Join the CDL

The fastest-growing competitive soccer league in Iowa.

The Club Development League (CDL) is now accepting new members. Are you a progressive club or team looking for top-level competition for your teams and an active role in league organization? Join the the CDL — the fastest-growing competitive soccer league in Iowa.

The CDL is a competitive state-wide player development league for 13U-19U players. Apply for membership today and play alongside the best competition in the state. The CDL accepts applications from clubs and teams that meet the below criteria for entry:

CDL Club Standards

The CDL accept applications from clubs that meet the following club standards:

  1. Commitment to ethical standards on game days towards all persons involved (coaches, players, parents, and referees).
  2. Follow and comply with CDL rules and structure, including but not limited to central game sites and gender specific game days (rotated throughout the season). This will possibly minimize or eliminate the ability to play home games.
    1. Central sites are used to facilitate:
      1. Coaching coverage
      2. Referee pools
      3. Scheduling
  3. Each club must provide a league representative who can attend day-time meetings.
    1. League representative must participate in a minimum of 75% of the meetings during the year.
  4. Each club must have a technical leader (league representative) with at least a U.S. Soccer B-License or USC Premier Diploma, or UEFA equivalent license.
  5. Each club must have an additional staff member with a U.S. Soccer C-License or higher, or equivelent license, actively coaching within the club.
  6. Each club must have a Grassroots Instructor who is available to teach courses.
  7. Coaches on the sideline must have a minimum of an online U.S Soccer 11 v 11 Grassroots License.
    1. By the start of the Spring 2022 season, all coaches must have a minimum of a US Soccer D-License or USC National Diploma.
    2. New coaches will have one year to attain a US Soccer D-License or USC National Diploma.
  8. Each club must maintain at least six teams in the league in the U13-U19 age groups. Combination teams consisting of players from two or more clubs will only count towards the registering club’s total number of teams. At least two of the six teams must be of the opposite gender.
  9. Each club must have at least three league-approved 11 v 11 game fields or play the majority of (if not all) games away from home.
  10. Each club must have a designated referee assignor to organize referees for their home facility.a.Each club must offer an “in-person Grass Roots”referee course at least once every other year.
  11. Each club must have a Financial Assistance Program (FAP) in place that is easily accessible as part of the club registration process.
    1. Individual club financial assistance programs will be linked on the CDL website.
  12. Technical leaders MUST serve on at least one CDL sub-committee.
  13. Each club must remain in good standing by paying invoices in a timely manner. Failure to do so will result in expulsion from the league.

Timeline

Fall 2021 – Standards 1-3 are mandatory – Standards 4-13 (can miss two but working towards).

Fall 2022 – Standards 1-6 are mandatory – Standards 7-13 (can miss one but working towards)

 

CDL Team Standards

The CDL accept applications from teams that meet the following club standards:

  1. Commitment to ethical standards on game days towards all persons involved (coaches, players, parents, and referees)
  2. Follows and complies with CDL rules and structure, including but not limited to central game sites and gender specific game days (rotated throughout the season). This will possibly minimize or eliminate the ability to play home games.
    1. Central sites are used to facilitate:
      1. Coaching coverage
      2. Referee pools
      3. Scheduling
  3. Coaches on the sideline must have a minimum of a U.S. Soccer D-License or USC National Diploma.
  4. Team(s) must have at least one league-approved 11 v 11 game field or play the majority of (if not all) games away from home.
  5. Team(s) must be registered with US Club Soccer.
  6. CDL Affiliate Clubs cannot have more than three individual teams entered into the CDL.
  7. Teams must remain in good standing by paying all CDL invoices in a timely manner. Failure to do so will result in expulsion from the league.

Timeline

Fall 2021  – All standards, 1-7 are mandatory

If your club or team would like to join the CDL, please review the club or team standards and then fill out the club or individual team application and a member of the CDL committee will contact you shortly.

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