The Fauquier County Soccer Club (FCSC) has a rich history of providing soccer opportunities to the youth of Fauquier County, dating back to the 1970’s. More specifically, FCSC’s heritage was born out of two organizations, whose foresight and cooperation brought soccer to the youth of our area long before other sports clubs were established.
Beginning in the 1970’s and throughout the 1980’s, two clubs serviced the needs of Fauquier County youth. The Fauquier Soccer Association and the original Warrenton Youth Soccer Club. The Fauquier Soccer Association principally addressed elementary school age groups while the original Warrenton Youth Soccer Club focused on Junior High and High School brackets.
In an effort to deliver the best possible soccer programs to Fauquier County the two associations unanimously agreed to merge the organizations on January 26, 1989. With that decision, the Fauquier County Soccer Club was born. At the time, the thoughtful Directors of those two clubs were:
Warrenton Youth Soccer Club
Much of the groundbreaking work performed by the now unified Fauquier County Soccer Club remain within our organization today... the mission as recorded in our Articles of Incorporation, the foundational principles documented in our By-Laws, the open nature of our member run organization, as well as our commitment to excellence and to the community. A testament to the core principles is illustrated by the fact that some of those founding members remain actively involved with FCSC today.
The Fauquier County Soccer Clubs incorporated the organization within the state of Virginia on June 17, 1992. As a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, FCSC dedicated itself to operate exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, providing programs for the benefit of the community through teaching and promoting an interest in the game of soccer. The club’s original directors were:
- Chairman, E. R. "Randy" Rawls
- Deputy Chairman, Maximilian Tufts, Jr.
- Secretary, Kenneth Stoehrmann
- Treasurer, Robert Gilbert
- Registrar, Joan Clarke
Building on a solid foundation of the Fauquier Soccer Association and Warrenton Youth Soccer Club, FCSC set about the business of the membership, providing the county’s youth with opportunities to learn, appreciate, be challenged by, and enjoy the game of soccer. The Recreational Program consisted of U8, U10, U12, U14, and U17 age groups with independent travel teams constituting the Competitive Programs.
In an early address from the Chairman, Randy Rawls discussed the rapid expansion of the club and quality of match play. Focused on the future, Chairman Rawls turned his attention towards two issues which needed to be resolved if the club were to continue to progress.
As we approach the end of my first year in office, I find that our most serious problem is not our club, our membership, our players, or the play of the game... it is a lack of referees. There is only one source of referees -- You. I challenge each FCSC team, both House and Travel, to identify at least one adult to become certified as a referee and each team at the U14 age group and older to additionally identify at least one teen.
True to the club’s nature, generous volunteers stepped forward, trained by certified referees from within the FCSC membership, through courses established with the local community college. Whether it be a sufficient number of qualified referees, or the many volunteers required to make this club -- your club -- function, FCSC members continue to give of their time and efforts.
Chairman Rawls addressed the second issue by noting,
There is one long term problem which we have not resolved and cannot resolve without your help. We must have a Soccer Complex in Fauquier County. Every year we wait just magnifies the problem.
With those words, Chairman Rawls set in motion a plan to realize such a complex for the youth of Fauquier County. It would take planning, preparation, a commitment to generating and securing significant resources, and ultimately a partnership with the Town of Warrenton. Chairman Rawls could not have envisioned the path which would be taken, but set a vision of the destination. In 1996, FCSC realized a plan for steadily generating field development funds... the Hunt Country Classic. The Hunt Country Classic, FCSC’s annual Travel tournament, generated increasing profits which were dutifully set aside, to one day acquire of several dozen "reasonably flat acres" to "centralize all games and ensure good playing conditions for our youth". This forward-looking vision is a hallmark of FCSC operations, meeting and exceeding the needs of today’s youth, and planning for those who will do so tomorrow.
With the turn of a new century, the club continued to expand its Recreational programs and grow the number of the Independent Travel teams affiliated with FCSC. To ensure that FCSC was developing players to their fullest potential, and in accordance with US Soccer best practices, the club began a transition to a club-structure model. FCSC hired its first Technical Director of Coaching (TDOC) and set in motion efforts to unify the Recreational, Competitive, and Player Development programs to maximize player potential. The TDOC’s work, along with a dedicated professional technical staff, engendered strong support from the membership and laid the technical foundation which united the organization. Today, the FCSC United are well-represented within the Washington Metropolitan Area’s top Travel Leagues (i.e., NCSL, WAGS, ODSL), regional tournaments, and Virginia State Cup competition. These successes are built upon the club’s sound technical and tactical instruction within the Recreational and Player Development programs, a function of the professional technical staff and Competitive program coaches, as well as the volunteer Recreational program coaches who are dedicated to improving their skills within the club-structure.
With this expansion, the need for a centralized soccer complex was becoming ever more apparent. FCSC continued to invest the proceeds from the increasingly popular Hunt Country Classic tournament, while exploring field development options which included pursuing the proposed Fauquier County Parks & Recreation department’s Central Sports Complex, establishing long-term usage agreements at Vint Hill, and purchasing private property.
Subsequently, involved members and leaders within FCSC engaged local officials on the topic of a sports complex near the county’s population center. An initiative began to develop with the Town of Warrenton. FCSC, in part, spearheaded the effort to organize county sports clubs and engage the town from a broad, community perspective. A significant amount of ground-breaking work on by public and private officials alike resulted in plans for the Warrenton Sports Complex, which includes Athey Fields as well as the Warrenton Aquatic & Recreation Facility (WARF). With significant investments by the Town of Warrenton, FCSC, and other local clubs, Athey Fields was developed in 2006 and opened in 2007. Today, FCSC continues to be involved in the ongoing maintenance and future development plans of Athey Fields through a public-private partnership with the Town of Warrenton known as the Warrenton Fields Administration (WFA). Athey Fields is FCSC’s home complex, one of the Washington Metropolitan Area’s premier soccer venues.
FCSC continues to pursue US Soccer best practices in the development of our players and the structure of our ogranization. As Fauquier County’s premier soccer club, our programs continue to grow, and with them, our dedication to the players.
Past is prologue. FCSC knows where it has been, and where we are going. The next decade of FCSC history is being written today. If soccer is your sport, FCSC is your club.