2022 TRYOUTS ARE HERE
Sun Jan 2nd
This year we are holding two sessions on the same day. One will run 2-4pm, the other 4.30 - 6.30pm
What is DeKalb County United? We are non-for-profit, 100% community funded men's amateur-professional soccer team based out of DeKalb County, Illinois. We also have a reserve's team and a Women's U23 side.
What are the age limits? No age restrictions. As the saying goes, if you are good enough, you are old enough. But athletes under the age of 18 need to have the proper waivers signed by a parent/guardian.
What is the time commitment? DKCU will train two days a week in the evening with games generally on the weekend, although there is a chance of week-night games.The expectation is that if you do not attend training sessions then you're not available for selection for the next match. Attendance and commitment are critical.
Where does the club train and play matches? DKCU trains at the NIU Outdoor Rec fields and plays first team matches at the NIU Soccer Stadium. Both are turf fields with lights.
What does it cost to play for DKCU? A $200 fee covers everything including league fees, training kits, facility rentals, referee fees and coaching etc. Athletic trainers are provided at all home and away league matches as well. You will even get supplemental insurance once registered. We do ask you to purchase your DKCU kit as well which is around $75 and they are yours to keep!
What is the skill level? The Midwest Premier League (MWPL) is a highly competitive regional league with a wide variety of players such as current college players, recent college players, aspiring professional players, ex-professional players, and highly skilled amateurs. The playing style and physicality is similar to elite college games, but with a more professional atmosphere.
What is travel like? Travel will be limited to the Midwest during the regular season and will depend on our opponents. The club may provide some transportation but in general players carpool or drive themselves.
When does the season run? Preseason will start in April with games starting in May and ending in July.
Does it affect my college eligibility? Nope, you will remain NCAA eligible. But we would still encourage you to speak with your coach and/or AD to be sure.
What is the coaching staff like? DKCU provides as professional an environment as we can to our players. With licensed coaches, many with division 1 college coaching experience, and the oversight of a Sporting Director, the club works hard to make players develop and learn during their time with us. We have a game model, playing philosophy and player profiles that guide our on field efforts and player selection.
Do the teams play in other competitions? Yes. All teams enter the Illinois State Cup tournament.
Does DKCU provide any housing? Not currently. However we can try to assist you in finding a short term apartment or living option. These costs would be up to you.
Does DKCU offer goalkeeper training? We do have a goalkeeper coach on staff to help GK's of all teams.
Can DKCU help me get opportunities with professional clubs? Our staff has a lot of contacts in the soccer community including a few friendly professional clubs and scouting agencies. We'll do all we can to help you get to the next level if you put in the work.
Why did the club add reserves and women's teams? Our intention is for these teams to be focused on player development. We want players who may not quite be ready to make the first team to keep working toward that goal.
Is there a cost for the reserves & women's teams? Yes, all players within the club will pay the $200 fee plus uniform costs.
Where do reserves and women's teams travel to? Matches are usually in northern IL leagues against other clubs from the suburbs. The Men's Reserve team plays in the National Soccer League and the Women's team plays in the IWSL.
When is the season? Teams will begin training in late May and games conclude at the end of July. It's a great way to play at a high level during the summer before returning to your college program. evening with games generally on the weekend, although there is a chance of week-night games.