Teams are offered for both boys and girls in as many age groups as show sufficient interest. Based upon player population, family support and volunteer coaches and managers, teams have been offered from ages Under-11 ( 5th graders ) up through Under-18 ( High School Seniors ). A requirement of 40 players in our U-10 Recreational Program, for both boys and girls, must be maintained in order for a U-10 travel team to be established. Please note that no travel team will be formed for an age group that does not have a coach. We will be working hard each fall to identify coaches for the spring season before the tryout date.
No! Teams play four home games on the fields at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Vineyard Haven and four away games. Vineyard teams play in the South Coast Soccer League as Martha’s Vineyard United. SCSL is made up of 22 clubs representing all communities on the Cape and Islands and Southeastern Massachusetts. Away games are scheduled with other clubs as close as Falmouth, Mashpee or Sandwich but not farther away than Norton, Nauset, or Seekonk, MA. Our registration fee includes boat and chartered bus fare, and teams travel together to the games. Parents are welcome to join the team on the bus!
M.V. United soccer is a great place to explore and experience being part of a team. M.V. Youth Soccer supports M.V. United as the next step in player development when a player graduates from Recreational soccer and is ready for the next step. For many players and their families, M.V. United soccer is their first experience with the responsibility, commitment and effort that is part of youth sport, and representing Martha's Vineyard! A key ingredient in team philosophy is that emphasis should always be on fun and enjoyment of the game. It also allows players to more rapidly develop skills, learn the game and build independence and lifelong friendships in a team environment. "Remember that goal you scored at Dartmouth? That was awesome!"
Practices ("Training sessions") are scheduled for 2-3 times per week and are 90 minutes in length. They are run by licensed coaches and employ the latest activities and skill development philosophies. The days are determined by what works best for the team. Games are on the weekends - one game per weekend. Winter indoor practices are held on the weekends.