Choosing The Right Program

The Ellicott City Soccer Club offers a variety of programs that are designed for players of all skill levels and abilities. The information below will help you determine what program is most appropriate for your player.

Recreational Soccer

Recreational soccer is a large component of the Ellicott City Soccer Club.  The primary objective of the CiTY Rec program is to provide a positive, low-pressure soccer experience for the youth of our community.

Recreational soccer is the CiTY team option for traditional soccer with the lowest commitment level, both in terms of time and cost.


Tryout:  No. All players are placed on teams of 8-10 players for 1st-3rd grades, and 10-12 player teams for 4th-6th grades.

Why They Play:  For fun, for exercise, to enjoy soccer in a less competitive environment.

Coaches: Volunteers.  All CiTY coaches are background checked and trained.

Season Length:  Fall season is early/mid-September through late October/early November.  Spring season is late March through mid-May.

Practice Frequency: Once a week.

Practice Length: One hour.

Game Frequency 1 per week.

Travel Soccer

Travel soccer offerings at CiTY include both boys and girls beginning with our U8 Academy all the way through our U18 travel teams.  CiTY’s technical staff are soccer professionals who have played, coached and excelled at the highest levels which allows that experience to make sound and educated soccer decisions for all players in the club.  Below we outline some initial information regarding CiTY’s travel team program.


Tryouts: Yes. Tryouts are required for all travel teams and occur in late spring/early summer.  More information is available at [travel tryout link]

Why They Play:  To improve skill, to have fun, to compete.

Coaches: Professional, licensed, experienced coaches

Season Length:  Varies by age group. U9-U14 teams play late August through early June, while high school-aged teams begin in November (after the high school season ends) through early June.  Teams that advance in State Cup to the Regional or National competitions could play into July.

Practice Frequency: Three times a week - two team trainings, one technical training.

Practice Length:  Usually 90 minutes.

Game Frequency: 1-2 games per weekend for league play. Tournaments may be 3-4 games per weekend