Q-What is Travel Soccer?

A- Travel is the competitive alternative to HYSL. This means that the level of play is more advanced, and the level of play and development of the players is expected to exceed that of the players who play Hoboken Youth Soccer League. It, however, does not mean that our focus is on winning – the focus is still on player development and fun. It also requires a much higher level of commitment than HYSL soccer. Travel soccer is a full year commitment (2 Seasons – Fall & Spring).

Q-What will the players do at Try-Outs?

A- Games will take place with variable conditions (if required), utilized to create specific attacking and defending situations. This allows for increased ball contact and increased instances to assess each player individually. Players will later be broken into teams for evaluation during scrimmaging. Players are assessed in relation to the ability level of their tryout age group.

Q-How long are Try-Out sessions?

A- The session will last exactly 1 hour.

Q-Can parents watch the Try-Out session?

A- Yes. Parents may watch the try outs from the Sinatra field bleachers, but we ask that you minimize contact with your player.

Q-How do the Age Cut Offs Work?

A- Teams are established based on gender at the U-7, U-8 and up levels (U=Under) according to the United States Soccer Federation Birth Year Model for teams.

See Northern Counties Soccer Association birth year chart for details.

Q-My Child wants to be on the same team as their Friend?

A- There are multiple teams within most age groups. Players are assigned roster spots on specific teams based on trainer assessments of the player’s ability and “best fit” on a team. All kids develop at different rates, so players may be moved from one team to another the following year or mid-year at the Coach’s discretion and with the approval of the Travel Club President.

Q-When and how will I find out if my player has made a team?

A- If your child attended the HCFC Try Out, they may be offered a spot on a HCFC team. You will be notified about a spot by early June. The primary means of notification is email so please make sure the email address you listed when you pre-registered is both valid and appropriate. If you have not received notification by early June or have a question about this process, please email the HCFC at hobokencityfc@outlook.com.

Q-What will be expected of my player over the summer?

A- HCFC teams may do some summer training. Many coaches elect to run some limited practices over On arrival players will be broken down into small sided teams. Small-sided the summer BUT the organization is very aware that family time, down time and vacation is an important aspect of each player’s summer and many of these opportunities are optional. If there is no team training, we would like to see players attending a summer soccer camp (there are many available to work into your summer schedule), and also working on their soccer skills over the period.

Q-What if my child does not make the team?

A- Players that are not rostered to a team may be offered the U9-U12 Development Academy which will be once weekly training with the Red Bulls in an effort to bring your player up to “travel” level ability.