selected based on travel (preference is given to tournaments that do not require overnight stays), competition level, number of teams in the tournament division pool, variety of Competition (play new teams), and previous experience of the competitions.
Tournaments attended in the past: Muscatine (Fall & Spring), FC United (Fall & Spring), Peoria, Just For Girls/ Just For Boys (Fall & Spring), Dubuque (Fall & Spring), Iowa City (Fall, Spring, & Winter), etc.
SESA may allow teams to attend additional tournaments, or help to organize rosters and coaches for additional tournaments and showcases with approval of DOC. Examples are Union program Kansas City showcase, Adidas Tournament of Champions Showcase, Iowa City Bubble winter tournament, etc.
SESA is partnered with adidas for our official kits. Our main club sponsor FunCity are featured on the front and uniform sponsor Dr. Mark Pothitakis Dentistry and Great River Health are featured on all uniforms on the shoulders. Each player is responsible for purchasing their uniform. Uniforms are on a 2 year cycle and are purchased through our soccer.com club partnership. The current cycle runs from fall 2021 to spring 2023.
All players will also wear the required training jersey sponsored by Dr. Mark Pothitakis Dentistry and Great River Health to all training sessions, games, and designated club functions. Training jerseys are also on a matching 2 year cycle.