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Intercounty - Fall 2023 References

How to know what team your player is on:  Find your player's roster
note 1:  if clicking team name (step 3) does not open a Team Directory page, the roster has not been posted
note 2:  all parents/guardians will be informed once all rosters are posted


Here is when your player has trainer-led practice:  Intercounty EFC Training Schedule - Fall 2023 (trainer practices start week of Sep. 11)
note 1:  we recognize that trainings are ending 15 minutes later for Fall 2023 than they did for Fall 2022 - the general reason for this is that field availability in the Fall continues to be a struggle due to competing non-CSC use AND that we lose light as the season progresses.  We stage portable lights at Walnut Avenue School and work to best use that facility as efficiently as possible. 
note 2:  more nuanced reasons that we needed to extend by 15 minutes, at Walnut Avenue School, are:
  • we have returned to training by team as this was widely preferred over the age-based training from Fall 2022
    • team-based training requires more room and more time windows
  • we must allow for a turn-over between training companies - the exiting training company needs to break-down their setups and exit for the incoming training company to setup and be ready...this applies Monday - Thursday each week.
    • RedBulls trains Cranford Travel teams from 4:30-6pm,
    • EFC trains Cranford Intercounty teams starting at 6:30-9:15pm
Here is the league's initial schedule for Cranford Teams (updated 9/18) - this file only shows opponent, target date of game, and whether or not game is home or away.  Local game assignor will finalize the day, time, and location for all Cranford home games - your coach will input all games (home and away) into the SYSL game management app (SportsEngine) once the game details have been finalized.

9/18 note for player parents/guardians:  now that all clubs have the final schedule, game assignors can begin fully scheduling for the rest of the season, THEN your coaches can confirm game details with opposing coach to 'set the game', SO you can make plans (yay!).


Uniforms:

As of 9/8, we know there are players still waiting on their uniforms from Go Soccer.

The league is aware that many clubs are in the same situation, and want to make sure all players can participate.

Per league officials, there are only two rules for the first weeks of the season:

1.    Shirts must be as close as possible to the team’s color (coaches will let you know what color CSC teams are wearing).

2.    All shirts must have a number. Numbers can be taped, markered-on, ironed-on, or any other method as long as number is distinguishable to the referee.  Assuming that you already ordered,  use the player number assigned during the GoSoccer ordering process.

note:  numbers are not required to be unique across a team's roster.

Go Soccer will be filling orders as quickly as possible - if you have not ordered, scroll to the bottom of this webpage for ordering details.



Other things to know as a parent/guardian of a player:
  • coaches are volunteers; be respectful of their time and efforts
  • coaches are encouraged to address and/or report inappropriate parent/guardian behavior directed at anyone
  • the SYSL parent/spectators code of conduct should be read by all parents/guardians
  • SYSL has a 6 goal differential allowance - violation of this is taken very seriously and places the coach and the club in bad light
Remember...shin guards are to be completely inside of soccer socks.

Intercounty Overview

Click here to register by 8/14:  REGISTRATION  (registration is closed)

Intercounty Soccer is a semi-competitive program. Teams participate in the Suburban Youth Soccer League  (SYSL) which is comprised of neighboring towns all within a 30 minute drive from Cranford,. Games are assigned by the league. There are no team tryouts and all players receive playing time. Intercounty soccer provides a more convenient alternative to travel soccer programs and provides all players an opportunity to play and develop a passion for the game of soccer.

This past Spring ('23) we had over 350 players across 22 teams take part in a wonderful soccer season. Players competed against multiple towns including Clark, Westfield, Scotch Plains, Mountainside, Springfield, Colonia, Edison, New Providence and others. Cranford teams competed in the playoffs at the U13, U15 and HS levels, while U9 and U11 competed in the SYSL Cup, a half-day tournament comprised of shortened, fast-paced games.

There will be 1 trainer led practice each week, and coaches may choose to have an additional practice. Games will be on weekends and will be 8v8.

Just as we did in the spring, in an effort to enhance the playing experience for everyone, divisions and teams will have a defined number of players permitted to register. This allows us to build appropriately sized rosters for each team, limit instances of oversized rosters and allow for all of the kids to receive the appropriate playing time and experience they deserve. Once a division is full, if enough additional players register, we will add additional teams to accommodate the volume. Meanwhile, the Club is responsible for building teams and rosters based upon the appropriate age and skill level, and players will be allocated to teams on that basis only.

Teams are coached by volunteer parents and are also trained weekly by professional trainers from European Football Coaching (EFC). Practices are on weeknights while games are mostly played on Saturdays.

We encourage parents and guardians to register to coach and/or volunteer with the club. The Cranford Soccer Club does not exist without the effort and dedication of parents and volunteers who all help to create an excellent soccer experience for our children. No prior experience is needed, and we assure you, it is an extremely rewarding experience. If you are interested or have questions/concerns, please reach out to us at [email protected]

Registration is officially open and we are looking forward to another competitive and fun season on the field, so please Register Today!


INTERCOUNTY DIVISIONS


League play is divided into the following age groups.


U9 - birthyear 2015

U11 - birthyears 2014/2013

U13 - birthyears 2012/2011

U15 - birthyears 2010/2009

HS - birthyears 2009 to 2005


Opening weekend for all divisions is September 9th, practice schedule will be sent out prior to the season start.

Uniform Ordering

If you have a new Intercounty player, or need to replace a uniform, orders must be placed directly with our uniform partner GoSoccer.

Uniform ordering deadline is August 20th. Any orders placed after this date will not be guaranteed for delivery by Intercounty season opening weekend.

Intercounty uniform package price is $81.44 

Ordering Process

1. Go to the Cranford Intercounty Uniform page Here.
2. Login to your account (or create an account for new users).
3. Add your player.
4. Click to order uniform and select size options (numbers are automatically assigned).
5. Add name customization if desired (optional with additional price).
6. Select delivery or pick-up options
7. Complete order and make sure you receive a confirmation email.

Make sure you select and order the Cranford Intercounty Uniform (not Cranford Travel, or Development Academy).  

For ordering questions please email [email protected].

 

INTERCOUNTY FAQs

Q. Will my child be on the same team as last season?
A. If your child is a returning player, they will likely be placed on the same team as last season.  If you would like to request a different team, please email [email protected].

Q. When is practice?

A. The practice schedule is set after the registration period.  Training sessions are scheduled after players and teams have been identified.  This is usually finalized sometime in August for the Fall season and sometime in March for the Spring season.  Practice schedule is communicated by the head coaches just prior to the start of the season.

Q. How many practices are there?
A. There is a minimum of one practice a week which is led by a professional trainer from European Football Coaching (EFC).  The practice schedule is dependent on the number of teams participating, the number of available fields and trainers.  Trainer led practices are on a weekday.There is usually a second practice, however this is scheduled at the discretion and availability of the volunteer coaches.   

Q. When are games played?
A. Games are usually played on Saturdays, with Sundays usually reserved for make-up games due to inclement weather or player availability.

Q. Are there tryouts?
A. No, there are no tryouts for Intercounty soccer.  Players are assigned to teams based on their birth-year and all get an opportunity to play.

Q. How far do we have to travel for a game?
A. One of the great benefits of InterCounty soccer is the reduced commitment on families participating, particularly when it comes to travel.  All participating teams in InterCounty Soccer are within a 20-mile radius of Cranford.  Neighboring towns such as Clark, Scotch-Plains, Springfield and Mountainside participate.  Currently the furthest participating town is Bound Brook.

Q. How long are the games?
A. For U9-U11 games are 1 hour, U13 are 75 minutes, U15 and Above are 85 minutes.

Q. My child is playing Middle School soccer, can they still play InterCounty Soccer?
A. Yes, a player on the Middle School team can still play InterCounty Soccer.

Q. My son (or daughter) is playing on the Cranford Soccer Travel team, can he also play InterCounty Soccer?
A. Yes, a player on a Cranford Soccer Travel team can still play InterCounty Soccer. This is a new regulation that was changed by our league partner SYSL in 2019 and adopted by CSC in 2021. We encourage players that would like more soccer to register for both programs. Please let the VP of Inter-county know that you will be registering for both so that the coach can be notified prior to team formation and flighting recommendations for our league.

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Cranford Soccer Club

P.O. Box 903 
Cranford, New Jersey 07016

Cranford Soccer Club

P.O. Box 903 
Cranford, New Jersey 07016

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