How, When, and Where can I register my child for soccer…specifics on age i.e. preschool?
For the recreational soccer league, children in Kindergarten or higher grades are eligible to play. The recreational soccer league is broken down into the following divisions:
Division 7: Pre-school and Kindergarten
Division 6: 1st and 2nd Grade
Division 5: 3rd and 4th Grade
Division 4: 5th and 6th Grade
Division 3: 7th and 8th Grade
Children in Pre-School are eligible to play as long as they are entering Kindergarten in the Fall of the season they are registered for.
The recreational soccer league is offered during the Spring, Fall, and Winter. Registration is held prior to the season at the Elk Grove Pavilion front desk or online through HotREG. Specific dates for registration will be announced on the home page and calendar.
For further information regarding the Recreational soccer league, please refer to the Recreational page .
For the travel soccer program, we usually form teams from the Under-8 through the Under-19 age groups. Additional teams are formed based on need.
Travel tryouts are normally held right after Memorial Day. Specific dates for registration will be announced on the home page, our Facebook page and calendar (link to home page and calendar).
For further information regarding the Travel Soccer program, please refer to the Travel page (link to the Travel page).
What is the uniform for the recreational league games?
The official Elk Grove Village Soccer Club uniform consists of a tucked in red/blue reversible jersey, black shorts, and black socks pulled up over the shin guards.
Where can I buy the recreational and/or travel uniform?
Recreational – Uniforms can be bought at European Sports (830 E Golf Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60173). Telephone number: (847) 490-9000
Travel – Travel uniforms are also purchased through European Sports (830 E Golf Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60173). Telephone number: (847) 490-9000. Contact the boys or girls travel coordinator or director of coaching with any questions.
What size ball should my child use?
Division 7 and 6 – Size 3
Division 4 and 5 – Size 4
Division 3 – Size 5
Under-8 through Under-12 – Size 4
Under-13 and above – Size 5
Under-8 through Under-12 – Size 4
Under-13 and above – Size 5
Where are the Elk Grove Village fields located?
Please refer to the Fields-Maps page.
What are the Laws of the Game?
The FIFA Laws of the Game can be found here.
The Recreational rules are based on the FIFA Laws of the Game with a few modifications. These can be found here.
What are the rules for jewelry during games?
Jewelry is NOT permissible. All jewelry, including, but not limited to necklaces, bracelets, watches, rings, earrings, barrettes, bobby pins, beads and any other hair accessory that is hard or sharp must be removed.
Please note that earrings cannot be taped or bandaged; they must be removed. Plastic flexible starter earrings and/or sport earrings are also not allowed.
What are the rules for casts during RECREATIONAL games?
For other games, please check the Rules of Competition for that particular league, tournament, or competition)
They may be allowed if the cast is soft wrapped with bubble wrap or other soft material so that other players will not be injured when coming in contact with it. It is the referee’s discretion as to whether or not the player will be allowed to play. If the referee does not think it is safe for the player with the cast or for the other players, the player will not be allowed to participate.
What is offside?
It is not an offense in itself to be in an offside position.
A player is in an offside position if:
he is nearer to his opponents’ goal line than both the ball and the second-last opponent
A player is not in an offside position if:
he is in his own half of the field of play or
he is level with the second-last opponent or
he is level with the last two opponents
A player in an offside position is only penalized if, at the moment the ball touches or is played by one of his team, he is, in the opinion of the referee, involved in active play by:
interfering with play or
interfering with an opponent or
gaining an advantage by being in that position
There is no offside offense if a player receives the ball directly from:
a goal kick
a corner kick
Infringements and sanctions
In the event of an offside offense, the referee awards an indirect free kick to the opposing team to be taken from the place where the infringement occurred (see Law 13 – Position of free kick).
Interpretations of Law 11 – Offside
In the context of Law 11 – Offside, the following definitions apply:
“nearer to his opponents’ goal line” means that any part of a player’s head, body or feet is nearer to his opponents’ goal line than both the ball and the second-last opponent. The arms are not included in this definition
“interfering with play” means playing or touching the ball passed or touched by a teammate
“interfering with an opponent” means preventing an opponent from playing or being able to play the ball by clearly obstructing the opponent’s line of vision or movements or making a gesture or movement which, in the opinion of the referee, deceives or distracts an opponent
“gaining an advantage by being in that position” means playing a ball that rebounds to him off a goalpost or the crossbar having been in an offside position or playing a ball that rebounds to him off an opponent having been in an offside position
When an offside offence occurs, the referee awards an indirect free kick to be taken from the position of the offending player when the ball was last played to him by one of his team-mates.
Any defending player leaving the field of play for any reason without the referee’s permission shall be considered to be on his own goal line or touch line for the purposes of offside until the next stoppage in play. If the player leaves the field of play deliberately, he must be cautioned when the ball is next out of play.
It is not an offence in itself for a player who is in an offside position to step off the field of play to show the referee that he is not involved in active play. However, if the referee considers that he has left the field of play for tactical reasons and has gained an unfair advantage by re-entering the field of play, the player must be cautioned for unsporting behavior. The player needs to ask for the referee’s permission to re-enter the field of play.
If an attacking player remains stationary between the goalposts and inside the goal net as the ball enters the goal, a goal must be awarded. However, if the attacking player distracts an opponent, the goal must be disallowed, the player cautioned for unsporting behavior and play restarted with a dropped ball from the position of the ball when play was stopped, unless play was stopped inside the goal area, in which case the referee drops the ball on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the ball was located when play was stopped.
What happens if not enough players show up to a game?
(According to the FIFA Laws of the game / what about for recreational / travel)
The FIFA Laws of the Game state “A match is played by two teams, each consisting of not more than 11 players, one of whom is the goalkeeper. A match may not start if either team consists of fewer than seven players.”
For the recreational league:
It may be necessary to change the number of players. This is acceptable if before the game begins both coaches agree and the referees are notified of the number of players on the field. See the following bullet points for additional information.
Div. 6&7: The teams may borrow players from each other if one team is short. They may not borrow players from other teams or divisions – only from the team they are playing against in that game. An unlimited number of players may be borrowed and the teams will play with the same number of players, unless a coach refuses to borrow or lend players as noted below.
Div. 3,4,5: The teams may borrow up to 2 players from each other if one team is short. They may not borrow players from other teams or divisions – only from the team they are playing against in that game. The teams will play with the same number of players, unless a coach refuses to borrow or lend players as noted below. If a team is short by 3 or more players, while the other team has a full team, the game shall be forfeited, the players divided up, and a scrimmage can be played.
If a coach does not want to lend players to the other team, they must play with the same number of players as the team that is short players. If a coach refuses to accept players from the other team then the other team may play with the designated number of players and the team that refused to borrow players plays short.
If a team is up by three goals, the losing team may add one extra player. If a team is up by 6 goals, another extra player may be added. If there are no players on the bench the other team must remove players.
For the travel leagues:
How do the Thor Guard lightning detectors work/ where are they located/ what to do?
The Thor Guard equipment is lightning “prediction” technology that measures the likelihood of lightning even with no visible evidence of a lightning flash. This is different from “detection” technology that responds to flashes of lightning in the distance. Please note this is not “protection” technology. The Thor Guard equipment does not attract or absorb lightning strikes – its intended service is to provide an early warning.
Essentially the way it works is there are rooftop sensors that monitor atmospheric conditions around the clock. When the sensor determines that the likelihood of lightning strike exceeds a 30% chance, the sensor emits a radio signal to remote horns and strobe lights installed at the park sites throughout the Village.
The following procedures are to be followed when potentially dangerous weather exists:
A warning signal (one long 15 second horn) will sound and strobe lights will activate when a potentially dangerous weather situation is approaching.
All activities in the park should end immediately and patrons should leave the park. It is recommended that park patrons seek shelter in their cars or a building. All park patrons should wait until the lightning prediction system performs an All Clear Signal before returning to the park.
All Clear Signal
The All Clear Signal (three short horn blasts, two seconds apart) will sound, and the strobe lights will deactivate. After the All Clear Signal sounds and the strobe lights deactivate, park patrons may resume their activities.
The Thor Guard System helps assess the conditions. Neither the signal nor the system it intended to guarantee that conditions are safe. If the weather is threatening and no warning signal is heard or seen, use good judgment and clear the field. Do not wait for the warning signal to activate, as the system can malfunction.
If there is lightning or the lightning alarm goes off stop the game and clear the field. All players, coaches and referees are required to get inside a car or building immediately. Coaches: if a referee does not have a car please allow them to sit in your car. The referee is instructed to wait 20 minutes and if the all clear isn’t sounded the game is over and games for the rest of the division are canceled.
Are recreational league games rescheduled if they are cancelled due to weather or any other reason?
No, unfortunately, recreational league games are not rescheduled.
Can I request a coach?
Recreational league – Coaches can be requested on the registration sheet. However, please note that all requests cannot always be satisfied.
Travel soccer team – For special coach requests, please contact the Director of Coaching, or Director of Boys or Director of Girls Travel.
I have a concern about my coach, who can I contact?
If you are comfortable, first try to address the situation with the coach. If you have already tried and/or feel more comfortable contacting someone else, please use the following guide:
For concerns regarding:
– Recreational coaches: please contact the Vice President
– Travel coaches: please contact the Director of Boys or Director of Girls Travel
If the issue is still not resolved, please contact the President.
What is the recreational soccer withdraw/refund policy?
Refunds will be given if a withdraw request is received prior to the close of registration. If a withdraw request is submitted after the close of registration but prior to the coaches meeting/draft, a refund of 50%, minus the $5 park district fee, will be approved. Upon team formation and the coaches draft/meeting, no refunds will be given without Executive Board approval. This approval will be made only for extenuating circumstances such as physical disability or dwelling relocation.
What is the Travel withdraw/refund policy?
Upon team formation and payment of dues, no refunds will be given without Executive Board approval. This approval will be made only for extenuating circumstances such as physical disability or dwelling relocation.
How can I become a referee?
To become a certified referee you must attend a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) certification clinic held by the Illinois Soccer Referee Committee (ISRC). Clinic dates/locations can be found at www.illinoissoccerrefereecommittee.org.
To referee games for the Elk Grove Soccer Club, please refer to the Referees page for further information (link to Referees page).
How can I help out? How can I join the Board of Directors?
The Elk Grove Soccer Club has many volunteer opportunities. These positions can be found here (link to Volunteers page). There are also many other ways to help out the club, to find out more please contact one of the Board of Directors (link to Board of Directors page).
Each board member serves a 2-year term. Board members are voted on at the annual board meeting on the second Monday of November. If you are interested in joining the Board of Directors, please contact the President prior to the October board meeting.