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Our Desert Elite competitive/developmental Program is recognized across the state of Arizona as one of the fastest growing and well-balanced programs available.  We focus on player development, with emphasis on teamwork and sportsmanship with high standards for both parents and players.  Respect, commitment and accountability are qualities we ask all our members to endorse both on and off the field.

Welcome Alex Horton and Joe Kiefer
(May 2014)  We are happy to announce that Alex Horton has joined the Desert Elite coaching staff and will be the new head coach for our 04B Desert Elite Black team. Alex brings with him an extensive coaching background. We are proud and lucky to have him join our professional coaching staff and all of us are looking forward to a great season!

Please congratulate and give a warm Desert Elite welcome to Joe Kiefer who has officially joined our professional coaching staff. Joe brings with him a vast knowledge and experience and will be the new head coach of our 01G Black team. Welcome aboard Joe, we are excited to have you with us and look forward to working with you. 

Please join me in congratulating Alex and Joe and giving them a warm Desert Elite welcome.  They will each be working our skills clinic next few weeks so we encourage you all to introduce yourselves for a meet 'n greet before or after the sessions. 

03 Girls Red Futsal Champs
(May 2014)  Congrats to the 03 Girls red for taking 1st place in the Rush Futsal League. In the semi final the girls dominated Del Sol 2 beating them 9-1 and then onto the final to face Del Sol 1. The girls took it to them early and won the final in convincing fashion 9-3.This was was the girls' first season ever playing futsal and what a great learning experience it was.  Congrats ladies.

04 Girls Black Blackhawks Champions

(February 2014)  Congratulations to the 04 girls black team coached by Michelle Di Meola and Kristin Donati for taking 1st place at the Scottsdale Blackhawks Max Shacknai Tournament.  The girls played four really tough games with a lot of determination and heart.  To get to the finals they had to play a very strong San Tan Legacy team in the semi-finals.  After finishing the San Tan game tied at 1-1 in regulation time, the girls were able earn a trip to the final round with a victory in their first ever PK shootout.  In the championship match, the girls faced the AZ Thunder, who beat us earlier in the tournament 0-2.  Giving up a goal early, the girls were able to find a way to come back from a 1 goal deficit and score 2 late second half goals to capture the championship.  Congratulations girls, we are all proud of you!

03 Boys Red Champs at Phoenix Rush 3v3 Tourney

Congrats to the 03 boys red for winning the Phoenix Rush 3v3 tournament. The 5 boys who participated Spenser, Drew, Camdem, Liam and Zach had a very fun time. The group was a mix of U12/ U11 teams. A job well done boys.

04 Girls Red Christmas Angel Champions
Congratulations to the 04 Girls Red coached by Jack and Michelle for taking 1st place in the Christmas Angel Tournament. The girls played 4 games over the weekend playing some very stylish soccer combined with hard fought defense. They finished with a competitive final against Mesa soccer club the game ended 2-2 before our girls took victory in a PK shootout. Congrats Girls!

03 Girls Red Take First at Sereno Chelsea Cup

Congratulations to the hard working 03 Girls Red coached by Tim G and Tony V for taking 1st place in the Sereno Chelsea Cup . The girls played some excellent soccer scoring 15 goals and giving up 7 on their way to their first tournament win this season. The best game was the final vs Sereno South whom they tied 2-2 the night before. In the final they played their best game of the season winning 4-0 to take home the championship.  Great job ladies. Coach Tim and Coach Tony are very proud of you.

Elite '03 Red Boys Banat Southwest Shootout Champs
The 03 Boys Red won the Banat Southwest Shootout winning 3 and losing one.  Due to the inclement weather, the Banat tournament changed the playing format to penalty kicks instead of games.  The boys showed very confident when taking penalty kicks and our Goalkeeper Zach came up with some fantastic saves for the tournament win. Congrats to the boys for their 1st tournament win of the year.

Elite '01 Girls Red Win Mesa Patriot's CupElite 01 Red Girls
(November 2013)  The 01 girls red team took first place in the Mesa Patriot's Cup. The girls played four games over a fun weekend, winning all their games and scoring 10 goals, finishing with a 3-1 victory int the final. Congratulations to the girls, Coach Jack and Coach Noel. 

Elite ’01 Boys Red Notch Inaugural Cup Win
(September 2013)  There’s nothing like starting a new year of soccer with a win in your home tournament!  After giving up a 2-0 half time lead in a loss to the Blackhawks in the opener, the team rallied back to post decisive victories against Canyon Del Oro and Far West Vipers.  The strong effort set up a rematch with the Blackhawks in the tournament final, where the boys took the field with determination following an inspiring speech by Coach Rick Tilmans.  In a full game effort, the boys withstood the afternoon heat and the competition to post a 4-0 victory and take home tournament gold.  Congratulations to the ’01 Boys Red team on a great start to the season!

Desert Elite 04 Girls Northern Arizona Invitational Champions04 Desert Elite Red
(May 2013) Congratulations to the 04 girls red team who won the Northern AZ Invitational. The girls won all 4 of their games over a fun filled weekend in Flagstaff, finishing with a tough 1-0 win over Flagstaff United in the championship game.  "The girls fought hard and played well all weekend and I couldn't be more proud ", said Coach Jack Soutar.  Congrats girls.

Desert Elite 01 Red Girls 5th in State Cup01 Desert Elite Red
(April 2013) The 01 Girls Desert Elite Red finished 5th in this year's State Cup Championships.  The girls played 4 very tough games finishing with a record of two wins and two loses. Head coach Jack Soutar said, "The girls played some fantastic soccer throughout the tournament, and this really cements their place among the best teams in this age group."  Congratulations to their older sister teams, the 99 and 96 Desert Elite Red teams, for advancing to the quarter finals.

Rafael Rios joins Desert Elite Coaching Staff
(April 2013) With great pride Desert Elite announces the addition of Rafael Rios to our professional coaching staff effective immediately. Said DoC Rick Tilmans:"When a coach with Rafa's vast experience and impressive resume showed interest to be part of our club then you do not need long to discuss and decide. Rafa brings with him a wealth of knowledge, exemplary character, and an extensive network on and off the field which will undoubtedly proof of great benefit for the club". Rafa's background and resume can be seen on our Coaching Staff page. "I look forward to being part of the Desert Elite family with a great desire to contribute to an already very successful soccer program", said Rafa.

Desert Elite 99 Boys Red take 2nd in Arizona President's Cup99 Desert Elite Red
(March 2013)  Congratulations to the 99 Boys Red team and Coach Shaun Rice in bringing home 2nd place in the Arizona Presidents Cup.  Two weekends in a row the boys displayed physical and mental toughness.  The first weekend in 5 team bracket play, they had only one sub for 4 games against quality competition and prevailed to move on to the semi final game.  On the following weekend, the semi-final competition went into overtime after 90 scoreless minutes and was decided by PK's.  During this game the boys had no subs available.  Yet they won again!  With this situation in mind, the team got together and flew the team captain in from California at 6 o'clock Sunday morning in time for the final game.  The team had a strong final effort to come back from 3-0 down and scored 2 goals and almost the 3rd goal to equalize in the final minutes.  The sidelines were crazed as the boys played like a team giving it their all to the very end.  Job well done to the boys and to Coach Shaun as this was the result of all the training they have been working on all season.


Desert Elite 98 Girls Red Finish In Second Place Division II State League
(March 2013)  Congratulations to the 98 Elite Girls Red Team and coach Mike Kettle for having one of their best seasons ever and finishing in second place in the Chipotle - State League Division 2. They were undefeated in their last two games, with hard fought wins over the Far West Bandits 2-0 and AZ Thunder 1-0, which enabled them to finish one point ahead of the Thunder in the final division standings.  The girls compiled a 5-3-2 record playing against strong competition.  The team attributes their success primarily to their coaching, training, and teamwork.  Great Season Girls!

01 Girls Black San Tan Runners-Up01 Desert Elite Black
(March 2013)  Congratulations to the 01 girls Black coached by Coach Michelle and Coach Jack, in placing second in the San Tan tournament. The girls played the best soccer all weekend and really came a long way since the beginning of the season.  The team was able to earn their first trip to a tournament final this season by beating a tough Anthem team in the semis. The girls were down 0-1 and was able to tie it with 10 seconds left to force PKs where they took the victory 3-2 in the shootout. The girls played a tough final but ran out of gas and came up short. "I couldn't be more proud of the girls to get to the final and they deserved a medal to show for their hard work."  Congratulations ladies! 

02 Boys Red Ostrich Festival Champions02 Desert Elite Red
(March 2013)  The DFAC '02 Boys Red Team finished their tournament season with a successful run landing them as Silver Bracket Champions during the 2013 Ostrich Festival Tournament.  After finding themselves as runners-up to the Champions in their previous three tournament appearances, the boys rallied behind coach Noel Clarkson in the final tournament of the year, to sweep the weekend and win the championship match 3-1 on Sunday afternoon.  "The 02 boys remained diligent in their training and worked extremely hard to work out some kinks in their game this season", says coach Clarkson. "I am excited to have such a talented group of young men and I look forward to begin preparations for 11 a side, and the larger pitch next year."  Congratulations boys, we are very proud of you and wish you the very best of luck as you transition to the 11 player-per-side format.

01 Girls Red Ostrich Festival Finalists01 Desert Elite Red
(March 2013)  The 01 Girls Red team were runners up in the San Tan Ostrich Tournament in the Gold bracket. The girls had a record of 2 wins, 1 tie, and 1 loss.  They lost 1-0 to Cisco SE due to a PK in the final in a hard fought game. The team played great passing soccer all weekend while also working hard defensively.  They are starting to look really good in their preparations for State Cup.  Congratulations!

96 Girls Red Continue Success
(January 2013)  The ’96 Desert Elite girls red team picked up where they left off last season with a strong start this year currently standing in 2nd place in AZ State League Division 1.  In preparation for the 2012/13 season the team headed to California to play some higher level teams in both the Cerritos and NHB Cup tournaments. The team completed the Cerritos tournament as semi-finalist and did well in the NHB Cup losing to top ranked California teams including a 0 - 1 loss to FRAM G95 Premier, ranked 3rd nationally, setting the barometer for the upcoming season.  With six new players joining the roster these girls have proven not only are they a State League Division 1 team but one of the top teams in Arizona. Awesome start ladies!

00 Girls Red Finalists in Silver State Tournament
(January 2013)  Tthe 00 Girls Red Team were finalists in the Silver State Tournament in Las Vegas.  The girls compiled a 3 wins and 1 tie record winning 5-1 ,2-1 , 1-0 and tying 0-0. The girls tied for first on points but took second on goal differential to the FC Players.  The team as always played very tough defense and  were able to score many goals. It was a great weekend of fun and soccer.  Congratulations!

99 Girls Black Ft Lowell Finalist
(January 2013)  Congratulations to the 99 Girls Black team coached by Tim G, Jason and Tony V taking a well deserved 2nd place at the Ft. Lowell Shootout last weekend in Tucson. The girls played very inspiring soccer , created numerous scoring chances, and dominated ball possession.  What a great weekend it was as the girls had time to bond and played in their first travel tournament this season.  Well done team !

03 Girls Red Tucson Tournament Champs
(January 2013)  03 Girls Red team coached by Tim G. and Brian Mc. take home their second straight Ft. Lowell championship in dominate fashion. The girls scored 6 goals and the stingy defense got 3 shutouts as the team played great soccer. We are so proud of this team of 9 girls who had to play 3 games with only 1 sub.  Congratulations Girls !

03 Boys Black Win Tucson Tournament
(January 2013)  The 03 boys went into the final game after winning against TSA Tucson Academy 4-0 and Ayso region 809 Nightmares 4-1 playing the whole tourney with only 1 sub. After going down 1-0 in the final game, they came back to take charge of the game but with about 5 min to go they conceded a very unlucky goal. It was a very physical game but they didn't hold back at all, playing as a team. Passing was great and creating more chances that the opposing teams.  The boys still finished first having a better goal difference. Coach Radu said "I'm very proud the way they played and fought through the entire tournament".

Desert Elite 03 Girls Red First Place Open League
(December 2012)  Congratulations to the 2003 Girls Red Team coached by Tim Graefe and Brian McCulloch for taking first place in the Port of Subs Open League Div 2 . The girls compiled a 6-0 record going undefeated scoring 17 goals and only allowing 5, winning promotion into Div 1. The team achieved this accomplishment by working hard at training, believing in their abilities, and having fun.  We are so proud of them!

Desert Elite 00 Girls Finalists at San Tan
(December 2012)  Congratulations to the 00 Girls Red coached by Tim Graefe and Noel Clarkson  for another finalist showing in 2 consecutive tournaments. The San Tan tournament was another great defensive showing . The girls earned 1-0 wins vs Hammers and Eintracht Eagles and tied Flagstaff 0-0. The girls put up a great effort vs San Tan in the final but fell short to take 2nd place.

Desert Elite 95/96 Girls Black win Division95 Desert Elite Black
(December 2012)  After taking some heavy losses against State league teams in early tournaments this season, the 95/96G Elite Black bounced back in their regular league games to show they know how to score goals and win games. They completed season 1 with back-to-back 7-0 and 4-0 wins to clinch their division before the High School break. Most of the players are now playing on their High School Varsity or JV teams and look forward to coming back in February to carry on where they left off - as champions!

Desert Elite 00 Girls Red Gold in Banat Southwest Shootout00 Desert Elite Red
(November 2012)  The 00 Girls Red coached by Tim Graefe take home the gold in the Banat Southwest Shootout.  The girls played very well together during the tournament scoring 12 goals and only giving up 1. The team went 4 and 0 against Del Sol 2-0, Flagstaff 4-0 , Legends FC from Yuma and them finishing with Flagstaff again 2-1 in the final.  Congratulations girls !

Desert Foothills U16 Girls take 3rd place in AZ State Championships96 Desert Elite Red
The Desert Elite red team had at an outstanding showing at this year's State Cup competition plowing through the competition advancing on to a 3rd place finish in the Arizona State Championships. They went 4-1-1 ultimately securing a podium finish after getting by 4 of five State League Division 1 teams.

This wonderful team came in prepared, focused and ready to execute on coach Tilmans game plan.  "This is the teams highest finish in State Cup play and they earned it", said coach Rick Tilmans. "I am very proud of them."   Congratulations Ladies!!!!

00 Desert Elite Red Girls 3rd in AZ State Championships00 Desert Elite Red
Congratulations to the 00 Desert Elite Girls Red team coached by Tim Graefe and Dan Soutar for taking 3rd place at State Cup over last weekend.  During the State tournament the team lost 2=1 vs San Tan, beat Gilbert 3-2 on an impressive come from behind victory in the quarterfinal , lost 2-0 to Blackhawks in the semis and beat Ahwatukee 2-0 to take 3rd place.  Excellent Season Ladies!

94 Boys End Youth Soccer Career On a High!!
(April 2012) The 94 Boys ended their youth soccer careers with back to back tournament wins in the Ostrich Festival, beating bitter rivals USA United 3-1 in the final then sweeping Presidents Cup, eventually  winning the final by a scoreline of 6-0.  "All the hard work they have put in over the years has come to fruition and it is nice to see them go out on a high" said coach Noel Clarkson.  Clarkson, who has been with the boys since 2003 added "We have had some fantastic times on this 9 year roller coaster ride.  It is bittersweet.  After coaching them for so long I feel I have had a part to play in their upbringing which is quite a frightening thought.  It is sad to see them go but they are now young men off to find their place in the world.  I just hope that they continue to play soccer into their adulthood and would love to get the chance to play with them in the mens league!  Good luck in all your endeavors boys."   Video

99 Girls Clean up President's Cup Championships99 Desert Elite
(March 2012) What an amazing day for the Desert Elite 99 Girls age group.  Both the 99 Red and 99 Black girls teams won gold in their respective divisions by a scoreline of 1-0.  Coaches Noel and Tim were overjoyed and could not believe the heights this age group has reached over this season.  Congratulations to the 99 Champions, enjoy your victory!!!!

00 Boys Red President's Cup Champions00 Elite Red
(March 2012) CONGRATULATIONS!! to the 00 Red Boys who are the U12 Gold Division Champions for the AZ President’s Cup! The game against Valparaiso went into OT and at 3-3 went into PKs!  Very thrilling to win it in the end! These boys really worked as a team and won it together!. Im very proud to be their coach and finish off the season like this was just unbelievable. Thank you players, thank you parents it was awesome!!

DFAC Announces Jack Soutar new Director of Goalkeeping
(March 2012) – The Desert Foothills Soccer Club is proud to announce that effective immediately Jack Soutar has been named the club’s new Director of Goalkeeping. “We are delighted to have Jack join our professional coaching staff. He brings with him the necessary knowledge, experience, and coaching style to take our goalkeeper program to the next level. Jack will be working closely with our keepers on the training ground during the week and at games on weekends to give each player the personal attention this unique position on the field requires,” stated Rick Tilmans, DFSC Director of Coaching.  In addition to training and coaching Desert Elite goalkeepers Jack will become a member of the Desert Elite Pro staff as head trainer and coach.  "I am so excited to join this club and team of coaches. I have heard and experienced, first hand wonderful things about this club and can't wait to be a part of that. I look forward to meeting and getting to know all of you", said Jack. 

We are thrilled to have Jack join our club, he will be a tremendous asset to our program.  Please join us all in welcoming Jack to the DFAC family whenever you see him on the fields or out at a game.

96 Girls Red take First Place in Blackhawk Invitational96 Desert Elite Red
(February 2012)  Congratulations to the 96 Girls Red team coached by Rick Tilmans for taking 1st place last weekend at the Blackhawk Invitational tournament in Phoenix.  The team played up a year and even though they were ultimately left with zero subs (due to injuries) they managed to pull off 4 wins along with 4 shutouts!  They started out with a 3-0 win against CCV Stars 95 Orange team.  Next up, they tackled AYSO 688 Alliance 95 team with a 2-0 win!   In the semi-finals they paired up with their very own sister team, 95/96 Black team and graduated to the Final.  The girls dominated the championship game versus the Blackhawk 95 red team, but ultimately won after a PK shoot-out.  This was the girl’s first tournament together since returning from High School break just a few weeks ago.  They seem to be stronger than ever!  Congratulations, girls! 

00 Girls Red in Blackhawk Invitational Finals00 Desert Elite Red
(February 2012) Congrats to the 00 Girls Red team coached by Tim Graefe and Dan Soutar for reaching the finals of the Blackhawk Invitational. The team compiled a record of 2-2 losing to 00 Sereno in the final 1-0 . To get to the finals the girls battled the 00 Blackhawks in the semis for a PK shootout win.  The defense showed up to play very aggressive and was a brick wall with great goal keeping and good organization.

00 Girls Red in Silver State (Las Vegas) Finals00 Elite Girls Red
(January 2012)  Congratulations to the 00 Girls Red team coached by Tim Graefe and Dan Soutar for taking 2nd place last weekend at the Las Vegas Silver State Tournament. The team compiled a 3-1-0 record.  In the opening game the girls won 1-0 vs Downtown Las Vegas in a very hard fought match. Game #2 vs FC Heat of Vegas winning 6-0 . Game #3 a 2-0 win vs a very physical Las Vegas Neon team. The game was a test of being smart and playing against a very physical team and the girls sustained some injuries. The final was played 2-1/2 hours later vs FC Players . The girls battled their hardest but fell 5-0 to very fresh and talented team. This was the girls first out of state tournament, so to end up in the final was a big achievement. 

03 Girls Red Ft. Lowell Shootout Champions03 Desert Elite Red
(January 2012)  The 03 Girls Red gave a great performance to take first place at the Ft. Lowell Shootout.  They showed great sportsmanship as well as ball skills and tactical skills.  The girls passed the ball in and out of defenders to score numerous goals this weekend and everyone got an opportunity to score.  Even the defenders scored goals from close to half field.  The 03s played a great weekend of team soccer and in turn won this championship together as a team!  Congratulations 03 girls!  We are so proud of you and your hard work has paid off in the first half of season.

04 Girls Red win Ft. Lowell Shootout
(January 2012)  The 04 Girls Red were scoring machines in Tucson to take home the gold.  04 Desert Elite RedEvery girl on the team ended up scoring a goal and scored multiple goals each game.  The 04 girls played very well as a team and for only the second time this season the girls played with 8 players on the field instead of the usual 7.  The team was successful with great combinations up top from our forwards and great defensive work from our defenders in the final game.  Congratulations 04 girls!  We are very proud of you and are excited for the rest of the season to keep going strong.

03 Boys Red Shoot for the Stars Champions03 Desert Elite Red
(January 2012)  Congratulations to the 03 Desert Elite Red Boys Team coached by Steve Day  The boys went undefeated to win the CCV Stars Shoot for the Stars Tournament.  The boys won games against Sereno White, Arizona Stallions and CCV Stars Orange before a rematch with Sereno White in the Championship Game.  The team fought hard and overcame a 0-2 deficit in the last half of the game to score 3 goals and win the game 3-2.  Great job boys!

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