Frequently Asked Questions

When are Norwalk’s Travel Soccer tryouts?
Tryouts for NJSA’s Travel teams for 2015-2016 seasons were held at West Rocks Middle School this past May. 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 practices per week and one game on the weekend. Practices are typically 90 minutes in duration.

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 2015 / 2016 Travel Age Groups

Age Birth Date
U9 8/1/06 – 7/31/07
U10 8/1/05 – 7/31/06
U11 8/1/04 – 7/31/05
U12 8/1/03 – 7/31/04
U13 8/1/02 – 7/31/03
U14 8/1/01 – 7/31/02

 

What is the procedure for tryouts?
Parents must register their child online via www.njsa.org before the tryout date. Please complete online registration in advance and bring to tryouts a player’s birth certificate. On the day of the tryout, please arrive 15 minutes prior of scheduled time. Wear a white t-shirt, black shorts, cleats, shin guards, and bring a soccer ball & water bottle. Please do not wear a uniform jersey or shirt with number on it. The child will be given a pinney with a number at tryouts.

What if my child cannot attend scheduled tryouts?
There will be one tryout session for each age group. If a player cannot make the scheduled tryout for his/her age group, the parent must contact NJSA @ 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 for Fall and Spring Travel season’s.

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. If you feel you would like to play up in age, you will need to email NJSA @ with your request.

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 by early June. 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 for various age groups during the Fall and Spring. This program consists of one or two training sessions during the week. More information will be available on our website.

When does the travel program or season start and end?
NJSA’s Fall travel season starts at the end of August or beginning of September and runs until the beginning of November. The Spring season kick-offs in March and ends in June.

How many teams will there be in each age group? How many on a team?
At the U9, U10 and U11 age group the game format is 8v8 to form multiple teams per age group with 14 to 16 players per team for each age/gender group. At the U12, U13, and U14 level, the game format is 11v11 so the goal is to typically form 18 to 22 players per team for each age/group.

Who will be coaching each team?
Our goal is to announce coaching selections prior to tryouts. All of NJSA’s teams will have a paid technical coach, in addition to a parent assistant coach and manager.

When are practices?
There are two team practices per week during the fall and spring season and one team practice for the winter season. Additionally, every team is offered a technical training session once per week . All practice dates & times will be determined by NJSA and our coaching staff. Each team manager will communicate when practices will occur to his/her team.

How many games are played during the weekend?
In the fall and spring, typically one game per weekend is scheduled (one league game on Saturday or Sunday).

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. We do encourage children experience a variety of sports.

Will there be separate tryouts for spring season?
No. Results from tryouts cover Fall and Spring seasons.

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. Our fees are broken into four installments over the course of the season. Uniform fees are not included in our travel fees. Travel Team kits are extra and cost $175.00 to $185.00 from Soccer and Rugby.

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.

Where do Travel teams play?
NJSA is in the CJSA South West District. We play league games against other towns 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.