frequently asked questions
How much does it cost?
Costs vary from team to team. We can speak more directly about team finances once we have established what level of competition you and your child are looking to participate in. The seasonal and yearly fee includes a fall and spring program of 10 games in each season. Each team, depending on the goals of the team and level of play may cost more. Each team operates its own budget. Before you are selected to any team, a breakdown of anticipated costs associated with your child’s soccer will be provided by the team manager.
When are the games?
Games are typically played Sundays and Saturdays. Fall season runs September to November, spring season March to May.
Where are games played?
In a 10 game season – 5 games are played in Bloomfield, 5 games are played away. Away games can be as close as Montclair, Clifton, and Glen Ridge but may also be up to 1 hour away.
What ages can play?
(fall 2022/spring 2023)
- U15 (Born between January 01, 2008 – December 31, 2008)
- U14 (Born between January 01, 2009 – December 31, 2009)
- U13 (Born between January 01, 2010 – December 31, 2010)
- U12 (Born between January 01, 2011 – December 31, 2011)
- U11 (Born between January 01, 2012 – December 31, 2012)
- U10 (Born between January 01, 2013 – December 31, 2013)
- U9 (Born between January 01, 2014 – December 31, 2014)
- U8 (Born between January 01, 2015 – December 31, 2015)
- U7 (Born between January 01, 2016 – December 31, 2016)
WHICH LEAGUE is best for my new team?
NCSA (Northern Counties Soccer Association)
- More local
- Multiple levels of competition for first time teams.
- BOYS PLAY SATURDAYS IN THE FALL – SUNDAYS IN SPRING
- Currently NCSA does not offer U8; 2015/16 teams to play 7 v 7.
Players are carded (verified) by US CLUB Soccer – cannot use same card to play MNJYSA or EDP.
MNJYSA (Mid-NJ Youth Soccer Association)
- Less local games – travel is at least 30 minutes of highway driving.
- ALL GAMES ON SUNDAYS
- Same cards as EDP league for those aspiring higher level of play.
- Better coaching education provided by NJYS.
- You may be put into groups with more advanced squads in the lower levels.
- Currently MNJYSA allows U8; 2015/16 teams to play 7 v 7. Games are on SATURDAYS.
EDP (Elite Development Program)
- EDP league is the gateway for more advanced play.
To the parents & guardians
Thank you for your interest in playing travel soccer with us. Bloomfield Soccer Club is an inclusive program. This means that when we can we will form travel teams of players with similar skill sets and similar goals. This page will provide you with introductory information and answer some frequently asked questions about our program. If you need answers to more specific questions please use our Support Desk feature here.
consideration & registration
BSC is in search of new talent everyday! If you are interested in our travel soccer program please feel free to fill out or Travel Soccer Interest Form HERE.
Once you have filled out the form one of our administrators will contact you via email or phone to schedule a day and time for you to attend one of our age appropriate practices, speak with a coach and have any questions answered about the program that you may have.
various levels of competition
National level play
For players who want to advance to national level play, which our teams have done on multiple occasions, we have a program for that. This is not for everyone. Nor is it required of everyone to try to attain. For those players who want to play at the highest levels, our club provides the support, knowledge and history of having teams play at this level. We have made it to two National Finals, won two NJ US State Cups and we are committed to add to our club’s legacy in 2022. Very strict tryouts and team formations are followed to get a group of players together who have the achievement of the highest level of play as a common goal. Every player on the team and every parent must be all in 100%.
If you have a multi-sport child who wants to play with his/her multi-sports friends on a team of like minded players and parents – we can offer a level of soccer that allows your child to continue at a competitive level while maintaining commitment to other sports. Parents and player need to be realistic in how much commitment they can offer each sport.
Just playing at a little higher level of sport
If you have a single sport child that you would like to play at a little higher level of sport beyond intown and have your child be allowed to develop as a player without the pressure of winning at all cost. We form teams with that in mind.
A happy, confident soccer player, an inclusive program
The development of a happy, confident soccer player is a long process. The goal of making happy, confident players progresses gradually from a simple to a more complex understanding and attainable skills in playing the game. The Bloomfield Soccer Club philosophy that we focus on the long-term development of the player while keeping in mind both the importance of competition and achievable performance as well as enhancing the player’s love for the game and the parent’s happy participation.
Competition at various levels
We try to place teams at levels of play that will allow the player to build confidence in themselves and his/her teammate. Many teams start at the development level and through the years they progress to levels that take them as high as they can go.
What parents have told us many times over the years is that they want their child to have fun and be excited about attending practices and games. If their child can achieve a higher level that’s great, but not at the cost of fun, accomplishment and confidence.
The path to fun and confidence in soccer is putting the right player on the right team.
tryout & Selection process
Club tryouts are held annually and are open to all players who meet the pertinent
age requirements. Each prospective Club team player will be given a fair opportunity to
make the team he or she tries out for. The Club will announce the open tryouts to inform
the public of the specific tryout dates and times.
Current Club team players are evaluated throughout the season during practices,
scrimmages, and games, as well as during annual tryouts. Prospective Club team players
are evaluated during annual tryouts, special clinics, scrimmages and under game
situations when possible. Current and prospective Club team players will be evaluated, by
independent trainers, in four areas:
1. Mental dimensions (character, discipline, and leadership);
2. Physical dimensions (endurance, strength, and speed);
3. Technical competence (skill level); and
4. Tactical awareness (understanding/reading game situations).
Trainers will base their decisions and selections solely on the four areas of
Levels of Play
Bloomfield Soccer Club teams within NCSA, MNJYSA and EDP operate on an tiered level of performance. Players will be evaluated and placed in the age and performance appropriate tier that will benefit their current ability and future development as a BSC player. The following is the seven layered growth and development tier for all new players beginning in 2022:
Beginner 1 [Development] – Players who can be taught and perform basic soccer skills with some repetition.
Beginner 2 – Players who have learned basic soccer skills and can display an elevated ability of gameplay.
Intermediate 1 [Development] – Players who can display solid footwork, passing and shooting skills
Intermediate 2 – Players who elevate their team by creating opportunities during gameplay, shooting and passing with accuracy and good overall sportsmanship.
Challenger – Players who can display strong passing and shooting skills, positional awareness and the overall ability to challenge opponents on both sides of the ball.
Advanced – Players who have achieved all tiers and selected to play on one of our top tier squads. Continued learning and development within the finer points of the game and the ability to teach younger players effectively.
Selects – The absolute best players BSC has to offer. Challenging every level of opponent.