FREEPORT SOCCER CLUB

Home of the Force & Fire

Competitive Soccer for Boys & Girls ages 7-18  - Freeport, Illionis

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is FSC?
How are teams formed?
How do you join?
How is FSC run?
Who are the coaches?
How does FSC fit with AYSO and YMCA youth soccer programs?
How do I know if my child is ready for this?
What happens if my child is not selected?
What are these tournaments all about?
What are league games?
What does it cost?
What is the typical calendar year?
What are the player responsibilities?
What does it mean to play for FSC?
What should I expect as a parent?
How do I find out more?

What is FSC?
FSC is competitive soccer for dedicated youth athletes who want to enhance their soccer skills. We practice in Freeport and compete in indoor/outdoor tournaments and league games in surrounding areas. Freeport soccer Club (FSC) offers the player an opportunity to play competitive soccer in a more challenging environment than recreational soccer.

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How are teams formed?
The FSC board thought a bit of explanation might be warranted to all interested persons on how a team is formed within FSC.

The coach is the first step in team formation. People can't sign their children up and expect them to be placed on a team. A coach needs to be in place first and a team then formed around him/her using the above methods of formation. FSC coaches are the catalysts for the formation of teams.

After the establishment of an approved coach, team formation occurs in several ways. These ways are by invitation (a coach asks players to play that he/she is familiar with from past coaching experiences), recruitment (a player is recruited by interested parties which may include the coach, team manager or even, with older kids, other players) and tryouts (where players come to try out for coaches and other observers to earn a spot on a current team. This system which is used in many other soccer organizations is generally called select soccer.

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How do you join?
Tryouts are held in June for teams that compete in both a fall & a spring season. A committment for both seasons is expected. Tryouts for new teams are held when necessary.

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How is FSC run?
A Board of Directors meets regularly to review plans and policy. Contact any Board Member for information on meeting schedules.

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Who are the coaches?
They are adult volunteers with coaching experience. See Contacts for a list of coaches.

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How does FSC fit with AYSO and YMCA youth soccer programs?
FSC offers a more challenging environment for those players who seek to improve their soccer skill and participate at a more competitive level than recreational soccer.

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How do I know if my child is ready for this?
If your child has an aptitude for soccer, wants to develop as a player, and has a genuine love of the game, then a tryout should be the next step. Players should come properly motivated and have the support of parents. Overall, the player should be there for the right reason, a desire to actively contribute to a competitive team and have the physical and mental discipline to do so.

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What happens if my child is not selected?
Your player may need more basic soccer development that can be found in recreational soccer or by attending soccer camps operated by FSC, or needs to reach a higher level of fitness or maturity based on the appropriate age groupings. In any case, non-selection should be seen and used as a teaching tool for the player to work on for the future

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What are these tournaments all about?
We usually enter tournaments within 100 miles of Freeport, but we like to plan one overnight each fall and each spring session. Teams come from all over the Midwest to play at a sports complex in the host city. Games start Friday or Saturday, with championships on Sunday. Our teams compete against others in three to five games over the weekend.

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What are league games?
Several FSC teams, but not all, participate in the ILLOWA Soccer League. ILLOWA is made up of teams from Illinois and Iowa, primarily in the Quad-City area, but also including Dubuque, Sterling and Freeport. Participation is determined by each coach. A league season consists of 8 games on either Saturday or Sunday, with some double-headers being available. FSC also hosts league games at Sportsplex. We are guaranteed at least 2 home games per season.

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What does it cost?
Dues vary by team depending how many events your team is participating in. Fall dues range from $115-$170, while spring dues range from $100-$155. There are also fees for winter indoor play - approximately $100. (indoor is optional) Uniforms are additional - $70 - but can be worn for several seasons of play.

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What is the typical calendar year?
Tryouts in June.
Tournaments & league play in Fall-August thru October. (approx.3 - 4 tourneys/8 league games)
Indoor leagues in late Fall and Winter. (all optional)
Tournaments in Spring/Summer-April thru June. (approx.3 - 4 tourneys/8 league games)

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What are the player responsibilities?
Support the FSC fundraising programs (car washes, cookie dough sales, bagging for tips, etc.) They must be dedicated and committed to the team. We have mandatory participation in regular practices. There are approximately two - three practices per week throughout each season

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What does it mean to play for FSC?
Players and their families wishing to enroll in the FSC should possess an understanding that the requirements of this group are more stringent and demanding than recreational league play. Players are to attend all practices. Playing time is earned. Parents are expected to support the coaches, the players, and the organization.

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What should I expect as a parent?
That involvement with FSC requires parents to be more involved with everything from team meeting planning, assisting the coaches in some capacity, to working fund-raisers and club events. Parents can expect that their child will be required to attend 2-3 practices weekly. Parents should expect their player to be exposed to positive coaching, skill development, proper instruction of technique and personal responsibility.

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How do I find out more?
Call any board member or attend the next FSC tryout. There you will find FSC officers able to give you further infomration about our organization.  If you feel you and your player(s) can reach our modest expectations, then we encourage you to attend!

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