Welcome to the registration newsletter for Prairie Cities Soccer League's Fall 2023/Spring 2024 season! PCSL is a recreational league offering soccer to children ages 4 to 18 who relies primarily on volunteers. The League is a part of FC Central Illinois and a member of the Illinois Youth Soccer Association (IYSA). We are excited and looking forward to the next playing year! Registration for the Fall 2023/Spring 2024 season begins February 1st!
In last year’s registration newsletter, we updated you with our plans to exit the fields on Ireland Grove Rd. and reported that we had secured land at the former Sale Barn which is located at the intersection of Hamilton Rd and US 51/Main St. in South Bloomington. Our lease with CIRA ended on 12/31/2022. While we had hoped to be well underway with developing our future home at the former Sale Barn location, many factors have delayed our breaking of ground at that site. We are shovel-ready with the exception of financing. The total cost of this project increased since initially obtaining the cost estimates. As many of us are experiencing in business and personal lives, this is because of inflation, gas cost, increased labor cost, and other economic pressures.
Our Executive Board of Directors have been meeting with businesses and major community leaders on this project, emphasizing the need to support youth soccer in our community. While we are making slow strides, we are still open to any assistance from anyone who would be willing to help in this endeavor either with financial support or with being part of the team to find financial support. We are also in the process of evaluating our company and board structure to determine the roles needed to best position us for success into the future.
Beginning with the upcoming Spring 2023 season and going forward, PCSL U9 through High School matches will be played at our new home at the Sale Barn grass fields while working toward our ultimate goal of developing this location for our league. The U5/U6 programs and U7/U8 games will continue to be held at Game Time Gym.
As we continue with our path forward, we are also looking for future leaders of our organization to join our Executive Board or a working committee. We are looking for individuals that are excited about soccer and moving soccer in our community forward. Any expertise in HR, legal, construction, or finance/accounting would be a plus.
Thank you for your continued support of PCSL/FCCI programs. Although we’ve hit a few hurdles in our complex plans, it is short-term, and we are confident we will emerge stronger and more resilient going forward.
Registration for the Fall 2023/Spring 2024 season opens on February 1st. We'd like to encourage you to register early, February 1 through March 31, to take advantage of a lower player fee. Registration fees have increased for our U7 through HS divisions for the Fall 2023/Spring 2024 playing year. Developing a new complex, the economy, and the increase in daily operating costs to run this league are all reasons for this increase.
Please read on to find out more about our upcoming Fall 2023/Spring 2024 registration…..