24 Illinois Teams Head To Midwest Regional Championships
24 teams from Illinois have secured a spot in the US Youth Soccer Midwest Regional Championships that kickoff on June 24 in Westfield, IN.
Good luck to all the teams that will represent Illinois Youth Soccer:
Midwest Presidents Cup Champions
SBW Alliance, FC United, Eclipse, CFJ North & Ela to play for National Presidents Cup titles
Illinois was represented by 13 teams at the 2016 US Youth Soccer Region II Presidents Cup this past weekend in Westfield, IN:
FC United Select 2 (U16) and Downers Grove Roadrunners (U17) finished as Regional finalists, falling in hard-fought championship matches
Fall Cup Registration Now Open
2002 - 1999 State Cup & Presidents Cup Details
The Illinois State Cup is the most prestigious tournament in Illinois and the official state championship tournament of the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series. Don’t be confused by similarly named league tournaments claiming to be a "state cup" championship.
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.
Fall Illinois State Cup winners advance on to the 2017 US Youth Soccer Midwest Regional Championships.
The Sports Authority Presidents Cup provides Illinois Youth Soccer teams in the under 13 – 17 age groups an alternative to the Illinois State Cup and an opportunity to advance and compete against teams from across the country in the regional and national competition.
The US Youth Soccer President’s Cup offers an alternative opportunity for teams to compete in a state, regional and national competition. 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.
Fall Presidents Cup state champions advance on to the US Youth Soccer Region II Presidents Cup.
Fall 2016 Event Details
Starting Fall 2016 all Illinois Youth Soccer and US Youth Soccer events will be run in birth year age groups:
*U18 Presidents Cup is in-state competition only. Neither US Youth Soccer Region II or US Youth Soccer National offers U18 Presidents Cup. Winner will be state champion and not advance to Regional Presidents Cup event.
Illinois Youth Soccer will also host a Fall Under-19 Illinois Cup for players born 1998 and younger. Players that compete in this event will still eligible to compete in the Fall Under-18 State Cup and the Spring Under-19/20 State Cup. Details and registration for this event coming soon.
NEW starting this Fall, most games will be assigned to play on a specific date, time and location:
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 Rockford, teams must mutually agree and submit the game change request to email@example.com no later than
Game change requests received after the listed dates will NOT be accepted.
Questions: Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or call Chris at 847-290-1577
MRL FALL 2016 APPLICATION PROCESS OPEN!
Submission Deadline JUNE 29TH @ 5PM!
APPLICATION PROCESS FOR Fall 2016 MRL SEASON OPEN:
STEP 1: CLICK HERE TO APPLY into the IYSA GotSoccer system and pay $650 MRL spring fee. Fee will be refunded to teams who are not accepted into MRL. Within 48 hours of completing this first application the team contact will be sent an email with a link to complete a second application.
STEP 2: Use the link sent by email to the team contact to apply into the MRL registration system.
APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR Fall 2016 IS WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29TH 5PM!
More MRL information, rules, and history can be found at www.midwestregionalleague.com
Any questions regarding MRL can be directed to Jonathan Orlicz at firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-290-1577 ext. 109.
2016 Chicago Beach Soccer Tournament Registration Now Open
The Chicago Beach Soccer Tournament is unlike any other soccer tournament in the Midwest. Don’t miss out on all the SUN, FUN & SOCCER.
The 2016 Chicago Beach Soccer Tournament will be held July 23-24 at Montrose Beach, don’t confuse our long-standing event with similar sand soccer events.The Chicago Beach Soccer Festival enters its 16th year as one of North America’s largest Beach Soccer tournaments.
COMMON QUESTIONS - SELECT LINK FOR ANSWERS
WHAT IS THE CHICAGO BEACH SOCCER TOURNAMENT FORMAT & RULES?
The tournament is played in each of the following divisions
WHO CAN PLAY IN THE CHICAGO BEACH SOCCER TOURNAMENT?
Teams whose players are not registered with Illinois Youth Soccer or a member league are eligibile to play in this event but must pay the full $300 registration fee.
CAN PARENTS BE COACHES?
I am playing in the U19 division and am 18 years old, can I act as coach for my team?
THE ROSTER LIMIT FOR THE TOURNAMENT IS 12 PLAYERS
If group play ends in a tie, the following criteria will determine tie-breakers.
To enter your roster do the following steps.
WHAT DO I BRING TO CHECK-IN
ALL PLAYERS WITH THEIR PLAYERS PASSES MUST BE PRESENT AT THE CHECK-IN
Team Check-In Times TBA
At Check In Teams MUST HAVE all of the following
1.) ROSTER: Printed copy of the roster they entered into GotSoccer
1.) PLAYERS PASSES: Each Player on the Roster with their Player Passes
If players do not have Player Passes they can use one of the following:
2.) MEDICAL RELEASE FORM: Complete and signed by parent Medical Release Form FOR EVERY PLAYER
At check-in each player’s pass will be checked and they will be given a wristband that they MUST WEAR ALL DAY. Players without wristband WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO PLAY and NO REPLACEMENT WRISTBANDS WILL BE GIVEN.
2004 (U13) Illinois MRL Qualifying Division
New division will determine Spring 2004 (U13) State Cup Seeds and which teams will earn MRL spot in Fall 2017.
What is the purpose of the 2004 Illinois MRL Qualifying Division:
In addition, the division will also:
How do I register for the 2004 MRL Qualifying Division?
Registration for the MRL Qualifying Division will follow the same format as most Illinois Youth Soccer events:
Teams MUST compete in both the Fall and Spring season to be considered for the 2017-2018 MRL season. Teams are also required to compete in State Cup or Presidents Cup to be eligible for MRL.
How many 2004 teams will get a MRL spots at Under-14 in Fall 2017?
Illinois has historically secured more than 8 MRL spots. Any additional spots will be filled from the Illinois MRL Qualifying Division.
Can I still get in to MRL at Under-14 next year if my team doesn’t play?
What are the fees?
What is the schedule?
Games will be self-schedule and home team host.
As travel is a major component of MRL play, teams are expected to travel to the team listed as the home team for each match including long distances i.e Chicagoland to the southern portion of the state.
Teams that fail to compete all of their Illinois MRL Qualifying Division games may be removed from the division and not considered for MRL.
Once groups and schedules are finalized, teams are encouraged to work amongst themselves to coordinate weekends in which multiple games could be hosted at one location, similar to an MRL weekend.
What are the roster limits?
Players are only allowed to compete on one team per season in the MRL Qualifying competition. If a club has multiple teams in the division, a player can only play for one team during each season, Fall and Spring.
If a player changes clubs during the season, they may not be added to another MRL Qualifying Division roster during the season.
Example: During the Fall season, Susie leaves Club A and joins Club B. Susie cannot play in any MRL Qualifying Division games with Club B until the Spring season.
What are the playing rules?
What are the deadline and important dates?
Fall 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 Fall 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 FALL 2016 STATE PREMIERSHIP SEASON
2004 Teams should regster for the Illinois MRL Qualifying Division
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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