Information on U8 Travel Academy

Tryouts for the Larchmont Mamaroneck FC U-8 Pre-Travel Program  

Information about tryouts is at the bottom of this email. This email will hopefully help parents who may be new to the travel experience. Although Larchmont and Mamaroneck run separate recreational program the travel program is combined as LMFC.

Several years ago, Westchester Youth Soccer League (WYSL), the LMFC parent organization began a U8 travel program playing 4 v. 4. LMFC decided that we would keep our U8 program in house as a Pre-Travel Academy, and have the children start true Travel at U9. This has been an extremely successful venture.

Our U8 pre-travel program has moved away from the overly competitive traditional league format.  The program now provides a stepping-stone to competitive travel soccer with the focus on long-term development, participation and enjoyment for every player involved in the program. The program consists of:

  • Two, one hour practices each week with professional trainers with a focus on skill development in small-sided games-based training.
  • Sunday Game Day (all local) using a 4v4 format in a festival like setting which creates an ideal environment for players to explore, learn and enjoy the game free of the pressure of the traditional league format
  • Festivals with outside programs bring more competition into the program.  

Overall the program creates more success, less pressure and more fun for the kids just starting out. The program will hopefully give kids and parents a better idea as to whether travel or recreational soccer will be the best path for them. Please be aware that being a part of this program does not guarantee progression to a U9 travel soccer team.

The cost is about $375 per season (spring and fall); needs based scholarships are available.   If you’re not sure your child is ready for a more competitive environment, or may not be emotionally ready for the potential of not being chosen there will also be tryouts for the Travel Academy after the fall rec season to start play in the spring.

Flyers for fall rec soccer will come home from school the first week in May.   Please note that we discourage children from playing in the U8 Academy and the recreational program.

If you have questions about the Academy please feel free to reach out to the registrars: Diane Goodman and Jenny Webb ( or to Ben Foster, the director of the LMFC program ( Otherwise, we look forward to seeing you at the tryouts in May, or on the fields for rec in the fall!


Boys and Girls born in 2010

Girls:   Saturdays May 13 and May 20th.   Registration and warmup from 4:30 to 5:00.   Tryouts from 5:00 to 6:00.

Boys: Saturdays May 13 and May 20th.   Registration and warmup from 6:00 to 6:30. Tryouts from 6:30 to 7:30.

Location: Harbor Island, Mamaroneck

Players are only required to attend one of these sessions, but are encouraged to attend both.   Players should arrive at least 15 minutes early to register on-site.   Please bring $20 to the tryout to cover costs- need based scholarships are available.   Players should bring water and a soccer ball, and wear shin guards. We will give them a pinny at the tryout, so no special uniform is required.


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