Community First Soccer

Professional Soccer Education

We hold tryouts year-round and accept players on a rolling basis.
Join a summer group training class for a trial:
June 17 - August 16. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday
  • 2015 - 2017 BOYS -- 6:00 - 7:00 PM (arrive 5:45)
  • 2012 - 2014 BOYS -- 7:15 - 8:15 PM (arrive 7:00)
  • 2014 - 2017 GIRLS -- 6:00 - 7:00 PM (arrive 5:45)
  • 2012 - 2013 GIRLS -- 7:15 - 8:15 PM (arrive 7:00)
Learn More about Competitive Teams:
EDP TEAMS – For advanced players with the goal of competing at the top level of state and regional competition. Requires a high level of commitment to team.
MNJYSA TEAMS – Levels for new and experienced players with the goal of building strong mentality and technical/tactical foundation, while nurturing the love for the game.
Learn More about Development Teams:
4v4 DEVELOPMENT TEAMS – Introduction to team soccer for our youngest players. Play in 4v4 Festival League, learning the foundations of soccer, to love the game and their team.
All competitive & development teams are a commitment for the Fall, Winter, and Spring seasons.
Steps to tryout with CFS
🔗 Complete a Tryout Form: CFS | Competitive Team - Tryout Form 
📞We will reach out to you by phone to speak in more detail about your player.
➡️ Based on the conversation we will send an invitation with dates times, and location for your player’s trial.

📍 Located in Union, NJ
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Open play opportunity for boys and girls players ages 2011 - 2017. 
All players not enrolled with CFS must complete registeration to play.
Sunday, June 23. 4:30 PM (arrive 4:15) at Waterlands Park (30 W 3rd St, South Orange)
  • We are going to play for about an hour and then head to Bunny's Restaurant and Bar in South Orange to watch the USA vs Bolivia game. 
Saturday, June 29 - August 17. register to receive field information.
  • 2017 - 2016 Boys & Girls. 8:30 - 9:30 AM (arrive 8:00)
  • 2014 - 2015 Boys & Girls. 9:45 - 10:45 AM (arrive 9:15) 
  • 2011 - 2013 Boys & Girls. 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (arrive 10:30)


SUMMER CAMPS – For advanced, intermediate, and beginner players, ages 5 - 14 years old. GROUP TRAINING – For advanced and intermediate players, ages 7 - 14 years old. _____________________________
beginners' classes

RECREATION SOCCER CLASS – Beginner level soccer for students 5 - 9 years old.  KIDS SOCCER CLASS –First steps athletic class for students 3 - 4 years old.

Pawi Pide Kao

Head Coach & Technical Trainer

Coach Pawi is a professional soccer coach with a B CAF license and over 14 years of experience coaching youth and professional players. During his football career, he played as a striker in Togo's 3rd division and university team. As a coach, he trained in the United Arab Emirates for 4 years in the professional youth championship. Additionally, he had the privilege of serving as an assistant coach for the Togo national team for 2 years. Coach Pawi's teaching philosophy emphasizes technique and tactics, teaching players the details of the game, such as ball control, contact surfaces to use for the control , passing, shooting, dribbling, and ball possession in the game. Coach Pawi believe that mastering the basics of soccer is crucial for young players. "Soccer is my passion."

Richard Reynolds

Head Coach & Goalkeeper Trainer

Coach Reynolds is a goalkeeper specialist with 15 years of professional playing experience at the club and international level. Hailing from Guyana, Coach Reynolds has traveled the world as a professional footballer and is now focused on transferring his knowledge to the youth as a coach. Coach Reynolds recently returned from coaching with the Guyana U-20 National Team and bring a wealth of experience, dedication, passion, and knowledge, serving as a living example that with hard-work and dedication, you can achieve anything in this beautiful game of soccer.

Sharif Elzein

Head Coach

Coach Sharif has been living a “soccer life” since he was a child as a soccer player and continues living the beautiful game every day as an educator. With over 15 years experience coaching youth soccer and entering year 10 of founding Community First Soccer, Coach Sharif brings his passionate and detailed approach to the field every day and demands the same of his players. Soccer is Passion, Soccer is Joy, Soccer is Excitement, Soccer is Challenge, Soccer is Growth, Soccer is Team, Soccer is Together, Soccer is Family, Soccer is Community, Soccer is Life.

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Our mission is to provide a focused training environment to educate and develop youth soccer players through a comprehensive curriculum and excellent coaching that gives our players the opportunity to reach the highest levels of soccer competition.

Roger Teixeira

Director of Coaching

Sharif Elzein

Director of Operations

EDP Program Guide, Fall 2023 - Spring 2024

Program guide for EDP Competitive Teams for the Fall 2023 - Spring 2024 Season

MNJYSA Program Guide, Fall 2023 - Spring 2024 - Copy

Program guide for MNJYSA Competitve Teams for the Fall 2023 - Spring 2024 Season

Development Teams Program Guide, Fall 2023 - Spring 2024

Program guide for Development Teams for the Fall 2023 - Spring 2024 Season

Commitment Agreement | Fall 2023 - Spring 2024

List of commitments for all Competitive & Development team players

COVID-19 Liability Waiver

Required COVID-19 Liability Waiver

Online Sports Education Liability Waiver

Required liability waiver for online training classes.

Scholarship Application

Form required to apply for a partial or full scholarship

Professional Soccer Coach

Union, NJ, USA - 1
Full-Time Coaching Positions Available: 

Looking for responsible and committed coach and teacher to the next generation of youth players, bringing soccer to life by creating a fun and exciting atmosphere.

Coaches must be able to maintain club standards of training and discipline within the teams and maintain clear communication with parents.

Please upload your coaching resume in "File Upload" section

Coaches will need to have the following credentials:

  •      Have or actively pursuing a minimum of USSF "D" Coaching License
  •      Experience developing young soccer players
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Register For Pro Player Event

Meet, train, and play with local professional soccer player Sabrina Flores from Gotham FC

Monday, July 17, 2023

9:00 - 11:00 AM  at Meisel Avenue Park (Springfield, NJ)

$50 admission fee. Limited spots available.

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