What is travel soccer?
Travel soccer is a competitive program for players with above average skills and a strong drive to develop their soccer abilities and love of the game. These boys and girls are coached by professional, nationally-licensed coaches and they compete against other clubs in the Washington metropolitan area. The players must be prepared to make the necessary commitment to play travel soccer.
How much commitment is required for for travel soccer?
Travel soccer teams play in two seasons per year. The fall season from mid August to mid -November. The spring season from March to mid- June. Teams typically play 8-10 games per season. Most games are played on Sundays, but expect at least 1 or 2 Saturday games per season. Teams usually play one or more pre-season scrimmages and 2-4 tournaments per season, depending upon the age group and competitive level of the team. Teams begin practicing 2 or 3 weeks before the start of each season. Practices are 1½ hours per session and take place at least twice a week. Travel players are expected to attend all team practices and games.
How are players selected?
DC Stoddert runs open tryouts in late spring/early summer for all age groups (U9-U19; Boys & Girls) to form teams for the following soccer year (fall and spring). All players are evaluated during these tryouts by the team coaches and additional evaluators. Selected players are placed on appropriate teams by the coaching staff.
How do I determine the right age group for my child?
You can view the Age Group Matrix here
Should my child attend all tryout dates?
Yes, we recommend your child attend all tryout dates to give the coaches more opportunity to evaluate your child.
Who do travel teams play?
DC Stoddert travel teams will play in one of the following leagues: The Club Champions League (CCL), for boys and girls, The National Capital Soccer League (NCSL) for boys’ teams; the Washington Area Girls Soccer League (WAGS) for girls’ teams; and the MSI Classic for both boys’ and girls’ teams.
How much does travel soccer cost?
DC Stoddert travel soccer fee is $760 per season. The fee includes coaching fees, two practices per week and league games.