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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS for families new to travel


WHEN I SIGN A TRAVEL CONTRACT FOR MY PLAYER, HOW LONG IS THE COMMITMENT?

When you sign a contract at tryouts in June for your son/daughter, you will commit for a complete season year, which means fall, winter and spring. The season will start mid August and end mid June.


HOW MANY TRAVEL PLAYERS DOES SALINE FC HAVE?

Saline FC on average has 300 travel players divided over approximately 26 teams. The girls teams are called Swarm and the boys teams are called Sting. 

  • The youngest team consists of U8 players, and plays 4v4
  • U9 and U10 players play 7v7
  • U11 and U12 players play 9v9
  • U13 through U19 players play 11v11

HOW DO I KNOW WHICH AGE GROUP MY CHILD WOULD PLAY IN?

Players attaining the limited age for any age group on or after January 1 will be eligible to play for the full seasonal year. A player who turns 7 on January 1st 2020 is born in 2013 and will play in a U8 team in complete 2020/2021 season (fall 2020, winter 2020/2021, spring 2021) 


ARE THERE DIFFERENT SKILL LEVELS BETWEEN TEAMS IN THE SAME AGE GROUP?

Yes, in every age group we can have black, gold and even white teams. Black teams are the most competitive teams with a higher level of skills, followed by gold and then white.


WHAT LEAGUES DO THE TEAMS PLAY IN?

Most U8-U19 teams play in WSSL (Western Suburban Soccer League).

The most competitive teams in the U11 and U12 age group play in the DA (Director’s Academy) which is a highly selective statewide league. The most competitive teams in the U13 and older age group play in MSPSP (Michigan State Premier Soccer Program). 

All these leagues work closely with, and receive guidance from MSYSA (Michigan State Youth Soccer Association) who itself is a member of the US Youth Soccer Association.

WHAT IS THE TIME COMMITMENT WHEN CHOOSING TO PLAY TRAVEL?

  • Fall and Spring season:
    2 practices a week of an hour and a half per practice outdoors.
    8 games per season, 4 home and 4 away games mostly during the weekend.1 tournament in the Fall and 1 tournament in the Spring.
  • Winter season:
    2 practices a week of one hour per practice
    - 8-10 games per season at WideWorld in Ann Arbor,for U8-U10 players. Games will be played during the weekend.
    - 8-10 games per season at High Velocity in Canton, Total Sports in Wixom or EMU in Ypsilanti for players U11 and older. Games - will be played during the weekend. 

Players are always encouraged to practice their skills at home.

WHERE IS THE  PRACTICE FIELD FOR TRAVEL TEAMS?

The outdoor practices are at the intersection of Campus Parkway & Industrial, to the east of Industrial and south of Campus Parkway (To get directions in Google Maps, use 1367 Industrial Drive, Saline, MI 48176)

WHEN DO THE SEASONS RUN?

There are three seasons:

  • Fall: Starts with a team camp week mid August and runs through early November
  • Winter: Mid November through mid April.
  • Spring: Mid April until mid June, just before Tryouts for the next season.

We offer many summer options, like Summer Camps and the Summer Champions Cup. These are optional and therefore not included in the travel registration fees.

WHAT ARE THE COSTS AND WHEN AM I EXPECTED TO PAY?

The prices are different for certain age-groups. Please refer to our website for all details. 

The registration fees can be paid in full or in three installments. The first payment is due on June 15th. This due date also applies to the High School boys, even though their season doesn’t start until November. A link to make the payment will be sent with the contract offer.

A uniform is required and the additional cost is approximately $125.

HOW MUCH TRAVEL IS INVOLVED FOR EACH AGE GROUP?

This varies by age group and league competition. Younger age groups travel less, typically within 60 mile radius. Older groups can travel further within the state. Tournaments can be in other surrounding states like Ohio or Indiana.

HOW MANY PLAYERS PER TEAM?

  • U8 (4v4) minimum roster is 4, maximum roster is 6
  • U9-U10 (7v7) minimum roster is 6, maximum roster is 12
  • U11-U12 (9v9) minimum roster is 7, maximum roster is 16
  • U13-U19 (11v11) minimum roster is 9, maximum roster is 22, max 18 per game

IS MY CHILD GUARANTEED PLAYING TIME IN GAMES?

Yes. 

IS MY CHILD GUARANTEED A SPOT ON THE TEAM WHEN THEY REGISTER FOR TRYOUTS?

No, players should match the general ability of the team and age group or show proper potential.  

WHO DECIDES WHO IS SELECTED ON THE TEAM AND ON WHAT CRITERIA?

Our coaching staff works together and decides.

The player evaluation is designed to target the main attributes needed to design effective teams. These attributes are: Technical Skills, Tactical Skills, Physical abilities and Attitude.

CAN MY CHILD PLAY TRAVEL AND RECREATIONAL SOCCER SIMULTANEOUSLY?

No, once a player has signed a travel contract they cannot play in the recreational league. 

DO TRAVEL SEASONS INTERFERE WITH HIGH SCHOOL SEASONS?

No, Travel seasons for high school aged soccer players are customized to their calendar. High school aged boys will not play travel soccer in the fall and High School aged girls will not play travel soccer in the spring.

WHAT GEAR DOES MY CHILD NEED TO PLAY TRAVEL SOCCER?

The required items of a travel uniform ordered through Gazelle consist of:

  • Two jerseys, one black, one white
  • One black game short
  • Two pairs of socks, one black, one white
  • One practice jersey, gold

Additionally required:

  • Soccer ball, size depending on age group
  • Shin guards
  • Soccer cleats and for the winter season indoor cleats or gym shoes

Additional items that can be purchased through Gazelle Sports like a backpack, warm up pants, hoodies etc. are optional.

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