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Application Deadlines

  • New players joining an AC Cugini 11-month academy  travel team for a new program year may request a reduced fee - scholarship when they are offered an invitation to join the team.

  • Current AC Cugini travel team members must submit their request for reduced fee - scholarship before the June 1 registration deadline for the new program year.

  • Recreational players in AC Cugini's House League (ages 6-9) or on an AC Cugini Suburban Friendship League (SFL) team (ages 10-18) must request a scholarship prior to Fall or Spring season registration deadlines.

For more information on AC Cugini Scholarships or to make a donation to the Scholarship Fund, contact AC Cugini Executive Director Lisa Cherubini

Financial Obligation

  • Scholarships do not cover extra fees for tournaments or indoor league registration. These fees must be paid by the player to the team.

  • If a travel team player is on scholarship and leaves an AC Cugini team before the program year ends in June, the player's parents are obligated to pay AC Cugini the standard tuition fees for the entire program year, less any tuition fees paid to date.

  • Uniforms lent by the club must be returned by the player when they leave AC Cugini or the parents will be charged a fee for a replacement uniforms.  House league players must return their borrowed uniforms immediately after the last game of the season.

  • There are no refunds for any fees paid.

AC Cugini Scholarship Program

AC Cugini Scholarship Program

Since its founding in 2000, AC Cugini has been committed to making sure soccer is available to children with financial need, whether playing in a recreational team or a travel team in the 11-month program. In 2013, Virginia Youth Soccer Association (VYSA) granted AC Cugini "Soccer Across America" status due to its long history of financial assistance to children from low income families.

Scholarships are a privilege, not a right, particularly when limited funds are available to support players financially. Therefore, AC Cugini expects each scholarship recipient and their parents to view the scholarship policy seriously and illustrate commitment to their team by attending all practices and games and participating in fund-raising activities.

  • The number of  scholarships is based on available funds in the AC Cugini Scholarship Fund.
  • Scholarships are granted per season (recreational or house league players) or for 11-months (academy travel team members)

To be eligible, applicants must be a Fairfax County resident and currently receiving assistance from one or more of the following programs:

  • Free or Reduced School Lunch in a Fairfax County Public School;
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF);
  • Aid for Dependent Children;
  • Medicaid

Application Process
1) Parents must submit the AC Cugini registration form for the program in which their child is enrolling along with the AC Cugini Scholarship Application form and applicable payment to AC Cugini officials

2) In addition, parents must also complete the Fairfax County Youth Sports Scholarship Waiver form and submit to their child's school counselor who wlll sign the form and return to the parent.The parent must then submit the completed and signed Fairfax County Youth Sports Scholarship Waiver form to Cugini officials.
3) AC Cugini's Executive Director will notify the parent is their child's scholarship was approved or denied, or, if additional information is required to approve the scholarship.

  • Scholarships are available ONLY to Fairfax County residents.
  • Approval of a scholarship is not a guarantee of assistance for future seasons or another program year.     
  • Attendance at all practices and games year round is mandatory as is 15 hours of Cugini Community Service each fall and spring for players age 13 and older.

  • AC Cugini's Board of Directors reserve the right not to renew scholarships of any players who repeatedly miss practice or games.  
  • Team tournament fees and indoor league fees are not covered by the scholarship. Players must make arrangements with team managers directly to pay these fees.