The Haverhill Youth Soccer travel program is tailored to the more serious players. Games are played against other teams throughout Essex County. The travel schedule includes 8 games in the fall and 8 games in the spring. That means 4 home and 4 away games each season. Games are scheduled for Saturdays although make-up games may be held during the week. Travel teams usually practice 2 nights per week. The travel season generally begins and ends about the same time as our in-town program, however the schedule is set by the county, not by Haverhill Youth Soccer. Age groups in the travel program range from Grade 3 through Grade 8 (formerly U10 to U14) both seasons. If supported by registration numbers, G10 and G12 (formerly U16 and U18) may also play in the spring. Player evaluations for the fall teams in age groups G4 to G8 are held in June.
The number of teams entered into the Essex County Youth Soccer Association (ECYSA) league depends on the number of kids registering in the different age groups. If a child is chosen they will remain with that team for the fall and spring seasons unless roster changes are made due to extenuating circumstances. There are approximately 300 boys and girls participating in the travel program each season. Almost all of our coaches are licensed and/or have attended training clinics.
The G4 (formerly U10) games are non-results oriented, meaning the scores are not posted and there are no playoffs after the spring season. There is a Friendship Tournament for this age group in which all participants receive a trophy or a medal. The G6 (fomerly U12) to G12/G13 (formerly U18/U19) teams can qualify for the ECYSA championship at the Pingree School at the end of the spring season based on the spring results. If they happen to win there, they would represent ECYSA in that age group at the Massachusetts Tournament of Champions in Lancaster near the end of June.
Age Groups for Fall 2018 and Spring 2019
|Age Group||Birth Date Parameter|
|Grade 3/4||Born on or between 8/1/2008 and 7/31/2010|
|Grade 5/6||Born on or between 8/1/2006 and 7/31/2008|
|Grade 7/8||Born on or between 8/1/2004 and 7/31/2006|
If you have any questions or need more information, please send an e-mail to the Travel Director.
Travel Soccer evaluation details for next year (Fall 2018/Spring 2019)
Travel Soccer Evaluations will be held on Sunday June 3rd, 2018 and Sunday June 10th, 2018. Please check back soon for further details.