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Travel Information and FAQs


What is Travel Soccer?

Our program has players from numerous school districts in Chester & Lancaster counties as well players from Delaware & Maryland. We want players that want to play and have fun. Where you come from is no matter to us. All are welcome!!!!

What is Travel Soccer?

Travel soccer provides your child the chance to play the game they love at a higher level of competition. Travel players receive additional training opportunities with experienced coaches and trainers.

How does my child join a Travel team?

Travel tryouts are held in May each year in order to select teams for the following year. Your child must attend at least one of the tryout sessions in order to qualify for a team. Attending all the tryouts gives the coaches a better chance to evaluate the player.

During the tryouts your child will be assessed by the coaching staff as well as independent evaluators. Tryout dates will be posted on the club website in mid-March.

How long is the Travel season?

Some of our travel teams participate in soccer activities year-round. It is typically up to the coaching staff and age group.

Summer: Travel practices may begin in July depending on the coach's training plans. During the summer many teams practice twice per week and typically participate in at least one August tournament.

Fall: The fall league season usually starts in the beginning of September and runs through the beginning of November. Many teams will also participate in one or two fall tournaments.

Winter: Many of our teams may participate in some type of indoor soccer league and/or indoor tournaments.

Spring: Depending on the age group, teams participate in either a spring league & tournaments while older teams primarily are tournament only and practice once weekly.

Can my child play more than just one sport?

YES!! We encourage 2 sport athletes especially at the younger age groups. Most questions are about baseball in the Spring. We ask that you make your plans about the for the Spring known to the coach when you are offered a position so we can plan accordingly. We have kids that just play baseball in the spring & play both.

How often does a Travel team practice?

Typically, each travel team will practice one to two times a week, depending on the schedule and team needs and time of year.

When are Travel games played?

Games are scheduled for weekends, either Saturday or Sunday. Occasionally, a team could be asked to play both days in one weekend.

How far will we travel for games/tournaments?

Our travel teams play in the LANCO & DELCO (Boys) and LANCO & PAGS (Girls) travel leagues. These leagues are home to teams from the surrounding counties as well as some teams from our neighboring states. Typically, most are within a 45-minute ride.

What are the costs to play Travel soccer?

The current cost (2019-2020) for is $130 per player, per season (Fall & Spring), plus a uniform $100. This covers registration, league fees, referee fees, field maintenance, equipment etc. Additional training programs/instruction, team gear, tournaments and winter leagues are the responsibility of each team.

How much pressure is involved with Travel?

While the level of play is higher in the travel program, the coaching staff strives to make this a fun and educational experience for both the athletes and their parents.

How does select the coaching staff?

At this time, the Board reviews all requests to coach and takes into consideration the experience of the applicants, as well as what level license the individual currently holds. We continue to  strengthening our coaching requirements as we move forward.

How do I know if my child is "good enough" to play Travel soccer?

Bring your child to the tryouts or ask a coach to come watch their intramural game(s).

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