The Total Football Club (TFC) had its humble beginnings with the idea of becoming a different type of club more than just an avenue for a child to play soccer. Its founder wanted to create a club that would give Houston area soccer players the opportunity to be able to be developed at a high level as well as foster the idea that soccer is more than a sport, it is a culture. Keeping that in mind the club felt it was important to have children fall in love with the sport through learning about its history, attending professional games and other activities that would allow the children to become closer to the game. At TFC we understand our club’s objective is not for everyone. The club’s goal is geared more towards those players and parents who are looking for a high level of development/competition and learning more about “the beautiful game”.
In the summer of 2011, with a small group of 3-5 year olds, what was to become TFC entered its first competitive 3V3 Tournament as the team “Dynamite”. In three short years the club grew to encompass several competitive teams, hosts the biannual TFC 3V3 Cup, and runs a biannual futsal league and a summer 4v4 league. In the summer of 2014 TFC became a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
TFC was founded on the principal that development of all-around quality players can and should begin at a young age. To achieve this goal we utilize a coaching style grounded in the Dutch soccer philosophy in addition to using the best methodologies from around the world.
The foundation of our concept is based on the AJAX TIPS methodology. TIPS focuses on:
Each one of these points is key to becoming a successful all-around player. Accordingly, The Total Football Club has formed an affiliation with the AJAX Online Football academy. This means that Total Football coaches and players will be taught the same training methods utilized by the AJAX youth academy coaches to develop their own players. AJAX Amsterdam is known for producing some of the top class players. These include: Johan Cryuff, Dennis Bergkamp, Van Basten, and many more. This affiliation will bring many benefits to our club. Coaches are able to attend AJAX courses, both our players and coaches have the opportunity to participate in the De Toekmost AJAX youth academy in Amsterdam, and AJAX youth academy coaches will come to the US to lead various developmental clinics for our club. We are very proud of this key milestone. In the summer of 2014 & 2015 our players visited Amsterdam and participated in the youth camp held at the De Toekmost training facility.