Parting words…

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    Each week as I’ve gone out to do errands and buy groceries while working at the NISL, I’ve always noticed that no matter where I go there are always cars with stickers in their back windows for clubs that are in the league. Where I live in Sugar Grove I always notice the hundreds upon hundreds of Strikers Fox Valley, TCSA, and other club insignias from the local clubs greeting me as I make my way around town. As I’ve noticed these club stickers I’ve always thought to myself, “Wow, those parents have no idea that because their son or daughter is in that club, they are helping me pay for my groceries!” It’s always been a nice and humbling realization that’s helped me appreciate all of you that help us support our families by being a part of this league.


    For those of us lucky enough to make a living through soccer, I think we should all be very proud to be a part of this community. Our daily jobs revolve around providing children with a fun way to get outdoors, be healthy & active, and to learn the important life lessons that come from athletic competition. With soccer our kids learn to practice and develop a set of skills, set goals to achieve, accept defeat, to preserve over those defeats, to rally around the selflessness of teamwork, and to rejoice in the rewards and results of their hard work. I think many of us, myself included, can lose sight of all of these wonderful things as we get stuck in the daily grind and stress of the paperwork, online registration, and other tedious tasks that we need to do to get the kids on the field. It’s always good to take a step back and remind ourselves that beneath all of the competition and administration, we’re all just here to give the kids those moments to step on the field and enjoy the game.


    I’ve been overwhelmed with the many well wishes and thanks I have received from coaches and administrators over these last few weeks. I just want to thank all of you for the kind words and support you’ve given me, it’s been enormously heart-warming.


    It’s been an absolute pleasure helping all of you over these last few years.


    Thank you for helping me and the rest of the NISL staff put food on our tables and support our families through this wonderful game.


    • Jason Murray

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    Proudly celebrating its 17th year as US Club Soccer's cup-based national championship competition, the National Cup XVII looks to grow on the success of its 16 predecessors when it concludes with the National Cup XVII Finals, July 20-24 at Aurora Sports Park in Aurora, Colo.


    Teams in 13-U through 18/19-U age groups have advanced to the National Cup XVII Finals by winning a National Cup XVII Regional or through qualifying state cups. National titles will be awarded in two divisions: Super Group (most competitive) and Premier Group.





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    Northern Illinois Soccer League

    NISL teams that will play final at the National Cup

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    National Cup XVII Finals Teams


    Olympiacos Chicago 99 Red   South Suburban SA 99   Eclipse Elite Black 02
    Deportivo Juniors 03
      Mayas FC 04
    MAYAS F.C.
      Eclipse Black 05

    US Sport Certification

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    Education and awareness are the most critical components to creating safe and respectful sporting environments, free of abuse and harassment. Our team of subject matter experts develop best practices, policies and programs consistent with guidance from leading organizations. SafeSport is building its repository of best practices and is eager to work with your organization to champion respect and end abuse in sports.

    Prevention starts with the leaders of the team- the coaches, the trainers, the doctors and mentors. Even the parents. The U.S. Center for SafeSport is committed to training these influencers through our online training program. The Center is working on plans for youth athlete training resources as well. Visit our Training page to learn more about the different courses we offer.

    May 15, 2018
    Dear NISL / US Club member,

    As indicated in this letter from CEO/Executive Director Kevin Payne, beginning with the 2018-19 registration year, US Club Soccer is adding SafeSport online training as a requirement for all US Club Soccer-registered coaches and staff members. We think this is a responsible step in helping achieve the safest possible youth soccer environment that truly puts Players First.


    More specifically, beginning July 1, 2018, all US Club Soccer-registered coaches and staff members will be required to be “SafeSport Trained” by the time of their next background screening.

    The training is available now, and regardless of background screening timing, we recommend that all US Club Soccer registered coaches and staff members become “SafeSport Trained” as soon as possible. We also recommend others in your club/organization who may not be required to register with US Club Soccer become SafeSport Trained.

    The course is free for US Club Soccer members. Those who become SafeSport Trained will not be required to take the course again for 2018-19 or 2019-20 registration.

    This requirement takes effect with the 2018-19 registration year. Please click here to read CEO Kevin Payne’s letter.

    Instructions: Please click here to send an email and receive an auto-reply with the link, U.S. Soccer access code, and instructions to take the course. (The U.S. Center for SafeSport and U.S. Soccer will not allow the code to be posted publicly.)

    Once all three modules are completed, you will be able to download a master “SafeSport Trained” certificate from your SafeSport dashboard. Save this certificate. You will be required to upload it into your next US Club Soccer background screening application beginning with the 2018-19 registration year, as a condition of US Club Soccer staff registration. Important distinction: While you will receive a certificate after each of the three modules, uploading one of those does not suffice. US Club Soccer requires uploading the master “SafeSport Trained” certificate.

    Completion takes approximately 90 minutes, but it does not need to be done at once. You may save your progress and pick up where you left off at a later time.

    Timeframe:  As soon as possible, but no later than in conjunction with your next background screening application. Those who become SafeSport Trained will not be required to take the course again for 2018-19 or 2019-20 registration. We also recommend others in your club/organization who may not be required to register with US Club Soccer become SafeSport Trained.

    Cost / Payment:  Free.

    Technical support:  Contact the U.S. Center for SafeSport Technical Support Help Desk at (720) 676-6417 or complete the contact form on this web page.






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