Illinois FC strives to provide timely updates for club families on the impact of the COVID-19 virus on club operations and youth soccer in the area. Please contact us with any questions by emailing the director of coaching at email@example.com, or the club president at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more on COVID-19 and youth soccer:
Illinois Youth Soccer Association: http://www.illinoisyouthsoccer.org/covid-19-suspension-of-play
IYSA Train-at-Home Ideas (updated weekly): https://illinoisyouthsoccer.demosphere-secure.com/at-home-technical-training-series
Soccer Planet: https://www.soccerplanetcu.com/
The Illinois Youth Soccer Association (following guidance of US Youth Soccer) announced that all IYSA sanctioned activities will be suspended until at least May 15th. IFC will continue to follow these guidelines and hence our suspension of all in-person club activities will continue through at least May 15th. For teams scheduled to play in the Schaumburg tournament on May 22-25, there has not been a cancellation yet. When we hear updates about this tournament, or any other updates, we will pass that information on to the relevant teams and families.
As you are likely aware, the governor has extended the state's Shelter-in-Place order through the end of April. IFC will thus extend our suspension of all in-person club activities through at least April 30th.
Our coaching staff has set up at-home training activities, team video chats, and an app (Techne Futbol, see below or illinoisfc.com/techne ) to help our players continue to learn and develop, so I encourage you to review these if you haven't already.
-- Skip Maier, IFC president
This is our first week of training with Techne Futbol which is very exciting news. We have seen a lot of involvement from our players so far and this is very positive for the club! As you get familiar with the app you will notice all the cool features it has. Techne posts a weekly session on their app, "This Week's Session," and players should train with this everyday.
For more details, go to illinoisfc.com/techne
In a letter from IFC President Skip Maier, the club announced:
IFC member families,
Following recommendations put forward by the US Centers for Disease Control and local and state health agencies and closure announcements by the University of Illinois among others, the IFC Board has made the decision to cancel the 2020 Spring Invite, which was scheduled to be hosted the weekend of May 1st to 3rd.
We are now in the process of communicating this decision to all those involved—vendors, partners, volunteers, and other clubs—and hope to have all parties informed by the beginning of next week.
This is disappointing for all of us, especially for the kids, and we are sad to have to take this action. The Board will be meeting again this coming week to make decisions about upcoming training schedules and other club events, and we will communicate any decisions to you as quickly as possible.
Thank you very much for your continued support and understanding. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
The statement below has been sent by CIYSL with regards to our league games this Spring. We are also monitoring the situation regarding training and tournaments this season, and will work hard to keep you informed of the updates and changes in the upcoming days.
Please be advised that as of 3/12/2020 US Soccer, United States Youth Soccer, and Illinois Youth Soccer Association
have suspended all activities through April 15, 2020. Coaching, and referee courses are suspended until April 30.
Since there is no liability insurance coverage for a Covid-19 exposure / infection CIYSL will also follow this postponement timeline.
No games are to be played until the April 19th weekend. If that date would change we will get info out to all clubs and teams. This mandate is for any open division teams as well. Looking at rescheduling options for the lost weekends and that will be communicated to all our teams at a later date.
Based on the recent suspensions by US Soccer Federation and US Youth Soccer, heightened travel concerns, and with the health of our soccer community in mind, all Illinois Youth Soccer run activities are suspended through April 15, 2020 and will be re-evaluated on an on-going basis. US Soccer events including coaching and referee courses are suspended through April 30.
These Illinois Youth Soccer activities include:
FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE http://www.illinoisyouthsoccer.org/covid-19-suspension-of-play
After much deliberation, the Board of Directors has decided to cancel practices for the remainder of this week (3-12 and 3-13). We have been closely following the release of information from the Champaign County Public Health Department and their recommendations regarding how to potentially curb the spread of COVID-19.
As we do not have any scheduled practices next week, we are hopeful that this will allow us to make appropriate decisions regarding our club's activities, without compromising anyone's health. The health and welfare of our athletes and their families is our primary concern and we will continue to keep you all advised in that regard.