US Youth Soccer Region II Championships
22 Illinois Teams Competing For A Spot At The US Youth Soccer National Championship
22 teams will represent Illinois at the 2017 US Youth Soccer Region II Championships kicking off June 23 in Sioux Falls, SD.
You can follow results and standings from the US Youth Soccer Region II Championships here
Regional Champions, advance to the US Youth Soccer National Championships July 25-29 in Frisco, TX
Fall MRL Registration Now Open
Girls 14U - 19U & Boys 14U Applications Now Being Accepted
APPLICATION PROCESS FOR Fall 2017 MRL SEASON OPEN:
STEP 1: CLICK HERE TO APPLY into the IYSA GotSoccer system and pay MRL Fall 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 2017 IS Wednesday, June 28th @ 5PM!
Be aware that there has been a fee increase for MRL. Starting this fall the fee will be $700 per season for teams playing in 1st division and the fee will be $750 per season for teams playing in Premier 1 or 2 divisions.
More MRL information, rules, and history can be found at http://www.usyouthsoccer.org/mrl/
Any questions regarding MRL can be directed to Jonathan Orlicz at email@example.com or 847-290-1577 ext. 109
Fall Tournament Registration
Details About Fall State Cup, Presidents Cup & Illinois Cup
Registration is now open for the three state-wide championship tournaments for Fall 2017.
Illinois State Cup - Click here for complete event details
NEW STARTING FALL: TOP 2 TEAMS IN EACH STATE CUP GROUP WILL ADVANCE TO QUARTERFINALS.
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.
Illinois State Cup winners advance on to the 2018 US Youth Soccer Midwest Regional Championships.
Illinois Presidents Cup - Click here for complete event details
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.
Illinois Presidents Cup state champions advance on to the US Youth Soccer Region II Presidents Cup.
Illinois Cup - Click here for complete event details
WHICH EVENT SHOULD MY TEAM PLAY IN?
Registration deadline is July 8
Seeds are based on Cup results from previous year, MRL and State Premiership. Any requests to review a specific seed should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org NO LATER THAN JUNE 15 and include specific reasons why a seeding adjustment should be consider. After June 15, no seeding changes will be considered. Please note that head-to-head play is a consideration for seeding but is NOT a reason to replace one team with another.
IMPORTANT FALL DATES / GAME LOCATIONS
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 IYSA assigned location, 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 be subject to a $50 game change fee or may be rejected.
Fall 2017 State Premiership Registration Open
12U Girls and 15U Boys Added For Fall Season
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 2017 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:
NEW STARTING FALL 2017
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR THE FALL 2017 STATE PREMIERSHIP SEASON
2005 (13U) Illinois MRL Qualifying Division
Competition to determine which teams earn spots in 13U MRL for Spring 2018
In Fall 2016, Illinois Youth Soccer and its member competitive leagues partnered to launch the new Illinois MRL Qualifying Division, part of the State Premiership, as a direct path for teams to earn their spot into the prestigious Midwest Regional League (MRL). THIS EVENT IS DESIGNED FOR THE MOST COMPETITIVE TEAMS IN THE STATE OF ILLINOIS.
MRL will have a 13U Division starting Spring 2018, the Illinois MRL Qualifying Division for 2005 (13U) teams will be run during the Fall 2017 season. Depending on the numbe of teams that register the competition will consist of:
What is the purpose of the Illinois MRL Qualifying Division:
In addition, the division will also:
How do I register for the MRL Qualifying Division?
Registration for the MRL Qualifying Division will follow the same format as most Illinois Youth Soccer events:
Teams are also required to compete in State Cup or Presidents Cup to be eligible for MRL.
How many teams will get a MRL spots at 13U?
Illinois has historically secured more than 8 MRL spots. Any additional spots will be filled from the Illinois MRL Qualifying Division.
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 in the MRL Qualifying competition. If a club has multiple 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 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.
What are the deadline and important dates?
NEW Illinois ODP Center Of Excellence Day Camps
The Illinois ODP Center of Excellence will enhance the individual player understanding of the following technical and tactical skills:
This summer we will be offering three ODP Centers of Excellence across the state. These will be open to boys and girls born 2006-2008. Registration will be limited to 50 boys and 50 girls per location. Each Center of Excellence will include four consecutive days of training from 6pm-8pm. Training will be run by licensed ODP Staff Coaches.
Questions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 847-290-1577.
Julius Roth: In Memoriam
Pioneer Of Youth Soccer In The US Passes Away
Illinois Youth Soccer sends our condolences to the family and friends of Julius Roth who passed away on Friday, April 28.
Julius Roth was one of the first organizers and founders of US Youth Soccer. His greatest contributions to soccer were his persistent and generous efforts to grow the game.
A visionary, Roth was one of the first to recognize the value of youth and women's soccer programs and their impact on the future of soccer in the United States.
When helping to start and expand US Youth Soccer, Roth identified and organized the US Youth Soccer State Associations throughout the Midwest and lobbied to have women's soccer recognized by the U.S. Soccer Federation and provide female teams the opportunity to play regulation, scheduled games. Through his efforts at this critical time, soccer gained its widespread, grassroots popularity.
Born in Forberg, Czechoslovakia, Roth came to the United States in 1951 and began playing for Hansa Junior, one of eight German-American clubs in Chicago. The team was the U.S. Junior Champions from 1953 to 1954 and he continued playing on the first and reserve teams of the club until 1965 when he became their coach.
He attended the first US Youth Soccer annual general meeting in Alaska in 1972. The association had 80,000 registered youth players. Roth was a member of the Illinois Soccer Association. In 1974, he became the first US Youth Soccer Region II Director on the board of directors, serving until 1976.
In 1975, he began serving as the chairman of the James P. McGuire National Challenge Cup, now part of the US Youth Soccer National Championships Series. He held the position for two years. For the next two years, Roth served as the Chairman of the Appeals Committee for US Youth Soccer Region II. In 1981, he served on the US Youth Soccer Region II Planning Committee.
Roth was active in the founding of the Illinois Women’s Soccer League in the 1980’s. IWSL is now 780 teams strong. He has continued to serve as an advisor and on many committees of the IWSL. In 1972, Julius was elected to the Illinois Soccer Association Board and has become a beloved figure. He has served as the President of the Sepp Herberger Committee since 1975. The committee has hosted hundreds of teams from , including the Women’s and Men’s national teams. This committee has raised $260,000 in funds to help youth teams of affiliated clubs.
For the past 15 year, Roth has provided the Sepp Herberger scholarships to outstanding Illinois Youth Soccer's Soccer For Success players.
In 1990, Roth was recognized for his efforts to expand and improve soccer and was inducted into the Illinois State Soccer Hall of Fame. He served as Illinois State Soccer Association's historian from 1997 to 2001 and has since served as the Chairman of their Hall of Fame Committee.
Roth received a meritorious service award from the Illinois Youth Soccer Association in 2003. In 2006, Roth was inducted to the United States Adult Soccer Association's Hall of Fame.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Sepp Herberger Foundation appreciated. Sepp Herberger Foundation, 416 Rugeley Rd., Western Springs, IL 60558-1957
Visitation will be at the Skaja Terrace Funeral Home 7812 N. Milwaukee Avenue Niles on Friday from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Funeral info: 847-966-7302 or www.skajafuneralhomes.com
Howarth Hired As New DOC / Technical Director
Illinois Youth Soccer is pleased to announce that Adam Howarth has been hired as the new Director of Coaching - Technical Director. US Soccer 'A' licensed coach Adam Howarth comes to Illinois Youth Soccer with many years of experience as Coaching Education Instructor and Illinois & Region II ODP Coach. Adam served as the Men's and Women's Head Coach at Eastern Illinois University. He has a master's degree in Sports Administration and taught Kinesiology and Sports Studies at Eastern Illinois University. Adam started his soccer career as a semi-pro player with Burnham FC in England. He will assume his full-time position with Illinois Youth Soccer at the conclusion of the spring season with the Green White Soccer Club, where he is the Director of Coaching.
"Adam is already a great asset to Illinois Youth Soccer and we are looking forward to his full-time involvement," said Illinois Youth Soccer President Gus Bender. "He has great ideas and is committed to coaching and player education. We also appreciate that he is fulfilling his obligation to the Green White Soccer Club and assisting them during the search process."
"Adam Howarth has been a tremendous DOC for Green White Soccer Club for the past three years," Mike Folkers, the Youth Soccer Board President of Green White Soccer Clubstated. "We're sad to lose him, but we're happy for Illinois Youth Soccer where he will be able to share his many talents with all of their member clubs. His commitment to player development and community involvement were the same values that have guided our club for the past 60 years. We wish Adam well and know he will do a great job in his new role."
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