- U9 - U10: $160 + uniform costs
- U11 - U12: $175 + uniform costs
- U13 - U14: $185 + uniform costs
The travel soccer program is for children who are committed to improving their skills and sense of teamwork on the field. While teams adhere to PAYSA’s principles of development and participation, soccer at the travel level offers a more competitive and comprehensive experience than is found on the recreational level. PAYSA Travel Teams use a separate web site and application for Team communication, called TeamSnap. TeamSnap is useful for both coaches and families and helps make communications more streamlined. Teams are managed by licensed coaches, and players are expected to commit to training times and games. Teams typically train twice weekly, beginning in mid-August, and may play up to two games per weekend through early November. Teams participate in tournaments on the Labor Day and Columbus Day weekends. In the U10-U11 age groups, teams are designated as “noncompetitive,” meaning scores are not formally kept and standings are not maintained. These teams play in a season-ending tournament in late October. Teams in the U12-U14 age groups are deemed “competitive,” and scores and standings are tracked for seeding in the state championship tournament. In addition to the two tournaments, teams are assigned six weekly regular-season games, typically played on Sunday afternoons, from August through October. Coaches may book “friendlies,” or additional games that do not count toward standings. Tryouts. PAYSA typically fields as many teams per age group as the number of players and available coaches allow. Each spring, the club holds player evaluations to determine each player’s level of skill, as compared to his or her peers. Randomly selected 1v1 games are used to determine individual level of skill, and 4v4 or 5v5 games are used to evaluate skill in a game environment. Average individual scores tallied from these evaluations are used to form teams. Returning coaches reserve the right to consider past performance of returning players when forming teams. Coaches call player families directly to offer a roster spot or with word the player did not make a team. Players not making a travel team are encouraged to complete registration for the REC program. The REC program is open for players up to U12 and there may be limited access for U13 players. Older players are encouraged to play for their middle school team. Fees. PAYSA tries to run our soccer programs at break even. Components of the program expenses covered by registration fees include, but may not be limited to, Soccer Maine team and player fees, tournament fees, field and facility rentals, field paint, goals, balls and equipment, insurance, referee fees, and scholarships. If the registration fee presents a hardship for any family, PAYSA offers a generous scholarship program to enable all players to participate. PAYSA is run entirely by volunteers.