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About CCSL Travel Teams

Fall 2019 travel tryout dates

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

Why Consider Travel?

Travel provides several benefits that are not often available in our Recreational League:

  1. Team Building - The team is formed and the core stays 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. A travel team typically consists of the more dedicated and experienced players who are willing and eager to compete against other select teams, whereas recreational soccer accepts all registrants and guarantees them playtime, regardless of skill level.

What are the Additional Considerations?

  1. Greater commitment. Travel 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 travel team is usually greater than our recreational league ($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 travel soccer is much more affordable since the travel coaches for CCSL are not paid from your fees.
  3. Teams form through tryouts. Occasionally, when there are opportunities, teams will open their rosters for tryouts (announced through CCSL website, Facebook, email and texts). Rosters are limited to certain sizes depending on the age group of the team; therefore, unlike Rec League, not all players may be chosen to participate. For Fall, tryouts will generally be held in June. For Spring, tryouts are generally held in February.
  4. Practice and game times vary. Travel 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 Travel Teams

What are the travel team options for the Fall 2018-2019 season?

U11 Girls: Clarke County Rebel Diamonds Coach Bacci
U12 Boys: Coach Irwin
U13 Girls: Clarke County Storm (Coach Mitchell)
U14 Boys: Clarke County Crush (Coach Steen)
U16 Boys: Coach Murphy
U18 Girls: Clarke County Dynamite (Coach David)

Clarke County Soccer League

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