The WSA Intercounty program is for players who are interested in playing recreational soccer beyond the in-town rec program. The in-town rec program ends in third grade which is typically the U9 age. Annually, more than 300 players on more than seventeen teams represent the WSA in the Intercounty Youth Soccer League (see the ICYSL league’s website at www.icysl.org). 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, Clark, Colonia, Cranford, Garwood, Kenilworth, Mountainside, New Providence, Plainfield, Rahway, Roselle, Scotch Plains, South Mountain (Maplewood/South Orange), Springfield, Summit, Union and Westfield.
In addition, Westfield teams may also participate in some tournaments to be identified in the Spring and Fall seasons. Intercounty players usually practice one day per week, some with opportunities for additional practice time. Practices are led by professional trainers. There is usually one game per week on either Saturday or Sunday.
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 skills through a recreational team environment.
- Foster a game-playing attitude based on sportsmanship.
- 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.
Fall teams: WSA Intercounty fields U10, U12, U14, U16, U18 and U19 teams.
Spring teams: As there is no in-town rec program available, Spring teams can be formed for U10 (including U9 players) and up. Teams are also formed for U19 players (high school juniors and seniors).
Teams are established based on gender and are based upon the player’s age as of December 31st of the given calendar year. For example, a player who does not turn 14 before December 31st will be U-14, or a player who is older but does not turn 16 before December 31st will be U-16. Typically, in the Fall, U-10 is for players in grade 4, U-12 is for players in grades 5 and 6; U-14 is for grades 7 and 8; U-16 through U-19 is for grades 9, 10, 11 and 12.
If you are interested in the Intercounty recreational program or have additional questions, please check out the ICYSL website listed above or contact a WSA Intercounty director. To register, click on the “Registration” link from the menu at the top of the page.