Fall 2021

It is time to register for fall soccer FOR ALL AGE GROUPS.  


Intown players, from Age 4 thru second grade, should register asap.  We cannot guarantee a spot on a team after Aug 15, and a late fee after that.  The season will begin on September 11/12 and will run for about 9 weeks.

  • The PreK - K group will play on Saturday mornings

  • The Grade 1-2 group will play on Sunday mornings

  • Girls between K and Grade 2 may select the girls-only option which will also play on Sunday mornings


There is limited space remaining for travel players between Grades 2/3 and 8.  Registrations will only be accepted while space is available.  These teams travel practice twice a week and play in Saturday games across middlesex county.  Games begin on Sept. 11, and practices will being 2-3 weeks before then.


High school-aged players do not play town soccer in the Fall.  We will see you in the Spring.  Good luck on your high school teams!






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 is the Fall season?

The fall season usually runs for about 9-10 weeks, starting on Sept. 11 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?

All 3rd and 4th graders may play travel soccer, regardless of experience!  There is an a division for anyone who puts some effort into playing.

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.


We follow the ever-changing guidelines provided by Mass Youth Soccer.  When the Fall guidelines are provided, we will communicate the specific obligations to Coaches, Players, and Care Takers.  For the younger players, we will adjust our policies based on coaches' abilities to manage behavior.