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

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 & 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