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F.A.Q. from In-house to Travel Soccer

Lisa Wolf

Lisa Wolf

Director of Administration, Registrar and Controller

U9-U10 FAQ: Making the Move from In-House to Travel Soccer


"How old do you have to be to play for Dakota REV?"
Minnesota Youth Soccer Association [MYSA] has set the youth soccer age year from August 1 to July 31 of the following year. For more information, go to MYSA Birthyear Guidelines. For example, for next summer season, the player must be 9 or younger by July 31 of that year. The youngest age bracket is U9. However, there can be several players that are 8 years old that could play on a U9 team. It is possible that an entire team consist of all U8 players if registration numbers allow. A player that begins as a U8 on a U9 team will give him/her a great head start in developing their soccer skills.

"What are the different levels of play within the U9-U10 age groups?"
U9 and U10 have two levels of play. The “Maroon” level is for more experienced players. The “Gold” level is for the less experienced, or players new to the sport. Players will be assessed by the Dakota REV Staff before being placed on a fall or summer team. This assessment will be done at U9-U10 Player Team Formations which take place in late July for fall league and October/November well before the start of summer league.  

"How much "travel" is involved for the younger age groups?"
At the U9 and U10 age levels, Dakota REV opponents are from surrounding communities (i.e., Eagan, Burnsville, Prior Lake, Apple Valley, Bloomington, Lakeville, Farmington, etc.) Occasionally, there will be an opponent assigned to  your district from Rochester, Albert Lea, Mankato or other cities outside the metro which may require traveling to a scheduled away game. Schedules are set by MYSA for all teams at all age levels, Dakota REV has no control or influence over which teams are included in the schedules. The schedules will vary depending on the number of registered teams and their level of play (Maroon or Gold).

"What are the benefits of switching from In-house to Travel soccer?"
Dakota REV U9 and U10 coaches typically receive more training than most in-house coaches. Dakota REV coaches are encouraged to participate in MYSA-sponsored coaches training. Dakota REV staff run training sessions in the Fall season to help promote the footskills needed for a solid soccer foundation.  Several Dakota REV Directors also conduct additional training sessions for the coaches, especially at the younger age levels.

"What's the difference between In-house and Traveling soccer?
With In-house programs, the younger age levels will typically have a few practices at the beginning of the season. Then it becomes primarily games throughout the rest of the season with very few additional practices. Traveling soccer is more involved in three areas:

  • League Games — During the summer season, a Dakota REV travel team will play approximately 10-12 weekday league games from May through early July. Fall season is a shorter league with six-weekend games in September through early Oct.
  • Tournaments — For both summer and fall league, tournaments are optional. Tournaments are scheduled on weekends. The coaches and the team will decide together which and how many tournaments the team will participate in. Tournament fees are divided by the number of rostered players. U9 and U10 teams typically participate in 2 or 3 weekend tournaments in the summer, and perhaps one Jamboree in the fall. The annual Dakota "REV-It-Up!" Spring Tournament is in May.
  • Outdoor Practices — Outdoor fields open approximately mid-April. Practices may be two times a week until league play begins. At that point, there are typically 1 to 2 practices a week depending on the team’s game and tournament schedule. With more practices during the season, the player's skills will improve.


Uniforms:  Summer and Fall — The cost for summer uniforms is not included in the summer registration fee. The uniform kit — 2 jerseys, 2 shorts and 2 pairs of socks — is a separate expense at approximately $130.00.  Players will wear their uniforms for TWO summer seasons with new uniforms on even-numbered years.  In addition to the required uniform kit, players may opt to purchase a club backpack, warm up jacket and pants, sweatshirt, etc. These "extras" are an additional fee.  For U9 and U10, the fall registration fee includes a basic uniform kit of one jersey, one shorts and one pair of socks.

"What size ball is used at the U9-U10 age level?"
U9 and U10 players use a size 4 soccer ball. Each player will provide their own #4 ball for practices and pre-game warm-up.

"How many players are rostered on the younger teams?"
The U9 and U10 roster size is a minimum of 8 players and a max. of 12 players. The format is 6v6, which includes a goalkeeper.

"Are there other training opportunities available within the club?"
 Year-round training opportunities will be offered to Dakota REV players for an additional fee. This training is held at the Irish Sports Dome in Rosemount and other area venues. Go to Winter Training for more information.

"When are Summer Team Formations for the U9-U10 age groups?"
Team Formations are typically held at the end of July/first of August for Fall teams and then again in late October for Summer teams.  See the 2014-2015 Team Formations page for all formation and program information

"When can I register my U9 or U10 player for next fall or summer?
U9 and U10 players can register online any time after registration opens in June and prior to U9-U10 Team Formations that will take place late July/early August for Fall and late October for Summer. ALL PLAYERS must be registered PRIOR to attending tryouts. No walk-up registrations.

"What if I have a question that is not addressed here?"
For further information on Dakota REV Soccer Club and its programs, please click through the information on our website, or contact Lisa Wolf, Dakota REV Administrator.