State Premiership Division
Competition For Elite Teams In Illinois

The Illinois Youth Soccer State Premiership Division (SPD) is a state-run competitive division for premier teams registered with Illinois Youth Soccer member competitive leagues (IYSA Member League). This elite competition was designed to reduce costs and travel expenses for elite teams and allow the best teams in Illinois an opportunity to compete against the other top teams in the state while meeting the requirements for State Cup and Midwest Regional League (MRL). 

Eight (8) teams in the Under-15, Under-16, Under-17 & Under-18 age groups will make up the State Premiership Divisions. Boys teams will play April 1 - June 15. Girls will play August 15 - December 1.

Who Is Eligible: Each team MUST BE registered with an IYSA Member Competitive League: Central Illinois Youth Soccer League (CIYSL), Chicagoland Youth Soccer League, Illinois Women’s Soccer League (IWSL), ILLOWA, Southern Illinois Soccer League (SISL), United Neighborhood Organization (UNO), Young Sportsmen’s Soccer League (YSSL)  for the upcoming season (Boys in Spring, Girls in Fall) and show proof thereof before submitting its application to the SPD.

Registration: Each Team that wants to play in the SPD must advise its registered IYSA Member League at the time of it is registering with the League that it is applying to participate in the SPD. After registering with an IYSA Member League, the team must complete and submit the State Premiership Division Application and a resume establishing that it is a top team in the State of Illinois and qualified to participate in the SPD. Teams are accepted to the Premiership based on the information provided in the resume.

If a Team is not accepted to participate in the SPD, the Team must play in the IYSA Member League with which it registered prior to applying to the State Premiership Division.  Since a team that is not selected to the SPD will resume play in the IYSA Member League, no refunds will be issued.  

Once a team is accepted, they will receive information on the GotSoccer system that will be used for scheduling, rosters, gamecards, etc.

Registration Fee: Each team will pay their normal registration fee directly to their IYSA Member League. Once teams are selected to the Premiership Division, the IYSA Member League will make adjustments for any overpayments. The State Premiership Division registration fee is $850. The SPD Team Registration fee is identical for all IYSA Member Leagues. This fee includes IYSA registration/insurance, referee assignor cost, and administrative expenses.

Fee is based on a twenty-two (22) player initial roster size. For each player over 22, the SPD Team will pay $50 to the IYSA Member League.

Referee Fee: Each SPD Team will pay $75 per game to the center referee prior to the start of each SPD game.  IYSA State Premiership Division Referee Assignor will assign the center and assistant referees for each SPD game. 
Schedule: SPD Season will consist of Seven (7) games. One game per week will be scheduled. Teams may reschedule a game if both teams agree and advise the IYSA of a schedule change at least Seventy-Two (72) hours prior to the game.  Games will be played at the hosting Team’s fields to reduce the cost for all teams. There will be no charge for fields unless IYSA is asked to schedule games at a location that charges a rental fee. That rental fee will be charged to the teams and the teams would split the cost of the field rental.

SPD games are considered league games and shall meet all of the requirements of IYSA Member League play. Teams will follow all rules, policies and procedures established by IYSA concerning playing rules. Playing rules will be equivalent to State Cup Playing Rules. Teams will follow their respective IYSA Member League rules, policies and procedures for all other matters.

Roster: Team may have up to Twenty-Two (22) players on their roster at the standard Team Registration Fee. Additional players may be added to the roster at a cost of $50 per player. A pass issued from an IYSA/US Youth Soccer Member League or Club Pass issued from an IYSA Member League is required of all players and bench personnel. 

Only Eighteen (18) players can dress for each game.

To add or drop players from its roster, Team must contact its IYSA Member League and follow their League procedures. Maximum number of players that can be added from another club or from within its club that are not registered with an IYSA Member League: Five (5)

QUESTIONS: Contact Bill Bruno at bill@illinoisyouthsoccer.org or Chris at chrisj@illinoisyouthsoccer.org or 847-290-1577