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Registration now open for Fall 2018 Rec soccer
posted 05/03/2018

Registration is now open for Fall 2018 Recreation soccer.


The registration deadline for Rec is August 15, 2018 however we have Early Bird Pricing this year until June 30, 2018 (save $10 off our base registration fee). The base registration fee is in effect from July 1 – July 31, 2018. Registrations after July 31, 2018 up until the final deadline of August 15, 2018 will incur a $20 late fee.


Recreation soccer

Registration for Rec soccer is by grade. All players who will be in Grades K-8 in 2018/19 are welcome to register. Instructions for registration are here. A tentative schedule is here. When registering for Rec please consider signing up as a parent coach. We can always use additional coaches since that allows us to create smaller teams. More details on the town requirements for coaching are here


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Travel vs 8U TDP vs Recreation: What's the difference?
posted 01/17/2018

Chatham United runs three programs - Travel, 8U TDP and Recreation - and we recognize that the differences between them can sometimes be confusing. In this item we outline the major features of each program so that you can determine which is most appropriate for your player. 


  • Fall (Sep-Nov) and Spring (Apr-Jun) seasons.
  • 10 travel league games per season (typically in the Morris County Youth Soccer Association). Additional tournament and cup games (esp. in Fall) are also common.
  • Typically two 90 minute practices per week in Fall and one or two 60-90 minute practices per week in Spring. 
  • All practices coached by professional trainers.
  • Games coached by professional trainers and parent managers. (Any parent manager who coaches is required to have an NJ Youth Soccer "F" coaching license.)
  • Age groups are 9U-15U and are formed by "birth year". Players are eligible for 9U if they turn 8 during the calendar year that contains the start of the season (e.g. for the Fall 2018/Spring 2019 season the 9U age group is targeted at players born in 2010). Players remain eligible for Travel through 8th grade. 
  • Teams are formed for the entire year. Team formation is tryout-based. 
  • Registration is open mid January to early March.
  • Tryouts are indoors in mid March and outdoors in mid April to early May. 
  • More details are under the Travel tab on our website. 

8U TDP (Technical Development Program)

  • Fall (Sep-Nov) and Spring (Apr-Jun) seasons.
  • Academy-style program in which different teams are formed from week to week (so that players get to play with a variety of different teammates). The goal of the TDP is to focus on soccer fundamentals in preparation for the start of Travel soccer at 9U.
  • 1 game per week in each season. Most games are in-town and against other players in the program. 1 or 2 games per season may be scheduled against similar programs in neighboring towns. 
  • Typically two ~90-minute practices per week in Fall and one ~90-minute practice per week in Spring.
  • All practices and games coached by professional trainers.
  • Players are eligible for the 8U TDP if they turn 7 during the calendar year that contains the start of the season (e.g. for the Fall 2018/Spring 2019 season the 8U TDP is open to players born in 2011).  
  • There are no tryouts for the 8U TDP. 
  • Registration is open mid January to mid June. 
  • More details are under the 8U TDP tab on our website. 

Recreation Soccer

  • Fall (Sep-Nov) season only.
  • All players in grades K-8 are eligible. Teams are formed by grade.
  • One 60-minute Saturday game session per week against another team in the program. For the younger grades the start of each Saturday session involves skill drills. 
  • One 45-minute mid-week practice session per week for grades 1-8.
  • Mid-week practice sessions are coached by professional trainers. Saturday game sessions are coached by parents with assistance from professional trainers.  
  • There are no tryouts for Recreation soccer. 
  • Registration is open early May to mid August. 
  • More details are under the Recreation tab on our website. 


Travel soccer and the 8U TDP require a greater time commitment than Recreation soccer. The "standard" progression for our most committed players would be Grade K Rec soccer followed by the 8U TDP and then 9U-15U Travel if they are old for their grade (i.e. born on or before December 31) or Grade K-1 Rec soccer followed by the 8U TDP and then 9U-14U Travel if they are young for their grade (i.e. born on or after January 1).  Players that do not wish to commit at quite the same level can replace any of the 8U TDP or Travel years with a year of Recreation soccer. 

Please note that Chatham United does not offer any formal winter or summer programs. However, we maintain a list of local winter/summer programs run by our training partners and so Chatham United players have many options if they wish to keep playing during those seasons. 

Photo: The Chatham United 11U Girls Breakers run onto the field at Red Bull Arena to play an exhibition match during the 2017 Danone Nations Cup (the world's largest international youth soccer tournament). 

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