FC Nova is hosting the Star Fall Showcase on Nov 1-2, 2014 for U10-U14 age groups and November 8-9, 2014 for U15-U19 age groups. Last years event pulled in teams from across the region and we are excited for this years event. Featuring natural grass fields and regional competitition, the Star Fall Showcase is an ideal event for teams seeking an end of fall season event, as well as a primer for the college showcase cycle for older teams.
This years event will use dedicated soccer factilities for all games. The U10-U14 age groups will play at FC Nova Complex and Heroes Park and U15-U19 age groups will play at the FC Nova Complex.
Click HERE for event webpage, and additional details!
The story behind it all
The story behind the 2014-2015 FCNova Uniforms
September 25, 2014
FCNova hit the valley in full force with the 2014-2015 uniform release this past weekend. With the new kit releases we wanted to provide some insight behind the brand!
In the spring of 2010, two of the valley's most storied clubs in the history of Idaho youth soccer made a major decision. That decision was based off the premise to create a comprehensive and robust soccer environment for boys and girls in and outside of the Treasure Valley. Based on the philosophies of "what is best for the kids" and "what is best for the game", FCNova was born out of the merger between Les Bois United and Boise Capital Soccer Clubs. Bringing together two stars in the player, coach and game development arena to create one entity thatenhances the environment of soccer, community and student-athletic endeavors.
The two original clubs that merged to create FCNova wore "Red and Black" as their primary founded colors. Past the foundation years; styles, colors and retail brands changed often. With Puma we found a partner that not only provided quality gear and attire, but matched our goals in helping to offset costs impacted by youth soccer families while providing opportunity. In our 2nd year, as part of Project Pink with Puma, FCNova girl's side started wearing the famous "all pinks" for Breast Cancer Awareness and in the process eventually becoming a national brand/staple answering the question of, "Who is that club in the pink uniforms?". Everyone knew it was FCNova. Introducing the 2014-2015 brand and the return of Red and Black as our primary colors along with the Pink highlights on our "home" white kits. The U14 boys have actually gone ahead and purchased the new "all black" kits that the boys side is transitioning into for 2015-2016 and looking great! Overall the goal of creating a classic professional representation of FCNova while honoring the history of the brand was achieved.
As we do listen to our membership, you will also notice that the "NOVA logo" FONT differs now comparing boys and girls kits.
Updating both with a more masculine font on the boys side and feminine font for our girls side.
Through continued support of our sponsors we have been able to help offset costs directly impacted by families. Bodybuilding.com has been a mainstay sponsor in helping with tremendous contribution efforts to our operating budget, tournaments/events support and offsetting costs that otherwise would have directly been asked of our members to cover. This is why on the new kits, at all program levels, you will see the B.com logo on the youth league (back) and competitve uniforms (sleeve).
Another foundation sponsor are St. Luke's Sports Medicine - Idaho. With the initial commitment of Dr. Jim Johnston, his wife Lynne and at the time Boise Orthopedics and Sports Medicine (now St. Luke's) the support goes far beyond monetary. St. Luke's provides us with an in season ATC-LTC who can perform initial assessments on injuries for players, staff and members free of charge. Along with this they support our tournaments, events and the Elite Club National League fixtures. They also provide coaches education topics in relation to injury prevention, assessment and return to activity. With this last cycle's contribution, St. Luke's Sports Medicine's support helped us create a uniform package for our U9 and U10 FCN Gunners Girls and Boys athletes. Including a ball, drawstring backpack, shorts, socks, Puma uniform and training tee shirts at no extra cost for over 130 families in that specific age program. Reducing the costs for kids in their introductory phase of competitive/formal programming. Accordingly, you will see the St Luke's Sports Medicine logo on our youth league uniforms and under the number on the backs of all our U9 and U10 FCN Gunners Boys and Girls Puma uniforms.
Join us in celebrating our community, partners and attack on the future!
Sept 19, 2014!
FCN 2014 Golf Scramble
FC Nova will be holding the first annual FCN Golf Scramble on September 19, 2014.
Friday, September 19, 2014.
8:00am Shotgun Start (check-in at 7:30am!)
Boise Ranch Golf Course
Free beverages compliments of Swire Coca-Cola & Boise Brewing Company!
Update - Closest to pin/longest drive and event winners will get prizes from.
Puma - Apparel & Accessories
Coca-Cola(Swire) - BSU Football Tickets, Golf Prizes, Brazil World Cup Jersey & Ball
Off the Field - Training Package
Soccer Ect - FC Nova apparel and gift certificates
Platt Electric - Dewalt Cordless Drill package
Event rules and additional details posted soon.
Pot of Gold Hole - chance to earn $$!!
Mulligans available for sale at event!
$200 for a foursome or $60 per individual
Registration includes green fees, cart and chance to win prizes from our sponsors
Participant and/or Sponsor Registration - CLICK HERE
Proceeds from this event to benefit FC Nova and Fit One/St. Luke's Children's Hospital.
We are proud to announce that The Michael Foundation is a title sponsor for this years Scramble!
For sponsorship questions and reservations, please contact Brad Mauzerall at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FCNova sits down with Alum Ali Skogrand
Soccer is taking her around the world!
August 12, 2014
FCNova Director of Coaching, Eric Simmonsen along with staff were able to sit down with alum Ali Skogrand today. Catching up on old times, old coaches and teammates over the years. Ali is in town having just landed form Sweden where she was playing for BK30Dam in the Swedish A Division of women's professional soccer. As she enters her senior year this fall, Ali was able to reminisce about her days in Idaho, her road through injuries as a youth player, leading her to Walla Walla Community College. Then she earned a full ride scholarship to Southwest Baptist, playing NCAA DII while winning a conference championship this past fall of 2013.
While playing at Southwest Baptist, an international teammate from Sweden had written the chairman of BK30Dam about Ali and her abilities. After discussion Ali was able to travel to Sweden and participate in the second half of the women's league. "After I landed in Sweden it was kind of surreal and then the next thing you know, I'm playing in my first match a day later. That did not go so well with jetlag, new world, etc.", Ali explained as she let out one of her signature laughs and smiled.
Through pain and perseverance, Ali has overcome 3 ACL tears (2 from soccer and 1 from basketball, her mother Connie is the Varsity Basketball Coach at Mountain View) she has found her way. "Ali was being recruited by Division I schools into and after her U17/U18 year, but the ACL tear that winter leading into her senior year during basketball put a damper on her post high school ventures", said then team coach and FCNova Director of Coaching, Eric Simmonsen. But she did not give up. Eventually landing at Walla Walla CC (redshirting her freshman year), Ali battled through and lead the Warriors to more championships, eventually earning a full ride scholarship to Southwest Baptist in Bolivar, Missouri. "When I first got an email from Southwest Baptist I thought...Missouri, I'm not going to Missouri", said Skogrand. But everything falls into place somehow; they had the program choice and athletics helped pay for her education.
This coming fall, her senior year, is an exciting time as she will graduate with a degree in jounalism, capping off years of hard work and a great attitude. She even has an opportunity to sign a professional contract in Sweden after her graduation in the winter of 2014/15 based on her play this past summer alowing her to play a full season in Sweden.
"Ali was always an extraordinary human being number one. The fact that the game has taken her all over the world is no surprise to me", said Eric Simmonsen. FCNova are excited for Ali as an alumni and excited to see where the vehicle of soccer takes her in life! Good luck Ali and we'll be watching you!
FCNova and St Luke's making a difference
FCNova and St Luke's making a difference!
Focus group needed of parents with children aged 6-11 years of age
July 29th, 2014
St. Luke’s Orthopedics and Neurology is conducting research on children’s consumption of sugar- sweetened beverages (i.e. fruit drinks, sports drinks) at kids’ sports events. We are inviting all parents (≥18 years of age) to participate in a focus group. Focus groups are small groups of people led through an open discussion by a skilled moderator. We only ask for your opinion, there are no right or wrong answers.
If you have a child currently participating in the Youth NOVA soccer league who is between 6-11 years of age (male or female), we invite you to participate. We will need approximately 24 parents. Each parent volunteer will participate in one focus group with about 6-8 other parents, to discuss beverage consumption at kids’ sports events. The focus groups will be held the first two weeks of September in the evenings from 6-8pm at one of our St. Luke’s locations – Boise or Meridian. We will need approximately two hours of your time.
Food and beverages will be provided for you at the focus group. No children are allowed to be in attendance. Please remember only one parent/guardian from each family will be allowed to participate in the focus group.
If you are interested in participating, please contact Kristin Armstrong at (208) 381-2718 or via email at email@example.com by August 25th, 2014. Thank you.
Kristin Armstrong Director, Community Health St. Luke’s Sports Medicine
FCNova product gets invite to 2014 Puma Womens Elite Showcase
Congratulations Lauren Bouvia
FCNOVA U-15 ECNL PLAYER SELECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 4TH ANNUAL PUMA WOMEN’S ELITE SHOWCASE (PWES)
Meridian, ID (June 30, 2014) – FCNova winger Lauren Bouvia has been selected to participate in the 2014 PUMA Women’s Elite Showcase (PWES), to be held July 18-20 in Orlando, FL. This annual event invites approximately 60 of the top players from across the U.S. to showcase their talents in front of NCAA Division I soccer coaches. Over the past three summers, PWES has welcomed some of the top women’s collegiate teams in the country, including perennial top 10 programs.
“It’s a great accomplishment for the girls and the club!” said FCN Director, Eric Simmonsen. “Our initial year in the ECNL, training approach and work on & off the field has enabled our girls to continually improve and eventually compete at the top levels. In addition, the competitive environment that ECNL has created for these girls cannot be matched anywhere in the country and we are extremely fortunate to be members of that league. Lauren joins a great list of FCNova student-athletes whom have been invited to participate on behalf of Puma.”
On behalf of the entire FCN coaching staff we want to congratulate Lauren and wish her well in Orlando. "Lo" plays for the FCN U-15 Elite Clubs National League team.
Northwest Lineman College donates time to replace lights at FCNova Complex
Having a blub out over the past 8 months created some lighting issues on the lighted field that FCNova were just unable to fix on their own or contracting out for additional monies. With fiscal resposnibility to our membership as a priority, many ideas were thrown around in order to deal with the situation.
That is where the gang from the Northwest Lineman College (NLC) stepped in and assisted. It was not an easy task as the force figured out once on sight. But being the true professionals that they are, the guys were able to devise a way to reach the lights. So with lift truck, harnesses, ladders and spare bulb in hand they went to work on a solution. With the time donated by the staff at NLC we would no doubt still be "scratching our heads".
FCNova are tremendously grateful for our community and want to give a big "shout out" and THANK YOU the the staff from Northwest Lineman College!
U13G come up short at Presidents Cup Regional -Morgan Hills, CA
U13G FCNova - Hanging at the Santa Cruz, CA Boardwalk and Ocean
After an immensely successful month of May for FCNova with State titles, finalists, having our 1st team to qualify for ECNL National Playoffs amongst some to mention, half of the U13G PreECNL age group kept playing this summer. With one half of the age group winning State and heading to Far West Regionals, another group headed to San Jose and Morgan Hills, CA. To say that ending the season was a success, would be coming up a bit short on all the accomplishments of this age group during the 2013-14 cycle.
The opening of group play, field conditions and wind combined for an "anything can happen" atmosphere. The group included teams from California North, Washington and Oregon along with the FCNova girls. The Group draw pitted a tough FC Alliance (WA) team versus the FCN squad on day one. On a first half counter attack, FC Alliance scored from a ball that was initially saved twice by FCN goalkeeper Hannah McFadden but the scramble for the 3rd ball proved to go FC Alliance's way as they placed it in the back of the net. After a first half of missed chances and a physical match, Juliet Grech opened up the first half with a tremendous finish on a service from Lilly Gwin, slamming the ball home near post with her first touch. Tied up 1-1 at half FCNova was getting the opening day nerves and travel legs out. The final ended up 3-1 FCNova and gaining a valuable opening day 3 points in group play.
Day 2 Game 2, placed Capitol City Timbers (OR) versus FCNova on a very windy afternoon, where the field and "breeze" proved to dominate the game. Timbers lost a tough battle with California North on Day 1 and needed a win to stay in, so Nova knew they were coming out to play. With their legs and more discipline to their game, FCNova came out from final whistle to the end with a dominating performance. Proving too much for the team from Oregon with a 3-0 win and now claimng 6 points from their first two games.
Day 3 Game 3 had the two group leaders facing each other with both going through based on the first two days results. Petaluma proved to be a tough contest and conditions kept the game close. With a 1-1 draw, FCNova advanced as the group winner with a +5 goal differential over the Northern Californians.
Quarterfinals and Semifinals for this age group took place on the same day in the ever warming region. The quarterfinal match based on results combined FCNova versus the Murietta Surf out of Southern California. In group play Surf came out with a 1-0 loss to the Eagles SC, also out of Cal South. With the opponent playing very direct, FCNova controlled much of the posession. Early in the first half one goal proved to be the game winner. Off of an attacking throw-in FCNova restarted the play, which was collected by Lilly Gwin who controlled the ball out of the air, dropping to Lily Schlake who hit the ball one time from 25 yards out to the far upper corner over the retreating Surf goalkeeper. 1-0 win and moving on to the semi-finals.
Later that evening, FCNova faced a Colorado Storm group whom won their quarterfinal match in a penalty shootout. A physical game with some tired legs and some overall great possession play via FCNova as the match kept going proved for an "entertaining match". After too many missed opportunities, FCNova pinned the Storm in their half for the majority of the second half. The Storm goalkeeper made a phenonemal save late, but also went down with an injury late in the game. After about 10 minutes of stoppage for the injury, the ball was restarted. 3 minutes from time, FCNova were awarded a penalty kick for a foul in the area on Abby Keeley, whom had broke free down the wing and into the box toward goal. Lilly Gwin calmy stepped up and buried the penalty kick. But wait, a whistle and FCNova player encroaching the box on the kick from the spot...still 0-0, Nova had to retake the kick. Lilly Gwin again stepped up, calmly and accurately slotting the ball to the left of the keeper and in for the game winner.
Onto the Championship Match, final day, riding a whirlwind of emotion and belief. Facing one of our ECNL sister clubs in the Eagles SC was not going to be an easy battle. True to a champioship game, much of the match was battling, tackles and chaotic soccer at its best. Both groups having some opportunities neither could break the other down, so the game was decided on two set pieces. First half a foul occured from about 35 yards out and the Eagles player used the wind to hang the ball up in the air and drop a well placed finish over the FCNova keeper into the far upper corner. 1-0 Eagles SC. The second half started as the first half had ended and with about 12 minutes to play, Eagles were awarded anther freekick from just ahead of the half line, wind at their backs. Some suspicious marking/tracking on the weakside and the service bypassed the initial challenges, sailing to the far post where the Eagles player finished the ball for the 2-0 lead and win.
We are very proud of our entire program along with these girls journey and eventual Finalists at the 2014 US Youth Presidents Cup Regional in Morgan Hills, CA. Excitement is an understatement for this age group as the move to U14 for the 2014-2015 cycle.
Congratulations all the way around and also a shout out to Juliet Grech and Olivia (Lilly) Gwin for finishing in the top 3 of the golden boot (most goals scored) with 3 goals a piece over the week of play.
U13G Regional Finalists - Skit Night Photo
FCNova State Cup Success
FCNova "heading to 2014 regional events"
After the Memorial Weekend dust settled, FCNova teams came out with some great results over the weekend and a "future is bright" outlook. Even with no representation via the ECNL teams at U15, U16, U17 and U18 girls age groups due to Elite Clubs National League schedule and showcase in New Jersey, FCNova posted an impressive showing in Boise over the IYSA State Cup Weekend.
"The representation was so refreshing compared to 2013, when we only had 1 team in State Cup due to a club decision to not attend with no teams looking to attend Far West Regionals in Hawaii due to cost. Being fiscally responsible is a high priority of our board and staff to our members!" stated Director of Coaching, Eric Simmonsen. Eric continued with, "I am extremely proud of all the age groups and genders this weekend. Yet, also excited for 2015 as we will have representation at the 2015 State Cup at a full capacity, including our ECNL age teams. We had some age groups where our boys are really showing well and pushing the envelope with the U13 Boys losing on an own goal in the final seconds of the Championship, the U18 Boys losing in the final in a great game and U17 Boys losing a close match in the semifinal. We also had some validity to our structure as our U15G, U14G and U13G showed the future depth and fact that a club/program at the highest levels, like ours, can facilitate two very competitve teams."
The board of directors and staff would like to congratulate all the FCNova teams on the 2013-2014 cycle of accomplishments.
The following teams are advancing on to the Presidents Cup Regional or Far West Regional as State Champions:
U13G: FC Nova Pink going as State Champion to FWR in New Mexico
U13G: FC Nova White going to Presidents Cup in California
U14G: FC Nova Elite going as State Champion to FWR in New Mexico
U14G: FC Nova Pink going to Presidents Cup in California
U15G: FC Nova Pink going as State Champion to FWR in New Mexico
U16G: FC Nova Pink going to Presidents Cup in California.
U13B: FC Nova Black going to Presidents Cup in California
FC Nova Partners - St. Lukes Sports Medicine and Bodybuilding.com
FC Nova partners St. Lukes Sports Medicine and Bodybuilding.com have again made significant donations to FC Nova as we kick off 2014. FC Nova has parterned with both St. Lukes and Bodybuilding.com since our inception in 2010 and each year these organizations have contributed funds to our organization and our soccer programs. These funds have been used to:
Fund player scholarships
Offset costs associated with facility development projects
Add new (or improve existing) programs
In short, both partners have helped youth in the Treasure Valley access soccer programs through FC Nova. We are honored by their ongoing commitment to our organization and its mission to create best in class soccer programs for our youth.
Please join us in a huge THANK YOU to St. Lukes Sports Medicine and Bodybuilding.com!!!