The NSA Traveling Program is part of the MYSA Competitive program. Half the games are played in Northfield and half are played in Southern Minnesota communities such as Mankato, Owatonna, Rochester, Albert Lea, and/or South Metro communities in the Twin Cities. The Traveling program provides opportunities for players to learn advanced soccer concepts and skills as well as teamwork, self-discipline, honesty, and self-confidence.
It will probably not come as much of a surprise to most of you, but if you’re like me, it still comes as a great disappointment. Yesterday MYSA announced that all summer traveling soccer leagues and tournaments have been canceled. They waited as long as possible to make this determination in the hopes that the situation would evolve to the point where playing soccer games in any meaningful way could occur, but that is just not going to happen. While leagues and tournaments are canceled, we are allowed to move into a phase of their plan to restart soccer that will allow for small groups to practice under certain guidelines. See below for our plans in that regard. If you want more information about MYSA’s decision, it can be found here:
The NSA Board met this morning and voted, as had been indicated, to begin full refunds for those that had registered for traveling soccer. Because of the way our online registration system is set up by NGIN, we are not able to electronically refund any payments made online that are older than 90 days. As a result, we will begin mailing checks for the full amount, beginning this coming week. Please understand that this involves nearly 200 checks and envelopes and getting two people to sign each check, so it may take a couple weeks or more to get all of them processed.
We have also had discussions about what we could offer to your players that could in some small way take the place of a missed traveling season. We are in the process of developing an Academy-style offering for all kids that were going to participate in traveling soccer this summer. The exact form it will take is still being decided. As a part of that process we will be sending you an online poll very soon to gauge both what your player may be interested in and what you as a parent would be comfortable with. We hope to have the information from this poll available for us to make final decisions at our next regular board meeting on June 4 and announce it soon after that. Your participation in the poll will be valuable for us. Whatever we decide on will be communicated via email and we will create a new registration for this offering.
This is obviously a crushing blow to all of us that love this game and love watching our kids play this game. The NSA will have options available for all ages this summer in one form or another, and we hope to have our full slate of usual offerings this fall, but time will tell that story. Thank you all for your patience this spring as we rode out a long waiting process hoping for the best.
The NSA is offering winter training sessions at the Dundas Dome at no additional cost for all age groups. Players must be registered for the season to attend winter training.
If you are interested in playing summer traveling soccer in 2020, please e-mail Tammy at email@example.com to see if there is available space for your age group.
The NSA offers traveling teams at U10 - U19 for both Boys and Girls, at various levels of play appropriate for each particular age group. Game play begins early May and continues until sometime in July, depending on how far the team advances in Qualifiers and the State Tournament. Teams play 10 - 12 games per season and usually play one game per week. Typically teams will practice 2 - 3 times per week, beginning in April, weather permitting.
2020 Summer traveling fees (scholarships available):
U10 (2010 birth year), U11 (2009 birth year) & U12 (2008 birth year) $390
U13 (2007 birth year) & Up $435
During registration you will have the option to pay in full or in 3 installments. Installments are due:
1/3rd at the time of registration
1/3rd on January 31st
1/3rd on March 31st.
Fees do not include uniform costs. NSA will be using the same Nike kits as in the 2019 seasons. Uniforms are ordered on-line from soccer.com and are approximately $85 (Lower uniform fees available for scholarship players). All registered players will receive an e-mail from soccer.com at the beginning of 2020 to order uniform items if needed.
Minnesota Black and Blue Leagues are powered by Mayo Clinic and pay homage to our MLS team Minnesota United FC. These leagues are intended for multisport or seasonal-committed athletes.
Teams will be placed in leagues based on their geographic location then within their leagues, teams will schedule their own games.
Central, South, Arrowhead, Prairie, Metro, Wisconsin District 9 and Independent
Fall season consists of six games to be played between Labor Day and mid-October, and summer season consists of 10 games to be played from May–July. All Black and Blue teams can compete in the State Championship at the end of the year.
The registration deadline is Tuesday August 6th. This is a strict deadline due to needing time to form teams and submit them to the MYSA by our deadline.
The NSA offers traveling teams at U10 – U14 in the fall season. High school soccer is offered for ages U15 and up. *Note* - the middle school does not offer soccer for 6th graders.
The age groups bump up in the fall and continues to the next summer. Below are the current age groups for this fall season:
U10 = 2010
U11 = 2009
U12 = 2008
U13 = 2007
U14 = 2006
Game play begins early September and ends mid-October. Typically six games are played on weekends over a five week time frame.Qualifying teams will participate in the Fall State Championship. Practices are dictated by coaches. Coaches do take into consideration that kids are back at school.
Fall traveling fees:
Does NOT include uniform costs. The Association is using a Nike kit for our current uniform. ALL players will need to purchase a Nike uniform if you don't already own one before the fall season begins. Uniforms will be ordered online from Soccer.com
|Age||Roster Size||# on Field||Format||Game Time|
|U11 - U12||10 - 16||9||9 v 9||2 x 30 minutes|
|U13 - U14||11 - 18||11||11 v 11||2 x 35 minutes|
|U15||11 - 18||11||11 v 11||2 x 40 minutes|
|U16||11 - 18||11||11 v 11||2 x 40 minutes|
|U17 - U19||11 - 18||11||11 v 11||2 x 45 minutes|
How are NSA teams formed?
The NSA is a member of MYSA, and as such abides by its policies.
Age/ Gender Rules:
The grids on this page are from the MYSA Policy and Rules Manual.
Birth Year Cut-off Dates per MYSA Rules:
Please see the table below for age groups defined by the MYSA. The soccer year starts in the fall. Please follow the 2019-2020 chart. For example: if you were born in 2006, starting in Fall 2019 you would be eligible for the U14 team.