GSC is a travel soccer club, our U8-U11 boys and girls soccer teams play together for a full year. Our teams participate in a fall season, a spring season and have the opportunity to play in a winter indoor league. GSC players practice outdoors twice a week in the fall and spring and once a week indoors in the winter. There are also many additional training opportunities available for our players throughout the year - including Friday skills classes, goalkeeper training, speed and agility training, winter break camp, multiple summer camps and our new 3v3 Academy.
What age groups play for Glenview Soccer Club? The club typically fields two, three or four boys and girls teams at the U8 (under the age of eight as of August 1 in that season), U9, U10 and U11 levels.
How many players are on one team? U8 boys and girls will play 7v7. The ideal team size is 9 or 10 players, up to a maximum of 12. U9 and U10 teams play 7v7, team size is ideally 10 to 12, with a maximum of 14. U11 plays 9v9, team size is ideally 13 up to 15.
How is a player selected for a GSC team? Late May or early June each year the club holds tryouts. All current Glenview Soccer Club players must tryout each year along with the players new to the club. Players are evaluated by Glenview Soccer Club coaches and independent evaluators on a variety of soccer and physical skills.
Do current Glenview Players get preference for next year's teams? No, the teams are selected based on the evaluators best estimates of fielding the most competitive teams. This usually means the best players make the top teams, but not always, as effort, attendance, and attitude are also considered. Glenview Soccer Club tries to find a team for all players who try out, but that is not always possible; it depends on the number of players at a given age.
How much time does the Glenview Soccer Club program take? Each team plays a ten game season in the fall and a eight game season in the spring. Most Glenview Soccer Club teams practice two times each week for 1 1/2 hours per practice. These practices take place at our home fields at Community Park West in Glenview, IL. Additional skill specific training is available on most Fridays during each outdoor season. Most teams also participate in one tournament in the fall and one tournament in the spring. During the winter, one indoor training session a week is also included in Glenview Soccer Club program fees. Players will have the opportunity to compete in a winter indoor soccer league, this is encouraged but not mandatory. More information is available under the Training website page.
Who are the coaches and how are they selected? All GSC teams will have professional paid coaches who possess US Soccer licenses. The coaches are experienced in soccer fundamentals, and many played at professional, semi-pro or collegiate levels. You can see bios of some of the club's current coaches on the Coaches website page. Coaches are hired by the club following submission of a job application and completion of an interview process. The Director of Coaching makes the final hiring decisions, with oversight from the the Board of Directors.
How competitive is the Glenview Soccer Club? Glenview Soccer Club competes against the top youth soccer teams in Chicagoland and Northern Illinois. All the top youth boys teams in Northeastern Illinois compete in the YSSL or NISL, and all the top youth girls teams in Northern Illinois compete in the IWSL.
When are games played? Most games are scheduled for weekend afternoons which an occasional weeknight game at the older levels. The boys usually play on Saturdays and the girls usually play on Sundays. Typically, half of the games are played at our excellent home fields at Community Park West in Glenview. The remaining half are played on the road against other teams in the area.
What age level should my child play? the US Soccer youth age groups begin August 1st of each year and end July 1st. Below is a link to an age range chart by month and year for the 2015-2016 season.