Freedom Optimist Soccer

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

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

Fall 2020 Registration Open
Registration for the Fall 2020 season is open at through July 31st for boys and girls from age three to seniors in high school is open.  Come out and join the fun!


Registration will only be open for 4 weeks. Registration will close on August 1st. Late registrations are not planned and will not be allowed after the registration period.

Registration fees are $95.00/player with a $10.00 sibling discount for each additional child in the family registered in our program. Registration is not considered complete and your child will not be placed on a team until payment is received.

Available spots may be limited this year and we encourage everyone to register as soon as possible.

Team sizes and age grouping will depend on the number of participants. We will try to honor as many requests that we can but we cannot guarantee that we can honor all requests.

If you are registering your high school player and they are also trying out for their high school team please add that on their registration. Should they make the high school team your registration fee will be refunded in full.

Practice should begin the 2nd or 3rd week in August except for the 3 & 4 year old Clinic Divisions that start on September 12 when the season begins.

Refund Policy: 100% thru July 31 less $20.00 administrative fee, No refunds after July 31, 2020 (Unless you have tried out for a high school team and have decided to not play with FOS this season – you will receive a full refund).

Fall 2020 Adult Soccer Registration Open
Individuals or Teams – everyone is welcome!! Come out and join the fun!!

Registration for the Fall 2020 Adult Soccer league is open July 1st – Aug 1st at No late registrations will be accepted.

The season will run Sundays, September 13th – November 15th, game times TBD
$55.00. Returned checks will be assessed a $25.00 fee.
Registration is not complete until payment has been received.

Choose your team. If your team is not listed, register under “Team Not Listed” and put your team’s name in comments. If you wish to bring in a team please email ASAP with your name and Team Name. If you are new to the league we will assign you to a team!

Team captains must also register as a volunteer. Team sizes and number of teams will depend on the number of participants.

Refund Policy: 100% before Aug 1st less a $20 administrative fee. No refunds after Aug 1st. Any games or sessions cancelled due to reasons beyond our control are non-refundable.

Volunteer Information – Background Check Requirements
County Background Check Website Update! A new background check website was implemented in Summer 2020. Any volunteer badge expiring March 31st, 2020 – Jun 30th, 2020 will have an extension through July 31st, 2020.

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.

To start your background check, go to Carroll County’s custom application online submitting portal at and click the Apply button for Freedom Area.

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