Inter-Club Developmental League (ICDL)

UpdatedThursday September 17, 2020 byOBEN Webmaster.

Registration for ICDL is open. First and second-grade boys and girls (born in 2013 and 2014) registering to play will be playing in the OBEN Soccer Inter-club Developmental League created by Gold Coast. 


OBEN Soccer Club is excited to announce the start of the Fall 2020 ICDL Program!! It is our intention to Return to Play and follow recommendations and guidelines from local and state governments. Please note that the Club cannot mandate that players/spectators complete a health screen, but we do encourage everyone to remain vigilant and stay home if you have symptoms.

For those new to ICDL. The Club's ICDL program is for players with prior intramural experience that would like to train and compete with players from other local youth soccer clubs. Practices and games will be coached by Gold Coast FC Trainers and games will be structured to allow for developmental and age appropriate coaching. The ICDL Program is a great stepping stone before entering “travel league” play.

You may specify your child’s jersey size during registration.

The cost to join is $285/season which includes 1 practice a week and 1 game a week for 7 weeks. Games will be held at different times over the weekend. 

Important Dates:

August 28: Registration Closes

Week of September 21: Training / Practices Begin 

ICDL Game Dates

September 26-27: Week 1

October 3-4:  Week 2

October 10-11: Week 3

October 17-18: Week 4 

October 24-25: Week 5

October 31-Nov 1: Week 6

Regarding Refunds: All youth soccer leagues follow US Soccer guidelines, which in turn follows CDC and NYS, locally. As of now, we are able to play. The Club cannot guarantee a refund if you decide not to play on September 14. But if NYS or the Club makes a determination to end the season early, then the Club will issue a partial refund when appropriate.


Teams will consist of approximately 7-10 players and compete against other local North Shore intramural clubs that are being trained by the Gold Coast FC trainers. These games are designed to be 100% developmental in nature, whilst still offering a competitive edge!  Gold Coast trainers will use the games to teach the kids about the basic in-game techniques such as corner kicks, throw-ins, goal kicks etc.  However, they will not stop every error as it is still important that each game has an ebb and flow.  At this age and level, it is very likely that there will be an endless amount of errors and mistakes.  If they were to stop and correct each one, it would suck the fun out of the game and be dull for parents and players alike.  Therefore, they will be calling/correcting blatant errors, but not all errors.  For example, a close offside call may be left to run unless it was deemed developmentally appropriate to stop and fix.  For the most part, Gold Coast trainers will be on the field helping the kids to keep their team shapes and guide them through their decision-making aspects whilst on the field. 


Below is some basic information from Michael Todd (owner of Gold Coast FC) on the league and how we plan to operate. 

  • League Structure
  • 5v5 (4 outfield and 1 GK)
  • Small sided JSS field
  • 20 minutes per half
  • Two trainers on the field in-lieu of one referee
  • Trainers will instruct and manage the games
  • No tables or scorekeeping
  • PC at games