Freedom Optimist Soccer: Welcome


Welcome to Freedom Optimist Soccer

We have a new website!  Please visit for any future updates.

For weather info call the Freedom Area Rec Council Hotline: (410) 549-6296 Option 5

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

First Annual FOS Footgolf Tournament

Bringing the sports of soccer and golf together, Freedom Optimist Soccer presents the first annual FOS Footgolf Tournament!

DATE: Sunday Sept. 24, 2017
TIME: 9am - 7pm with varying start times based on age group
AGES: 6 to Adult
COST: Age 6-12: $10 Age 13+: $12
WHERE: McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland

Teams of 4-5 (bring your own team or join one!) compete for fun and prizes. Each participant receives a commemorative t-shirt and goodie bag for playing.

It's not just a tournament, there's more!

  • Side Games 
  • Silent Auction 
  • Raffles 
  • Snacks 
  • Family Fun 
Find more information and the link to register at  And follow the tournament at


Weather Hotline and Heat, Thunder & Lightning Policies

Weather Hotline
If fhe fields are closed due to conditions or inclement weather is expected or occurring, 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.

Heat, Thunder & Lightning Policy per Carroll County Recreation and Parks
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.

Wondering how to know the 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

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.

And new this year you must also complete the Carroll County background check.  Carroll County is now requiring background checks for all Board Members, Head Coaches, Assistant Coaches and Team Parents involved in youth sports who are 18 and over.

More information, including the process to complete the background check, can be found in the Handouts section under Carroll County Background Check Requirements.

Injury Reporting

Regulations require that reports must be submitted for all injuries, regardless of whether the player receives medical attention (i.e. doctor visit, hospital trip).

If an injury occurs during a practice or game, the coach must fill out and submit an Injury Report Form found in the Handouts Section and email to Sue Chaney at within 24 hours of the time of the injury.  

Help Support Freedom Soccer with Cash for Causes

Support the Freedom Soccer league all season long just by buying groceries!

When you order Martin's Gift Cards a percentage of each card sold goes back to the league. The proceeds help toward new goals, equipment, our new scholarship fund and more.

Cards are available in denominations of $50 and $100. Email before Thursday each week with your order and the cards will be available the following Saturday.

More information about all of these opportunties is available in the Fundraising section in the Handouts area.

Frequently Asked Questions

See our FAQs.

The Freedom Optimist Soccer League is affiliated with the Freedom Area Recreation Council in cooperation with the Carroll County Department of Recreation and Parks.

The Americans with Disabilities Act applies to the Carroll County Government and its programs, services, activities, and facilities. Anyone requiring an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication or who has a complaint should contact The Department of Citizen Services, 410.386.3600 or 1.888.302.8978 or MD Relay 7-1-1/1.800.735.2258 as soon as possible but no later than 72 hours before the scheduled event.