Freedom Optimist Soccer

Welcome to Freedom Optimist Soccer!
Freedom Optimist Soccer offers a recreational soccer league in Eldersburg, MD for boys and girls from age 3 to seniors in high school.

To receive the quickest updates regarding weather related game and practice updates, field status and other information, Like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.

For weather and field information call the Freedom Area Rec Council Hotline at
(410) 549-6296, Option 5.

Spring 2018 Registration Closed

Our 2018 Spring program is full for this season.

However, our 2018 Fall program will start registering on April 1 at Continue to watch our website, Facebook page and Twitter account for more information.

Volunteer Information – Background Check Requirements

If you are volunteering in our program as a Coach, Assistant Coach or Team Parent you must register as a volunteer.  Make sure you register yourself at and select the Volunteer option.  There is no cost to register.

You must also complete the Carroll County background check.  Carroll County requires background checks for all Board Members, Head Coaches, Assistant Coaches and Team Parents involved in youth sports who are 18 and over. There is no cost to any volunteer for the background check.

More information, including the complete process to complete the background check, is available in the attachment Carroll County Background Check Requirements (PDF).

Or to start your background check, go to Carroll County’s custom application online submitting portal at

Once the check has been initiated, please forward a picture with name, position, group (Freedom Soccer)
and council information (Freedom Area Rec Council) in the body of the email to Please note in the subject line Freedom Rec Background ID Picture.

Weather Hotline and Heat, Thunder & Lightning Policies
Weather Hotline
Call the Freedom Area Rec Council hotline at (410) 549-6296, Option 5 to check on field availability.  On weekdays the message is updated by 3pm.

Carroll County Recreation and Parks Heat, Thunder & Lightning Policy
Approximately 30 minutes prior to the start of the activity, temperature and heat index reading should be taken at the site or from or a comparable source. The following are recommended guidelines for coaches, program leaders and volunteers to follow with regards to Department sponsored youth activities:
  • Heat Index: 80-89 – Use caution; monitor athletes carefully for necessary action.
  • Heat Index: 90-104 – Use extreme caution; remove helmets and other equipment if not involved in contact.
  • Heat Index: 105-129 – Alter uniforms by removing items where feasible; practice should be shortened with low intensity & limited conditioning.
  • Heat Index: 130 & above – NO practices or games. Activities should be rescheduled for early/late in the day or an alternate date when the heat index is lower.

Use Weather Channel (PDF) or National Weather Service (HTML) to calculate Heat Index.

Thunder and Lightning
At the first sound of Thunder or the first sighting of Lightning – All outdoor recreation council activities are to be stopped and the participants must clear the fields to a protected area and wait 30 minutes before activities can resume. Any additional occurrence restarts the 30 minute count until activities can resume.  You can read the official policy at County Heat, Thunder and Lightening Policy.