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General

Do you have to play in Schaumburg to participate in the Academy program?

No, players may be selected from all locations; however, they will train in Schaumburg. The Academy is a unique program that is a ten month season. Per US Soccer’s mandate, players who participate in the Academy are not allowed to play high school soccer.

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How are the different training locations of Sockers FC tied together?

We will use player combines (evaluations), festivals, combined training sessions, rosters (older teams) and inter-leagues depending on the age and time of the year.

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With multiple teams at the same age, do you expect them to play each other?

Age groups will be used in a number of different ways to enhance player development. Teams could be mixed to play, have small sided games, and may play each other if is beneficial.

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Does Sockers FC discourage playing high school soccer? Is there a year round option?

Players are not discouraged to play high school soccer as we fully support players' individual decisions. Sockers FC continues to offer its Top Talent program which is an alternative to high school soccer.

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Which locations does Sockers FC operate training?

Players can choose from several training locations; Crystal Lake (McHenry County), Naperville, Schaumburg and Wheaton (depending on age).

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Are players required to purchase and wear all uniform items?

Each player is expected to purchase the uniform package specific for their age group. At all practices and games the specified uniform is required to be worn.

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How much are membership fees?

When players register for tryouts, fee information is sent to them through the club electronic system. Current players receive their invite to pre-register with fee structures in the middle of the spring season. Membership fees differ by location and age group.

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Who is the webmaster to add, edit or correct information?

Tola Makinde manages the website.  Tola is the project manager and oversees the website content and all club social media content.

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What is MySAM?

MySAM is an online registration system that Sockers FC uses to publish programs, regulate registration and accept payments. All programs, tryouts, camps and clinics are posted within MySAM for enrollment.

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Where are team and club schedules posted?

Club, team and player schedules are posted within the "My Team Events" calendar. 

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When does the soccer season start?

The soccer year usually starts the first week in August; the high school girls typically commence a week prior. High school boys generally return to the club around the first week in November.

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When does the soccer year finish?

For most players, the soccer year usually finishes around the last weekend in June. Regional and National competition is played in July; players selected for these rosters will continue to play into July.

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What is the "My Team Events" calendar?

The My Team Events calendar is an online tool available to all players and families so that they have up to date information on club or player logistics. It can be displayed in several different formats; player age group, individual staff member or by location. The calendar is then broken down further into specific rostered events.

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What type of college recruitment initiatives does Sockers have?

High School players have the opportunity to participate in up to five specific college recruitment events that are operated by the club. These events are in addition to their regularly rostered and scheduled team events. Over the years, Sockers FC has created strong connections to local and national institutions built on Alumni recruitment, as well as staff member relationships. The club offers ACT prep course opportunities and meets with players and families individually to build a plan unique to them.

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I am interested in training in Naperville or Wheaton, who should I contact?

Please contact Scotty Keena by email; skeena@sockersfc.net.

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I am interested in training in Schaumburg, who should I contact?

Please contact  Ahmed Gad by email; ahmed@sockersfc.net

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I am interested in training in Crystal Lake (McHenry County), who do I contact?

Please contact Karl Smith by email; karl@sockersfc.net

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I need tournament information, who should I contact?

If you are looking for sponsorship, vendor or general tournament information please contact Tony Petrillo (trilliebro@comcast.net). Contact Todd Bailey (bailey@sockerfc.net) for bracketing, etc.

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Program

How are teams formed?

Teams will be formed within a player’s age group through a selection/evaluation process.

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Do teams train alone, with a pool of players or with another age group?

Teams train side by side of each other within age groups.

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Will my team be pooled with any other teams?

Teams are formed in age groups. Age groups practice at the same time and location; respecting an element of training with player ability, it is possible they would be pooled together from time to time.

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How many days per week will my team train during the outdoor season?

U7-U11 teams will train 2 times per week outdoors. U12-U18 teams will train 3 times per week outdoors.

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How many days per week will my team train during the indoor season?

U7-11 teams will train 2 times per week indoors. U12-U18 teams will train 2-3 times per week indoor, depending on time of year.

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Can my child train with other/older teams within the club?

Yes, with the directors and coaches approval.

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Can girls choose to train with boys?

Yes, with the directors and coaches approval.

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Do you have set roster sizes for different age groups?

No.

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Is performance training offered to players?

Yes, Sockers FC offers sports performance training (SPARQ).

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How does Sockers FC assure that all teams get the same training in all 3 locations?

The technical advisory committee has an educational piece that all coaches will partake in to have a consistent Sockers concept throughout our 3 locations. Coaches will meet on weekly basis to exchange ideas and methods to implement this concept.

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How are coaches assigned to teams?

Coaches are assigned within a block of age groups. When you try out you will be told who the coaches are within that age group.

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Does Sockers FC run a summer program?

Yes, two nights a week in July per location are usually designated for the summer program that involves pickup games, scrimmages, skills training and conditioning. The club also operates soccer camps in the summer.

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What type of goalkeeping program is offered?

Goalkeepers (GK) have a chance to practice up to 5 times a week depending on season and schedules. There are usually 2-3 GK specific sessions a week in addition to team trainings. GK coaches travel with teams to games; providing individual performance and development evaluations. Staff members discuss individual training and college recruitment plans to aid each GK.

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Tryouts

How do players tryout?

In order to tryout, players must create an account on our MySAM system; then register for an available time and date that coordinates to their age group. Once registered, players will participate and be evaluated alongside current Sockers members. When the tryout is completed, certain players are selected by staff to join the age group.

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Do I have to tryout every year?

Current Sockers players do not have to tryout every year. Instead, we constantly evaluate our players throughout the year. Their place in the club as a member is available every year.

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Where do I find tryout dates?

Tryout dates can be found within your MySAM account; by clicking "classes/camps/clinics".

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I cannot see tryout dates, where do I find them?

In order to see tryout dates you must have a MySAM account (5 minute sign up). Once logged on, your account will then display all dates, times and locations available to your specific age group

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Are tryouts held at different locations?

There are tryouts at each of our training locations in Crystal Lake, Naperville, Schaumburg and Wheaton. Specific location details will be available when you register for your tryout.

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What should I bring to a tryout?

Each player should bring their tryout receipt that is received after registering, water and their own soccer ball; depending on the weather they should dress appropriately. 

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How do I find out my tryout results?

Players will be contacted via email after the tryout has been completed; in some cases the player may be invited back to make sure the group that they will be training with is a good fit. Unfortunately, due to current player practices, coach's schedules and the number of players trying out each night, we cannot individually speak to all families on the same night.

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If I had a successful tryout, what next?

Families should register with the club, make their deposit and submit appropriate paperwork as soon as possible. By doing so, this will secure their offered position. Coaches will then be in contact with registered players and communicate the upcoming practice schedule.

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What are the membership fees after tryout?

After registering for a tryout you will be emailed a printout of the membership fees with instructions and options for payment.

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Can I tryout at any time during the year?

Players can tryout at any time during the soccer year and join the club; however, players that are currently registered with other US Club programs will have to have signed permission to do so. Tryouts for the following soccer year usually commence in the spring season.  

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Can I tryout with friends?

Players can tryout with friends by signing up for a tryout on the same date and time; all players will be individually evaluated.

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