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Bavarians (15U-19U)

The Bavarian Program is designed to combine all the aspects of soccer to develop the highest potential of our players 15-U thru 19-U. Training remains our top priority, but in this age group, additional emphasis is placed on tactical training and training at a high speed to prepare our players for the next level.

15-U players (based on birth year) have the option to play the full school year with a Bavarian team or the more traditional route of playing Bavarians opposite of high school seasons (Fall for boys, Spring for Girls).

Bavarian offers two tiers of training at the Bavarian level to accommodate
various levels of commitment.  
  • Our Premier program is designed for players seeking a competitive and rigorous curriculum.
  • Our Select program uses the same training standards, but has fewer training sessions weekly, thus allowing players who have other interests and/or commitments to more easily pursue them.

2016-17 Age Levels

Birth Year Age Group Grade
2002 15-U 8 & 9
2001 16-U 9 & 10
2000 17-U 10 & 11
1999 18-U 11 & 12
1998 19-U 12 & C
The Bavarian Soccer Club follows the US Soccer Federation's "Player Development Curriculum". Our club serves our community in developing players to the next level of the pyramid. Our Bavarian teams participate in various leagues: the Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association (WYSA), the Wisconsin Development Academy (WDA), and the Midwest Regional League.

Interested in joining? Sign up for our Bavarians Tryout in June 2016.

The Bavarian Program is coordinated by Tom Zaiss. Coach Zaiss oversees all U15-U19 teams to ensure a consistency in development and training. Don't hesitate to contact him with any questions.

Bavarian Programs Overview

  Premier teams Select teams


  • Fall & Spring: 3x per week         (15-U)
  • Fall or Spring: 3x per week       (15-U to 19-U)
  • Winter: 2x per week
  • Fall & Spring: 2x per week         (15-U)
  • Fall or Spring: 2x per week       (15-U to 19-U)
  • Winter: 1x per week
  • Fall/Spring: Approx 8 games each season.  
  • League determined by coach (local, state or midwest)
  • Tournaments: 2 per season
  • College Showcase
  • Winter: Futsal League
  • Fall/Spring: Approx 8 local games each season.
  • League determined by coach
  • Tournaments: 1-2 per season in SE Wisconsin
  • Winter: Futsal League



  • Position specific tactical training
  • Focus on speed, transition, pressing and finishing
  • Small sided games
  • Conditioning focus on agility and various types of speed
  • Position specific tactical training
  • Focus on speed, transition, pressing and finishing
  • Small sided games
  • Conditioning focus on agility and various types of speed

College Showcase Tournaments
A focus is placed on national showcase events with an emphasis of getting players ready for the next level. This demands commitment not only to soccer but also to academics.  The Bavarian coaching staff is aware of demands of a balanced lifestyle at this age and will work with families to ensure soccer can be part of the player's experience.   
Read more about our Recruiting Program

Referral Special
Members responsible for a new female player registering with our program will receive a $100 refund in 2016-2017. No maximum.

Tom Zaiss

Director of Operations | Bavarian Program Director
14-U Girls Black | 16/17-U Girls Blue | 17-U Boys Blue

Bavarian: Tom Zaiss has coached at the Bavarians since 1996. He is a native of New York but moved to Milwaukee in 1982. He played his youth soccer with the Bavarians as well. As Bavarian Program Director, he guides high school and older players with their continued commitment to the high level competition and the technical, tactical, psychological and social aspects of the game.  He focuses on getting players ready for the next level. As the Director of Operations, he works tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure all Bavarian teams are ready for competition.  

Player: Tom played his high school soccer at Whitefish Bay where we was an All-State 1st Team selection. He played on the Midwest regional teams from 1983-1987 playing his way to Youth National camps in 1984 and 1985. Tom took his soccer skills back to the East coast attending the University of Connecticut, graduating in 1991. Tom was an NCAA participant all 4 years at Connecticut and made the all-conference team in 1990.

Coach: Tom worked with the Whitefish Bay soccer club as their Director of Coaching as well as coaching the boys and girls high school Varsity teams, taking both teams to the State Tournament. In 1996 Tom started playing and coaching for the Bavarian Major Team. In 2001 he decided to focus on coaching and was rewarded with four National championships in 2001, 2002 and 2003 twice (Amateur and Open Cup). Tom was the U.S.A.S.A. Regional Coach of the Year in 2001, 2002 and 2003 and was inducted to the Wisconsin Soccer Hall of Fame in 2006, the youngest inductee ever.  Tom also was assistant coach and manager of the Bavarian 2009 National Championship Open Cup Team.  Coach Zaiss has a USSF 'A' and NSCAA National Advanced Diploma.

1996 - Present

Milwaukee Bavarians Staff Coach

1996 - 2004

Milwaukee Bavarians Major Team

1993 - 1994

Whitefish Bay High School

Personal: Tom lives in Mequon with his wife, Kim and 2 daughters, Ashley and Renee.