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Pre-Travel Program

2021-2022 U7 (2015's) AND U8 (2014's) Development Academy

2014/2015 Pre-Travel Academy

The 2014/2015 Pre-Travel Academy is for players that seek something more challenging and competitive than the Hoboken Recreational program.   New York Red Bulls  trainers lead practices and games.  The commitment is for the entire Season = 12 weeks in both Fall and Spring Seasons (Late August to June). 


Two 1-hour practices* during the Week in the Fall and Spring

* Fall practice schedules will be distributed late-July/early-August


5 v 5 scrimmages are scheduled on Weekends during the Fall and the spring seasons.

Fall Season:  Sundays at the Futsal Courts Mama Johnson for more spacing due to Covid.

  • The hard surface futsal courts, enclosed space, and continuous playing time all lead to a fast-paced game that improves a player’s reactions, stamina and speed. The unrivaled ball contact time and ultra small-sided games also mean that players are constantly in the action.

Spring SeasonSaturdays on Sinatra Field.  

  • Outdoor small sided game simulation prepares our players for the next level of competitive travel games.  

The 5 v 5 scrimmages give the player more play time and ball touches per game.

More About 5 v 5 Format

The 5 v 5 format is in compliance with the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) small-sided standards for U7/U8 players.

Players will train twice each week and play in a 5v5 format for scrimmages. There will be no formal teams formed.  As part of the pool program, the groups are reshuffled every 3-4 weeks to allow players to train with different players as well as experience a different trainer.  Training will focus on individual 1v1 ability, basic passing skills, basic striking skills, and a major focus on the overall development of motor coordination and motor skills necessary for the holistic development of young players. The only focus on tactics will be applied through actual 5v5 play.  The game will be used as the learning experience instead of just coach’s instruction. 

Expectations and Commitment

For the benefit of all participants:

  • Disruptive or disrespectful behavior will not be tolerated. 
  • This is a 10 month commitment (BOTH FALL AND SPRING) to the HCFC Program. It will lay the groundwork for later team competitive play in the Northern Counties Soccer League or Eastern Development Program.

Anticipated expenses:

  • HCFC Pre-TravelAcademy Tuition (covers fall and spring): $700
    • You may pay in full or pay on-refundable deposit + balance due on June 1, 2021.  Use registration link (red bar) in Registration section below.
  • City of Hoboken Recreation Fee:  $25 Fall Season + $25 Spring Season 
  •  HCFC Uniform (required kit is approximately $100) - we will send you a link before the fall season
  • Your player will also need (can be purchased anywhere):
    • Indoor soccer shoes (e.g. Adidas Sambas) or sneakers for Futsal Courts - FALL SEASON
    • Soccer turf shoes/cleats  for Sinatra Field (artificial turf field) - SPRING SEASON
    • Shin Guards
    • Under Armour-type Cold Gear (RED or WHITE tops, Black Bottoms - brand does not matter) for cold days
      • Long sleeved shirt worn under jersey
      • Leggings worn under shorts
    • Water bottle

Hoboken City FC 2021/2022 Pre-Travel Academy Registration for 2014 & 2015 Birth Years ONLY


NoteThe HCFC Development Academy Fee is non-refundable if you withdraw your player once the season starts. 

The Registration "Pre-Travel Program" is not currently available.

Soccer on Sinatra Field