Announcement: Comba FC is Merging with Impact United
On behalf of the Impact and Comba FC Board of Directors and Club representatives, we are excited to officially announce the merger of the two clubs. Impact and Comba
are well established and highly regarded clubs competing as organizational members in the Utah Youth Soccer Region 3 competitive league. The merger will be official starting at tryouts in May 2022.
All tryout info can be found at
Online registration is required for tryouts and will close 24 hours before your tryout time. The cost is $15.00
Naturally there are many questions that come from merging two soccer clubs together. The administration of Comba and Impact have put together a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the merger. Please see them below:
WHAT WILL THE COMBINED CLUB BE NAMED?
The combined club will be called Impact United Soccer Club. With 25 current Comba FC teams and other new incoming teams at tryouts, the combined club is expected to
have over 85 teams compete as Impact United for the Fall 2022 Competition league. With over 3000 Recreation players, the combination creates brand new opportunities
for all our players, making Impact one of the largest clubs by total size in the State.
HOW DOES COMBINING CREATE OPPORTUNITY FOR NEW AND EXISTING PLAYERS?
The combination of our two great programs creates a unique opportunity to build depth and quality at many critical age groups, particularly on the boys side. Comba
teams will adopt Impact fee structure, uniforms, and will bring with them top quality coaching and club resources. Comba FC will be represented on the Competition Committee by Tracy Burnett, and Board representation by Jaime Alonso of Comba FC. We have jointly been working hard on integration activities and planning for how members and staff will work together as a single entity.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR PLAYERS ON EXISTING TEAMS?
By bringing together more players and coaches, this means more opportunity for all our players. Depth and quality in age groups are critical to success at every level, and having more teams helps fill in gaps each club is currently missing. We are reviewing each age group to determine how best to manage team order and coaching assignments. No changes will be made until tryouts.
WHEN ARE COMPETITION TRYOUTS?
Tryouts for the 2022/2023 Competition season for 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 (U9-U12) aged players are May 23rd and 24th. 2010-2005 (U13-U19) aged players are May 31st through June 3rd.
WHAT WILL COMPETITION CLUB FEES BE FOR NEXT YEAR?
Impact publishes competition club fees and coaching/team fee estimates on it’s website at impactunited.com. Club fees include winter training facilities and all competition field, referee, and administrative expenses. Each team has variability in the activities and tournaments they attend, estimates for these are also available. We always strive to balance affordability with creating a high caliber competitive experience and do not employ expensive administrative overhead costs that are passed down to players to bear. Club fees can be paid in four installments, and individual team fees offer flexibility to pay up front, or spread out through the year on a monthly basis. Scholarships: Impact offers a scholarship program for club fees, see details on the website. Players are expected to cover their team fees.
HOW DO TRYOUTS WORK? WHAT'S THE SELECTION PROCESS?
Tryouts will be run jointly by Impact and Comba coaches, academy staff members, trainers, and Club Technical Director. The first day of tryouts begin with a warm up, a technical skill component (dribbling, passing, juggling), followed by a transition to 1v1 and 2v2 grids where an evaluation process takes place to group players of equivalent skill and ability to facilitate roster selection. Second days are a continuation and refinement with a warm up, 1v1, 2v2, then progressing to 4v4 and 8v8 or larger. By the end of the second day, coaches for each group will have their selections finalized and submitted for posting to the club web site.
WHAT IS YOUR PHILOSOPHY ON HOW TEAMS ARE FORMED?
Impact and Comba will make every effort to place tryout participants on the team suited to their ability and development level. If we have the numbers to make a viable and sustainable team for an age group, coaches will be assigned with the expectation that players who attend tryouts are ready to commit to their selected team. This year is uniquely different with the combination of teams from Comba and Impact together. Coaches for each age group work together on the selection process with input from technical director and competition committee members with the goal of grouping and placing at the level that will allow the best opportunity for development, playing time, and success on the field. Coaching assignments will be jointly established by the Competition Committee members including full participation and involvement from
Comba FC leadership led by Tracy Burnett, and Impact Technical Director Connie Martin. Note: There may be cases depending on the levels in the age group where we determine no changes are necessary and teams should continue intact and coordinate integrating new players. In other age groups there is clearer alignment and we’ll work to build those at the age group level. The intent is to flexibly integrate the programs and not every age group approach will be the same. Our overall goal remains creating opportunities for all players at all competition levels but do expect integration efforts may take more time than others depending on the age group.
WHAT UNIFORMS WILL THEY WEAR?
The combined club will wear Impact United uniforms. This year is a bi-annual order for new uniforms, and all returning and new players will need to order uniforms immediately after tryouts. Sizing and order forms will be available for each team after tryouts. Estimated costs are detailed on our website. With the combination, Comba is contributing any leftover fees toward helping Comba players obtain new Impact uniforms. With continued supply chain challenges we will be prioritizing Comba uniform orders first, with returning Impact players likely to stay in their existing uniforms for the first few months after tryouts to use for summer tournaments.
MY PLAYER HAS FRIENDS ON THE TEAM OR THE NEIGHBORHOOD, CAN THEY BE ON THE SAME TEAM SO WE CAN CARPOOL?
While we attempt to accommodate a variety of player logistical needs, our primary focus is on development and proper placement based on ability so players can thrive and grow in the right soccer environment. Impact embraces the UYSA club pass program which allows teams to use guest players from other Impact teams, and many of the teams train, travel, and scrimmage each other across age groups and across boys and girls teams to create a sense of community and club.
WHAT IS THE DEADLINE FOR SIGNING UP FOR TRYOUTS?
No deadline, you can register beforehand online or at the field but we strongly recommend online beforehand.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR REGISTERING FOR A TEAM ONCE MY PLAYER IS SELECTED?
Once teams are selected, a team meeting will occur immediately after tryouts to complete the UYSA registration process, take player pictures and collect paperwork,
and order uniforms if needed. New teams and new players we welcome to the club can order uniforms and gear at the team meeting.
WE AREN'T HAPPY WITH OUR CURRENT CLUB TEAM AND WE ARE CONSIDERING TRYING OUT FOR IMPACT, BUT WANT TO KEEP OUR OPTIONS OPEN. CAN MY PLAYER TRY OUT FOR MULTIPLE CLUBS?
The tryout process can be a stressful time for decision making. Teammates, coaches, friends, and level of competition play are all factors in finding the right fit. At Impact,
we strive to provide a quality competition experience with coaches who are invested in the success of the player and our soccer community. While players may opt to attend multiple tryouts, final team selections are made on the field at the conclusion of the second day for each age group.
WHAT IF MY PLAYER GOES THROUGH TRYOUTS AND IS NOT SELECTED FOR A COMPETITION TEAM?
Tryouts are often more difficult for parents than players! Regardless of whether your player makes a team or not, it’s their desire and love of the game that remains the most important element for player success. If your player is not selected, they are still to be commended for their effort and willingness to go for it, and fortunately there options available to them through the Impact Recreation soccer program, one of the largest and most successful in the state. Also, teams sometimes have players who are selected but decide not to participate, creating additional room on their roster so if your player remains interested after tryouts contact us and get them on a wait list.