Frequently Asked Questions

Traveling Soccer FAQ

That depends on their birth year. You can view the US Soccer birth matrix here.

  • Children that are currently U7 have the option of:
    • Fall Micro, Winter Micro, Spring Micro as a U8 or
    • Fall Traveling – Spring Traveling as a U8
  • Child that are currently U8 or U9 have the option of:
    • Fall Rec, Spring Rec or
    • Fall Traveling – Spring Traveling

Typically tryouts are held in April or early May.  You do NOT want to miss them as they are mandatory in order to be placed on a traveling team for the upcoming Fall – Spring season.  See this page for all of the information on our next tryout dates.

Short answer is no, only 1 tryout is mandatory. However, coming to multiple tryouts allows the trainers to note your child’s performance on multiple occasions.

It is preferable & you can do so in only a few minutes. But if you forget you could always show up at pavilion before your child’s schedule tryout time & register in person.

In the past trainers setup the children in some ball drills to get warmed up for about 10-15 minutes. After that they play 3v3 or 4v4 (and potentially 5v5) games. Basically same exact setup as what happens in micro games.

This could change though based on the format the trainers provide for the upcoming tryouts.  We will try to update this if anything changes.

Please make sure you bring a ball, shin guards & cleats.

Yes, tryouts are mandatory to be placed on a traveling team.  The traveling season is for Fall – Spring.

Tryouts are extremely important to attend as your child will not be eligible to play on a traveling team without attending tryouts.  The tryout covers the upcoming Fall, Winter, & Spring Season.  There is no separate try out for the spring season.

We will make every attempt to find a team for your child to play on in U8-U11 age groups.  Unfortunately in some circumstances we have more children try out then we have spots on teams & some children end up not being placed on teams.  At that point depending on your child’s age they are probably still eligible to play micro soccer (U4-U8) or rec soccer (U9-U11).

At the end of every Spring season all teams are dissolved. SWSA has a try-out in the Spring for all age groups for players to be evaluated and selected into the travel program. The new teams are then formed for the Fall season. Players are carded for a team from August to August. If there are enough players for two teams for that age group then there will be an A team and a B team created.

Typically your best option is to have your child tryout regardless if you are 100% certain if you want them on a traveling team.

The reason is it still gives you an option of making a decision if you receive a traveling team invite. You could always decline the traveling invite after you receive more info on fees, etc.

We have many examples of children not trying out because they didn’t think their friends were going to tryout.  Only to find out after the fact that their friends did indeed tryout & made a traveling team.  And unfortunately at that point, the next tryouts are a year away.

This information will be posted at a later date.  However, if cost is a reason that you are not considering traveling soccer, you could still decline the invite after tryouts.  It is always recommended to tryout and then have the option to decline if you choose to do so.

Travel teams practice two days a week. One practice is with a Trainer and the other is with the Coach, there is Goalie training and skills training offered as well with the Trainer.

Every team has five home games and five away. Some of the away games can be as close as East Greenwich or Logan and some could be up to 1 hour away. For the most part most games are within 30 minutes.

We encourage our travel teams to do tournaments and expect our travel players to make the games.

Please go to our how to become a traveling coach page & submit the form which the board will receive.  Please pay special notice to all of the requirements for becoming a traveling coach.

Rec Soccer FAQ

Rec soccer is similar to U8-U10 traveling soccer in that games are 7v7. Since a good majority of children jump up to traveling at this point, rec is still a traveling league as their are not enough kids left in the town to support it. However, traveling distance is much closer since it is against the surrounding towns, South Harrison, Logan, East Greenwich, etc.

Rec soccer is optional for 2 years and sometimes 3 years, which would cover our U9-U10 & sometimes our U11 age groups. Please use our birth year matrix to find out if your child is still eligible for rec soccer.

Micro Soccer FAQ

Information coming soon.