Want to know more about WGSC? Interested in joining the club? Here you will find an introduction to WGSC which includes:

  • a brief history of the club
  • an elaboration on the club developmental philosophy
  • a timeline of the yearly team activities
  • information on training and game locations
  • and much more.....

Dear Prospective WGSC Player and Parents:

We’re in the midst of Webster Groves Soccer Club’s 13th season and everyone involved is extremely pleased with the progress and success the club has enjoyed since its inception in 2005.  We have assembled outstanding teams and, as a club, have proven ourselves to be more than competitive with all local clubs including the likes of St. Louis Scott-Gallagher, Lou Fusz, Sporting STL, among others. We’ve collected many SLYSA league titles in our relatively brief existence and numerous tournament championships, as well!  Our teams range from U9 - U14, with our 14s “graduating” each year to bring in a new U9 team. We will have semi-weekly “kickarounds” in the spring to choose recommended players for our teams. Roster sizes range from 12 in the younger age groups to up to 18 at the older age groups. 

The club is primarily for players living within the Webster Groves School District boundaries. My goal is to create teams that represent a cross-section of the community, so we will have a mix of players from both the Webster schools and the area private schools.  The advantages provided through Webster Groves Soccer Club are numerous.  Your child will be playing with and will eventually be friends with kids from their own community.  Activities such as practices, meetings, and games (indoor at the Soccerdome) will be local whenever possible. The cost is reasonable relative to the fees charged by other clubs in St. Louis.  Player development is our goal and our coaches provide that by giving maximum playing opportunities in training and presenting their insights into the game at the appropriate time and in the appropriate way.  Everything we do is accomplished within a competitive yet fun atmosphere.  Our kids love coming to every team activity! Additionally, the players are taught discipline, responsibility, respect, sportsmanship, honesty, etc.  All of us who competed in sports as young people will realize that this is the real value of youth sports--development of sport-specific skills and the aforementioned personal attributes through the enjoyment provided by competitive sports.  In short, that’s the philosophy of the club.

As director of the club, my coaching and playing experience will help ensure that your child will have an outstanding experience as a member of Webster Groves Soccer Club. I am a US Soccer C-licensed coach, an NSCAA Advanced National and licensed goalkeeper coach, with coaching experiences at the collegiate, high school, and youth level. I am currently the head coach for the boys’ varsity team at Webster Groves High School.  I led the Statesmen to back-to-back State Championships in 2014 and 2015 and was named NSCAA MO Coach of the Year (2014, 2015) and Midwest Regional Coach of the Year (2015). I have also served as the goalkeeper coach at St. Louis University and for St. Louis Soccer Club (currently St. Louis Scott-Gallagher).  In addition, I am the co-founder of Webster Groves Soccer Club Summer Camps, and I have also coach locally through the parish CYC soccer program at Annunciation.  My playing experience includes a high school career at DuBourg High School where I gathered All-Metro and All-State honors (DuBourg Hall of Fame inductee); eight years as a member of Busch Soccer Club teams; membership on the Region II Olympic Development team; and a college career that concluded at St. Louis University.

I think you’ll find our WGSC annual schedule to be reasonable for both child and parent.  Following the spring/summer kickaround/tryout sessions, we will then break to allow the kids participate in the regular CYC league in the fall. It’s my personal opinion that that the kids should continue to play with the CYC teams, which so many of the kids are a part of; for select players, it’s an opportunity to have a leadership role in the team and build confidence while still playing with their friends who may or may not be great soccer players.  Secondly, with the conflicts that inevitably result from playing both CYC and select soccer, it creates an unnecessary burden on kids and families to be at two places at one time.  I don’t think the development of any of my club players has been stunted by a lack of participation in fall select soccer.  In fact, in the long run, I think it helps maintain their freshness and enthusiasm for the game, which is critical in their development. Upon the conclusion of the CYC league, we will begin our season with a November-January indoor or futsal session.  From February-May we will then play in a spring SLYSA (St. Louis Youth Soccer Association) outdoor league.  We will also participate in two tournaments (indoor and/or outdoor tournaments). In addition to the game schedule, practices throughout the year (November-May) will be held twice weekly. We practice weekly on the turf at SLUH (a short 12-minute drive from Webster Groves) and in gym space in the Webster Groves area/outdoors at Lutheran South HS (a 10-12 minute drive from Webster Groves). Our players conisstently train during the winter months when other teams and clubs often shut down.

The total cost and an itemized listing of the costs (approximate) appears below.  Considering the program, equipment, and the quality of coaching provided (not to mention the convenience!), I think you’ll find it reasonable.


TOTAL PARTICIPATION FEE: $950 (all-inclusive) (siblings may participate for half-price--$475)...............

League/Tournament Fees: $360......Winter indoor/futsal: $120; Spring Outdoor: $140; two tournaments: $100

Uniforms and Equipment: $200........Jerseys: $60 (2-light and dark); Shorts: $40; Socks: $15; Warmup: $75; Misc. (Year-to-year equipment needs: Pugg goals, full-sized portable goals, cones, practice vests, field/gym rental, balls, ball bags, etc): $85 (*Uniform and warmups purchases are made every other year to reduce annual expenditures from the $275 total to $200).

Gym/Field Rentals: $140.......Fees for WGSD gym rentals as well as for turf field training time (SLUH currently).

Coaching/Coaching Education/Administrative Fees: $250

*Costs are updated for the upcoming 2018-2019 season.

I hope you will pursue the opportunity to join one of St. Louis's premier soccer clubs. Since we will not have open tryouts, I would appreciate it if you would contact me directly if you have an interest in the club.  I can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call me at 314-629-9656.

Sincerely,                                                                                                                                       

Doug Bambini --Director, Webster Groves Soccer Club