SOCA Travel Program

SOCA Travel Program

The mission of the SOCA travel program is to provide advanced development through a competitive game and team training environment. Player development takes place through elevated commitment and competition.

SOCA Travel teams represent the Charlottesville and Albemarle community within their league and at various tournament and invitational events.  There are multiple levels of travel team programming; Blue teams represent the top level of selected travel teams.  The Travel program is at the pinnacle of SOCA’s local youth programming and seeks to prepare players to compete at all levels locally, as well as for further levels of the game of soccer.  Player participation requires commitment, dedication, and significant ability.

The SOCA Travel program is proudly sponsored by acac Fitness and Wellness Centers.

  • 2022-23 Travel Program Presentation
  • Team Formation
    • SOCA Travel teams are formed in the U11-U19 age groups for both boys and girls.  Teams participate in the Virginia Premier Soccer League (VPSL) or the Skyline Club Soccer League (SCSL).
    • Selection is through the tryout process only.  All players must tryout annually and are encouraged to tryout for the travel program in general, SOCA staff will place players at the appropriate level within the program.
    • There are three tryouts per year: Annual/Open Tryouts, Late Tryouts, and Mid-Year Tryouts.
    • Team availability is only guaranteed at the Annual/Open Tryouts. All interested candidates for the Late or Mid-year tryouts should contact the SOCA office prior to attending, to verify team placement availability.
    • Team creation is based upon the quantity and quality of player candidates.  Player selection and placement is based upon ability.  Teams are formed at the discretion of the SOCA Coaching Director and Technical Staff.

    For more information please see our tryout page.

  • Team Commitment
    • Travel teams are selected in the late spring (June) and begin training in late summer (August). Players commit to participate for the full length of the program.
    • U16 and older teams participate predominantly in the fall season (August thru Early December).  <Blue teams will have some additional early spring events for college showcase purposes.>
    • U11 through U15 teams will have full fall and spring seasons. Fall seasons typically are from August to November. with spring seasons taking place February through May.  <U15 White or Red teams will initially be fall season only with a possible spring season based on player interest.>
    • There are no refunds after the registration deadline in June. Players  commit to participating for the full year at the time of registration. Exceptions are only made for medical reasons or family relocation.
  • SOCA Blue Teams
    • Compete in VPSL – ECNL Regional League
    • Opponent clubs are from all areas of the state of Virginia , including but not limited to Richmond, Northern Virginia and Tidewater.
    • League play consists of 8 to 9 matches per season with a chance to qualify for post season regional or national play.
    • U11-15 teams participate in 2 tournaments per season, <Labor Day Weekend, end of fall season, start of spring season, and Memorial Day Weekend>
    • U11-15 teams have Fall and Spring regular season play
    • U16-19 teams have fall regular season play followed by post fall season ECNL Regional Showcase.
    • U16-19 teams will compete in3 tournaments or showcases per year, including an early spring event for college recruiting schedule purposes.
    • Additional friendly matches and scrimmages may be arranged seasonally by the SOCA staff.

     

  • SOCA White, Red and Gold Teams
    • Compete in Skyline Club Soccer League
    • Opponent clubs are from West Central and Southwestern Virginia, including areas such as Roanoke, Lynchburg, Augusta County, Orange County and Harrisonburg.
    • SCSL league play consists of 8 to 10 matches per season.
    • U11-14 teams participate in 2 tournaments per season, Fall & Spring <Labor Day Weekend, end of fall season, start of spring season, and Memorial Day Weekend>
    • U15-19 teams compete solely in the fall season with 1 tournament before the season and 1 tournament at the end of the season.
    • Additional friendly matches and scrimmages may be arranged seasonally by the SOCA staff.
  • Training Sessions

    Blue Teams

    U11 & 12

    • Teams train 2 times per week at South Fork Soccer Park or SOCA Field House.
    • Weekly Pool Training session through SOCA Advanced Technical Development Program (ATDP) at South Fork Soccer Park

    U13-19 Teams

    • Teams train 3 times per week as a team at South Fork Soccer Park or SOCA Field House.
    • Pool training opportunities utilized throughout the year per SOCA Coaching Staff discretion.
    • U16-19 teams will train in late winter/early spring period before High School season begins in order to prepare for College Showcase events.

    White/Red & Gold Teams

    U11-14 Teams

    • Teams train 2 times per week at local area fields, South Fork Soccer Park & SOCA Field House when possible
    • Weekly Pool Training session through SOCA Advanced Technical Development Program (ATDP) at South Fork Soccer Park <optional session for players>

    U15-U19 White/Red & Gold Teams

    • Teams train 2 times per week at local area fields, South Fork Soccer Park & SOCA Field House when possible
    • Guest Training opportunities with Blue teams over the course of the season.

    Players are expected to attend and participate in all team training sessions.

  • Techne Futbol App

    Each SOCA Travel player is provided with free access to the Techne Futbol App.

    This app is designed to help players develop essential technical skills.  Techne provides guided training sessions with skill progressions and technique breakdowns designed by professional coaches.

    Techne offers:

    • Technical Training
    • Physical Performance Sessions
    • Mental Training Exercises
    • Performance Tracking
    • Competitions between users
    • Rewards for achieving set workout goals

    App is provided free to all SOCA Travel players.

    Click here to read more.

     

  • Guest Playing Opportunities

    Opportunities for players to play in matches and participate in training sessions with other travel teams of different levels or age groups when appropriate, is a unique opportunity for SOCA travel players.  The size and scope of the program provides many more of these opportunities for players then other local programs.  These opportunities allow SOCA staff greater knowledge and access to the entire player pool within each age group.

    Additional opportunities exist for high achieving players with our sister club, Skyline Elite SC.  Guest training with those teams is meant to expose those players to the next level of training and match environments.

    All guest playing and training is to be scheduled and approved by the SOCA technical staff.

  • Registration Fees

    2022-23 Registration Fees

    U16-U19 Blue Teams – $1295
    $755 due 5/24    $540 due 9/1

    U11-U15 Blue Teams – $1495
    $795 due 5/24    $700 due 9/1
    * Mid-Year Selected Players Fee = $780 due 2/16

    U15-U19 White & Red Teams – $729 due 5/24

    U11-U14 White & Red Teams – $1289
    $729 due 5/24    $560  due 9/1
    * Mid-Year Selected Players Fee = $675 due 2/16

    There are no refunds after the registration deadline. Registration is a commitment to participate fully with your team.

    Monthly Installment plans are available for all families that request.  Please inquire with the SOCA office to establish a payment plan.  SOCA@socaspot.org

    Financial assistance with registration fees is also available for families that qualify.  Please inquire with the SOCA office.  Follow this link for more information:  Financial Assistance

    Fees do not include uniforms.  Uniforms must be purchased separately via an online ordering system.  Uniform ordering information will be provided to each selected player.  Uniforms may be purchased on a 2 year cycle.

  • League Participation

    SOCA Blue Teams compete in the VPSL – ECNL Regional League.  This league features the top clubs in the state of Virginia and is widely considered the highest regional level of play within the state of Virginia.  SOCA competes in the South division and features matches with clubs from Richmond, Virginia Beach, Roanoke, and other Virginia localities.

    SOCA White, Red, and Gold teams compete in the VPSL-NPL Western Division.  The next stage in the development of the Skyline Club Soccer League, this league services clubs in the central to western localities in Virginia.  Play is team based, with opportunities for high achieving teams to qualify for post season competitions and events.

  • 2022-23 Travel Program Presentation
  • Team Formation
  • Team Commitment
  • SOCA Blue Teams
  • SOCA White, Red and Gold Teams
  • Training Sessions
  • Techne Futbol App
  • Guest Playing Opportunities
  • Registration Fees
  • League Participation

2022-23 Travel Program Presentation

 

Click Here for Presentation

 

Team Formation

  • SOCA Travel teams are formed in the U11-U19 age groups for both boys and girls.  Teams participate in the Virginia Premier Soccer League (VPSL) or the Skyline Club Soccer League (SCSL).
  • Selection is through the tryout process only.  All players must tryout annually and are encouraged to tryout for the travel program in general, SOCA staff will place players at the appropriate level within the program.
  • There are three tryouts per year: Annual/Open Tryouts, Late Tryouts, and Mid-Year Tryouts.
  • Team availability is only guaranteed at the Annual/Open Tryouts. All interested candidates for the Late or Mid-year tryouts should contact the SOCA office prior to attending, to verify team placement availability.
  • Team creation is based upon the quantity and quality of player candidates.  Player selection and placement is based upon ability.  Teams are formed at the discretion of the SOCA Coaching Director and Technical Staff.

For more information please see our tryout page.

Team Commitment

  • Travel teams are selected in the late spring (June) and begin training in late summer (August). Players commit to participate for the full length of the program.
  • U16 and older teams participate predominantly in the fall season (August thru Early December).  <Blue teams will have some additional early spring events for college showcase purposes.>
  • U11 through U15 teams will have full fall and spring seasons. Fall seasons typically are from August to November. with spring seasons taking place February through May.  <U15 White or Red teams will initially be fall season only with a possible spring season based on player interest.>
  • There are no refunds after the registration deadline in June. Players  commit to participating for the full year at the time of registration. Exceptions are only made for medical reasons or family relocation.

SOCA Blue Teams

  • Compete in VPSL – ECNL Regional League
  • Opponent clubs are from all areas of the state of Virginia , including but not limited to Richmond, Northern Virginia and Tidewater.
  • League play consists of 8 to 9 matches per season with a chance to qualify for post season regional or national play.
  • U11-15 teams participate in 2 tournaments per season, <Labor Day Weekend, end of fall season, start of spring season, and Memorial Day Weekend>
  • U11-15 teams have Fall and Spring regular season play
  • U16-19 teams have fall regular season play followed by post fall season ECNL Regional Showcase.
  • U16-19 teams will compete in3 tournaments or showcases per year, including an early spring event for college recruiting schedule purposes.
  • Additional friendly matches and scrimmages may be arranged seasonally by the SOCA staff.

 

SOCA White, Red and Gold Teams

  • Compete in Skyline Club Soccer League
  • Opponent clubs are from West Central and Southwestern Virginia, including areas such as Roanoke, Lynchburg, Augusta County, Orange County and Harrisonburg.
  • SCSL league play consists of 8 to 10 matches per season.
  • U11-14 teams participate in 2 tournaments per season, Fall & Spring <Labor Day Weekend, end of fall season, start of spring season, and Memorial Day Weekend>
  • U15-19 teams compete solely in the fall season with 1 tournament before the season and 1 tournament at the end of the season.
  • Additional friendly matches and scrimmages may be arranged seasonally by the SOCA staff.

Training Sessions

Blue Teams

U11 & 12

  • Teams train 2 times per week at South Fork Soccer Park or SOCA Field House.
  • Weekly Pool Training session through SOCA Advanced Technical Development Program (ATDP) at South Fork Soccer Park

U13-19 Teams

  • Teams train 3 times per week as a team at South Fork Soccer Park or SOCA Field House.
  • Pool training opportunities utilized throughout the year per SOCA Coaching Staff discretion.
  • U16-19 teams will train in late winter/early spring period before High School season begins in order to prepare for College Showcase events.

White/Red & Gold Teams

U11-14 Teams

  • Teams train 2 times per week at local area fields, South Fork Soccer Park & SOCA Field House when possible
  • Weekly Pool Training session through SOCA Advanced Technical Development Program (ATDP) at South Fork Soccer Park <optional session for players>

U15-U19 White/Red & Gold Teams

  • Teams train 2 times per week at local area fields, South Fork Soccer Park & SOCA Field House when possible
  • Guest Training opportunities with Blue teams over the course of the season.

Players are expected to attend and participate in all team training sessions.

Techne Futbol App

Each SOCA Travel player is provided with free access to the Techne Futbol App.

This app is designed to help players develop essential technical skills.  Techne provides guided training sessions with skill progressions and technique breakdowns designed by professional coaches.

Techne offers:

  • Technical Training
  • Physical Performance Sessions
  • Mental Training Exercises
  • Performance Tracking
  • Competitions between users
  • Rewards for achieving set workout goals

App is provided free to all SOCA Travel players.

Click here to read more.

 

Guest Playing Opportunities

Opportunities for players to play in matches and participate in training sessions with other travel teams of different levels or age groups when appropriate, is a unique opportunity for SOCA travel players.  The size and scope of the program provides many more of these opportunities for players then other local programs.  These opportunities allow SOCA staff greater knowledge and access to the entire player pool within each age group.

Additional opportunities exist for high achieving players with our sister club, Skyline Elite SC.  Guest training with those teams is meant to expose those players to the next level of training and match environments.

All guest playing and training is to be scheduled and approved by the SOCA technical staff.

Registration Fees

2022-23 Registration Fees

U16-U19 Blue Teams – $1295
$755 due 5/24    $540 due 9/1

U11-U15 Blue Teams – $1495
$795 due 5/24    $700 due 9/1
* Mid-Year Selected Players Fee = $780 due 2/16

U15-U19 White & Red Teams – $729 due 5/24

U11-U14 White & Red Teams – $1289
$729 due 5/24    $560  due 9/1
* Mid-Year Selected Players Fee = $675 due 2/16

There are no refunds after the registration deadline. Registration is a commitment to participate fully with your team.

Monthly Installment plans are available for all families that request.  Please inquire with the SOCA office to establish a payment plan.  SOCA@socaspot.org

Financial assistance with registration fees is also available for families that qualify.  Please inquire with the SOCA office.  Follow this link for more information:  Financial Assistance

Fees do not include uniforms.  Uniforms must be purchased separately via an online ordering system.  Uniform ordering information will be provided to each selected player.  Uniforms may be purchased on a 2 year cycle.

League Participation

SOCA Blue Teams compete in the VPSL – ECNL Regional League.  This league features the top clubs in the state of Virginia and is widely considered the highest regional level of play within the state of Virginia.  SOCA competes in the South division and features matches with clubs from Richmond, Virginia Beach, Roanoke, and other Virginia localities.

SOCA White, Red, and Gold teams compete in the VPSL-NPL Western Division.  The next stage in the development of the Skyline Club Soccer League, this league services clubs in the central to western localities in Virginia.  Play is team based, with opportunities for high achieving teams to qualify for post season competitions and events.