At our summer Chicago Union home games, middle and high school players have the opportunity to scrimmage during halftime in front of our home crowd. All players and coaches will receive free admission to the game. This is a great opportunity for youth players to showcase their skills!
5v5 half-time scrimmage of 10 players on one field. If we have more players, we can do three fields (30 yards long x 25 yards wide with 12-yard endzones) across the main field at the stadium.
The games will be played in mixed gender, following the (2:2:1) rule to create teams. For example, (2boys:2girls:1non-gender-specific) will be followed for the scrimmages (ratio may have to vary based on participant availability).
No substitutes will be assigned to teams (only five players per team). As necessary, a scrimmage can reduce to 4v4 to continue play. The scrimmages will run simultaneously for approximately 10 minutes.
Free Admission for Players/Coaches
All middle school players participating (and their coaches) will receive FREE tickets to the Union game that evening.
We will provide a special Coupon Code for both coaches and players to use on shop.gochicagounion.com to secure their Digital Ticket to enter the game.
Picture with the Union:
After the scrimmage, all half-time participants will have the opportunity to take a group picture with the Union players before the start of the 2nd half!
Any coach or organizer can sign-up their team for one of the Union home games. Spots will be filled on a first come first serve basis for each game. We ask for a commitment of at least 10 players from a given school when signing up (exceptions can be discussed). If there is interest from individual players to participate who don't have an organized middle school team, they can contact us directly at email@example.com.
There is no maximum number of participants per school (a given school can secure all 30 spots for a game if they have enough interest). If 12 participants sign-up for a game from one school (and therefore can’t fill out a third team of 5), some of their players will merge with a different schools’ participants to form an additional team.
If multiple schools are involved during a given half-time, teams will be paired up so they can play against the other school involved.
Participation will be limited to one half-time per player for the 2023 Union season until otherwise communicated. A given school can sign-up for multiple games, but we ask that no individual player participate more than once. We want to ensure every individual player with interest has an opportunity to participate this season.