In Fall 2016, Illinois Youth Soccer and its member competitive leagues partnered to launch the Illinois Midwest Conference Qualifying Competition, part of the State Premiership, as a direct path for teams to earn their spot into the US Youth Soccer National League Midwest Conference. THIS EVENT IS DESIGNED FOR THE MOST COMPETITIVE TEAMS IN THE STATE OF ILLINOIS.
The US Youth Soccer Midwest Conference does not have a 13U Division until the Spring season, the Illinois Midwest Conference Qualifier for 13U aged teams will be run during the Fall season.
What is the purpose of the Illinois Midwest Conference Qualifier?:
The ultimate purpose is for the top 13U teams to earn a position in the US Youth Soccer National League Midwest Conference when 13U play starts in Spring.
In addition, the division will also:
How do I register for the Illinois Midwest Conference Qualifier?
The Midwest Conference Qualifier is open to any team registered with an Illinois Youth Soccer member competitive league. Again, this event is designed for the most competitive teams in the state of Illinois.
Registration for the Midwest Conference Qualifier will follow the same format as most Illinois Youth Soccer events:
Teams are also required to compete in State Cup or Presidents Cup in the Spring to be eligible for MRL.
How many teams will get spots at 13U?
Illinois is guaranteed at least 8 spots per gender age group for the Midwest Conference.
Illinois has historically secured more than 8 spots. Any additional spots will be filled by the final standings from the Illinois Midwest Conference Qualifier
What are the fees?
Teams are required to pay the following to participate in the Illinois Midwest Conference Qualifier:
What is the schedule?
The number of teams that register will determine the final schedule. Teams should expect to play 7-11 games.
Games will be self-schedule and home team host.
As travel is a major component of Midwest Conference 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 Midwest Conference Qualifier games may be removed from the division and not considered for the Midwest Conference.
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 Midwest Conference weekend.
What are the roster limits?
Teams are allowed to use any age eligible player from within their club as long as they have a player pass from a member Illinois Youth Soccer competitive league. No more than 30 players can be used for the competition, matching the number of players team can use in the Midwest Conference.
Players are only allowed to compete on one team for the entirety of the Qualifier. If a club has mulitple teams in the division, a player can only play for one team.
If a player changes clubs during the season, they may not be added to another Midwest Conference Qualifier roster during the season.
Example: During the Fall season, Susie leaves Club A and joins Club B. Susie cannot play in any Illinois Qualifying Division games with Club B.
What are the deadline and important dates?