Fall 2021

Before you hang up the cleats for the summer, there’s one more thing we need to do!


It is time to register and attend placements for Fall soccer.  This is especially important to do soon for travel-aged players entering grades 3 thru 8.  Intown players (PreK through second grade) have a little more time.   We will be submitting our fall travel teams to the league to meet a July deadline; this will be based on known registration numbers, so we need to know who will play.  If you do not register by July 11, we cannot guarantee a spot in the fall.  If you are a returning coach, do not register until you hear from us so we can process your coach credit.

We are also resuming our annual player evaluations for fall team placement.  It is important to attend these so we can place players correctly

There are 2 things you need to do now:

  1. Register for fall soccer at this link

  2. Register to attend the correct tryout session at this link - THESE SESSIONS START THIS WEEKEND

If you have questions about registration or placements, please see the FAQ’s below or contact us.

If you know of others who want to play, please forward this message to them!

Stand by for communications about the summer programming we’re offering this year.

By the way, your feedback is extremely valuable to us.  If you can spare 5 minutes, please complete this survey about the team, coach, and league.

Malden Youth Soccer Board of Directors



FAQ’s about registration and team placements…

Who needs to register now?

Every player desiring travel-aged soccer (3rd through 8th grade) must register now. 2nd graders may register for travel soccer with league approval.  3rd graders will not be accepted in intown soccer in the fall, and must register for travel-aged soccer.

What’s the real deadline?

For travel teams (between grades 3 and 8) we will submit the number of teams Malden will have to the league in July based on registrations.  Once these teams are full, the age group will be closed for new players.  New players who don’t reserve a spot on a team would be added to a waiting list and would be accepted if space opens up.  To guarantee a spot on a travel team, you need to register by July 11.  Travel players will be accepted after July 11 only as availability allows.

The deadline for intown players (grades PreK - 2) will be later in August.

Why can’t 3rd graders play with intown Sundays in the Fall?

In the past, we have allowed 3rd graders to play with the intown group on Sunday mornings.  We are stopping this allowance in the Fall.  We do not have enough volunteer help to administer the session with the older players.  As an alternative, we are allowing 3rd graders to be placed on teams which practice on the week nights, but do not travel to other towns on the weekends.  This is an excellent example of how our organization is dependent on volunteer support.  

When are the tryouts / evaluations?

Travel soccer tryouts / evaluations schedule:

  • Players entering grades 3 & 4 - June 13 (THIS SUNDAY!) Noon to 1:30 at Pine Banks Track field

  • Players entering grades 5 & 6 - June 16 (Wednesday) 6:00-7:30 at Devir Park

  • Players entering grades 7 & 8 - June 17 (Thursday) 6:00-7:30 at Devir Park

Players must pre-register for the session using this form.

When is the Fall season?

The fall season usually runs for about 9-10 weeks, starting shortly after labor day and ending in early November.  Pre-season practices may begin in mid August depending on the coach’s availability.  There is no postseason play in the Fall.

What are the age group options?

Travel teams are based on grade and gender.  In the Fall, we have 3 grade groups:  Grade 3/4, Grade 5/6, and Grade 7/8.  These groupings align with US Soccer.  High school aged groups do not play in the Fall.  Most kids in high school play with their school teams in the Fall, and join Malden Youth Soccer for the Spring season.

What flexibility is there to move between age groups?

The rules are somewhat complicated, but it is sometimes possible to switch between designated age/grade groups.  In most cases, it is best for players to stay with their group, but exceptions are permitted on a case-by-case basis.  It is rarely permitted to allow players to “play down” in a lower age group.  Players may “play up” one grade level depending on birth date, and only upon league approval which would consider skill and athletic ability.

How far do travel teams travel?

Travel teams practice twice a week on Malden fields and play a mixture of home and away games on Saturdays.  Teams travel throughout Middlesex county, with the furthest games being in towns such as Lowell, Westford, Chelmsford, and Tewksbury.  Expect a maximum of 2 games in these distant locations.  Most games will be in Malden and surrounding towns.

What if I’m not ready to travel?

Inexperienced 3rd and 4th graders who do not want to play travel soccer will have an option to select a practice-only team.  These teams will practice 2 nights a week, with a possible weekend scrimmage.  They will not be entered into the Middlesex league for competitive soccer.  Grades 5 through 8 will not have a non-travel option.  REMINDER: All 3rd and 4th graders may play travel soccer, regardless of experience!

What is the level of competition in travel soccer?

Each gender/age group has 5 divisions of skill levels in the league.  Division 1 is the highest skill & competition level.  Division 5 is appropriate for new or developing players who are still developing key skills, game awareness, or athleticism.  We do our best to place players with similarly skilled players, but there are a lot of considerations and imperfections with placement. 

How are players placed on teams?

Players are placed on teams by the administrators of Malden Youth Soccer using a combination of skill level evaluation in tryouts, coach evaluations, team history, and player request.  It is not possible to satisfy all criteria for every player, but we try to embrace the diversity that emerges from the imperfect process.