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.

  • 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, Late, 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 may 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

    SOCA Blue teams will compete in the Virginia Premier Soccer League (VPSL) an ECNL Regional league.  League play consists of 8 to 9 matches per season with a chance to qualify for post season regional or national play.  Opponent clubs are from all areas of the state of Virginia , including but not limited to Richmond, Northern Virginia and Tidewater.

    U15 and younger teams will compete in two tournaments per season, typically one prior to and one following each season.  U16 and older teams will compete in three tournaments or showcases per year, including an early spring event for College recruiting schedule purposes.  Additionally these teams will compete in a post fall season ECNL Regional Showcase.

    Additional friendly matches and scrimmages may be arranged seasonally by the SOCA staff.

     

  • SOCA White, Red and Gold Teams

    SOCA White, SOCA Red, and SOCA Gold teams will compete in the Skyline Club Soccer League (SCSL).  SCSL league play consists of 8 to 10 matches per season.  Opponent Clubs are from West Central and Southwestern Virginia, including areas such as Roanoke, Lynchburg, Augusta County, Orange County and Harrisonburg.

    U14 and younger teams will compete in two tournaments per season, usually one prior to and one following each season.  U15 and older teams will participate in two tournaments per year, surrounding the fall season only.

    Additional friendly matches and scrimmages may be arranged seasonally by the SOCA staff.

  • Training Sessions

    U11-U14 teams have training twice per week, plus highly recommended (but optional) participation in the Advanced Technical Development Program (ATDP) on Wednesday nights.  This is a technical training program designed to emphasize the essentially techniques which form the basis of each players ability in the game.  Mixing of teams for pool training maybe utilized throughout the year.

    At the U15-U19 age groups, Blue teams will train three times per week while White and Red teams will train twice per week.  Team training will seek to address the technical, tactical, physical and psychological components of the game. Training is focused on preparing players for possible collegiate opportunities but more immediately on preparing for successful high school participation.  Players are expected to attend and participate in all training sessions.

  • 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

    2021-22 Registration Fees

    U16-U19 Blue Teams – $1295
    $755 due 6/8    $540 due 9/1

    U11-U15 Blue Teams – $1495
    $795 due 6/8    $700 due 9/1

     

    U15-U19 White & Red Teams – $729 due 6/8

    U11-U14 White & Red Teams – $1289
    $729 due 6/8    $560  due 9/1

    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.

  • Team Formation
  • Team Commitment
  • SOCA Blue Teams
  • SOCA White, Red and Gold Teams
  • Training Sessions
  • Guest Playing Opportunities
  • Registration Fees

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, Late, 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 may 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

SOCA Blue teams will compete in the Virginia Premier Soccer League (VPSL) an ECNL Regional league.  League play consists of 8 to 9 matches per season with a chance to qualify for post season regional or national play.  Opponent clubs are from all areas of the state of Virginia , including but not limited to Richmond, Northern Virginia and Tidewater.

U15 and younger teams will compete in two tournaments per season, typically one prior to and one following each season.  U16 and older teams will compete in three tournaments or showcases per year, including an early spring event for College recruiting schedule purposes.  Additionally these teams will compete in a post fall season ECNL Regional Showcase.

Additional friendly matches and scrimmages may be arranged seasonally by the SOCA staff.

 

SOCA White, Red and Gold Teams

SOCA White, SOCA Red, and SOCA Gold teams will compete in the Skyline Club Soccer League (SCSL).  SCSL league play consists of 8 to 10 matches per season.  Opponent Clubs are from West Central and Southwestern Virginia, including areas such as Roanoke, Lynchburg, Augusta County, Orange County and Harrisonburg.

U14 and younger teams will compete in two tournaments per season, usually one prior to and one following each season.  U15 and older teams will participate in two tournaments per year, surrounding the fall season only.

Additional friendly matches and scrimmages may be arranged seasonally by the SOCA staff.

Training Sessions

U11-U14 teams have training twice per week, plus highly recommended (but optional) participation in the Advanced Technical Development Program (ATDP) on Wednesday nights.  This is a technical training program designed to emphasize the essentially techniques which form the basis of each players ability in the game.  Mixing of teams for pool training maybe utilized throughout the year.

At the U15-U19 age groups, Blue teams will train three times per week while White and Red teams will train twice per week.  Team training will seek to address the technical, tactical, physical and psychological components of the game. Training is focused on preparing players for possible collegiate opportunities but more immediately on preparing for successful high school participation.  Players are expected to attend and participate in all training sessions.

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

2021-22 Registration Fees

U16-U19 Blue Teams – $1295
$755 due 6/8    $540 due 9/1

U11-U15 Blue Teams – $1495
$795 due 6/8    $700 due 9/1

 

U15-U19 White & Red Teams – $729 due 6/8

U11-U14 White & Red Teams – $1289
$729 due 6/8    $560  due 9/1

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.