St. Pete Raiders/Northeast Raiders Soccer Club is a nonprofit organization which provides a Competitive and Recreational program for players between the ages of 4 and 19. Our mission is to foster the physical, mental, and emotional growth and development of St. Petersburg and Pinellas County youth, through the sport of soccer at all ages and levels of competition. Our goal is to provide a safe, structured, and fair environment in which young players can have FUN playing and learning the game of soccer. We also hope to nurture and develop a lifelong passion for the sport of soccer.
The purpose of the Recreational Program, called Northeast Raiders when we first began in 1970, is to provide a beginning player and the experienced recreational player an opportunity to play and learn the game of soccer in a friendly atmosphere that stresses FUN and enjoyment of soccer and de-emphasizes the concept of "winning at all costs!" During the Recreational season, teams are selected on a basis of balance and fairness. A blind draw is used to assure balance between teams. No statistics or scores are recorded during the season to promote the values of FUN & ENJOYMENT while playing and learning the game of soccer.
The Competitive Program, known as St. Pete Raiders, is for those seeking a more competitive experience and more intensive training. The purpose of this program is to develop and prepare soccer athletes for accelerated levels of competition while still promoting the physical and moral benefits of the game of soccer. Competitive tryouts are held annually in May/June in order to form the teams for the next season. During the season, players receive specialized training by professional coaches and trainers who prepare them for a more competitive environment and experiences. Players, parents, and coaches must be committed to the training, travel, and competitive experience for the St. Pete Raiders Soccer Club to be successful.