Rules

 COVID-19 – We are actively monitoring all city and state guidelines to keep our players, referees, and staff safe. There are currently no restrictions or mandates in place. Please continue to monitor CDC guidelines here.

 Payment – We require payment in full prior to your first game of the season. Any team that has not paid in full prior to their first game will forfeit the match. You can pay via credit card on-site prior to kick-off with a member of staff.

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 completes a full season of games. If a team must forfeit, we will do our best to find an alternate opponent. If you are on a team that is struggling to find enough players, please let us know and we will do our best to find you subs. If your team shows up to your game with low numbers, we will again do our best to find subs on-site to get the game played. If, however, you still need to forfeit the game, there will not be a fine.

Inclement Weather – The health and safety of the CFRS community is our top priority and we monitor all weather to ensure we uphold those standards. In the event of inclement weather, we will monitor any incoming storms and cancel or delay games, as needed. We will play through rain but not lightning. If we need to cancel or delay, we will communicate to all players at the earliest possible opportunity via email, and follow-up with a call/text to your team captains. Players must be on their team’s Dash roster to receive this communication. CFRS staff will work with team captains to organize make-up 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 half-time or later, the result at the time of cancelation will stand.

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.

Rosters – All players must ensure they are on their team’s roster (on Dash) prior to game #1. This is to ensure we have accurate rosters to communicate cancelations and to resolve any incidents that may arise. Captains are responsible for finalizing their roster by game #1. If you need any assistance with your Dash roster, please reach out to a member of staff and we can help you do that. In order to participate in a playoff game, you must be on the Dash roster prior to game #1 and have played at least once during the regular season.

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. Our points system is consistent with all FIFA sanctioned competitions: 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 try 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 any additional fees beyond what they paid to sign-up for the league.

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.

Red Card Policy – We take player safety very seriously, and have a zero-tolerance policy towards violence, discrimination, and racism in any form.

A player receiving a red card is not eligible to play in the remainder of the game in which they received the red card. Furthermore, that player shall also be suspended for a minimum of the next scheduled league game. Red card fines may be imposed to individuals and/or teams based on the severity of the player altercations.

Suspensions and Fines – CFRS will impose suspensions and fines for all red card offenses, per the following guidelines. All suspensions and fines are at the discretion of CFRS and Chicago Fire Football Club. All suspensions and fines will be communicated directly to the player(s) involved in writing via email, as well as to their team captain.

Two Yellow Cards – Possible One (1) game suspension*
Serious Foul Play – Two (2) game suspension*
Abusive Language – Two (2) game suspension*
Violent Conduct – Three (3) game suspension*
Assaulting a Player/Official – Expulsion from CFRS*
Racist, Homophobic and/or Sexist Language – Expulsion from CFRS*

*All suspensions are at the discretion of CFRS staff

CFRS and Chicago Fire FC will investigate all serious incidents by collecting written and/or verbal statements from the player(s) involved, as well as teammates, match officials and spectators. If any player(s) fails to support our investigation, they will also be subject to disciplinary action.

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 would go to the City of Chicago.

Bylaws

Outdoor Seasons
Spring, Summer, and Fall
11v11 and 8v8

8v8

  • No offsides
  • Rolling substitutes
  • All free kicks are direct
  • You can score from a kick-in, goal kick, corner, etc.
  • Five (5) yards must be given on all free kicks and kick ins
  • If an indirect foul occurs in the box, a direct free kick will be given at top of the box
  • Slide tackling is not permitted (Coed and Men’s)
  • Sliding when an opponent is not around is permitted
  • Penalties taken from the penalty spot (run-ups are permitted)
  • Goal kicks given when the ball is put out of play by the opponent
  • Goalkeepers are permitted to volley and half volley
  • Goalkeepers can slide in the box leading with their feet or hands, permitted they are attempting to play the ball – at the discretion of the referee
  • Team must have at least 5 players on the field for 8v8 game to start
  • If, after 5 minutes, the team does not have the minimum number of players on the field the game is considered a forfeit
  • All forfeits are scored at 3-0

COED: 8v8

  • Maximum of 6 male players on field
  • Minimum of 2 female players on field
  • If a male player receives a red card the team must play down a male for the remainder of the match – maximum of 5 males on the field thereafter

11v11

  • Minimum of 7 players needed to start a game
  • Slide tackling is permitted in Men’s 11v11
  • Slide tackling is not permitted in Coed 11v11

Indoor Seasons
Winter
7v7 & 5v5

7v7 & 5v5

  • No offsides
  • Rolling substitutes
  • Kick ins (not throw ins)
  • All free kicks are direct
  • Five (5) yards must be given on all free kicks and kick ins
  • If an indirect foul occurs in the box, a direct free kick will be given at top of the box
  • All free kicks are direct
  • Slide tackling is not permitted (Coed and Men’s)
  • Sliding when an opponent is not around is permitted
  • Penalties taken from the penalty spot (run-ups are permitted)
  • Goalkeepers are permitted to volley and half volley
  • Goalkeepers are not permitted to slide tackle feet-first inside or outside the box when challenging for the ball
  • Goalkeepers are permitted to slide hands-first in the box to block a shot
  • Team must have at least 4 players on the field for 7v7 game to start
  • If, after 5 minutes, the team does not have the minimum number of players on the field the game is considered a forfeit
  • All forfeits are scored at 3-0

COED: 7v7

  • Maximum of 5 male players on the field
  • Minimum of 2 female players on the field
  • Must have both male and female players on the field to start a Coed game
  • If a male player receives a red card the team must play down a male for the remainder of the match – maximum of 4 males on the field thereafter

COED: 5v5

  • Maximum of 3 male players on the field
  • Minimum of 2 female players on the field
  • Must have both male and female player on the field to start a Coed game
  • If a male player receives a red card the team must play down a male for the remainder of the match – maximum of 2 males on the field thereafter

Equipment

  • Shin guards are mandatory in all CFRS leagues
  • Primary team jersey/colors
  • Alternate team jersey/colors (in case of a kit clash)
  • Pinnies will be provided
  • Goalkeepers must wear a different color from outfield players and referee
  • Appropriate soccer attire and footwear
  • Players are not permitted to play with:
  • Glasses (sports goggles are permitted)
  • Watches and Smart Watches
  • Jewelry
  • Cleats with metal studs
  • Hard Casts
  • Ballcaps
  • Any other equipment or item(s) deemed dangerous by the referee

FAQ’s

What is Chicago Fire Rec Soccer (CFRS)?

Chicago Fire Rec Soccer (CFRS) is the largest provider of adult rec soccer in the Midwest! Each season we organize 40+ leagues for more than 3,000 players across 350 teams! We have program offerings for all skill levels, including men’s, women’s, co-ed leagues, in full-sided and small-sided formats.

Our mission through our adult soccer program is to provide more opportunities for men and women to enjoy the beautiful game. Providing world class programs, as well as working with our local and national partners to provide additional opportunities to interact with the game, through unique gameday experiences, watch parties, coach education, referee certification and more. To help build our soccer ecosystem to build soccer in our city for years to come!

Where does CFRS play?

CFRS operates programs at multiple locations across the city.

  • CIBC Fire Pitch – 3626 N. Talman Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
  • Montrose Turf Fields – 4400 N. Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60640
  • Clark Park – 3400 N. Rockwell St, Chicago, IL 60618
  • Wells High School – 936 N. Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

What is CIBC Fire Pitch?

CIBC Fire Pitch is Chicago Fire FC’s home on the north side, located at 3626 N. Talman Ave, Chicago, IL 60618. The Fire Pitch is home to two full-size soccer fields, Pub97, event spaces and plenty of parking.

The Fire Pitch operates soccer programming year-round, thanks to the dome conversion during the winter months.

Learn more about CIBC Fire Pitch here.

What types of leagues do you offer?

CFRS offers two different styles of play – our ‘Open’ and ‘Select’ options. Our Open option is geared towards a more social and casual playing environment, while our Select style of play is geared towards a more competitive and serious playing environment.

During the outdoor seasons, CFRS runs full-sided (11v11) and small-sided (8v8) leagues Monday through Friday evenings, and on Sundays.

Indoor, the dome is partitioned into small field for 7v7 and 5v5. However, we operate expanded 9v9 leagues on Friday and Sunday nights.

Can you tell me more about the specifics of ‘Open’ & ‘Select’ leagues?

Here are the key rules for our leagues. If you wish to see a full list of our rules and bylaws, please visit the appropriate section on our website here.

Open:

  • Lower price
  • 44 minute games
  • Beginner to Intermediate level
  • No membership fees
  • Relaxed roster rules
  • Just want to play? Our Open leagues have streamlined rules; it’s just quality rec soccer. And you’ll still get excellent customer service from our on site staff at the best facilities in town.

Select:

  • Higher price
  • 56 minute games
  • Higher rated officials
  • Check-ins and one-team-per-league rules
  • Intermediate to Advanced level
  • No membership fees
  • Looking for a higher level of play? Our Select leagues provide your team with added structure to ensure competitive balance and you get additional field time.

What documents am I required to review/sign prior to game #1?

All players must review and sign:

  • Updated Waiver
  • Player Code of Conduct
  • Payment in full

Do I have to wear shin guards?

Yes, player safety is of the utmost importance to CFRS, so all players are permitted to wear shin guards.

Are CFRS referees certified?

All CFRS referees are certified through the United States Soccer Federation. They are vetted by our Level 4 Referee Assignor.

How long is a season and how many games are in a season?

Generally, each season is eight (8) weeks long. CFRS offers five sessions each year: two (2) indoor and three (3) outdoor (Spring, Summer, and Fall).

All CFRS teams are guaranteed eight (8) games per season. The first six (6) are regular season games, and the last two (2) are playoff or consolation matches.

Note: Some leagues that take place at other locations may vary in length due to field scheduling and permit restrictions.

How long is each game?

Open: 8v8 and 11v11 will have 46-minute game windows
Select: 8v8 and 11v11 will have 60-minute game windows

Is there somewhere my team and I can hang out after the game?

Heineken Pub97 is the perfect place for a pre-game pep talk and post-game drinks. Come and enjoy the friendly atmosphere with your team on evenings and weekends. The menu includes flatbread pizzas, tacos with all the meats, burgers, English breakfast, and much more.

How to use our league software (Dash)?

We use Dash for all league management and administration, including scheduling, league standings, payments, memberships, RSVP’s and communication.

To ensure we are able to manage our leagues effectively and communicate in a timely manner, please keep your roster up-to-date.

What is your COVID-19 policy?

We are actively monitoring all city and state guidelines to keep our players, referees, and staff safe. There are currently no restrictions or mandates in place. Please continue to monitor CDC guidelines here.

What protocols will be in place to keep everyone safe?

CFRS will follow all safety protocols required by state and local health authorities, including player wellness screening, temperature checks, social distancing, and regular cleaning and disinfecting of all equipment and facilities.

All players will be required to wear masks when not on the field of play. This includes on the sidelines and around the facility. Players will be encouraged to wear masks during play.

Once games are over, players will be required to remain masked and exit the field as directed by CFRS staff.

What is the process for reporting COVID-19 symptoms or exposure?

If during or within 14 days of participating in a CFRS program, you become ill with COVID-19 symptoms, have a confirmed case of COVID-19, or are exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19, you must notify CFRS staff immediately.

Please contact Dan Dragicevich at ddragicevich@chicagofirefc.com

What is the procedure if someone at CIBC Fire Pitch has COVID-19 symptoms or has been exposed to it?

If someone develops symptoms for COVID-19, they will be immediately isolated and sent home. Any individuals who had close contact with that person (within less than six feet for 15 minutes or more) will be promptly notified, isolated, and sent home. Depending on the circumstances, the Club may also choose to notify others as a precaution, such as the individual’s small group, and encourage them to self-monitor for symptoms or get tested. All players will be expected to return a negative test before returning to CFRS play.

Any notifications will respect the individual’s privacy and maintain confidentiality where possible.

What is the procedure if someone at CIBC Fire Pitch has tested positive for COVID-19?

If a person tests positive for COVID-19 during or within 14 days of the program, they must immediately notify the Club and will not be permitted to return for 14 days from symptom onset. CFFC personnel will promptly notify any individuals who had close contact with that person (within less than six feet for 15 minutes or more) and will not permit them to attend the program for 14 days after exposure unless they return a negative test. Depending on the circumstances, CFFC personnel may also notify others with less significant contact and encourage them to self-monitor for symptoms or get tested.

Any notifications will respect the individual’s privacy and maintain confidentiality where possible.

What are the current COVID-19 guidelines?

  • Click here to view the current City of Chicago guidelines
  • Click here to view the current IDPH guidelines
  • Click here to view the current CDC guidelines

I have some more questions, who should I reach out to?

Contact us at cfrs@chicagofirefc.com