Baltimore Celtic Soccer Club
Home of 4 National Champions, 6 Regional Champions and 12 State Champions
Baltimore Celtic is a club primarily focused on the overall development of its players both on and off the field. Our coaches enjoy teaching the game and fostering the growth of character individuals. The goal is to provide each player with a meaningful soccer experience, creating a love for this great game while ultimately providing opportunities for high school and college placement.
Part of this development on the soccer side of things includes playing in the most competitive competitions possible at the older age groups. From U13 and older the top teams on the boys side are the ECNL groups and the top teams on the girls side are the Elite teams. These teams strive to be competitive on a regional and national level and some also play in the USYSA National League.
The BOYS Elite Clubs National League (Boys ECNL) was founded to improve the daily environment for boys youth soccer players through a collaborative club-based development program featuring competition, player identification, and coaching and club development platforms. The Boys ECNL is based on the values of grass-roots collaboration and innovation, and supports the independence and freedom of coaches and clubs to fully manage the development path for their players, including the system and style of play, the competitive calendar, and all aspects of the development path. The Boys ECNL will raise standards in training, competition, club organization, and coaching in a holistic development program.
Baltimore Celtic competes in the Northeast Conference of the ECNL with member clubs: Albertson Fury, BRYC Elite, Connecticut FC, Continental FC, East Meadow, FC Boston Bolts, FC Bucks, FC Stars, FSA FC, Maryland United, MatchFit Academy, PDA, Penn Fusion, and World Class FC.
The Celtic GIRLS program has grown by leaps and bounds the past 4 years going from 1 to 18 teams during that time while winning the club’s first state championship. Many of the top teams play in ERL (Eastern Regional League) or EDP. As a club we are committed to the continued growth and elevation of the girls program and are always seeking out the best coaches and platforms for the development of our players.
Thank you for considering Baltimore Celtic!
Q: What should I bring to tryouts?
A: Water, white shirt, shin guards and cleats, appropriately sized ball. Returning players Do Not wear your Club uniform or training gear. Please check-in 15-30 minutes prior to your tryout session.
Q: Can I try out for any team even if it’s outside of the market I live in?
A: Yes, we encourage players to try out on properly aged teams within the club regardless of your location. If you earn a spot on a team and ultimately decide the distance is too much, you can commit to the closer team and request to secondary on other team. We allow our coaches to select players but we allow our families to decide what is best for them.
Q: How will I be notified whether or not I am selected for a team?
A: After the second tryout the coach will send a communication informing players of next steps. Every player will receive a response concerning their status.
Q: What does Market location mean?
A: Markets allow us to offer the Celtic training throughout the region without requiring long distance travel for practices. The Coaches and Team Managers report to their Market Director with questions and needs and work to build what would be best in each area.
Q: Is there a registration fee for Tryouts?
A: No, we do not require any fee to try out. We want all families to feel comfortable in exploring the Celtic tradition and culture to see if it is the right fit for them without the burden of payment. If your child earns a roster spot, there is a registration fee to accept the spot and join the Celtic family.
Q: What if we cannot make all the tryout sessions?
A: We understand the hectic lifestyle of families so we suggest you reach out to the appropriate coaches and inquire about options, such as attending a practice or if any additional dates are available.
Q: Will there be a team in each Market for age group”
A: The Market concept is new, so we hope to have all ages in all markets. In the interim, we do have teams currently in all ages in the club.
Q: What happens if a tryout sessions is canceled due to weather, how will I be notified?
A: We will update via our Facebook page as well as send an email communication out through the registration system.
Q: What is Club soccer vs. Travel vs Recreation soccer?
A: Rec soccer is an entry level league where players are guaranteed playing time. Games are played at one or two fields vs other kids within the club.
Travel soccer is more competitive than rec with teams within the club typically playing other local teams from different clubs. Usually travel has parent coaches and will do a tournament or two. Coaches are typically not required to be licensed.
Club soccer is competitive and playing time is earned. Coaches are licensed and focused on player development. At Celtic, we have many Nationally Licensed Coaches, College Coaches, High School Coaches, Coaches with Professional Playing experience and other qualified coaches – all focused on improving players in both the tactical and technical aspects of the game. With a proven pathway to college, Celtic is proud of our reputation both regionally and nationally as a club which produces college and pro players year after year.
Q: What will happen during tryouts?
A: Players will be evaluated by the coaching staff in multiple areas along with others in their age bracket. Each coach is empowered to decide which players are best suited for their team. However, if a player is a better fit for another Celtic team, the coaches will discuss and notify you.
Q: What is the process if my child earns a roster spot?
A: If your child accepts a roster spot, you must register on our site at Baltimoreceltic.com and remit the Club fee. This will guarantee your selection. Once done, the coach will coordinate with you the next steps such as ordering uniforms, payments for team fees, etc.
Q: When will I have to commit to a team if I am offered a roster spot?
A: We ask that every player that is trying out for a Baltimore Celtic team be ready to commit to the team upon receiving an offer. This will speed up the process for everyone else in the age group. Decisions are asked to be made timely, as there are players that will be offered a spot should one decline an offer. Acceptance of a roster spot is confirmed ONLY when the commitment paperwork and registration fee are received.