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Frequently Asked Questions

When do Travel Teams Play?
Riverside Youth Soccer Club Travel teams participate in the outdoor travel leagues (OASL for boys and NOGSL for girls)- the fall season is from August through October, and the spring season runs mid-April through May. The outdoor seasons consist of 8 games each season (4-home and 4-away games).  Although the majority of outdoor games are usually scheduled for Sunday afternoons, a few weeknight games are also scheduled.  Outdoor home games are played on various fields in the Concord/Painesville Township area. Away games are in the NE Ohio area. The general travel area typically ranges from Geneva to Twinsburg.

How much does it cost?
Currently fees are $180 for the year which covers games, practices and footskill sessions for both the fall and spring seasons. Fees also pay for field lining equipment, coaching equipment, port-a-johns, registration with the travel leagues and other unseen fees most families don't think about (nets, goals, website charges). Travel soccer is a commitment for the year (fall and spring seasons).  Additional charges are required for any tournament play in which teams decide to participate. Players are also required to purchase a uniform kit.  The current kit cost is approximately $55 (separate from registration fee).  The uniform kit consists of home and away jerseys, shorts and socks.  

Does my son/daughter have to play all year/can they play on 2 teams?
Serious youth soccer players who have aspirations of playing at the varsity level in high school will participate on their local travel team and play indoor soccer during the winter (although it is optional).  We do ask players commit to play for the fall and spring seasons on their travel team. Players may also play on Premier club teams at the same time as a travel team.

Who are the coaches and when do teams practice?
Each team has one head coach and one or two assistants.  Although some teams have parent-coaches, most teams are coached by a non-parent with soccer experience.  These coaches volunteer their time, and all are required to attend a coaching class, submit to a criminal background check and be licensed through NSCAA. Team Managers assist the coaches with logistical and administrative tasks.  Each coach sets up their own practice sessions which may vary from season to season. In addition, the coaches with the girls and boys Riverside JV and Varsity soccer teams, along with other “pro” coaches, have committed to running training sessions with the club. 

Who runs the tryouts and when are the tryouts?
The tryouts are organized by the club's Coaching/Player Development Coordinator and facilitated by licensed pro coaches, with assistance from the team coaches. Generally speaking, tryouts for the following fall and spring seasons will be held in early June.

What are the different levels of playing soccer?
Recreational Soccer
is designed within communities to allow an opportunity for all children who are interested to learn and play the game, regardless of skill and experience.  This is where soccer is first introduced to a young soccer player and the intent is to provide a fun and educational environment.  In our community, this level of play is typically facilitated by the YMCA.

Travel Soccer (Riverside Youth Soccer Club) is still a community-based level of play, and players are selected through open tryouts.  While any player within a given community may tryout for that community's travel soccer teams, there is a maximum number of players that can be on a roster for any given team and thus only a certain number of players can be selected.  Annual tryouts are conducted to permit existing and new players the opportunity to be evaluated and selected to these travel teams.  Riverside Youth Soccer Club teams play in Travel Soccer Leagues (
OASL and NOGSL) within the greater Cleveland area.

Premier Soccer is a very competitive level of soccer that involves a greater time and financial commitment.  Very skilled soccer players from communities all over the NE Ohio region may tryout for these premier soccer teams which are part of larger soccer clubs. The very successful high school soccer programs in this area have rosters made up mostly of players that have premier soccer experience. Click on this link for a helpful FAQ on Premier Soccer which RYSC has prepared to help guide you in this decision.

Indoor Soccer is typically played at Mentor Heisley Soccer Club, Lost Nation Sports Park or Spire Institute. Indoor soccer is a chance to continue development and maintain footskills during the winter season.
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