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.