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SV North offers both in-house and travel programs. Our in-house programs are designed for younger and less experienced players, while travel programs are designed with more experienced and older players in mind. Older new players do occasionally start in travel, since there is not an house program after U10, but most players start with in-house soccer. SV North is committed to having a place for every player to play. If you ever have any questions please contact us. We would be happy to help you find the most appropriate program for your child.


In the United States the official soccer season runs from fall to spring, while player age grouping is determined by their birth year.  Before each fall season then, players shift into older age group categories based on the Age Chart provided by the United States Youth Soccer Association, the national organization under which PA-West Soccer is governed. A player's age group category remains the same from Fall to Spring sessions.

The age groups for the current 2019-20 soccer season are as follows:

Age Group

Birth Year

Age Group

Birth Year

U5

2015

U11

2009

U6

2014

U12

2008

U7

2013

U13

2007

U8

2012

U14

2006

U9

2011

U15

2005

U10

2010

U16-U20

2004-2000


 

In-House Programs:

Our in-house program services players from U5 through U10. Games are played on Saturdays at the Seneca Valley High School upper fields. Registration fees for all in-house programs include a free t-shirt. In-house players do not need to purchase SV North uniforms!

 

U5 (generally 4 or 5 years old (some late birthday 3 yr olds are eligible to play in the fall))

The U5 program meets on Saturday mornings with ½ of the time spend doing practice and fun activities. The kids are then divided up for a game.  

U6 (generally 5 or 6 years old)

The U6 program meets on Saturday mornings with ½ of the time spend doing practice and fun activities. The kids are then divided up for a game. The U6 program adds an optional mid-week skills night.

U8 (generally  6 to 8 years old) - includes both U7 and U8 birth years

This program includes Saturday games as well as one or two nights of weekday training/practices. Players are placed onto teams at the beginning of the season, and play each other at our upper high school fields. Occasionally we may a schedule a “friendly” against a nearby club. Games are 4v4 with volunteer goalies. No scores or standings are kept. All games are refereed by a three person crew.

 

U10 (generally 8 to 10 years old)- includes both U9 and U10 birth years

 

This is a transition age between in-house and travel. U10 players are eligible to play in both in-house or travel programs. Our U10 in-house program teams play in a mini-travel league. Their season consists of a series of “friendly” matches against nearby clubs. All games are 7v7 including goalies. Games are played on Saturdays with two nights of practice per week. Home matches are played at the Seneca Valley High School upper fields. All games are refereed by a three person crew. No scores or standings are kept.


Travel Program:

As a community Club SV North teams compete in PA West Sunday travel brackets. A season normally consists of 8 matches, 4-home and 4-away, against other PA West clubs. Scores of all matches are reported to PA West and PA West keeps the league standings. Games are governed by the PA West rules of competition.  Typical age groupings for travel teams include:

U10 (8-10  yrs) - includes both U9 and U10 players
U12 (10-12yrs) - includes both U11 and U12 players
U14 (12-14yrs) - includes both U13 and U14 players
U16 (14-16yrs) - includes both U15 and U16 players
U20 Co-Ed (Span 15-19yrs)

 

Our travel program is geared towards more experienced players. Travel players, except at the U10 age group, are not able to play in our in-house programs. U10 travel players may petition the club to play both Travel and In-house. If accepted, they pay travel fees and get the in-house program for “free.” All the other age groups are too old to play in our in-house programs. Travel players must purchase a travel kit. They will be assigned an official number by the club so that they can use their travel kit regardless of the team or age group they are playing in. Players may use their kits from season to season. SV North tries to place kids on teams appropriate to their skill levels and we also try to keep teams together from season to season as much as is feasible, based on the number of registrations and other factors. SV North wants every kid to have the opportunity to play soccer all the way through high school.    


Equipment for All Programs:

All players must wear shin guards for both practices and games.Younger kids, U5&U6, could wear tennis shoes but soccer cleats are recommend for safety reasons. No football or baseball cleats are ever allowed. Soccer cleats don't have a front cleat on the bottom. Travel player can click on the Travel Uniforms & Gear link at the top of this page to purchase uniforms. In-house players receive a shirt as part of their registration. We recommend that they wear shorts and soccer socks that are either black or match their team color. Always bring plenty of water to games and practices!

 

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