News and Announcements
Team Chicago Announces New Director of Goal Keeping
Cristiano Costa comes to Team Chicago after serving as the Goalkeeping Coach for the Crystal Lake Soccer Federation. Coach Costa enters his third season as the Head Women’s Soccer Coach (NCAA DI & WAC Conference) at Chicago State University.
Coach Costa has over 25 years of soccer experience. He is a very driven and hardworking individual, who has an extreme passion for all things soccer. In 1991, he started his soccer career in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, playing for the professional team Clube de Regatas Vasco de Gama. He spent 9 years with his team training and playing as a goalie, before transitioning to ABC and Botafogo PB where he played 2 more years professionally. In 2006, Cristiano moved to the United States, where he played for 2 years at Oklahoma Baptist University before transferring to play at Judson University. In 2009 he played for FC Hansa Luneburg in Germany, and in 2010 and 2011 he played for the PDL soccer league Thunder Bay Chill in Canada.
Coach Costa currently holds a USSF C Coaching License while also holding his EXOS Formerly Athletes’ Performance – Phase 1 License, Football Theory (Foundation Course 1), Football Braining (Module 1), and GK Position Specific Coaching Clinic.
Team Chicago Technical training camp starts on Monday!
The popular Team Chicago Technical Training Camp.
This camp is specifically designed for the serious soccer player looking to improve their individual technical execution.
The camp is open to birth years 2001-2011 and will be run by Coaches Kevin Gowrie & Alan Cross.
Players will have the opportunity to finely tune their skills in preparation for the Fall season by learning advanced soccer techniques as well as improving soccer specific strength, speed and agility in a challenging and fun environment using innovative training equipment.
Tentative Daily Schedule
9am- Technical warm up
9.15am- Speed & Agility stations (evasion belts, ladders, hurdles, parachutes, resistance chords, balance boards etc)
9.45am- Unopposed Technical exercises (Themes – Attacking moves, Protecting the ball to spin out of pressure, Attacking first touch, Aerial first touch)
10.30am- Opposed Activities to challenge individual technique (Related to theme of the day)
11am- Skills stations (goal shot finishing, re-bounder volleys, soccer tennis, juggling challenges etc)
11.30am- 3v3/4v4 games
WHEN: July 20-23, 2020 (Monday to Thursday)
TIME: 9:00 AM – Noon
WHERE: Gentile Field/WAA Sports Center, 2323 Liberty St. Aurora, IL 60502
WHO: Open to all travel soccer players birth years 2001-2011
Equipment Needed: Soccer Ball and dressed to play soccer.
Registration Link ( will take you to waasports.org)
Team Chicago Summer Camp web page: https://www.teamchicagosoccer.org/Default.aspx?tabid=896259
Team Chicago Tryouts, June 27-28!!
Team Chicago will be holding tryouts the weekend of June 27-28 at Gentile Field in Aurora. Teams are forming now for the 2020-21 season, all players must complete the registration at the link below and submit a COVID Waiver to email@example.com prior to attending the tryout.
This tryout is open to all 2020-21 registered Team Chicago players and any players looking for a soccer home for the 2020-21 season. Come play on our 5-acre lit grass field located next to our State-Of-The-Art Turf Field at the WAA Sports Center! We have placed over 140 players in college soccer programs since 2013 and will be competing in the USYS National League Midwest Conference Club-v-Club division this fall.
Register here: https://www.waasports.org/Default.aspx?tabid=315222
10-11:15am: 2007 Boys
11:15-12:30pm: 2006 Boys
12:30-1:45pm: 2007 Girls
1:45-3pm: 2006 Girls
3-4:15pm: 2005 Girls
4:15-5:30pm: 2004 Girls
5:30-6:45pm: 2002/2003 Girls
1-2:15pm: 2008 Boys, 2010 Boys
2:15-3:30pm: 2009 Boys, 2011/2012 Boys
3:30-4:45pm: 2008 Girls, 2010 Girls
4:45-6pm: 2009 Girls, 2011/2012 Girls
Players must bring a soccer ball, water, hand sanitizer and be dressed and ready to play. New players should wear a blue or dark shirt, returning players should bring both yellow and blue Team Chicago jerseys. All players must email a signed copy of the IYSA COVID-19 Waiver to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information or for alternative tryout times please contact email@example.com.
Gentile Field: 2323 Liberty Street, Aurora
Team Chicago To Join MWC Club-v-Club Division!
Team Chicago is pleased to announce we have been chosen to be one of the clubs taking part in the US Youth Soccer National League Midwest Conference Girls Club-vs-Club Division which will begin play in the fall 2020. One of only four Illinois clubs, and the only club in the Western Chicagoland Suburbs, our teams from U15-U19 will compete against other top clubs in the Midwest Region. Team Chicago Technical Director Dave Lovercheck feels the level of competition will greatly benefit Team Chicago’s players, stating:
“The newly formed MWC Girls Club-v-Club division ensures our top teams will compete against the top teams and clubs in the Midwest providing quality competition, high visibility in college recruiting as well as the continuing opportunity to qualify directly to US Youth Soccer Region II Regionals through league play. This is a positive step for the Region and for Team Chicago and we are very pleased to be taking part.”
The US Youth Soccer National League Press Release states:
FRISCO, Texas (June 3, 2020) — The USYS Midwest Conference, one of the 13 Conferences within the USYS National League, is excited to announce the girls clubs that will compete in the Fall 2020 Club vs. Club Divisions.
The standards-based Midwest Conference Club vs. Club Divisions will include 14 girls clubs for the Fall 2020 season, with the clubs split into two brackets within each age group. The Midwest Conference will hold Club vs. Club competition in the 15U through 19U Girls age groups, and the corresponding boys competition will take place in the Spring 2021 season.
Midwest Conference Girls Club vs. Club Division | Fall 2020 Brackets
Chicago Inter Soccer (IL)
Team Chicago (IL)
Lou Fusz Athletic (MO)
Sporting STL (MO)
St. Louis Scott Gallagher (MO)
Midwest United FC (MI)
Sporting Omaha (NE)
Michigan Jaguars (MI)
FC United (IL)
Libertyville FC 1974 Elite (IL)
SC Wave (WI)
Madison 56ers (WI)
North Shore United (WI)
“The conference’s selection committee believes the quality is high enough to expand this program from the initial intent of eight clubs to 14 well-qualified clubs,” said Marc Frankland, League Manager for the Midwest Conference. “The added clubs will increase playing opportunities while helping to reduce travel, which is important in the current climate. We received very positive initial feedback during our shortened inaugural Club vs. Club Division competition earlier this spring, and we’re looking forward to providing a great playing format for more clubs this fall.”
Teams in each bracket of the Club vs. Club Divisions will play within their own groups (no crossover matches) to determine the final standings. To determine who advances to the annual USYS Midwest Regional Championships, a playoff will take place at the end of the season. The highest placed teams from each bracket — that have not already qualified for Regionals by winning their State Cup — will meet to determine the age group’s Club vs. Club Division representative at Regionals.
The Midwest Regional Championship qualifier from the Club vs. Club Divisions will join the conference’s team-based Premier I Division qualifiers at Regionals. Each of the National League’s 13 Conferences, including the Midwest Conference, provide a pathway for their top teams to advance to their respective Regional Championships. Conference teams also have access to the new National League Showcase Series, which provides teams with a chance to play cross-conference matches in a national setting with increased exposure to college, professional and national team scouts.
Click here for more information on the Midwest Conference or visit the National League homepage for access to all conferences and information on the National League Showcase Series.
Important Message regarding WAA plan for Return To Play
To All Wheatland Ducks, Spikes and Team Chicago Participants and Families;
Wheatland Athletic Association’s mission statement states its goal as providing “a SAFE and positive environment for kids to learn and play.” With this guidance and in light of these extraordinary times, the Board of Directors held a special meeting to assess our summer and fall programs especially the upcoming summer activities and schedules of Team Chicago, Wheatland Ducks and Spikes.
The Board realizes that its decisions require balancing member interests and their safety with inconsistent local, state and national restrictions and orders constantly in flux. The Board pledges to continue to meet, monitor all updates from the State of Illinois and the CDC, and revise its decisions accordingly.
Currently, WAA’s plan to return to team activities and play will follow the precipes of Restore Illinois’ Phased-in Plan set forth by Governor Pritzker. Below is a general guide of the phases that WAA is required to follow, subject to updates by the State of Illinois. Individual sports should adapt their activities to these Phases.
Phase 2: This is the current Phase. Non-essential gatherings are prohibited. It appears that we will be in this Phase through May 29, 2020.
What does this mean for WAA participants? – No WAA events are allowed. This includes travel and out of state tournaments.
Phase 3: Outdoor recreation activities in groups of 10 or fewer are permitted, with social distancing.
What does this mean for WAA participants? – Limited Practices with no contact.
· How – Groups of 10 or less in designated field areas with specified pick up and drop off areas.
· Where – WAA outdoor facilities or available rental fields
· What – Practice and training only. Only activities that maintain participant social distancing.
· Travel – Travel should follow IDPH and CDC approved guidance. WAA does not condone out of state or out of region team travel , games, or other activities that does not comply with Phase 3 guidance. *
· Other – Face masks will most likely be required. Participants and coaches should practice all recommended CDC recommendations for hygiene and stay home if you or someone you live with has been exposed to Covid-19. Only participants and designated coaches are allowed. Parents will need to drop off and if staying, will have to stay in cars, parked in designated areas.
Phase 4: All outdoor recreation allowed. Gatherings of 50 people or fewer will be allowed.
What does this mean for WAA participants? – Practices and Games will be allowed if 50 or fewer people.
· How – Groups of 50 or less for practices and games.
· Where – WAA outdoor facilities or available rental fields. WAA indoor facilities may be open with capacity limits.
· What – Practice and games for participants. Spectators will be limited if allowed.
· Travel and tournaments – Travel should follow IDPH and CDC approved guidance. Team travel out of state or out of region for tournaments, games, or other activities must comply with Phase 4 guidance. *
· Other – Participants and coaches should practice all recommended CDC recommendations for hygiene and stay home if you or someone you live with has been exposed to Covid-19.
Phase 5: All Activities Allowed
What does this mean for WAA participants? – We will celebrate!
*Travel – All team travel should follow IDPH and CDC approved guidance. Team travel for tournaments, games, or other activities outside of Illinois or the Restore Illinois Northeast Health Region will require pre-approval by WAA upon a showing of special circumstance. The Restore Illinois Northeast Health Region includes the following Illinois counties: Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Kankakee, Lake, McHenry and Will. The Board is currently considering objective criteria to be utilized in its approval process.