TRAVEL -- "Travel" soccer is the first level of competitive soccer. Players are selected to teams based on their performance at tryouts held in the spring and league play starts at the U-9 level in the fall. Trumbull United travel teams play in the CJSA's Southwest District League encompassing Fairfield County. Teams play anywhere from eight to ten league games per season, with half the games being played at home and half away, normally on Sunday afternoons. Leagues are composed of same-gender, same-aged teams that may be broken down into divisions depending on the number of teams in the league. Coaches may also elect to schedule scrimmage or "friendly" games with league or non-leagueteams. Such games are refereed but results are not recorded. Practices are held two days a week in both the fall and the spring, and players are required to attend both practices.
At the U-9 and U-10 levels, which are considered developmental by the CJSA, no standings per se are kept. Teams play in an 8v8 format (7 field players plus a goalkeeper) on a scaled-down field. At the U-11 and older levels, league standings are kept, and teams may move up and down to different brackets depending on their results. Starting at U12, Teams play in a full 11v11 format on a regulation-sized field.
In addition to league play, U-11 and older teams typically participate in the CJSA's Connecticut Cup, which is a randomly seeded, single-elimination tournament played in both the fall and spring seasons.
Teams of all age levels normally participate in one tournament per season (usually Columbus Day in the fall and the Glastonbury tournament in April in the spring). Teams can participate in additional tournaments if desired. Popular ones are Labor Day or Memorial Day.
All teams participate in once a week winter clinics which are held indoors, typically at InSports in Trumbull. Teams can also elect to participate in winter league games or a winter tournament.
All of Trumbull United's travel soccer teams are coached and trained by professional, paid coaches. All coaches report to and are directed by Trumbull United's Coaching Directors, who also help each team tailor its tournament and winter indoor program selection to its individual needs. Parent managers handle administrative tasks for the teams.