WSA Intercounty Program
Spring 2021 Intercounty (birth year 2012 and earlier) Information
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.
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.
Team Schedules, and Parent Portal information
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.
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.
For those of you not familiar with InterCounty soccer, here is a list of Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: What is InterCounty Soccer?
A: InterCounty Soccer is a way to play recreational soccer against teams from neighboring towns.
The Westfield Intercounty soccer program participates in the Suburban Youth Soccer League.
Information about this league can be found here: SYSLNJ
Q: What age groups are available in the Fall?
A: In the fall, we field teams at the HS, U15, U13, U11 levels.
Q: What age groups are available in the Fall?
A: The same as in the Spring with the exception of the U9 level.
Q: How do you try out for an InterCounty team?
A: There are no tryouts! Everyone who registers will be placed on a team if we can accomodate (i.e. how many teams can be formed, etc).
Q: How much of a commitment does it take to play InterCounty?
A: The same commitment it takes to play InTown Rec soccer. Generally there is one game each weekend and one or two practices during the week. This being said, teams are built around enough players to allow for the occasional absence but also to allow for substantial playing time. Sustained absences from practices and games are disruptive and are not fair to other players or the volunteer coaches.
Q: Exactly when will practices and games be held? Will they conflict with other sports and activities?
A: The practice schedule will be set once we know the number of teams. Please note your preferred day in the special request section when registering.
Games are scheduled on Saturdays and Sundays and could be at any time of the day. An occasional Friday night game may also be scheduled.
Q: Isn’t there a lot of travel associated with InterCounty?
A: There is little travel. Half your games are played at home and the other half are played in nearby towns such as Cranford, Clark, Scotch Plains, Mountainside, New Providence, etc.
A full list of clubs can be found here: Participating Clubs
Q: Is the league very competitive?
A: As with the in-town rec program, there are varying degrees of team strength. Divisions are divided whenever possible to allow for stronger and weaker sub-divisions. There will be teams from some towns that are very strong but generally the games are competitive.
Q: Do we need to purchase a special InterCounty uniform?
A: Yes. ALL players must buy a new uniform kit for the Fall 2021 season. After registering you will receive an email from our vendor - We Got Soccer.
Q: Who is eligible to play in the U19 age group?
A: Anyone who is in HS but who has aged out of U15.
If you enjoy the fun and excitement of soccer but do not have the time commitment to play Travel Soccer, then InterCounty Soccer is the answer for you. It combines the best of both worlds by allowing you to participate in a more relaxed, less intensive, less committed environment while still enjoying the excitement and challenge of playing teams from other towns!