TRAVEL SOCCER

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

Teams practice twice weekly in fall and spring with a game on the weekend, and once a week indoors at Socceroof in winter. With an optional additional practice each week and GK training.

Gjøa Travel Soccer has teams for girls ages 6-16, and boys ages 6-18. Each team is led by a USSF and UEFA licensed professional coaches, teaching our curriculum which is based on an attacking, possession-based style 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.

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

SC Gjøa Youth Soccer will hold Travel Soccer Tryouts for the 2020/21 soccer year for girls and boys born 2001-2014.

You must register for tryouts to participate.

The indoor tryouts are at Socceroof, where we are holding Summer Soccer Camps through the end of August. These “Tryout-Mini-Camps” are socially distant, with a maximum of 8 kids per field, and no direct contact. Socceroof is a sanitized facility with safety protocols, and masks are required for all adults and players, except while playing.

Wednesday, August 12th and Monday, August 24th.
Birth year/time:
2008 through 2014: 10.30am – 11.15am
2001 through 2007: 11.45pm – 12.30pm

Click here to register.

*U7-8/2014-13 Girls & U7 2014 boys travel soccer is free, learn more about that here (U8/2013 Boys is heavily discounted)

We also hope to schedule at least one outdoor tryout when the Parks Department allows it, so details are yet to be determined. As our rosters are filling, we recommend coming to the tryout at Socceroof. If you are attending a camp at Socceroof between now and the end of August, this can serve as a tryout, too. Learn more about Camps here.

To inquire about possible roster openings contact Director of Youth Soccer Lee Kellett at 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 2020/21 will be $1,900 for the third straight year for players 2012/U9-2001/U19. 2014/U7 teams are free, and 2013/U8 teams are heavily discounted. Fees cover professional coaching, winter field space at Socceroof, league registration fees, referees, insurance, a team tournament, and much more. The cost of the uniform is separate, see below.

Do you offer financial assistance?
For players that demonstrate commitment and aptitude, partial scholarships are available to families that can demonstrate need. Once invited to register for Travel Soccer a financial aid option is available at checkout and instructions are provided to complete a 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 2020/21 is the second year of the current cycle. 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 complete.

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 and team needs. Once tryouts are completed the coaching staff makes selections and all attendees receive an email which will be an offer of a roster spot, a request for another tryout session, or a recommendation to another Gjøa program.

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 tournaments on select weekends.

When and where are practices?
During the fall and spring teams practice twice weekly on either Monday & Wednesday or Tuesday & Thursday. In the winter, teams practice once a week on one of their practice days. Practice days, times, and locations are announced in June for fall and 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. Fall and spring practice locations may include the Parade Grounds, Red Hook turf, Washington Park (Old Stone House), Pier 5, and more.

When and where are games?
Games are played primarily on Saturdays, sometimes on Sundays, in fall and spring. Weekend tournaments on select weeks 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. While 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.  The exception to the 50% rule might be that playing time could dip below 50% in a Cup or Tournament Final Match – an uncommon occurrence.