Westfield Soccer Association

Intercounty Frequently Asked Questions

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.

 

Q:  What age groups are available in the Fall?

A:   In the fall, we field teams at the U19, U18, U16, U14, U12, and U10 levels.

 

Q:  What age groups are available in the Spring?

A:   In the spring, we field teams at the U19, U18, U16, U14, U12, and U10 levels (including U9 eligible rec players). 

 

Q:  How do you try out for an InterCounty team?

A:  There are no tryouts!  Everyone who registers on a timely basis is placed on a team.

 

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 practice during the week.

 

Q: Exactly when will practices and games be held? Will they conflict with other sports and activities?

A:  This question is often asked and there is no way to provide specifics before the season starts.  Practices will be scheduled by each team for one afternoon each week after school.  Sessions generally start at 3:30 or 5:00 and run for 90 minutes. 

 

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 very 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.

 

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 quite competitive.

 

Q: Do we need to purchase a special InterCounty uniform?

A:  Yes (Fall 2017 every player needs to purchase a new kit).  Information about a full kit will be offered at registration, which includes 2 jerseys (1 white, 1 blue), and shorts.  This kit will can be used for several seasons, as the Fall 2017 is a refresh year, as the older model has been discontinued and our supplier is no longer able to source these kits for us.

 

Q: Who is eligible to play in the U19 age group?

A: You must be a high school junior or senior who was 17 or 18 years old as of July 31 last summer.  If you are a high school senior AND you played varsity soccer and/or are currently a "carded" travel player, you may participate in U19 Intercounty soccer.  If you are a high school junior, then you must NOT have played varsity soccer and you CANNOT be a carded travel player. 

 

SUMMARY

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---recreational and travel soccer---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!  It is basically "travel-lite" for soccer.