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Registration for 2018/19 Travel and the TDP is now open
posted 01/17/2018

Dear Chatham United Families:


Registration for Fall 2018/Spring 2019 9U-15U Travel Soccer and the 8U Technical Development Program (TDP) is now open.


Chatham United runs three programs - Travel, 8U TDP and Recreation. We realize that the differences between the programs can sometimes be confusing and so we have provided an overview of all three programs here


Registration for Fall 2018/Spring 2019 9U-15U Travel Soccer is earlier this year because we will be starting the tryouts in March. The traditional tryout period of late April/early May is a busy time for many Chatham children and so we hope to make the scheduling process a little easier by starting in March. 


As a result, the registration deadline for Fall 2018/Spring 2019 9U-15U Travel Soccer is March 8, 2018. Full registration instructions for Travel (including age cutoffs) may be found here.  Eight tryout sessions will take place the weekend of March 17/18 indoors at ISP Randolph. The remaining sessions will take place outdoors starting April 17.  The full tryout schedule is posted here.  


Questions may be sent to    However, in order to make our email load manageable we ask that you do not contact us until you have read our FAQ page in full.  


The registration deadline for the Fall 2018/Spring 2019 8U Technical Development Program is June 15, 2018. Full registration instructions may be found here. Questions may be sent to   There are no tryouts for the TDP. However, for 2018/19 enrollment will be capped at 52 per gender. 



  • At this time we are only opening registration for our Travel program and the TDP. Registration for our in-town Recreation soccer program will open mid-June and run through mid-August.

Thank you.

Chatham United

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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 ~90-minute practice 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. However, for 2018/19 enrollment will be capped at 52 per gender. 
  • 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 mid June 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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11U Girls Spirit win MCYSA flight 3 with undefeated season
posted 12/04/2017

The Spirit earned this fabulous cake by winning MCYSA flight 3 with an 8-0-2 record and only 7 goals conceded. 

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10U Girls Pride win MCYSA flight 1 with undefeated season
posted 12/01/2017

After knocking on the door last year the CU Pride captured the MCYSA 10U Flight 1 Championship going undefeated with an 8-0-2 record in league play.  The Pride also played in 3 tournaments and acquitted themselves well against several club level teams.  Thanks to accomplished trainer Claire Smith, the Pride grew their individual skill levels and came together as a team by season end.  Parent managers Brian Raunick and Dom Paone also provided a positive team first atmosphere every week and communicated well with all parents.  Congrats to the Pride!

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12U Girls Fire win MCYSA flight 3
posted 11/25/2017

Congratulations to the 12U Girls Fire, winners of the MCYSA Flight 3 with a record of 7-1-2. Thanks to trainer Russell Burke whose calm demeanor and tutelage helped the girls develop significantly throughout the season. 

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11U Girls Breakers excel in first season of EDP play
posted 11/24/2017

After winning MCYSA flight 1 two seasons in a row, the Breakers' trainer Jay Williams encouraged the team to move to the EDP League this fall.  Jay felt that the girls were already training and playing at a club level, and the move to EDP would ensure they would continue to develop as well as give them room to grow.  Parents felt that switching to the EDP League could give the girls the challenge of a club team while keeping all the benefits of a town team -- including playing with their friends and practicing near home.

As it turned out, Jay was right.  The girls proved they could more than handle an increase in competition.  The Breakers were slotted into Championship North 2 and won every game, with a total goal differential of 30-4.  In addition, the team advanced to the quarterfinals of the EDP Open Cup by beating the 9th ranked team in the state.  The Breakers' unforgettable season also included an exhibition match at Red Bulls arena where the girls had the chance to meet Abby Wambach.

Having started the season with no ranking, the Breakers finished as the 18th ranked team in New Jersey.  The Breakers parents are so grateful to have an outstanding trainer in Jay Williams, who believed in their girls and led them to achieve more than they ever thought possible.  The girls hope to make him proud in the spring, as they move up in flights and advance in the Open Cup to play the 4th ranked team in the state.

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12U Boys Pioneers win MCYSA flight 1 with 10-0 season
posted 11/22/2017

After finishing second in their flight the last two seasons, the Chatham United Pioneers finally claimed the top spot in 12U Flight 1 with an impressive 10-0 record. Under the guidance of Coach Eddie Quarcoo, the Pioneers allowed only 8 opponent goals all season, while scoring 36 of their own. Aside from tremendous goalkeeping and many creative, well-worked goals, highlights of their undefeated season included a 1-0 nail biter against Sparta at home, and a 20 yard free kick in the final minutes to win 3-2 in Vernon. 

Coach Eddie, Parent Manager David Strelecky, and Assistant PMs Reese Summers and Branimir Cvetkovic were most impressed with the team’s ability to focus on one game at a time and their consistent drive to make something happen from the first whistle to the last.

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14U Boys Titans win super-competitive flight 1
posted 11/21/2017

The 14U Titans won the MCYSA Flight 1 title with a record of 7-2-1, scoring 31 goals and only allowing 17 against. It was a great season for this group of players, achieving significant victories over strong teams in this flight. It came down to the last game, as the Titans were in a tight race with Hanover, in pursuit of the title. During the final match against Newton Heat, it was a win-or-go home situation. The Titans fell behind 0-1 during the first half, but regained composure to rout the Heat 6-1. In the final standings only 2 points separated the top three teams in the flight. 

Coach Chris Pinto, with PM’s Ed Leskaukas, John Grogan, and Andres Lopez, successfully guided the boys to solidify their skills and to play as a unit. The boys responded well demonstrating commitment, focus, and grit throughout the season. Congratulations!

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15U Boys Republic win MCYSA flight 1 under Friday night lights
posted 11/21/2017

The 15U Republic captured the MCYSA Flight 1 title with a 4-3 thriller over 2nd place Bridgewater under the Shunpike lights on Friday November 3.  The Republic took a 3-0 lead into halftime but then gave up 2 quick goals after the restart to make for an interesting last 30 minutes.  The team finished the season with an unbeaten 7-0-3 record and a 41-18 goal differential.

Thanks to Parent Managers Diego Izurieta and Bo Fifer for the smooth running of the team and thanks to trainer Eddie Quarcoo for teaching the boys to use the full width of the pitch and for encouraging them to “RELAX” when in possession.



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Fall 2017 Chatham United newsletter
posted 11/15/2017


Please click here for the Fall 2017 Chatham United newsletter. 

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