Who We Are & Our Mission

A look at Illinois Youth Soccer






Who We Are:
Proudly serving the Illinois soccer community since 1975, Illinois Youth Soccer has a strong history of credibility. Illinois Youth Soccer is one of Illinois’ largest youth sports organizations with approximately 95,000 players, coaches & referees.

Illinois Youth Soccer is:

  • Illinois non-profit corporation
  • Official State Association & Charter Member of US Soccer Federation
  • Official State Association & Charter Member of US Youth Soccer (largest youth soccer association in the United States)
  • Administers US Soccer Federation Coaching programs
  • Administers US Soccer Federation Olympic Development Program
  • Administers US Soccer Federation Referee programs

Illinois Youth Soccer Association is a non-profit organization emphasizing education, whose purpose is to promote and conduct skill-based youth development programs in a safe environment that empower children, regardless of their gender, ethnicity, size, ability level, or economic status, to learn skills, lead a healthy lifestyle, value education, improve their social interaction and to focus their energy into a positive outcome. The Association also provides job training by offering and conducting nationally recognized coaching and referee courses; fun, age-specific, skill learning activities; and the Olympic Development Program that provides children with the opportunity to reach their potential.

  • Player Development: Emphasis is on the development of players at all levels: Recreational, Competitive, Olympic Development
  • Good Sportsmanship: Create good sportsmanship through a positive learning environment
  • Positive Coaching: Encourage kids to have fun while learning skills
  • Everyone Plays: Our goal is for all kids to play soccer
  • Open Registration: Our programs are open to all children
  • Opportunities: Allow kids to play to their potential

Member Benefits

Quality Insurance Coverage

Exclusive IYSA Member Only Tournaments & Activities

Illinois State Cup

  • Official statewide (not league) tournament for 13U-19U
  • In existence since 1967
  • Part of the prestigious US Youth Soccer National Championship Series
  • Teams qualify through play for the US Youth Soccer regionals and nationals
  • Exists in all 55 states associations and involves 10,000 teams nationally

President’s Cup

  • An alternative to the National Championship Series 
  • Part of the national US Youth Soccer President’s Cup
  • Teams qualify through state event for advancement to President’s Cup regionals and nationals

Illinois Cup

  • Statewide championship tournament for those teams that the State Cup or Presidents Cup is not the right fit for
  • Offer a level exclusive to teams that play in the 3rd Division or lower of member competitive league play

Junior Cup

  • Official statewide tournament for 11U-12U teams
  • Offered in three levels so that all teams can play 
  • Competitive but relaxed statewide tournament experience

Midwest Regional Conference

  • Provides top level league competition for teams from 14 states in the US Youth Soccer Midwest Region
  • Teams qualify through play for US Youth Soccer regionals
  • Teams qualify through play for participation in US Youth Soccer National Showcase Tournaments

Risk Management Standards

  • Background Searches for coaches, referees, administrators, volunteers
  • Goal Safety
  • Concussion Awareness & Compliance
  • Bylaws, policies, and Code of Ethics for the safety of its participants which have been reviewed by US Soccer Federation 

Coaching Education

  • Conducts US Soccer coaching courses for competitive programs
  • Free coaching clincs for member recreational programs
  • Discounts available for Illinois Youth Soccer members
  • Access to Illinois Directors of Coaching
  • Hosts quarterly meetings with club directors of coaching

Benefits for Players

  • Quality programs, events and opportunities
  • Opportunity to participate in state-wide, regional or national tournaments
  • Opportunity to participate in Illinois Olympic Development Program
  • Quality insurance
  • FREE subscription to Network News & Illinois Kicks e-newsletter
  • FREE online soccer parent course
  • FREE college recruitment seminars
  • Exclusive special offers from Sponsors
  • Coaching education standards
  • Access to coaching and referee education
  • Risk management standards including but not limited to goal safety and concussion awareness and compliance
  • Required background searches for coaches, referees, administrators and volunteers
  • Bylaws, policies, and Code of Ethics for the safety of its participants which have been reviewed by US Soccer Federation

Benefits for Member Clubs

  • FREE club directory listing
  • FREE club tryout listing
  • FREE travel notifications for out-of-state tournaments
  • FREE Online Tournament Roster
  • Quality Insurance
  • Club Passes
  • Ability to participate in Member Only tournaments and activities
  • Ability to obtain IYSA Tournament Sanctioning
  • FREE IYSA sanctioned tournament listing in Network News, state website and US Youth Soccer website
  • Option to obtain Tournament Passes
  • Resource Center
  • Exclusive special offers from Sponsors
  • Quarterly meetings with club coaches
  • Consistent and even-handed regulations
  • Neutral forum for dispute resolution with further appeals rights to USSF under a consistent applied set of rules

Benefits For Member Leagues

  • Freedom to serve their constituents
  • Determination of their own rules, policies and procedures
  • FREE registration and scheduling system through GotSoccer
  • Quality insurance
  • Online background search option
  • Risk management standards
  • Club Passes
  • Multi-formatted rosters
  • Marketing opportunities
  • Resource Center
  • Consistent and even-handed regulations
  • Governance for issues that involve the safety of participants and a system of behavior for activities among leagues and outside of league play
  • Neutral forum for dispute resolution with further appeals rights to USSF under a consistent applied set of rules