Greater Libertyville Soccer Association

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Apr, 2018

Changes in Competitive Program

Seven years ago, we instituted Phase 1 of our plan for development for the Greater Libertyville Soccer Association.  The FC 1974 Program was created to give the most dedicated, talented and committed players in the club, a higher level of training and competition.  The teams trained 3 times per week, had shorter breaks throughout the year and played in the highest levels that competition qualification allowed.  This change in programming has led to a massive uptick for the players as individuals and club as a whole.  Our teams regularly challenge for State Championships, play on at Regional and National level, and we have a developmental relationship with the professional club in Chicago.  Each year several of our players have graduated and are playing in college, and we have created our own college showcase for coaches to watch our players.  The Warren, Carmel, Vernon Hills and Libertyville high school teams that have done well in this time period were all heavily laden with GLSA players.  One High School Varsity coach referred to GLSA as a ‘factory’.  Our club is now a destination that players outside of the Libertyville area want to be a part of.  The club has seen growth in every soccer measurement possible due to the creation of the FC 1974 Program. 

It is now time for Phase 2 to begin, with 2 parts.  Part 1 is that all teams will come together under the FC 1974 banner.  Being that this is a uniform buying year for the Premier Program makes this the perfect time.  We believe the that this move will foster club unity and strengthen the club culture.  The top clubs in the Region are aligned from the oldest to the youngest ages and it is time that all of our teams be known as FC 1974 Libertyville.  Part 2 of our Competitive change concerns the second level teams in the club.  Over the course of the year, the FC74 teams have historically trained around 170 hours per year, while the Premier teams have trained roughly 105 hours per year (using a year-round team for the calculation).  This is a significant differential of hours, especially when you compound them year over year.  We feel that the disparity of play between the two levels is due to the difference in training time, and the gulf will only increase in the future.  This information, in conjunction with repeated member requests for more training, we have decided to add training time and a couple of events to the second team programs.              

The NEW GLSA Competitive Program will have the following structure:

U8- U10
Name and uniform changes only, no significant changes to the program structure. These teams will be continue to be referred to as Orange, Black and White
Top teams – FC 1974 Elite – no significant changes to the program structure
2nd teams – FC 1974 Select – follow similar training structure as the Elite teams
3rd and 4th teams – FC 1974 Premier – similar program structure as current Premier program
Top teams – FC 1974 Elite – no significant changes to the program structure
2nd teams – FC 1974 Premier – similar program structure as current Premier program

Program details, Events Calendars, Fee structure and tryout dates will be available next week.

The focus at the Greater Libertyville Soccer Association has always been player driven, we believe that if you raise the level of the individual player, that will raise the level of the team and finally the club.  Everything starts with the individual and their time on the ball playing soccer.  We believe that over time this enhancement to the structure of the program will allow us to develop more players to their maximum levels and make the club even stronger than it already is.

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