5 Star Competitive Club Recognition

The Illinois Youth Soccer 5-Star Competitive Club Recognition will be awarded to an Illinois Youth Soccer Member Competitive Club that promotes Illinois Youth Soccer programs, coaching education, referee development, risk management, parent education and sideline behavior.

Illinois Youth Soccer will recognize the 5-Star award recipient on its website and publications and provide the 5-Star Competitive Club Recognition medallion for display on the recipient’s website and publications. 

Illinois Youth Soccer 5-Star Competitive Clubs

Chicago City SC
Chicago, IL

Chicago City Soccer Club prides itself on professionalism, passion, and dedication to provide a unique soccer experience within the Chicago community. Our club fosters a culture that nurtures intellectual, cultural, social, and physical development through soccer.


To create a fun, enjoyable, yet challenging environment where players learn to have the confidence to be creative and express themselves freely.

Ela Soccer Club
Lake Zurich, IL

The Ela Competitive program is committed to developing players, coaches and referees in a positive soccer environment. Our goal is to provide an opportunity for players to play at the highest level commensurate with individual ability, potential and interest. To support this goal, Ela Competitive provides professional training and coaching at all age levels, along with a myriad of programs designed to maximize player potential, character and sportsmanship


Barrington, IL

FCX is the travel arm of the Barrington Area Soccer Association (BASA).   FCX provides comprehensive, professional training for players who are committed to improving their level of play while enjoying themselves.  We pride ourselves on only utilizing coaches who have extensive experience and qualifications and are always looking to improve their knowledge of the game. 

Spartan FC
Northbrook, IL

Spartan FC was created as a non-profit organization to provide Northbrook, IL and surrounding area soccer players with a more competitive environment to learn and play soccer.The founders of Spartan FC were passionate about being a community driven program to increase the love for the sport within the Northbrook area and provide players with opportunities to play together throughout their youth and HS playing careers.In 2008, the Northbrook Park District approved Spartan FC as an affiliate program.Since 2008 Spartan FC has provided club soccer, camps, and community events to thousands of Northbrook area families.



Illinois Youth Soccer 5-Star Competitive Club Application

Illinois Youth Soccer 5-Star Competitive Club Criteria

Illinois Youth Soccer Membership & Support
All of the Club’s competitive teams/players and recreational program teams/players, with the exception of the club’s US Soccer Academy primary teams that are excluded from participating in any other program, must be registered with an Illinois Youth Soccer member league.

The Club must actively support Illinois Youth Soccer programs and encourage their players to participate in the Illinois Olympic Development Program.

The Club must place Illinois Youth Soccer logo and link on its website free of charge to IYSA.

Coaching Education
All the Club’s competitive coaches must have the following US Soccer Federation licenses:

  • All U9-U12 coaches must have at least the Grassroots Pathway or ‘E’ License
  • All U13 and up coaches must have at least a ‘D’ License
  • All Directors of Coaching must have at least a ‘C’ License AND taken the Grassroots Pathway Introduction Course

Referee Development

All referees including assistant referees that the Club assigns must have a US Soccer license.

Risk Management

The Club must meet all of the following Illinois Youth Soccer risk management criteria:

  • All goals used by the Club, whether they are in use or not, must be anchored and stored according to the goal manufacturer’s safety standards.  All fields, nets and equipment must be safe.
  • All coaches, assistant coaches, administrative staff, board members, referees and all affected persons 18 or older must submit a background check.
  • All coaches must submit a certificate to the Club showing that they have successfully completed the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Heads Up Concussion test.
  • All coaches must use the Illinois Youth Soccer Concussion Notification Form.
  • Club is in complaince with the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017

Parent Education and Sideline Behavior
The Club must certify and document that it has a parent behavior program in place. 

Illinois Youth Soccer 5-Star Club Recognition Benefits

A Club that earns the prestigious Illinois Youth Soccer 5-Star Club Recognition will receive the following benefits from Illinois Youth Soccer:

  • Illinois Youth Soccer 5-Star Club Recognition Logo for display on the Club’s website and publications
  • Listing on Illinois Youth Soccer website, e-newsletter and Network News that is distributed to approximately 90,000 families statewide
  • One (1 ) free banner ad in Illinois Kicks e-newsletter for the Club’s next tryouts
  • One (1) free Grassroots Pathway or ‘D’ coaching course credit for use by one of the Club’s coaching candidates  
  • Other promotional opportunities


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