Nashua Youth Soccer League


travel tryouts

NYSL supports travel programs for qualifying players from U8 to U18. In the fall, the New Hampshire Soccer League will only accept teams qualifying for U8 to U15, so we can only create teams for U8 to U15 levels. In the spring, we will place teams all the way to U18 if there is sufficient player interest.  Registration will automatically limit you to the league you are applicable for.

Due to the higher competitive level of the travel program compared to recreational soccer, players are evaluated during a try-out and assigned to a team based on skill level, attitude, and potential team chemistry.  During try-outs, coaches will evaluate potential candidates on multiple levels:

  • Ball handling - Can players dribble, shoot, and pass well?
  • Athleticism - How are they at body control, fakes, offense, defense, and conditioning?
  • Field Awareness - Are players able to see the entire field, track players, and position themselves correctly?
  • Soccer Knowledge and Strategies - Do they know the rules, and understand when it is time to apply various strategies?
  • Coachability - Probably the most important to NYSL strategy - how well does the candidate listen, follow directions, take turns, pay attention?  Do they distract others?
  • Commitment - Is the candidate able and willing to show up to practices, tournaments, and the higher time commitment of travel?


Unfortunately, not all players will be assigned to a travel team.  We do make every effort to roster everyone that demonstrates they belong on a travel team.




Questions? Contact: Katie Scarpati,


Try-outs for the fall season will be held in June and tryouts for the spring season will be held in Fall (usually around Nov).

Every player must tryout in June to be rostered on a team for the Fall.  Every player rostered in the Fall is guaranteed a spot on the team in the Spring.


Chemistry and attitude can be more important than skill. Good practices require a good environment and one bad attitude can upset a good environment. Players who make practices more difficult either with disruptive or disinterested attitudes may be asked to leave during or after a season. We do our best to make space for everyone we can. We encourage those players that are not assigned to a travel team to continue to participate with the rec program and take advantage of training sessions and clinics offered by NYSL.