Lake Forest

Soccer Association

Phone: 224-212-0415

Lake Forest Soccer Association Merges with FC United!!

Press release 2/2/06

At a historic Lake Forest Soccer Association Board meeting held January 31st, 2006, the LFSA Board voted unanimously to merge its U13 U18 program with FC United. This decision came after much discussion led by Oktay Akgun, LFSA Director of Coaching, and Roy Wiggemansen, FC United Executive Director. The reasons for the merger were compelling. It seems a natural fit for both Clubs, considering that the structure and philosophies of both organizations are similar and, as community clubs, both have experienced the same problems in a growing competitive soccer environment.

Both clubs are non-profit organizations run by a professional staff. Both have Boards of Directors that are an all-volunteer governing body for the Club. The Board develops and implements general policies and procedures, sets fees and oversees the general activities of the Club.

In 2003, the Trevian SC Board of Directors voted to change the Clubs bylaws by allowing players from outside the New Trier Township district from the ages of U13 U18 to play for the Club. The Board also voted to change the name to FC United and the colors to red and white; thereafter, FC United was established.

The primary purpose in the creation of FC United was to provide a playing experience for all levels of players coming through the Trevian SC program. FC United Select teams play at the highest level possible and require full commitment from those players that choose to play select soccer. The Competitive teams are for those players that wish to play soccer but also participate in other sports. These teams play in local leagues and tournaments.

Since forming FC United, the Club has exceeded all expectations and continues to fulfill the philosophical goals of providing a playing environment for all levels of players. By merging with FC United, LFSA hopes to provide its community players with these same playing opportunities. Players will have a more varied competitive opportunity while still allowing teams comprised of primarily local players to play on local fields.