Roster Guidelines

Roster Guidelines

SABA implements a club over team philosophy. Rosters and team makeup can change within the year or after each season. Game rosters may include guests from teams within the age group or from younger teams. At times, guests are included from other clubs.

This approach is constant throughout all age groups in order to keep club roster needs at the forefront.


Not all players are selected to a team after the initial try out. Players may be selected to a “training only” roster if they need introduction to a specific group at a different pace then those already on game rosters.

Players may be added to training only rosters based on these factors:

  • Players not yet ready for game play.
  • Teams have reached max capacity.
  • Players not able to commit fully to SABA.
  • Documents not yet received and approved by SABA and/or league.


Various training only players may be “identified” by the staff as having the potential to be added to a game roster. There are ways we introduce an identified player to game rosters and parents will be notified of that process along the way.


An evolving roster trains together throughout the week but does not currently compete in a league. Typically, these rosters are made up of players transitioning from Kinder Kicks to U7 and U8 teams. Many SABA teams were formed from evolving rosters. Early exposure to the curriculum familiarizes players with the process, providing an advantage over programs that do not provide SABA’s expectations, high standards, and philosophy.


The commitment from players, parents, and coaches, combined with a player’s traits and potential skills, allows for promotion to take place. Not every player is promoted and not every player will stick out the process until the end. As mentioned in the structure of teams, we will not compromise the quality of the club by giving in to parent suggestions if the staff does not support player moves. We understand the nature of attrition and parents may leave the club when our guidelines, protocols, and team makeups do not appeal to their needs or wants.


Eventually, player pools could combine to form one or two teams when playing formats require additional players on the field. As teams progress from youngest to older age groups, formats transition from small-sided to full-sided.

Since we keep the makeup of future rosters in mind, our focus is to provide detailed attention to every player and all teams, regardless of the level. Future success depends on how well the talent on each team emerges. It’s never an exact or perfect process. However, SABA’s track record is evidence that the staff is capable of providing a knowledgeable, nurturing, and progressive environment.



The original team came together at U8 and several players were once part of different B and C teams. At U10, new players joined the program and they were renamed Atletico. At U13 the team was again restructured in order to increase rosters as they transitioned  to full-sided formats. The boys compete against top clubs in the region, and are one of the great examples of SABA’s high rate of team progress and player development.