The Clarence Soccer Club was rooted in 1971 when Eli Shefter began a low-key soccer program through the town Recreation Department. Also, Ken Kreinheder, the new Clarence High School JV coach, formed a U14 boys travel team that he entered in the Buffalo Western New York Junior Soccer League (BWNYJSL). Jerry Oman took the reins in 1972 and the club became officially known as the Clarence Soccer Club, which today is a comprehensive program with competitive travel/premiere programs for youth and recreational, instructional, and elite training programs serving pre-K through adult.
The club was wholly reorganized in 1980 with new bylaws and instituted an elected board of directors. The newly elected board began construction of the Clarence Soccer Center in 1981. This truly was a community effort with construction being done almost entirely by volunteers. The Clarence Rotary Club funded the construction of the building, The Clarence Soccer Center officially opened in 1982 with four fields, parking lots, and a building housing bathrooms, a snack bar, and storage. (The clubhouse was later expanded and then fully renovated in 2006.) 1982 was also the year the first CSC girls travel team entered the BWNYJSL.
In July 1995, CSC hosted its first tournament for competitive travel teams; it immediately became an annual event—the Clarence Classic Soccer Tournament. In recent years, well more than 100 teams annually travel to Clarence to compete.
Between the late 1970s and 2008, CSC took a total of 13 Clarence teams on nine foreign trips, playing competitive and friendly games in Poland, Germany, Mexico, Denmark, Holland, France, Belgium, Spain, Prague, and Austria. The club hosted teams from Mexico and Denmark three times between 1983 and 1988.
The CSC serves some 3,000 youth and families in the Clarence area, and offers a meaningful way for youth and adults to grow personally and athletically, as well as to serve their community through a variety of volunteer opportunities.
The Clarence Soccer Club will be a leading soccer organization in the Northeastern United States dedicated to serving the needs and development of our participants.
The mission of the Clarence Soccer Club is to develop, through a comprehensive program, excellence in both soccer and life skills in an atmosphere that encourages a lifelong love of the sport.
Maintain the highest standards of respect, ethical conduct and sportsmanship—Character.
Uphold a sense of family and community through volunteerism. Fiscal prudence—Stewardship.
Manage the Club through teamwork and open, honest communication.
Education and training.