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Outdoor Season

Spring 2022


Opening games  April 9th/10th.  Closing games June 11th/12th
(no games April 16th/17th and May 28th/29th)

Fee : $165  ($190 after February 15th)


Under 4 to Under 5 Program

  •  8 one hour sessions on Sunday afternoons. Some sessions may run on a Saturday when needed.   
  •  Each player will receive a team t-shirt. 

Under 4 and Under 5
Designed to introduce the game of soccer, each weekly session begins with 30 minutes of instructional, fun drills taught by ESC staff in group form. Players then split in to their pre-assigned scrimmage teams with a volunteer coach for a 25 minute game. The games are played in a 4v4 format with no goalkeeper.  

For weekday skills sessions go to www.elasoccer.com/junioracademy

Kindergarten - 8th Grade Program

  •  8 games on Saturdays. Some double headers, weekday/Sunday games may be played..
  • 1 practice per week at the coaches discretion.  The day, time and location is determined by the coach. The coach may offer a second day of practice at their discretion. If a practice day & time is a priority, then we encourage you to volunteer to coach.  NOTE: Players will not be moved from one team to another because practice times or locations are not convenient.
  • Skills training by player group with ESC staff are offered on a Friday for 4 weeks during the season to further develop fundamental skills of the game at no additional cost.

New players to Ela Soccer Club will need to purchase a uniform $65.  The uniform can be used for multiple seasons. 

Current Competitive/Travel players are not permitted to participate in the Recreational program. 

Team, gender and age combinations in any given season may vary based on registration to form developmentally appropriate leagues.     We do our best to balance teams.  Date of registration is considered for team formation decisions.   Late registrants are placed on teams with openings . Specific team or friend requests are not taken. If there is a specific extenuating/carpool need we will do what we can to honor the request, however the request must be reciprocal. Both families must make the same request.    All head coaches receive a $25 credit for volunteering. If practice days and times are important please consider volunteering!  If more parents volunteer to coach at an age level than there are teams, then not everyone will be able coach. If we are short coaches at an age level we will request volunteers come forward. If no one volunteers the team is disbanded and players spread out among other teams. 
Ela Soccer Club has the right to change any of these rules or make a decision that would be in the best interest of the participants.

Recreation Program Playing Level Policy

 All participants of ESC shall play in a league according to their grade.
A year is from Sept 1st through Aug 31st – encompassing the fall and spring outdoor season and the winter indoor season. No participant shall be allowed to play at a level below their age (play down) except in the case of extreme physical limitations. These exceptions need to be documented and approved prior to the season. 
 A participant requesting to play at an age level above his age (play up) can only do so by one of the following: 

  • attending a minimum of 4 weeks of skill practice sessions provided by ESC or
  • attending 4 days of summer camp provided by ESC or
  • a previous ESC Travel Player and
  • the recommendation of the Director of Coaching (ESC staff position).  
    A Player Evaluation form must be requested by contacting the Executive Director (jackie.marais@elasoccer.com ) and handed to the evaluator at the session. This must be completed and signed prior to team assignments each year. All exceptions must be approved/renewed on a yearly basis.

325 Surryse Rd, Lake Zurich, 60047
(847) 726-6909