An Overview of Programs
The SPFSA offers three distinct soccer programs for children of all ages in the Scotch Plains Fanwood area that are varying degrees of recreational, developmental and competitive. Complete information is available on the individual homepage links for each program.
HOUSE PROGRAM: An introductory program for children in pre-kindergarten through fourth grades that is both recreational and developmental. Eight intramural games per season are played on Saturday mornings on fields located throughout the two towns. All teams with the exception of the pre-kindergarten teams practice one time per week and are handled by parent coaches. Group training is part of the Saturday game program for the youngest ages. Separate group training is available for 2nd through 4th grades Saturday afternoons. Please note, pre-kindergarten players must be 4 years of age by 9/1/15 to play in the fall season and by 4/1/15 to play in the spring season. The House Program also might include a winter indoor option.
INTER-COUNTY PROGRAM: A continuation of the recreational program that is more competitive in nature for children in fifth grade and up, defined by divisions comprised of ages U-12, U-14 and U-17. Eight league games per season are played on Saturday and Sunday afternoons throughout Union County concluding with playoffs. All teams practice one time per week and are coached by parent volunteers. Group training conducted by contracted professionals is typically available one afternoon per week in addition to the regular team practices.
TRAVEL PROGRAM: A highly competitive developmental program based on tryout selection for children in second grade and up, defined as U-8 through U-17. Ten league games are typically played on Sunday afternoons throughout the state and are supplemented with 2-3 tournament weekends. All teams practice two times per week and are trained by contracted professionals. A winter and summer training curriculum supplements the in-season work and includes fitness/speed/agility sessions.