Program Overview

The Mill Creek Optimist Soccer Club Program

The Mill Creek Optimist Soccer Club (MCOSC) offers both Recreational and RecPlus soccer for both girls and boys ages 3-19 during both the spring and fall.  Sign-ups for the Spring Season are in January/February, and the sign-ups for the Fall Season are in June/July.  (Please check the website for exact dates and times as those months draw closer.)  

Players in ages 3-4 are involved in recreational soccer which is an interclub program, which means that they have all their practices and games at our fields; and they play other teams from the MCOSC.  After the players have registered, they are divided among the different teams.  The teams have a practice every Tuesday evening during the season and games every Thursday evening.  At the end of the season there is an Awards Day.  In the Fall, MCOSC has a “Tri-Star Competition” which allows the players to compete individually in the various skills within soccer. 

Players in ages 5-9 are involved in recreational soccer which is an interclub program, which means that they have all their practices and games at our fields; and they play other teams from the MCOSC.  After the players have registered, they are divided among the different teams.  The teams usually have seven practices and then compete in roughly eight games.  Most activities are usually on Tuesday or Thursday nights and Saturday mornings, although some coaches may reschedule practices for either Monday or Friday nights.   At the end of the season there is an Awards Day.  In the Fall, MCOSC has a “Tri-Star Competition” which allows the players to compete individually in the various skills within soccer.  

Players in ages 3-10 play small-sided soccer:  4U’s usually play 3v3; 6U’s usually play 4v4; 8U’s usually play 5v5, and 10U’s usually play 7v7.

For ages 10-19, the players are involved in a Rec Plus Soccer Program which offers the players a competitive experience while providing a venue for the players to have fun.  Players in ages 11-19 participate in the West Central Suburban Soccer Federation (WCSSF) league playing 10 games:   5 home games and 5 away games.  Games are usually on Saturdays and Sundays, with an occassional weekday evenings.  Most of the 12U – 19U teams hold two practices during the week.  

The 12U teams play 9v9 on the field with a goalie while 15U and 19U play 11v11. 

The  RecPlus teams (ages 11-18) do not practice the use of tryouts, invitations, recruiting or any like process to roster players selectively to any recreational-plus team on the basis of talent or ability.  Rec Plus encourages participation so every player should play at least 50% of every game.  Rec Plus provides an exciting soccer experience for player to develop their technical skills and mental maturity.  All youth are encouraged to join Rec Plus Soccer for the fun of playing soccer and to gain the positive experiences of being involved in a team sport.