Rick Flores Departs From IYSA
Rick Flores’ last day was Friday, January 6. Rick did a great job with coaching education, the free rec and ODP clinics, organizing the Club Coaches Meetings, the Coaches Corner, and transitioning the coaching courses to the complex online coaching platforms. Illinois Youth Soccer is in a much better position. We thank Rick for making a positive impact on Illinois Youth Soccer and we wish him the best.
Spring Tournament Registration
Details About State Cup, Presidents Cup & the NEW Illinois Cup
This spring Illinois Youth Soccer will offer three state-wide championship tournament for all levels of 12U-19U competitive teams (for 11U teams click here); the Illinois State Cup, the Illinois Presidents Cup and the new Illinois Cup. Registration for all 3 tournaments are now open.
Illinois State Cup - Click here for complete event details
Since 1966, even before its incorporation, Illinois Youth Soccer has been conducting this official annual state competition that is part of the national US Youth Soccer National Championship Series. The Illinois State Cup provides an opportunity for approximately 350 teams in the under 12 to 19 age groups to showcase their soccer skills against the best competition. Winners of the Illinois State Cup advance to the US Youth Soccer Midwest Regional Tournament and have the opportunity to qualify for the US Youth Soccer National Championship Finals. The national finals are a culmination of a year-long series of competitions at the state and regional levels providing approximately 185,000 players on 10,000 teams from US Youth Soccer’s 55 State Associations to compete against the best teams in the nation. The Illinois State Cup is one of the largest State Cup competitions in the United States.
Illinois State Cup winners advance on to the 2017 US Youth Soccer Midwest Regional Championships.
Illinois Presidents Cup - Click here for complete event details
The President’s Cup is a progressive, competitive experience (just like the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series) for teams that might not otherwise get the opportunity to participate in a Regional or National tournament and have the unique experiences from the competition and camaraderie that a state to regional to national US Youth Soccer tournament offers.
Illinois Presidents Cup state champions advance on to the US Youth Soccer Region II Presidents Cup.
Illinois Cup - Click here for complete event details
The former U8-U11 event that was called Illinois Cup is being reimagined into the Illinois Youth Soccer Fest with details and registration for that event coming soon.
WHICH EVENT SHOULD MY TEAM PLAY IN?
Registration deadline is February 3
12U (2005) Teams
13U & Older
Seeds are based on Cup results from previous year, MRL and State Premiership. Because of the US Soccer age group change, additional considerations were taken. Any requests to review a specific seed should be emailed to email@example.com NO LATER THAN JANUARY 10 and include specific reasons why a seeding adjustment should be consider. After January 10, no seeding changes will be considered. Please note that head-to-head play is a consideration for seeding but is NOT a reason to replace one team with another.
Teams can mutually agree to play their scheduled match PRIOR to the scheduled weekends but ALL matches must be played by the designated dates. Team may be fined $250 per game for games not played by the scheduled date.
To play on a date and location other than IYSA assigned location, teams must mutually agree and submit the game change request to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than
Game change requests received after the listed dates will be subject to a $50 game change fee or may be rejected.
Spring Tournaments For 2006 (11U) Teams
State Cup, Presidents Cup & Illinois Cup Offered For May 6-7 In Naperville
This spring Illinois Youth Soccer will offer three state-wide championship tournament for all levels of 11U teams; the Illinois State Cup, the Illinois Presidents Cup and the new Illinois Cup. All 3 events will be held May 6-7 at the Naperville/ Plainfield Polo Fields. Teams that win their groups will advance to Illinois Youth Soccer Championship Weekend June 3-4 in Rockford. Registration for all 3 tournaments are now open.
WHICH EVENT SHOULD MY TEAM PLAY IN?
Registration deadline is February 27. Schedules will be announced on March 8.
New Spring Soccer Festival
May 6-7 Event In Naperville Will Offer Fun Soccer Competition For Teams Of All Skill Levels
The Illinois Youth Soccer Spring Soccer Festival is a reimagined event (formely the Wintrust Illinois Cup) that will allow teams made up of players born in 2007-2009 (8U-10U) of ALL skill levels the chance to compete in a fun state-wide tournament. Each team will play at least 3 games (4 max) in a fun competitive atmosphere. In addition to playing on the pitch, there will be additional fun activities for the kids off the field.
All games will be played 7v7
Each age group will have 3 skill levels that a team can register for:
Spring 2017 State Premiership Registration Open
Illinois Youth Soccer started the State Premiership Division in Spring 2013 with support from our competitive member leagues. This exclusive competition was designed to give elite teams that are registered with Illinois Youth Soccer competitive member leagues the opporutunity to compete against other top teams in the state:
To be considered for the Spring 2017 State Premiership Division, teams MUST be registered with an Illinois Youth Soccer member competitive league:
Since its inception, the State Premiership division has boasted:
The State Premiership Division is designed for top-level teams to compete against other elite clubs. Additional Benefits for teams that participate include:
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR THE SPRING 2017 STATE PREMIERSHIP SEASON
2017 Illinois Youth Soccer Awards Banquet
Ticket Reservations Now Available Thru February 10
Each year Illinois Youth Soccer honors those that have made a significant impact both on and off the soccer field in the state of Illinois. The Illinois Youth Soccer Awards Banquet will be held Friday, February 24, 2017 at the Stonegate Conference Centre, 2401 W. Higgins Rd., Hoffman Estates, IL 60169.
If interesting in joining us for an evening of celebrating our very deserving award winners and the beautiful games with the Illinois Soccer Community, you can order tickets for the 2017 Illinois Youth Soccer Awards Banquet here. Ticket reservations are due no later than 5pm on February 10.
Congratulations to all of this year's honorees
Updated June 9, 2016
The Illinois Women’s Soccer League is the premier amateur women’s soccer league in the state. The IWSL is a member of Illinois Youth Soccer and currently supports over 1200 teams for youth and adults.
Fall 2016 U15 Groups
Team App Becomes Illinois Youth Soccer Sponsor
Partnership Includes Launch Of Mobil Apps For Organization & Events
Illinois Youth Soccer is excited to announce our newest sponsor, Team App, the worldwide leader in effective digital team communication. This partnership will provide a communication platform that not only will be FREE (forever) for Illinois Youth Soccer members but also offers new sources of revenue for
“We discovered Team App at the NSCAA conference in Baltimore,” Chris Jamrozy, Illinois Youth Soccer Marketing Director said. “After talking to some of the US Youth Soccer state associations that use the Team App platform, we decided to give it a test run at ODP Nationals and for the ODP teams participating
Dan Dougherty, GM for Team App USA adds: "The Team App platform sells itself. A strong group of executive leaders across youth soccer have found and learned that Team App offers the best next generation communication platform and they are referring it to their peers" We are glad to add Chris and Illinois Youth Soccer to our growing list of promoters we call "Team App Medalists".
To create your own app for your league, club or team go to https://www.teamapp.com/clubs/new You can also search “Illinois Youth
If you need help on setting up your mobile app for your club, team or league contact Dan at email@example.com
SLYSA Joins Illinois Youth Soccer
The St Louis Youth Soccer Association (SLYSA) has joined Illinois Youth Soccer as its newest member competitive league. As a member of Illinois Youth Soccer, Illinois teams can now compete in SLYSA while keeping their eligibility for Illinois Youth Soccer member events such as Illinois State Cup, Sports Authority Presidents Cup, Wintrust Illinois Cup and more.
“We are very excited to add SLYSA as a member competitive league,” Mary Jane Bender, Executive Director of Illinois Youth Soccer said. “SLYSA’s dedication to creating a safe, competitive and fun atmosphere on the Illinois/Missouri border will offer teams in the southern part of the state tremendous opportunity to grow the game.”
The St. Louis Youth Soccer Association was founded in 1975 and incorporated as a non profit organization in 1976. SLYSA operates competitive soccer leagues for boys and girls, ages 8 to 18, regardless of race, color, or creed. The major objective of the organization is to develop, promote, and provide top level competition for YOUTH Soccer in the greater St. Louis area.
The league has grown from 500 youth players, U8 through U19 to over 12000 boys and girls representing close to 800 teams.
“We are always looking to service our teams better. Joining the Illinois Youth Soccer simplifies the registration process for Illinois-based teams and allows them to continue to play in Illinois Youth Soccer events such as State Cup,” explains Johann Arnason, Executive Director of SLYSA. “We will offer teams based in Southern Illinois the option to play in one of the largest and most competitive select soccer leagues in the United States. We are excited about the partnership with Illinois Youth Soccer and have no doubt that it will help the league continue to grow."
Illinois Youth Soccer Joins US Futsal
State Association Now Becomes Governing Body For Futsal In Illinois
The Illinois Youth Soccer Association has entered into a multi-year partnership with U.S. Futsal, the only governing body for Futsal affiliated directly with U.S. Soccer and U.S. Youth Soccer. Futsal (five-a-side soccer) is played in all continents of the world by over 100 countries with 12 million players. Beach Soccer is a subsidiary of U.S. Futsal.
“Since Futsal is the governing body for Futsal in the United States, we are looking forward to working with U.S. Futsal to increase awareness of the small-sided game,” said Gus Bender, President of Illinois Youth Soccer. “Futsal helps the technical part of the game and the academies require it.”
“This new affiliation will greatly help increase the awareness and development of the sport of Futsal at the player, coaching and refereeing level in Illinois. We are excited to partner with such a highly respected organization with such a rich history in promoting and developing soccer” said Alex Para, President and CEO of U.S. Futsal.
Illinois Youth Soccer is the exclusive representative and official State Association for U.S. Futsal in Illinois. Illinois Youth Soccer is responsible for approving Futsal leagues, tournaments, registering players and coaches with U.S. Futsal, and hosting a U.S. Futsal State Cup in Illinois. The Futsal State Cup champions advance to US Futsal Regional and National Championships. The Illinois Youth Soccer Coaching Education Department will offer Futsal coaching clinics to help educate member coaches on technical and tactical aspects of Futsal. Illinois Youth Soccer will offer Futsal referee courses in conjunction with the Illinois State Referee Committee.
U.S. Futsal has been governing the sport of Futsal in the United States since 1981. Futsal is the international form of indoor soccer approved by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).
If you are interested in starting a Futsal or Beach Soccer league, please contact Illinois Youth Soccer Association at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Effective Immediate For All Illinois Youth Soccer Activities
In accord with the recommendations in US Soccer’s Player Safety Campaign, Illinois Youth Soccer has banned heading for players aged 10 and younger for all Illinois Youth Soccer activities including but not limited to Illinois Youth Soccer Member League play, practices and tournaments. Following is US Soccer’s Player Safety Campaign and modified rule.
As part of U.S. Soccer's Player Safety Campaign, U.S. Soccer unveiled the U.S. Soccer Concussion Initiative that provides guidelines that were implemented in January of 2016.
The information contained in the initiative is intended to give U.S. Soccer Organization Members, as well as players, parents, team/club staff and coaches and referees, guidance and direction when dealing with head injuries and potential head injuries during soccer participation.
Included in the U.S. Soccer Concussion Initiative are specific changes to rules on substitutions and heading for certain age groups. Those changes included:
In addition to the safety initiatives, the following modified rule was published by US Soccer on February 12, 2016:
For more information, please refer to US Soccer’s frequently asked questions, which should help clarify questions regarding the new initiatives.
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IWSL Spring Registration Deadline
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