Director of WSA Intercounty Soccer: Drew Matus
The WSA Intercounty program is for players who are interested in playing recreational soccer beyond the in-town rec program. Annually, more than 400 players represent the WSA in the Suburban Youth Soccer League (see the SYSL league’s website at www.syslnj.com). Intercounty teams provide the opportunity to play in the fall and in the spring against teams from nearby towns. The towns/clubs represented in the past have included Berkeley Heights, Bound Brook, Clark, Colonia, Cranford, Edison, Mountainside, New Providence, Plainfield, Rahway, Roselle, Roselle Park, Scotch Plains, Springfield, Summit, and Westfield.
Intercounty players are expected to attend one weekday practice per week, with opportunities for additional practice time as field availability permits. Practices are generally led by professional trainers. There is usually one game per week, on either Saturday or Sunday. If you are registering your child for Intercounty, please make every effort for your child to attend BOTH practices and games as team sizes are designed to allow for maximum playing time assuming most players can attend.
Team sizes are designed to allow the occasional absence but consistent absences are not fair to the other players on the team nor are they fair to the volunteer coaches.
As previously stated, the Intercounty program encourages players to continue playing recreational soccer beyond the in-town program. Intercounty offers players opportunities to realize their potential through training and competition. The goal of the Intercounty program is to:
- Enhance the player’s soccer and life skills through a recreational team environment.
- Foster a game-playing attitude based on sportsmanship and work ethic.
- Have fun and make the experience positive and memorable.
- Develop a life-long love for the game.
All registered players are placed on teams. No tryouts are required.
Teams are established based upon the player’s age as of December 31st of the given calendar year. For example, a player who does not turn 13 before December 31st will be U-13, or a player who is older but does not turn 15 before December 31st will be U-15, etc.
If you are interested in the Intercounty recreational program or have additional questions, please check out the SYSL website listed above or contact the WSA Intercounty director. To register, click on the “Registration” link from the menu at the top of the page.
Training for Intercounty may be team or age-group based depending on field availability and health protocols. Typically players will be given a minimum of one practice per week and one game per weekend. Training will be assigned once teams are made.
For most age groups training is overseen by professional trainers.
Please note ALL schedules are subject to change and revision. The season (and training) may begin later, be shortened or, at the discretion of the WSA, the program may take place entirely within Westfield. Games may be cancelled for safety reasons.
Opposing coaches will coordinate, and schedule games on either Saturdays or Sundays. Games can be at any time, and the specific time will largely be dependent on the home teams field availability. Note: An occasional Friday night game may also be scheduled.
Each season typically includes 7-8 weeks of practices and games.
Schedules and Standings - SYSLNJ schedule for all teams in all divisions. Schedules will be available close to the start of the season. Games are typically scheduled a few days in advance.
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