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Clarke County Soccer League

About CCSL Teams that Travel

CCSL is committed to the continued development of soccer in our community. For many years, Clarke County Soccer League has sponsored teams in the Suburban Friendship League (SFL), ODSL and NCSL, competitive soccer leagues that serves a large area throughout Northern Virginia. Currently, there are Clarke County teams representing boys and girls in a variety of age groups that travel to play games in these leagues. In past years, these teams have represented Clarke County very well, winning their divisions, as well as forming great teams that have grown into State Championship high school teams. The experience and competitive environment that is provided by these programs is ideal for a player who wants to improve their skills and play soccer at a high level.

What's the difference between traditional rec team play and teams that travel?

  1. Team Building - Players and coaches often stay together as one team with consistency in the coaching role. This allows players to develop in their position, learning to know & trust their teammates.
  2. Greater Challenge - With nearly 50 clubs across Northern Virginia, teams participating in SFL normally offer a higher caliber of competition than traditional Rec Programs. Players who participate are often more dedicated and willing and eager to compete against other teams from outside the area.

What are the Additional Considerations?

  1. Greater commitment. Joining a team that travels for games requires a bigger commitment from parents. First, these teams are part of the CCSL. CCSL sponsors these teams, providing registration, oversight, field space, and referees for home games. Teams typically play 4 home and 4 away games each season. The 4 away games are not held in Clarke County and will require drive time (usually within an hour or so). Also, the rules of SFL are more strict than recreational soccer and players/parents need to make themselves aware and adhere to these. Players must earn their time on the field, through commitment and hard work.
  2. Increased costs. The cost of joining a team that travels is usually greater ($10 more, plus additional uniform and equipment costs, like a team bag, individual practice balls, etc.) and vary depending on the team. Some teams enter into tournaments which also require additional money from players/parents. Compared to travel soccer costs in surrounding areas, CCSL is much more affordable since the coaches for CCSL are not paid from your fees.
  3. Practice and game times vary. Teams practice two weeknights and last about 90 minutes, and games are typically on Saturdays. Practices are often held in the offseason as well, as determined by the team.

CCSL Teams that Travel

Which teams in Clarke County travel to play?

U12 Girls: Clarke County Lightning Coach Bacci
U12 Boys: Clarke County Strikers Coach Irwin
U13 Boys: Clarke County Crush 2008 Team (Coach Steen & Coach Barton)
U14 Girls: Clarke County Storm (Coach Mitchell)
U16 Boys: Clarke County Crush (Coach Steen)
U16 Boys: Coach Murphy

Clarke County Soccer League

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