ONE TEAM PER LEAGUE. You can play on (only) one team per league. If you play on a second team, in the same league, it is an automatic forfeit for that second team. This rule is in effect for all regular season and playoff games. You can play in multiple leagues just not on multiple teams within the same league. We offer 40+ leagues per season.
CHECK IN SYSTEM. In order to participate in a playoff game you must play at least once during the regular season. To enforce this rule every player must “check in” once during the regular season. A check in occurs in two ways: making a payment toward your team’s balance OR by walking up to a staff member and stating that you want to check in. We have a digital attendance sheet used to track check ins for every roster. At the time of playoffs we print off those sheets to make sure everyone participating has played at least once during the regular season.
FORFEITS. If your team needs to forfeit you must do so by 3pm the day before your game. If you forfeit after the 3pm cutoff your team will incur a $100 fine. That fine is paid out to the team you were scheduled to play against (as a refund, credit, or Pub97 gift card). The fine must be paid within 48 hours of your scheduled game or your team will be removed from the league. This system is in place to ensure that each team gets all of their games. If a team must forfeit we will do our best to build out a team for you to play against (hence the 3pm cutoff). If you are on a team that is struggling to find enough players just reach out and we’ll help find you subs. If your team shows up to your game with low numbers and needs to forfeit on site there will not be a fine.
MEMBERSHIPS. All players must have a current CFRS membership to be on a team. There are two offerings: Seasonal $8 or Annual $40. Revenue from memberships goes to fund things like the interns and part-time staff that run you out an ice pack or chase balls around the Fire Pitch. It also goes to cover extra benefits like team parties and shirts for league champions AND team trips to Chicago Fire home games! Finally, it goes toward less exciting stuff like our insurance (yay!). Must have a membership before third game of the season or cannot play. Anyone brand new to CFRS (first time playing) does not need a membership. If they return for a subsequent game they need to purchase a seasonal or annual membership.
RAIN OUTS. It probably goes without saying but everyday we check the weather. If there is the slightest chance of rain/lightning we monitor the heck out of it. If the forecast is bad enough we will cancel the entire night/day. However, the more normal course of action is to monitor any incoming storms and cancel/delay as needed. We will play through rain but not lightning. If we need to cancel or delay we will send out a mass email to everyone that is effected and call/text our team captains. Players must be on a Dash roster to get that cancelation email. CFRS will work with our team captains to organize makeup games. If a game is canceled during the first half of play the remainder of the game will be made up. If the game is canceled at halftime or later the result is final.
AMUSEMENT TAX. A 9% Chicago amusement tax is added to all league payments. For example: if you need to make a $100 team payment the total cost would be $109. The $100 would go to CFRS and the remainder to the city.
SEASON FORMAT. The standard CFRS league will run a 6 game (6 week) regular season followed by two weeks of playoff/consolation matches. Each team will have 8 games. Generally, the top 4 teams in your league will qualify for the playoffs (semifinals – week 7 / finals – week 8). All other teams will have friendlies during weeks 7 and 8.
TIE BREAKERS. CFRS uses the following tie breaker system for all leagues and tournaments: POINTS > GOAL DIFFERENTIAL > HEAD TO HEAD > TOTAL GOALS SCORED > COIN FLIP > HIGHEST (AVG) SAT TEAM SCORE. Win = 3 points / Tie = 1 point / Loss = 0.
REFUNDS. We give a full refund when the ask is > 2 weeks out from the start of play. Within two weeks we either offer a credit toward a future CFRS league or keep the money (if we are within one week of the league’s start date). Throughout the lead up to a new season we are 100% happy to help teams find additional players if they are short. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need individuals.
INDIVIDUAL REGISTRATION. We offer individual sign ups for all CFRS leagues. When an individual registers we work to place them on an established team. The amount they pay comes out of the established team’s balance. We do not ask individuals to pay beyond what they paid to sign up for the league.
RED CARD FINES. We take player safety very seriously. Any red card involving violent conduct ($50) or verbal abuse ($25) comes with a fine. Fines are given in addition to suspension from league play. All monies collected from red card fines are given directly to the award winning P.L.A.Y.S. Program – committed to enhancing the academic performance and development of key social and emotional (SEL) skills of elementary school students through a sports based curriculum.
GAMEPLAY — OUTDOOR
SMALL SIDED: 8v8 / 5v5
FULL SIDED: 11v11
Dan Dragicevich: email@example.com
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Sam Weisbrod: firstname.lastname@example.org