ACCESS FOR ALL
Since 2017, ECFC is an entirely open soccer club to supporters and players alike. It is no secret that American soccer has closed itself off from an enormous pool of talent due to the regularity of the pay-to-play youth club model, creating even greater rifts in accessibility for certain players of all ages. Our club is committed to never asking a single cent from any player on our squads or any parent of any player on our squads. This obviously limits the number of players we are able to place on our first team and reserve team, but we are hopeful that with further funding, we are able to provide additional club play experience to many more.
The Pay-To-Play system doesn’t only affect club level soccer, even pick up soccer in America usually has a cost, based on field space, which, in an urban environment just isn’t cheap. Through working with local organizations and through the support of our sponsors and community ownership group, ECFC is committed to creating community co-ed pick up games and other playing opportunities for footballers of any demographic. We hope to dedicate a good deal of our energy toward ensuring that these opportunities are constant and many.
ECFC is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. The majority of our funding is generated by our dedicated Community Ownership Group. This group of supporters, ensures that ECFC is able to commit its energy and funding not only to developing a highly competitive and accessible adult soccer team, but also to create opportunities for the young and old of our community to enjoy the beautiful game without breaking the bank to do so.
We have built a club with the understanding that it must continuously strive to improve upon itself and to grow by demand. It is a club built first and foremost for it’s players and for their desire to improve upon the talents they posses. It is for that reason that this club intends to aim high. This is a club that seeks to give more Chicagoan’s from anywhere and everywhere in the world, people who love this city and love this game, a more instantaneous and localized connection to this pastime familiar to the world. An upward trajectory, sometimes gradual and sometimes exponential, is our overall goal for everyone involved in what we are trying to build and grow.