Tryout FAQ's
What to Expect

What happens at tryouts?

During each tryout session, players will demonstrate their individual and team skills, technical knowledge of soccer, energy, and attitude in activities such as drills and/or full-sided scrimmages before an evaluation team of trained coaches. 

What age group should my player try out for? 

Please note that NSC is adhering to the new USSF guidelines related to birth year play. Please see 2016/2017 age chart below and click on this link: to ensure your player attends the correct tryout. If you have any questions, please contact .

What should my player bring to tryouts?

Each player should bring water and a birth certificate or passport if they have not played for NSC previously.

Should my player plan to attend both tryout sessions? 

Yes. While exceptions can be made, it is recommended that players attend both tryout sessions to ensure that our coaches have ample opportunity to evaulate each player.

What can I expect in a typical NSC season if my child is selected for the team?

NSC teams begin practice in June and typically play in 2-3 tournaments during the summer. League play begins in September. NSC teams play in the North Puget Sound League Most NSC teams, including out new U10's will participate in NSC's own tournament over Thanksgiving weekend - The Cranberry Cup. Many teams also elect to participate in Washington Youth Soccer's Founder's Cup, a post-season state tournament that ends in Februrary.

For tryouts, players should:

  • Bring water. 
  • Arrive early.  Parking is limited at some locations and some age groups may have a lot of players.
  • Check the website ( before leaving to attend the tryout session.
  • Plan to attend both tryout sessions (if it is only possible to attend one, that is OK).
  • Bring a birth certificate or passport to the first tryout you attend, if you have not previously been an NSC rostered player.
For tryouts, players should not:
  • Wear current team or club affiliated clothing or uniforms during the tryouts including socks, shorts or jerseys. They may be asked to remove such items during the tryouts.
  • Pets.  Please do not bring your dog (or animals) to tryouts, practices, games unless they are specially trained guide dogs for the visually impaired.
  • Do not bring any personal soccer balls as we cannot guarantee their security


NSC's age guidelines have changed and follow USSF's newly mandated birth year age calendar. It is your responsibility to ensure that your child attends the correct tryout for the correct age. 

Please see the chart below for the 2017/18 tryouts:


Birth Year 2016/17 Age Group
1999 U19
2000 U18
2001 U17
2002 U16
2003 U15
2004 U14
2005 U13
2006 U12
2007 U11
2008 U10