Thruway League Announces Partnership with National Clubs Alliance

Thruway League Announces Partnership with National Clubs Alliance

The Thruway League is proud to announce a partnership with National Clubs Alliance on a multi-year agreement effective immediately.  As per the NCA website, the NCA provides a “turnkey solution to secure major strategic partnerships with top brands from around the World”.

Based out of Virginia, NCA has agreed with the Thruway League as their third league partner, along with 52 clubs throughout the Mid-Atlantic and the country.  The other prestigious and successful leagues to partner with NCA are Club Champions (Virginia/Maryland/DC) and Long Island Junior Soccer League (Eastern New York).  As a primary benefit to Thruway League members, all annual NCA fees are waived throughout the length of the agreement.

NCA has secured gold-standard strategic partnerships with some of the top brands in soccer, including the big three of Adidas,, and Kwik Goal.  Other brands included in the agreement include United Soccer Coaches, NCSA - College Recruiting, Sports Refunds, and Travel & Play Tours, among others, to secure opportunities for league members and clubs to benefit from the strategic partnerships and agreements arranged with NCA.

“This is a unique opportunity for the clubs within our League and within New York State West to have access to the best benefits offered by NCA that otherwise might not be available to them”, said Jeff Oliver, Thruway League Vice President.  “We are thrilled that NCA see the Thruway League as a good fit for them along the likes of Club Champions and LIJSL, and we are excited to see how this relationship grows and to see benefits of the agreement come to fruition for our clubs over the next several years.”

"We have spent thousands of hours negotiating top-end strategic partnerships, so clubs don't have to. This saves valuable time so club staff can focus on the day-to-day operations of providing great soccer programming to their communities.  And in the end, the benefits and monies saved help reduce or eliminate a club's budget line items so that they can reallocate those dollars to more important infrastructure such as staff, fields, and scholarships to name a few.  We look forward to supporting the Thruway League and its league members for years to come," commented Brian Kuk, NCA Managing Partner.    

Additional information will be provided to all Thruway League members and participating clubs via a virtual summit in the coming weeks.  To learn more about the National Clubs Alliance, please visit their website at or contact the Thruway League directly at



2024 Spring Thruway Information

Registration for the 2024 SPRING Thruway league will open around November 1st, 2023.  Please refer to the 2024 Fall Thruway League Policies and Procedures document regarding application questions.

Ages: U9-U19

Cost: $300 per team plus officials fees (paid at field)

  • 8 self schedule games following normal Thruway league division format
  • Referee fees to be split by each team see league referee fees table
  • Referee fees are to be paid at the field in cash 

Key League Dates:

  • November 3rd, 2023 - Application window opens
  • December 15th, 2023 - Application window closes
  • December 18th, 2023 – All payments must be received
  • December 30th, 2023 – Accepted teams / Division Placements will be announced (delayed till January 3rd)
  • January 15th, 2024 - Start of scheduling process
  • February 21st, 2024 – End of scheduling process
  • February 21st, 2024 - ROSTER FREEZE
  • March 1st, 2024 - Start of season
  • July 2, 2024 - End of season

Format/Rules of Game Play

HEADING IS ALLOWED AT U11 AND U12 per US Youth Soccer Policy 4/23/22


The FIFA “Laws of the Game” will apply to all competitions sponsored by the League, except the Modified 9U/10U modifications listed below.  In addition substitutions will be allowed at all stoppage of play, at the center ref's discretion.

Modified Game Play Rules U9-U10:

· A goal kick or goalkeeper throw-in will require the opponents to retreat to beyond the build out line until the ball is in play. The build out line is the field center line. The ball is in play when it is kicked directly out of the penalty area. The attacking team does not have to wait for the opponent’s defenders to retreat and has the option to restart the game before should they choose.

· No goalkeeper punts will be allowed. The goalkeeper must distribute the ball to a player in the defensive half of the field. A violation will result in an indirect free kick from the top of the penalty box nearest the foul.

· There will be no heading allowed. A violation will result in an indirect free kick from the point of the heading unless the heading is done in the goal box in which case the ball is placed at the closest part of the goal box line that is parallel to the end line.

Formats of Game Play
Age Group Format Roster Size Game Length Ball Size Field Variations
17U/18U/19U 11 v 11 22 2 - 45 min halves #5 Length - 95-120 yards
Width - 60-80 yards  
15U/16U 11 v 11 22 2 - 40 min halves #5 Length - 95-120 yards
Width - 60-80 yards 
13U/14U 11 v 11 22 2 - 35 min halves #5 Length - 95-120 yards
Width - 60-80 yards  
11U/12U 9 v 9 18 2 - 30 min halves #4 Length - 70-80 yards
Width - 40-50 yards   
9U/10U 7 v 7 14 2 - 25 min halves #4 Length - 55-70 yards
Width - 35-45 yards  


Recommended Goal Sizes
As consistent with US Soccer Federations new PDI's, 13U and above will use standard full size goals (Height - 8ft by Width - 24ft.).  9U-12Uwill be recommended to use Height - 6.5ft by W18.5 ft, with the maximum size goal to use for those specific age groups should be 7ft by 21ft. 

Field Size Specifications

9U/10U - Width - 35-45yds  /  Length - 55-75yds  

11U/12U - Width - 45-55yds / Length - 70-80 yds

13U-19U - Width - 60-80 yds / Length - 95-120 yds




Welcome to the Thruway Soccer League

Welcome to the home of the Thruway Soccer League, the place for premier teams to play soccer in central and western New York state.

Why play in the Thruway League?

  • The Thruway League is the only true promotion/relegation premier league in New York West.
  • The Thruway League is a qualifying league for the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series for New York State West Youth Soccer.
  • The Thruway League can be a qualifying league for the US Youth Soccer National Chamionship Series for Eastern NY teams, however they need to contact the Eastern NY Youth Soccer office with a written request asking for permission to use the Thruway League as their Cup qualifying league. 

Thruway League 2022 Applications

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