WHO WE ARE
footerThe Rough Riders soccer franchise is one of the oldest soccer clubs in North America. Founded in 1993, we have been Long Island’s hometown club since.

The Rough Riders name was bestowed to the First United States Volunteer Cavalry, under the leadership of Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States.

Just as Teddy Roosevelt brought together a diverse team of individuals to work for a common goal, we bring together Long Island’s best players to form an elite player community, driven by excellence and grounded with core principles.  This is what it means to be a Rough Rider.

Teddy Roosevelt’s core values of respect, courage, and perseverance are at the core of our program.

We employ professional coaches from around the world to educate Long Island’s aspiring players — whether Men, Women, or Youth — who are destined for collegiate, professional or international careers.  For 20 years, our proven method has developed Long Island’s most talented players, allowing individuals to achieve success as athletes and as people.

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Junior Rough Riders Youth Development Program is simple:
Train, guide and develop individuals to achieve their maximum potential through a proven player-development program grounded with core principles inspired by Teddy Roosevelt.

PLAYER CREED
“It’s not how you play as an individual, it’s how you play and bring greatness to others that truly defines the meaning of being a Rough Rider!”
ROUGH RIDERS PRINCIPLES

SOTG-232-The-Man-in-the-ArenaModeled after the Golden Rule, the Rough Riders have selected 12 prominent principles entwined within the Rough Riders Youth Player Development Program.

The 12 principle values represent 11 players on the field. The number 12 references both Rough Riders coaches and parents working 12 months of the year together to allow players the opportunity achieve their goals in the beautiful game.

These 12 principle values are accompanied by Teddy’s Roosevelt notable quotes during his illustrious lifetime.

“Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.” Theodore Roosevelt

12 PRINCIPLES

1. CHARACTER
“I care not what others think of what I do, but I care very much about what I think of what I do! That is character!”

2. COOPERATION
“Competition has been shown to be useful up to a certain point and no further, but cooperation, which is the thing we must strive for today, begins where competition leaves off.”

3. COURAGE
“It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage that we move on to better things.”

4. DETERMINATION
“It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.”

5. DISCIPLINE
“With self-discipline most anything is possible.”

6. EMPOWERMENT
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”

7. HARD WORK
“Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering.”

8. KINDNESS
“Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.”

9. PERSEVERANCE
“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure…”

10. RESPECT
“Above all, let us, as we value our own self-respect, face the responsibilities with proper seriousness, courage, and high resolve.”
11. SPORTSMANSHIP
“Knowing what’s right doesn’t mean much unless you do what’s right.”

12. TEAMWORK
“The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.”

COACHING STAFF

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The Long Island Rough Riders are a full-time professional soccer club that is committed to player development, sportsmanship, and professionalism, teaching creative and positive soccer.

The coaching staff includes over 20 NSCAA, USSF, UEFA licensed coaches with experience ranging from the United States National Team, Major League Soccer, European professional leagues, Youth National Team, regional teams, and top level college soccer programs.