Small Sided Recommendations

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Small Sided Recommendations
5vs5, 7vs7, 9v9

Player Movement permitted only within club – No guest players.

  • NISL recommendations for 5vs5, 7vs7 and 9vs9 leagues, Players are NOT permitted to play down in divisions.



Coaches who play a player down must notify opposing coach before the game who the player or players are that are playing down and the reason for the decision.

Teams that violate the simple rule must be reported to the NISL by submitting the following form: CLICK HERE or

Teams that do not communicate that they are playing players down to opposing coaches are in jeopardy of forfeiting the game.

NISL recommendation is that players rostered on a NISL Premier League level team should not play any lower than the NISL Platinum level.

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Northern Illinois Soccer League is adhering to the Governor's Office guidance specifying no interclub competition.  

As an essential convenience for clubs in recognition of pandemic-related restrictions and enrollment/team formation/tuition collection uncertainty, NISL has designed 2020-21 registration so clubs have player insurance and, when needed, official rosters, for practices, camps, intraclub scrimmages, etc. at an advantageously lower cost than full team registration.  Beneficially, Spring 2020 team registration credits may be used to offset these 2020-21 player registration fees.


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Northern Illinois Soccer League



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Northern Illinois Soccer League

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