Illinois FC aims to offer all young players the opportunity to reach their full potential in soccer by providing them a safe, fun and challenging environment in which to do so, through a structured training program that prepares them for the demands of high school, ODP or collegiate competition. We are committed to identifying, recruiting and promoting the education of the best youth soccer coaches in Champaign-Urbana and its surrounding communities, as well as providing opportunities for year-round play, in hopes of fostering a life-long passion for the sport on the part of all our members. We believe that soccer has a unique capacity to foster the positive physical, cognitive and social development of our children. In so doing, we strive to enhance the respectability and identity of the club within our greater community, and hope that we might be a source of pride beyond our membership alone.
Hello Illinois FC parents,
The club is very excited to start the new Age Group training sessions for the fall season on Monday, August 5th. We want our players to begin building their skills as well as their confidence from day one. The club is making a concerted effort to ensure every player gets the best individual attention possible so he/she can achieve their maximum potential. Every decision the club makes going forward will be made with this principle in mind.
It is appropriate, in my opinion, for every player to be placed in the team where he/she belongs. An error or miscalculation in this will be detrimental to their development. It goes both ways -- placing a player at a higher level than he/she can’t cope with is as detrimental as placing a player on a level which is too low. Note that I am referring to level, not age. A player can play with individuals who are older and be at his/her correct level.
For this reason, the club has assigned a coach and a specific team model for the younger players as well (U-9 to U-12), thus eliminating the Group training used over the past year. For the first month of training, the players from all age groups will be evaluated according to certain parameters, and the coaches will be able to show the parents these evaluations at the end of that first month. If a parent wants to get information on this evaluation before it starts, they should feel free to approach me at any time and I will be glad to share it. This can be done via mail, phone, meeting in my office or approaching me at Dodds Park. With this evaluation of the player, we will set a baseline which will help us place players at the appropriate level. We will also be able to measure progress, as we plan to do another survey at the end of the season in order to gauge the success of the changes we are putting in place.
Soccer is a sport of strength, speed, and resistance. A solid foundation of these qualities is required for the player to start improving their skills and gaining confidence. Without strength and speed, all the attempts to improve in other aspects will not be fruitful. To optimize this, training will be focused on helping players improve their first step acceleration on both feet, change of direction, coordination, agility, anaerobic resistance, acrobatic moves, explosive speed, overall strength, and speed in all manifestations (reaction, long-distance, short distance, of execution ). All of these will be introduced at the appropriate ages and they will be learned in a fun environment, through games, competitions, races, etc.
I believe that a player must experience in practice something very similar to what he is going to face in the weekend games. The training session should provide the answers and tools to solve the problems presented during the weekend. The weekend games should not be seen as battles they need to go fight, but soccer problems they need to solve. Decision making and anticipation will be key aspects present in most of the training sessions. We will make an effort to have each team practice in a separate field just for them. This will ensure the players replicate the same runs, distances, shots, strength of passes, combinations, and trajectories they will face in the match. By doing this, it should also improve their stamina as they will be covering more ground during the training session.
To the new and returning players, I would like to welcome you to the Illinois Futbol Club and thank you for accepting your spot on a team. The coaches and I, are committed to the players assigned to us and we will do our best to provide a fulfilling experience at IFC.
Illinois FC is dedicated to promoting the following values through participation in its programs:
We further are dedicated to an organizational structure and club atmosphere patterned after traditional soccer clubs from around the world, where each and every member has a genuine and enduring obligation to promote the success of every other member, because we believe that model is best suited to teaching the values described above.
Illinois FC is always looking for new players to expand the club and to fill slots on existing teams. Girls aged fourteen and younger are, historically, in great demand to fill the rosters of our club teams. For teams aged nine and up the club uses tryouts and skills assessments conducted by the Director of Coaching and Illinois FC coaching staff to place players on teams. The club typically finds a place on a suitable team for most players, especially in the younger age groups. In addition, we offer the role of "practice player," which involves less money and travel, but lets the players train with our competitive teams and develop their soccer skills in hopes of future success in recreational, club, or high school soccer.
Illinois FC teams are formed after tryouts in June and those teams stay together for the entire year (fall, winter, & spring seasons). High school aged boys and girls play club soccer for one season: girls in the fall and boys in the spring. Most players join the club during formal tryouts. Players who wish to join the club but cannot attend an official tryout and/or move to town in mid-season should contact the Illinois FC Director of Coaching.
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