Desert Foothills/Desert Elite Soccer Club joins Arizona United SC’s “Student of the Game” program

Posted on December 30, 2014 5:41 pm by Arizona United Soccer Club Communications

Program Provides Youth Soccer Clubs and Leagues With An Education Based Curriculum

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (Wednesday, December 31, 2014) – Arizona United Soccer Club would like to welcome Desert Foothills/Desert Elite Soccer Club as the newest member of the “Student of the Game” program.

“Being a part of this program with the only professional soccer team in town is exciting because our kids will have something to emulate and to strive for. It’s fantastic,” said Desert Elite Soccer Club Director of Coaching Rick Tilmans. “Kids of course thrive on getting onto professional fields and being around a stadium. Exposing these kids to professional soccer players will help us as coaches. Rather than solely taking our word for it, the kids will see the real professionals in action.”

The “Student of the Game” is designed to provide youth soccer clubs and leagues with an education-based curriculum. It is designed to assist clubs, entry-level coaches, parents and players in further development of their soccer knowledge and teaching. One aspect of the program has our partners observing closed-door training sessions with Arizona United. This will allow for players and coaches to further their knowledge by watching high-level professional soccer. The program allows youth soccer players in Arizona to experience what it’s like to be a professional soccer player.

“Being able to watch high-level professional soccer is a necessity for youth player development,” said Arizona United SC General Manager Kevin Stevenson. “This program offers youth players a learning experience where they will benefit from observing training sessions, learn from our professional players, and watch us play in person at Scottsdale Stadium. Desert Elite Soccer Club is another great addition to the program.”

“Student of the Game” partners receive a listing on as a 2015 Youth Soccer Partner, one player appearance at an event for each level of partnership, a raffle pack of premium merchandise items, great fundraising opportunities, and priority access to “Get in the Game” on-field opportunities, which include: Penalty kicks post game, ball kids, players escorts/dream team, high-five line, pre-game play on the field, halftime mini-games, and a picture on the pitch.

To learn more about the “Student of the Game”, please contact an Arizona United SC youth soccer specialist at 623-594-9606.