When are Norwalk’s Travel Soccer tryouts?
Tryouts are typically in May for teams that will start together in August. We will continue to evaluate players for our Travel program throughout the year.
Who should try-out for Travel Soccer?
Travel soccer is for children looking for more of a challenge and/or further development as a soccer player. Travel soccer involves a time commitment from both players and parents throughout the soccer season. You should be willing to commit to two 90-minutes practices per week and one game on the
weekend. Tournaments and other technical skill training sessions are also included and are part of the Travel program.
What Age Group does my child tryout for?
The Connecticut Junior Soccer association determines the age requirements for each age division as shown below. Our club requires all players to try-out and play at their age level (see below).
Boys & Girls 2023/2024 Travel Age Groups
What is the procedure for tryouts?
Parents must register their child online via www.njsa.org before the tryout date. On the day of the tryout, please arrive 15 minutes prior of scheduled time. Wear a black t-shirt, black shorts, cleats, shin guards, and bring a soccer ball & water bottle.
What if my child cannot attend scheduled tryouts?
If a player cannot make the scheduled tryout for his/her age group, the parent must contact NJSA @ email@example.com prior to the tryouts. Missing a tryout may affect a participant’s placement on a given team.
My child is already on a travel soccer team. Is it necessary for him to tryout again?
Yes. All players must tryout annually.
My child is already plays on for NJSA travel soccer and plays up in age; can he/she still tryout for this team?
No. All players must tryout for their age-appropriate team. No players (new or existing) will be allowed to tryout for an older aged team. Our coaching staff and Director of Travel will approve any player invited to play up in age.
When and how will we be notified about what team my child has been assigned to?
Players will be notified via email of the tryout results.. Please verify the email address entered during the online registration process as this will be the main means of communicating team selection.
What are my options if my child is not selected to participate in the travel program?
NJSA offers a recreational program and technical skill programs for various age groups during the Fall and Spring. These programs are a great way for players to develop additional skills. More information is available on our website.
When does the travel program or season start and end?
NJSA Travel is a full-year program.
How many teams will there be in each age group? How many on a team?
U9 and U10 teams play in a 7v7 format with a max roster size of 12 players.
U11 and U12 teams play in a 9v9 format with a max roster size of 16 players.
U13 and above play in a 11v11 format with a max roster size of 18 players.
The number of teams per age group will be determined based on Tryouts.
Who will be coaching each team?
Coaches will be announced prior to the Fall season. Each team will have a licensed coach as well as access to our extended technical training coaches.
When are practices?
There are two team practices per week during the fall and spring season and one team practice for the winter season. All practice dates & times will be determined by NJSA and our coaching staff. Each team manager will communicate when practices occur to his/her team.
How many games are played during the weekend?
League games are played on Sunday afternoons during the Fall and Spring seasons. NJSA also participates in tournaments and the CT Cup (for U11 and older teams).
Does my child have to play all three seasons fall, winter and spring?
NJSA’s travel soccer program is comprised Fall, Winter & Spring seasons as this gives children the best opportunity to develop as players. Our registration fee covers all three seasons.
Will there be separate tryouts for spring season?
Supplemental tryouts will be held IF a team has open spots.
What do the travel registration fees cover?
NJSA’s fees cover state and district fees (player/manager/coaches insurance), CT Cup fees (if applicable), trainer / coach fees (i.e. first-aid, goalie training), equipment needs, and referee fees for every home (league) game. Uniform fees are not included in our travel fees.
Are uniforms provided?
No. The uniform kit will consist of one home and away jersey, shorts, socks and a backpack. Cost of kit is not part of NJSA’s travel fee. When players are selected for Travel, they will receive an email from our uniform vendor to purchase the necessary pieces.
Where do Travel teams play?
NJSA is in the CJSA Southwest District. We play league games against other towns typically within a 30 minute drive in the Fall and Spring. Typically half of the league games (approx. 4) are played at home in Norwalk and the other half are played away. If a team is entered in the CT Cup (U11+), these games may require travel outside this region.
What is the Connecticut Cup?
The Connecticut Cup (CT Cup) is a statewide, single-elimination tournament typically played on Saturdays over the course of a season for U11 and older teams, if the team decides to enter the tournament.