USSF Age Group Requirements

Travel Program


What Does Your Travel Registration Fee Cover?

Carmel United offers a travel program for those players looking for a more advanced soccer experience. Our travel program is a competitive endeavor requiring a higher level of commitment both in time and financially. We hold tryouts in April or May of each year. There is a finite roster sized which means, in most cases, not every player trying out will make the team. 


Our club competes in the East Hudson Youth Soccer League (EHYSL) which is affiliated with Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) and the United States Soccer Federation (USSF). Premier-level teams participate in the NY Club Soccer League (NYCSL) which is affiliated with US Club Soccer. There are separate teams and divisions for girls and boys. Level of competition and training prepares players for high school level of play. We also stress sportsmanship, fitness, organization, team commitment and other skills the young players will keep with them the rest of their lives.

Travel teams practice two times a week during the fall and spring at a facility in the Carmel/Patterson area. Practices may start any time after 5pm. During the winter there are indoor practices once/week in an indoor facility. As travel soccer requires a higher level of commitment, attendance at practices is expected.

With the exception of premier teams, games are generally scheduled Sunday afternoons between 12:00 noon and 5:00 PM. Premier teams may play on Saturday or Sunday. The fall season starts first week of September and runs until the Sunday before Thanksgiving. The spring season begins the first Sunday in April and runs until mid June. There are typically 8-10 games scheduled in the fall and 8-10 scheduled in the spring. One half of these games are played at our home fields in the Carmel area, including Carmel High School, George Fischer Middle School, Matthew Paterson Elementary School, and Patterson Veterans Memorial Park. The other half of games are played against other soccer clubs from Putnam, Dutchess, Westchester, Orange, and Ulster counties. Premier teams may travel further distances for away games (NYC, CT, Long Island, etc.)

There are no games scheduled Labor Day weekend, Columbus Day weekend, Easter, Passover, or Memorial Day weekend, but individual teams may elect to participate in tournaments those weekends. Teams may also compete in indoor tournaments and/or winter leagues sponsored by other clubs or venues.

We provide our coaches with licensing and training opportunities. All travel coaches are required to complete at least an 'F' license course from USSF. Many of our coaches have advanced licenses and/or NSCAA diplomas. Some have decades of playing and youth soccer and high school coaching experience. Some teams elect to hire professional youth trainers to train their teams. The cost for trainers and tournaments are borne by the team. Teams may do fundraising to cover some of these costs and/or they may require out-of-pocket contributions from players. 

Fall 2019/Spring 2020 Season

2019-20 Season

Birth YearDivisionBirth YearDivision
2001 - 2003U-19 (High School)
  • Full year registration fee: $350 for traditional travel teams; $380 for premier travel teams (payment plan is available if registered by July).
  • $20 club fundraising fee is also due at registration: you will receive $50 in raffle tickets at the start of the season. If you opt to sell those tickets, you keep the money which lowers your cost to $320 (or $350 for premier).
  • $25 late fee may be imposed if registration is not completed in a timely manner.
  • All new players are required to purchase a full uniform kit (primary game jersey, alternate game jersey, practice jersey, shorts, and socks). Cost for a complete kit is about $75. Once purchased, the same uniform can be used each year as long as it still fits...unless the uniform style changes.​
  • Individual travel teams may also collect additional money to cover training, tournaments, and other team-related expenses. Some (or all) of these costs may be deferred through fundraising activities. You would need to check with your coaches or team manager for specific details.
  • There are no refunds for Travel.

Travel Fees

Tryouts for the Fall 2019/Spring 2020 season were completed in late April/early May of 2019. Some teams may have roster spots available. If there is interest in trying out, please notify us by email at to find out if there is availability. Be sure to include your name and phone number along with the player's name, birth year, and playing experience (Club, team, years, etc.) in your email. Tryouts for Fall 2020/Spring 2021 will be held in April/May 2020.

  • League registration: 16%
  • Fall/Spring outdoor practice space (grass field 2 days/week): 7%
  • Fall/Spring league games (grass field 1/week): 7%
  • Referee fees for league games: 15%
  • Winter indoor practice space (turf 1/week): 40%
  • Tryout expenses: 3%
  • Field maintenance costs: 3%
  • Club overhead expenses:​ 8%
    • Marketing/advertising, administrative expenses, meeting space, porta potties, ​misc. supplies​