FC Barrington/FCX Earns 5-Star Competitive Club Recognition
Barrington Program Also Earned Rec Recognition in 2013

FC Barrington/FCX has become the second competitive club in the state to earn the prestigious Illinois Youth Soccer 5-Star Competitive Club Recognition.  In 2013, the recreational leg of the Barrington Area Soccer Association (BASA) earned the US Youth Soccer 5-Star Recreational Recognition, showing the program’s extraordinary commitment at both the competitive and rec level.

“FC Barrington/FCX is honored to receive this recognition from Illinois Youth Soccer,” said John Koeune, Executive Director of FC Barrington & FCX. “We view this as validation that we are on the right track to providing the best environment for youth soccer available.  We are committed to continuing to work to stay on the cutting edge of both our training and administration.”

“BASA has always been one of the most conscientious and progressive soccer organizations in Illinois,” Mary Jane Bender, Illinois Youth Soccer Executive Director said.  “They take coaching education and player safety seriously.  For a large organization such as BASA it took tremendous effort to achieve the 5-Star recognition for both their recreational league and competitive club.  BASA has made a major commitment to improve the quality of the soccer experience for their players and we congratulate them for their achievement.” 

FC Barrington is the youth travel arm and FCX is the High School Elite travel arm of the Barrington Area Soccer Association (BASA).   FCB/FCX provides comprehensive, professional training for players who are committed to improving their level of play while enjoying themselves.  In Spring 2014, the Under-18 Boys FCX team finished as State Cup finalists and the Under-15 FC Barrington Black team were Regional & State Presidents Cup finalists.  FC Barrington & FCX teams compete in the Young Sportsmen’s Soccer League (YSSL), Illinois Women’s Soccer League (IWSL) and the Midwest Regional League (MRL).

“This recognition is something that validates the program as a whole,” Koeune said. “It's not one team winning a championship, it's an overall top to bottom seal of approval that we are among the best clubs in the state in all areas of our program.”

To earn the 5-Star Competitive Club recognition, a club must meet all of the requirements showcasing their dedication both on and off the field. The 5-Star Competitive Club Recognition requirements are:

Illinois Youth Soccer Membership & Support
All of the Club’s competitive teams/players and recreational program teams/players, with the exception of the Club’s US Soccer Academy primary teams that are excluded from participating in any other program, must be registered with an Illinois Youth Soccer member league.

The Club must actively support Illinois Youth Soccer programs and encourage their players to participate in the Illinois Olympic Development Program.

The Club must place Illinois Youth Soccer logo and link on its website.

Coaching Education
All the Club’s competitive coaches must have the following US Soccer Federation licenses:

  • All U9-U12 coaches must have at least an ‘E’ License
  • All U13 and up coaches must have at least a ‘D’ License
  • All Directors of Coaching must have at least a ‘C’ License AND a National Youth License

Referee Development
All referees including assistant referees that the Club assigns must have a US Soccer license

Risk Management
The Club must meet all of the following Illinois Youth Soccer risk management criteria:

  • All goals used by the Club, whether they are in use or not, must be anchored and stored according to the goal manufacturer’s safety standards.  All fields, nets and equipment must be safe.
  • All coaches, assistant coaches, administrative staff, board members, referees and all affected persons 18 or older must submit a background check.
  • All coaches must submit a certificate to the Club showing that they have successfully completed the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Heads Up Concussion test.
  • All coaches must use the Illinois Youth Soccer Concussion Notification Form.

Parent Education and Sideline Behavior
The Club must certify and document that it has a parent behavior program in place.

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