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U8 Travel Soccer 

ALL ARE WELCOMED - NO TRYOUTS  -  Full Year Commitment (Fall & Spring)

Our U8 Travel program is designed for players turning 8 within the calendar year of play. For the 2023-24 season, only players born in 2016 are eligible to play U8 soccer. If you are interested in joining a team, please contact Cole Penny below;

Program & Philosophy

At the U8 level, players will experience an enjoyable introduction to travel soccer, as they work to develop individual skills and soccer related conditioning, while also beginning the process of linking what they are doing on the field with other players. The soccer brain really begins to form at this age, as players can more easily understand how to follow coaching instruction, work with their teammates, as well as learn more about spacing, simple tactics, and their role within a group.

Players will play three times a week, training on Wednesdays and Fridays to develop their skills, fitness, and game intelligence, with SYSC's professional trainers, including game days. On the weekends players will compete in 4v4 games against neighboring towns. In the spring, the program will include the possibility of larger sided games to accommodate the children’s growing abilities, and prepare them for the U9 format (7v7).


The fall season will run from early September to early November. The game schedule is released just prior to the start of the season. For this age group (U8), no scores or standings are maintained.


The U8 category requires engaged parent participation with three parent coaches per team. Please see the Parent Participation section below.

As this is a travel league, you should expect that some games will be played in nearby towns that are convenient and close to Scarsdale, although there will be some travel time in reaching those fields.



U8 Eligibility

  • Players born January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016

  • Must supply copy of passport or birth certificate during registration process


Team Formation

All players who register will be placed on a team. Teams will be formed based on schools, depending on registration numbers. For example, if there are minimal Heathcote children, they may merge with Quaker Ridge. Players who register after the close of registration will be added if a space becomes available.


Parent Participation

To make this the best All parent volunteers MUST register each year for any teams for which they plan to assist. If you are a new parent volunteer or a returning parent volunteer whose background check is expiring (every two years), you will receive an email by mid-summer from the registrar with application/renewal instructions. Online trainings are required, which take approx 2 hrs to complete, and approx $23 in fees to complete).

If you have any questions, please reach out to Cole Penny ( or Coach DiBernardo (

U8 Travel Soccer Facts (Born 2016)

  • This is a Fall and Spring commitment


  • NO TRYOUTS, all players who register within the period will be placed on a team

  • Teams will practice 2x during the week on Wednesdays and Fridays for 75 min sessions running between 3:45pm - 6:30pm with professional trainers from SYSC.

  • 2nd graders are not required to cross register for Rec Soccer in the Fall (Rec is a separate program run by the Village of Scarsdale)

  • SYSC coaches will coach the games on Sundays in two, side-by-side, 4v4 Games for fall. Teams may adjust to larger sided games for spring.

Registration Checklist:


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