Illinois Cup

This annual statewide tournament for teams in the under 8 - 12 age groups offers youth soccer players an opportunity to experience a consistent and high quality statewide tournament in a fun, family-like atmosphere. It fosters stimulation and excitement about soccer in an effort to increase the players’ interest and love for the game.


Official Illinois Cup Rules

U8-U10 Illinois Cup Details Powerpoint
U11-U12 Illinois Cup Details Powerpoint
Home Team Host Details
Official Illinois Cup Hotel - Special Rate

2015  Illinois Cup Fees
Age Group (click to register) Registration Fee Referee Fee**  Parking Fee***
Under-8 thru Under-10 (7v7) $125 $18 $50
Under-11 & Under-12 (9v9)  $200* $60 $50
*Under-11 teams that do not advance to round-robin play (Round of 16) will be refunded $100 by IYSA  
**Must be paid in cash to center referee prior to start of each game  
***Must be paid prior to start of game by either cash or check. Cover entire team’s parking for the weekend
Important Dates    
Date Description Location
March 16, 2015 U11 - U12 Registration Deadline  
March 30, 2015 U11 - U12 Schedule Announced  
April 1, 2015 U8 - U10 Registration Deadline  
April 9, 2015 U8 - U10 Schedule Announced  
May 2, 2015 U8-U10 Girls Play Naperville/Plainfield Polo Grounds (MAP)
May 2-3, 2015          U11 & U12 Round Robin Play (Boys & Girls) Naperville/Plainfield Polo Grounds (MAP)                      
May 3, 2015 U8-U10 Boys Play Naperville/Plainfield Polo Grounds (MAP)
May 30 2015 U11-U12 Semifinals Naperville/Plainfield Polo Grounds (MAP)
May 31, 2015 U11-U12 Finals Naperville/Plainfield Polo Grounds (MAP)





Eligible Teams
In order to participate in the Illinois Cup each team must:

  • Be a member of the Illinois Youth Soccer Assocation
  • Be currently registered with an IYSA affiliated league; Illinois Women's Soccer League (IWSL), Young Sportsmen's Soccer League (YSSL), Central Illinois Youth Soccer League (CIYSL), Southern Illinois Soccer League (SISL) or ILLOWA; & provide documentation therefore to the IYSA
  • Provide an Illinois Youth Soccer member league roster
  • All players & coaches must be registered with the IYSA
  • All players and coaches must have and use IYSA member league / US Youth Soccer passes

Tournament Format

Under-8 thru Under-10

  • 7 v7
  • Points based round-robin group play
  • Teams play a minimum of 3 games
  • Group winners advance to bonus games (Semifinals & Finals)

Roster size: 14 players for U8-U9, 16 players for U10. Teams can have up to 7 players from within their club. No players allowed from outside club. Players can only be registered on 1 roster.

Under-11 & Under-12

  • 9v9
  • Singles elimination Home Team Host until the Round of 16
  • Final 16 teams play in points based round-robin group play
  • Group winners advance to bonus games (Semifinals & Finals)

Group playing scoring:

  • Win: 3 points
  • Tie: 1 points
  • Loss: 0 points 

If group play ends in a tie, the following criteria will determine tie-breakers.  Tie-breakers will be determined from games played WITHIN GROUPS ONLY. Crossover, byes and forfeit games will not be included in calculations.


  • 1st: Head-to-head
  • 2nd: Most Wins
  • 3rd: Goal Differential (4 goal max per game)
  • 4th: Goals Allowed
  • 5th: Penalty Kicks

Questions: Contact Chris or  call 847-290-1577