Current Field Conditions

All soccer fields are OPEN

What is Travel Soccer and how is it different from the standard Rec program?

The Fallston Travel Soccer program is designed for players whose skills and desires suggest a more competitive environment and a higher level of competition. Travel teams are formed through tryouts held in early June. All players must attend at least one tryout in order to be considered for a team.

What does the Travel calendar and schedule look like?

Soccer registration opens in early April. Tryouts are held in early June, and practices begin in early July. Teams generally practice twice a week throughout the summer, and tournaments begin in August. League play begins in September with games on Saturday and/or Sunday afternoons. Most teams conclude their seasons with the Fallston Cup in late November, although many teams elect to play indoor soccer or futsal in the winter. Additionally, some teams form for a spring season.

How much travel is involved?

Most teams participate in leagues in the greater Baltimore area, with games usually in Harford, Baltimore, Carroll, or Howard Counties. Most league games are typically within an hour’s drive. Teams also play in tournaments throughout Maryland, but also in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey.

How many travel teams are there?

Travel teams are fielded at the following age groups: U8, U9, U10, U11, U12, U13, U14, and U15 (new for 2016). If there are enough interested players, we will field an A and a B team at each age group.

What are the age requirements for travel soccer?

Beginning with the fall season of 2016, travel soccer age groups are determined by a child’s age based on their birth year. These age guidelines apply to both the fall and spring seasons. See the following chart for guidelines for the 2017-2018 seasons: 

2010/2011 -- U8 soccer

2009 -- U9 soccer

2008 -- U10 soccer

2007 -- U11 soccer

2006 -- U12 soccer

2005 -- U13 soccer

2004 -- U14 soccer

2003 -- U15 soccer



How do the tryouts work?

Our tryouts begin in early June, with a schedule to be released shortly after soccer registration opens. Each team will have a minimum of three scheduled tryouts. All players interested in trying out for a team must register with Fallston Soccer, pay the Soccer registration fee, and attend a minimum of one tryout. If you are unable to attend any of the scheduled tryouts, please contact the coaches for that age group. At the tryouts, coaches will be evaluating a combination of soccer skills, fitness, agility, teamwork, cooperation, and attentiveness. Players will be notified of the results of tryouts usually within a week of the completion of tryouts.

Will my child be allowed to "play up"?

Fallston Soccer strongly believes that all players should play in their proper age group.  Occasionally a player will no longer be challenged physically or in the mental elements of the game, and that player may petition to play up.  The petition process for playing up in Travel would involve the parents submitting a written request to the travel commissioner who will present it to the Board.  This petition MUST be received by May 1.  The Board will review the petition to determine if this player meets the above criteria whereby his/her current age group is no longer a challenge.  If the petition is allowed by the Board, the impacted player must attend tryouts at both the proper age and the upper age group.  A player may only play up if they are selected for the A team; they may not play up to play on the B team. 

What are the costs to play travel soccer?

In addition to the Fallston Soccer registration fee, travel budgets generally range from $200 to $400 per player, depending on the number of leagues and tournaments a team may participate in.

How can I become a travel soccer coach?

If you are interested in becoming a coach in one of our open slots, please contact the travel commissioner. Prospective coaches will be interviewed/evaluated by the Fallston Soccer Board.

 


For any other questions about the travel soccer program, please contact Carey Lambros/travel commissioner at careygayo@hotmail.com.