TRAVEL SOCCER

The Gjøa Travel Soccer program is for players seeking a greater commitment to the game and a high level of competition. They may also be on a path to play in high school, college, and beyond.

Gjøa has teams for girls and boys ages 6-18, and each team is led by a USSF and/or UEFA licensed professional coach, teaching a curriculum based on an attacking, possession style of play where each player has the opportunity for many touches of the ball. Gjøa players are encouraged to play in a technical and attractive style, taking risks and playing creatively.

Teams practice twice a week and have a game on the weekend. There are also weekly GK training sessions and optional extra practices. Participation in Travel Soccer is by invitation. See Tryout info below.

While Travel Soccer comes with expectations and high standards, the Gjøa philosophy is to teach girls and boys in a supportive, nurturing environment that emphasizes fun.

Tryouts

Open Tryouts have concluded for this season, but there are a small number of roster spots on the teams below. Write to the email address listed to inquire about a possible Tryout.

Girls 2015/2016 – email tuany@gjoa.org
Girls 2010/2011 – email tuany@gjoa.org
Girls 2009 – email kaha@gjoa.org
Boys 2017/2016 – email anthony@gjoa.org
Boys 2005-2010 – email lee@gjoa.org

All other ages are full, but you may inquire about potential roster openings by emailing lee@gjoa.org.

Our Travel Teams

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The Coaching Team

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FAQ

What are the fees for Travel Soccer?
Fees for the 2023/24 soccer year, which runs from late August to mid-June…
U9-U19 teams: $2,375
U7/U8 Teams: $1,575
Fees cover professional coaching, winter field space at Socceroof, league registration fees, referees, insurance, one indoor tournament, and much more. The cost of the uniform is separate, see below.

Do you offer financial assistance?
For players with aptitude and commitment, need-based partial scholarships are available for families through an application process. Once invited to register for Travel Soccer, a financial aid option is available at checkout, and instructions are provided to complete the financial aid application. For questions about financial aid email info@gjoa.org.

How much are uniforms?
Uniforms are purchased from soccer.com. The full uniform kit is purchased on a two-year cycle and 2023/24 is the first year of a new cycle, which means that the uniform should last two years. Players must purchase the required full Adidas Gjøa kit: home and away jerseys, shorts, socks, practice shirt, warm-up top and pants, and backpack. The required kit costs about $260 in full. Instructions for purchase are emailed after registration is completed.

What is the selection process?
All players attend tryouts, which can be an organized group tryout, team practices, or both. Coaches evaluate players and make selections based on ability, team roster needs, and other factors. Once tryouts are completed, the coaching staff makes selections and all attendees receive an email determination.

When are the seasons?
Each travel year begins around the last week of August and ends in mid-June. There are fall and spring league seasons with a game most weekends and practices twice weekly. In winter, from early November to mid-March, practices are held once a week at Brooklyn’s premier indoor turf-field space, Socceroof, with optional practices, scrimmages, and tournaments on select weekends.

Where and when are practices?
U7-U19 teams practice during the fall and spring twice weekly on either Monday & Wednesday or Tuesday & Thursday. In the winter, teams practice once a week on one of those same practice days, as well as an optional practice outdoors, weather permitting. Practice days, times, and locations are usually announced in July for fall and in February for spring. Practice day and time for the winter season at Socceroof is announced in October and will be on one of the days the team already practices. Assigned fall and spring practice locations may include the Parade Ground (our primary location), Red Hook, Sunset Park, Pier 5, and sometimes others.

Where and when are games?
Games are played primarily on Saturdays, and sometimes on Sundays, in fall and spring. Tournaments and scrimmages on select weekends in the winter are optional, and some teams may enter tournaments in fall and spring. Our home field is Dyker Beach Park. Most away games are in the five boroughs within the CJSL, but for our teams playing in EDP or LIJSL, away games may be further afield in Long Island, Westchester, etc.

What is the player commitment level and expectations for Travel Soccer?
Travel soccer comes with a high level of commitment. Although we recognize that there can sometimes be schedule conflicts, players are expected to attend all practices, games, and events throughout the entire soccer year. When a conflict arises, players (or parents) must notify the coach in advance and give the reason for the absence. Players that have a high rate of absenteeism can expect reduced playing time and are at risk of losing their spot on the roster.  However, the coach will work with parents to correct any such issues. Communication is vital.

How much playing time does each player get?
All players can expect to play at least 50% of every game, barring injury or other factors such as absenteeism, commitment, and/or behavior problems.  Our goal is to develop players, not win at all costs.