The Glen Ellyn Lakers is a travel soccer organization trained by professionals and managed by volunteers. We are a club sport run by the Glen Ellyn Park District. Our home field is Ackerman Park. Our purpose To provide a more competitive alternative to recreation league soccer. To sharpen player skills and abilities through professional training. To coach players through positive interaction. To develop a quality organization by attracting players and coaches who share a desire to compete at higher levels. Eligibility Girls and boys, ages 7 through 18 both residents and non-residents of Glen Ellyn. Time Commitment The Lakers program is a full year program. The fall season begins in late August and ends in late October. The spring season begins in mid-April and ends in mid-June. Each season includes (20) 90 minute practices (10 weeks, twice a week), 10 league games, 5 away and 5 at home, one week of summer camp and 5 hours of winter indoor training. Tryouts Teams are formed through a tryout process conducted in early June by a professional training organization. Prospective players are tested on an array of skills as well as game situations. Roster positions are not saved for returning players. All players must tryout to return in the fall. Coaches The coaches are volunteers and generally have a solid understanding of the game. All coaches are required to be certified through an Illinois Youth Soccer Association (IYSA) coaching module and additional required seminars. All coaches also have a background check through the Park District. Trainers Our trainers are professional certified trainers. Most have played at an international level and have many years of experience both playing and coaching. Practices/Games The practices are run by the trainers with emphasis in skill development. The coaches determine the line-ups and manage the games. Playing time Glen Ellyn Lakers FC is a travel soccer club, not a recreation league. As a travel soccer club, its two primary goals are 1) to create and develop competitive teams that are successful at every level and 2) player development. There is no minimum playing time requirement in terms of minutes per game or percentages per game. Playing time is at the coach's discretion and is based on game situations. For all age levels, playing time is also based on regular attendance at practices and games as well as a positive attitude towards the game and the team. At the lower age levels, U8 through U10, all players should receive meaningful playing time in every game. Rules The Glen Ellyn Lakers abide by the policies and procedures set forth by the IYSA which includes the bylaws of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), United States Youth Soccer Association (USYSA) and FIFA Laws.
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM