Crystal Lake Soccer Federation Through the Years
I. EARLY YEARS
A. Formed 1976 (initially the season began in the spring and concluded in fall)
B. Number of Players: Approximately 200
C. Age Groups: U8-U14
D. Uniforms: jerseys only, cotton reversible, red/gray, eventually went to full uniform, w/shorts and sox. All cotton gym class type uniform.
E. Fields: Prior to 1986 games were played at a variety of locations including: Coventry, Canterbury, and South Elementary Schools; Lundahl and North Jr. High Schools; South and Central High Schools, McHenry County College, Methodist Church, Seminary Field (adjacent to the C.L. Country Club), & Ladd Park.
F. Referees were all volunteers
II. FORMATIVE YEARS
A. Growing pains
B. Initially Incorporated in 1982
C. New Fields – first 2 fields at Lippold Park opened in Fall 1986 (many games still played all over town). Some U8 games played on Boncosky softball complex outfields.
D. Early concessions operated out of tent w/ generator put up and taken down each week
E. First concession trailer was purchased in 1988, also first golf car
F. As of 1986-87, # of registered players reached approximately 900
III. EARLY TRAVEL TEAMS
A. Initially only composed of boys teams. Coaches were volunteer parents. Each team was known by its own unique name. Some examples were: Pioneers, Chargers, Hot Spurs, Lightning, Lakers, Clash. Each team had its own uniform style and colors.
B. Girls Teams began 1995 with formation of the Crystal Lake Force, eventually all CLSF competitive teams, including boys, adopted the name “Force” with standardized uniforms and club colors of blue and gold which later became blue and white.
IV. INTO THE ‘90’s
A. Growth boom: In 1990 # registered players wasapproximately 1100, by 1999 almost 2100
B. New upgraded uniform styles now “full kit”
C. Expanded Referee Training program – referees now paid and undergo mandatory standardized training
D. Second Concession/Storage trailer purchased along with mechanized field lining machine
E. Additional fields opened so that by the mid 90’s all games were being played at one location – Lippold Park
F. Recreational program expanded to include kindergarten and high school players
G. Automation – we went “cyber” in 1999.
F. Plans for Soccerhouse and lighted fields initiated 1999
V. THE NEW MILLENIUM
A. Soccerhouse completed and dedicated in April 2003
B. Enrollment peaked at 2300 players.
C. New fields continued to be developed with lighted fields added in 2009
D. Introduction of new training programs for both rec and competitive teams
E. Hiring of administrative staff: Administrator, Ref Coordinator, Director of Coaching, Financial Coordinator and Administrative Assistant.
F. Crystal Lake Force Classic Tournament has grown to include over 150 local and regional teams.
G. We continue to serve the community with a variety of programs, and remain dedicated to our mission statement to develop all levels of youth soccer players.