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City Program vs Travel Program

City Program

Our City Program consists of teams made up of other players from Melrose.  Teams are generally grouped by schools when possible.  Our City Program divisions are Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd & 4th Grade, and 5th & 6th Grade.  Games and practices are all in Melrose. 

  • The City Program is for Kindergarten through 6th grade players who wish to play and practice in Melrose. 
  • Players are typically grouped in coed teams by their school and year.
  • Kindergarten teams have a 1-hour combined practice and game on Saturdays.  
  • 1st – 6th graders have a 1-hour practice one evening a week and a 1-hour game on Saturdays.
  • Fall practices and games typically start in early September and spring practices and games typically start in early April. 


Travel Program

Melrose Youth Soccer participates in Middlesex Travel League where away games are played in towns ranging from Charlestown to Chelmsford and Waltham to Westford.  Players in the 7th – 8th grade must play in the Travel Program, while players in the 3rd – 6th grade can choose to play either in the Travel Program or in our City Program.

Evaluations are required for players signing up to play Travel Program and teams are formed and placed into divisions based on the team's composition.  Therefore, it is requested that players who register to play travel soccer follow through with that commitment.  There is an impact when players decide not to play after teams are formed since players cannot be easily moved between teams to balance the numbers and teams may be left short on players.

Travel soccer games are scheduled during both April vacation week Saturdays as well as Columbus Day weekend.  The lack of players available to play is not an allowable reason for reschedule and forces us to forfeit games so plan your vacations accordingly!

  • Travel Program is for 3rd grade through 6th grade players who wish to travel and play other towns within the Middlesex League.
  • Players are separated by gender and placed on teams based on ability.  
  • Teams generally practice two evenings a week and play games on Saturdays either home in Melrose or away at any of the cities within Middlesex.  Fall games typically start the Saturday after Labor Day and spring games typically start in early April.


Travel Program compared to the City Program

  • Travel teams practice twice a week, while City teams practice once a week.
  • Travel teams play against teams in other cities, while City teams play in Melrose against other Melrose City teams.
  • Travel teams have either all girls or all boys teams, while city teams are coed.
  • Travel teams have 3 different age groups (Grades 3-4, Grades 5-6 and Grades 7-8) and multiple divisions within each age group based on the teams competitive level;  City teams have 5 different age groups (K, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grades 3 & 4, Grades 5 & 6) and are not divided by competitive level.

Contact Us

Melrose Youth Soccer

P.O. Box 761056 
Melrose, Massachusetts 02176

Email: [email protected]

Melrose Youth Soccer

P.O. Box 761056 
Melrose, Massachusetts 02176

Email: [email protected]
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