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Travel League Program

This program is open to both boys and girls, ages 8 through 18 (U10-U19), in Milton, Vermont, who would like to play with the Milton Youth Soccer Club during the Vermont Soccer Association/Vermont Soccer League (VSA/VSL) Spring and Fall seasons. The goal of the League Program is to provide opportunities to play soccer in a positive environment that promotes skill development, fair play, and good sportsmanship. Spring leagues start early May, with practices that begin at the end of April (weather dependent) and end in June. Fall leagues begin in late August and end in October.

Spring and Fall soccer teams travel to neighboring towns that are generally within 45-minutes of Milton, and compete in league play with teams throughout the area. Additional travel may be required for a small percentage of games. Training schedules are determined by the individual coach and are typically comprised of two practices per week. The VSA/VSL determine the game schedules for teams, which occur on weekends, and typically include an occasional Friday evening game.

What is the difference between the recreational soccer program and the league travel program?

Unlike the Recreation Program, our League Program is a travel program. Our teams practice in Milton and have both home and away games against other towns in our area. There are also some weekends when teams travel and play in tournaments. Parents are responsible for getting their children to all games and tournaments. The league costs rise with age and players must purchase a full uniform kit in order to play. Some age groups in this league have tryouts for team placement.

This program is designed for driven players looking for a deeper engagement with soccer through league play and skills development. The spring program has teams from U10-U16 (ages 8-16). The fall program is for U10 and U12 players only (ages 8-12).

Who can play Fall Soccer? What is the Cost?

  • U10 Boys/Girls: $45
  • U12 Boys/Girls: $45

Who can play Spring Soccer? What is the Cost?

  • U10 Boys/Girls: $90
  • U12 Boys/Girls: $90
  • U14 Boys/Girls: $95
  • U15-U19 Boys/Girls: $105

** Scholarship assistance is available for financial hardship. If you would like to apply for assistance, please complete our Scholarship Form and mail it to the address on the form. Once your form is reviewed and approved, you will receive a Voucher Code that you can use to register online. You must complete the application and receive your Voucher Code before registering. **

What do the fees cover?

There are set club fees for league soccer, which are determined by the VSA. In addition to the club fees, your registration also includes the Spring Kohl’s Cup Tournament, background checks for coaches, and referee fees, which are also set by VSA. These fees do not pay for coaches because coaches are VOLUNTEERS!

How do I sign up?

All sign-ups are done through GotSoccer.com. If you haven’t created an account you will need to do so prior to registering your child for spring soccer.

For instructions on how to set up and access family accounts on GotSoccer, please click on the document provided:

GotSoccer Family Account Manual

If your child has never played Spring soccer for MYS previously, the Vermont Soccer Association requires a copy of his or her birth certificate. You may send a copy to us at Milton Youth Soccer, PO Box 586, Milton, VT 05468.

Along with a birth certificate, parents/guardians need to upload a current photo (head shot) to their child’s profile on GotSoccer.

Does my child need a uniform for Spring Soccer?

Yes! All league players must order a uniform for the season. In some years, uniforms from previous seasons may be reused. More information on ordering uniforms will be posted as season sign-ups approach.

At times, warm-ups and other non-game kit may be available for purchase as well.

How do I order a uniform?

MYSC is currently upgrading our uniform kits. More information on pricing and the order process will be posted in the future.

What are practices and games like in the League Program?

Milton Youth Soccer follows the best practices and other standards put out by U.S. Soccer, the parent federation of all soccer programs in the United States. For more detailed information, please see the document Best Practices for Coaching Soccer in the United States. In summary, our League Program follows these standards:

U10

About half of your games will be in Milton, while the other half will be in nearby towns. These games are 7v7, with 25-minute halves. There are goalkeepers in U10. VSL introduces offsides starting with U10. The U10 ball size is size 4.

Each week, your team will meet twice to practice, for 60-75 minutes.

Under the U.S. Youth Soccer Player Development Model, U10 coaches are instructed to “provide equal opportunity and playing time for all participants.”

U12

About half of your games will be in Milton, while the other half will be in nearby towns. These games are 9v9, with 30-minute halves. The U12 ball size is size 4.

Each week, your team will meet twice to practice, for 75-90 minutes.

Under the U.S. Youth Soccer Player Development Model, U12 coaches are instructed to “allow for proper development with a minimum of 50% playing time for players at all levels of competition.”

U14

About half of your games will be in Milton, while the other half will be in nearby towns. These games are 11v11, with 35-minute halves.

Each week, your team will meet twice to practice, for 90 minutes.

Under the U.S. Youth Soccer Player Development Model, U14 coaches are instructed to “be sure all players get playing time” at the coach’s discretion.

U16

About half of your games will be in Milton, while the other half will be in nearby towns. These games are 11v11, with 40-minute halves.

Each week, your team will meet twice to practice, for 90 minutes.

Under the U.S. Youth Soccer Player Development Model, U12 coaches are instructed to “be sure all players get playing time” at the coach’s discretion.

U18

About half of your games will be in Milton, while the other half will be in nearby towns. These games are 11v11, with 45-minute halves.

Each week, your team will meet twice to practice, for 90 minutes.

Under the U.S. Youth Soccer Player Development Model, U12 coaches are instructed to “be sure all players get playing time” at the coach’s discretion.

The following table summarizes the information above

Age Group Genders Team Size Half Length Ball Size Practices
U10 Boys/Girls 7v7 25 min 4 2 x 60-75 min
U12 Boys/Girls 9v9 30 min 4 2 x 75-90 min
U14 Boys/Girls 11v11 35 min 5 2 x 90 min
U16 Boys/Girls 11v11 40 min 5 2 x 90 min
U18 Boys/Girls 11v11 45 min 5 2 x 90 min

What are the U.S. Soccer 2015 Development Initiatives?

U.S. Soccer released a new set of national standards for all league youth soccer programs in the United States. The standards cover field and goal size, team size, ball size, playing time, break times, and the use of goalkeepers and offsides rules. Implementation of the standards is mandatory in August 2017. As a member of the VSA/VSL, Milton Youth Soccer adheres to these standards as closely as possible.

These standards give everyone a level playing field, and set up a challenging, but fun and rewarding development experience for youth players. Please see the 2015 Player Development Initiatives presentation for more detailed information. You may also download a Frequently Asked Questions document.

What about Birth Year Registration?

U.S. Soccer is also changing the standard for Birth Year Registration. You may use the charts in the linked document to figure out which age group your child falls under.

Basically, a child registers for the appropriate age group based on the calendar year in which they were born. Milton Youth Soccer will be implementing this policy beginning with the 2016 Fall League Season. Spring 2016 will follow the old system, in line with school age cutoffs.

How can I become more involved with the soccer programs in Milton?

The Milton Youth Soccer Board is always looking for help! There are various ways in which you can support the program by joining the Milton Youth Soccer Board. Some tasks include (but are not limited to): Equipment, Field Organization/Preparation, Website support, Coordinators for both Spring and Fall programs, Promotion, etc.

Board meetings usually take place on the first Monday of every month, with occasional adjustments for holidays.

If you are interested in coaching, please click on the Coaching Application to download and fill out our form, and mail to coachcoordinator@miltonyouthsoccer.org.