Calendar Year Age Implementation Plan
Pursuant to the US Youth Soccer Board of Directors approval for implementation of US Soccer mandates, following is Illinois Youth Soccer’s timeline for competition changes:
Starting Spring 2016 the following events will be played in CALENDAR YEAR AGE GROUPS
Starting Fall 2016 the following events will be played in CALENDAR YEAR AGE GROUPS:
Fall State Cup Brackets
Final Groups Set
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.
Illinois State Cup winners advance on to the US Youth Soccer Midwest Regional Championships, June 24-29 in Westfield, IN
Fall Sports Authority Presidents Cup
Final Groups Set
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.
Sports Authority Presidents Cup state champions advance on to the US Youth Soccer Region II Presidents Cup June 16-20 in Westfield, IN.
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Fall State Premiership Division Teams Announced
Congratulations To The Following Teams For Being Accepted
Congratulations to the following teams selected for the Fall State Premiership
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:
Chicago Magic Win National Championship
After falling behind early, Chicago Magic PSG Preacademy stormed back for a 4-1 win over Arlington Impact Red (VA) in the Under-17 Boys US Youth Soccer National Championship final.
Arlington took a 1-0 lead in the 8th minute when Brandon Orozco timed his run behind the Chicago back line and sent a right-footed strike just inside the far post. Chicago Magic tied the game and subsequently took the lead on two well-taken free kicks by Arron Ibilola. The Virginia side hung around as it pushed for an equalizer, but Chicago pushed the lead to 3-1 in the 81st minute when Jesus Perez finished a nice give-and-go with a chip over the Arlington keeper. Michael Gallo added a stoppage-time insurance goal to cap Chicago's 4-1 victory that gave the club its first National title in 12 years.
"It means a lot for the club and myself that we came out on top. It's been a long time since the [Chicago] Magic have won the National Championship," Chicago Magic coach Bato Radoncic said. "We've put a lot of effort and work into this age group. For the last six years we've been winning the State Cup, so now it finally paid off with us winning the National Championship."
Three Magic players finished among the top goalscorers with Arron Ibilola and Emmanuel Sabbi finishing atop with four goals while Michael Gallo, Achara Ifunanyachi & Jesus Perez each finished with two.
Carlos Pineda was awarded the Golden Glove as the top keeper at U17.
Under-17 Boys US Youth Soccer National Champions Chicago Magic PSG
Midwest Presidents Cup Champions
Chicago Fire Jrs West, Eclipse, Dynamic FC & SASA Spirits Advance To National Presidents Cup
Four Illinois teams earned a trip to the US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup following the exceptional performance at the Midwest Presidents Cup winning a regional title. Chicago Fire Jrs West (Under-13 Boys), Dynamic FC (Under-15 Boys), Eclipse Elite White (U15 Girls) & SASA Spirits (Under-17 Boys) will travel to Overland Park, KS July 9 -12 to play for a National title.
Here's a look at how the other 9 teams that represented Illinois faired at the June 11-14
You can follow the result of the National Presidents Cup here
Spring 2015 Cup Champions
State Cup, Presidents Cup & Wintrust Illinois Cup Winners
Mother nature wrecked some havoc on Illinois Youth Soccer Championship Sunday.
Here's a look at who has played, won state titles and who has yet to play due to Sunday's cancellations.
Illinois State Cup Championships
Sports Authority Presidents Cup Championships
Wintrust Illinois Cup Championships
Cross Border Agreement Update
ALL Illinois Players Must Get Permission From State Office To Compete In Another State's League
According to US Youth Soccer Rule 201, all Illinois resident players must register and obtain permission from Illinois Youth Soccer Association to play in another state’s league. This includes players that are listed on teams that have already registered for the 2015/2016 soccer year. There is no exception.
To register and obtain permission to play with a team outside of Illinois, please do the following. This registration includes player medical insurance.
Note: This form is not for an Illinois registered player to guest play with a US Youth Soccer team in a US Youth Soccer tournament.
Any Illinois team that has at least 50 percent of its players registered in Illinois must play in the Illinois Youth Soccer State Cup or Presidents Cup.
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Martin & Stephan Named Illinois Coaches Of Year
Jamie Martin of FC Lake County Selected as Girls COY & Adam Stephan of Cary Defenders as Boys COY
Jamie Martin of FC Lake County and Adam Stephan of Cary Defenders have been named the 2014 Illinois Youth Soccer Coaches of the Year. Both coaches were notified of their recognition at the quarterly Directors Of Coaching meeting on November 5 and they will be honored at the Illinois Youth Soccer Awards Banquet on March 6, 2015.
Jame Martin: Girls Coach Of The Year
“More important that winning, Jamie has done things the right way,” said Ken Carrano, former Presidents of Warren United.
“I am extremely grateful and honored to be recognized for this award,” Martin said. “Although it was quite a shock, as I knew nothing about the nomination, I am humbled to know that I have had a positive impact on the players and hopefully the game in Illinois. A big part of this honor and recognition goes to my players, who devote their time and effort to training and playing throughout the year. The individual and collective growth, both on and off the field, is what makes each day enjoyable and rewarding for both the players and myself. Soccer is not only my passion, but has provided me with many numerous benefits and opportunities throughout the years. It is my hope to continue to pass this excitement and love for the game to others.”
Adam Stephan: Boys Coach Of Year
In February 2013, at the age of 24, Stephan was diagnosed with cancer. As he began his own personal battle, his allegiance to his players on the four teams he coaches was unwavering; never missing a league game, tournament or staff meeting while undergoing four treatments of chemotherapy and two surgeries.
“Adam has been a source of inspiration to not only his team and our club, but to the entire community in Cary,” said Caulbert Smith, Cary Director of Coaching. “Adam is the type of coach you build a club around as he demonstrates the same level of commitment and dedication as we expect of each and every one of our players and parents. While being a young coach, he has gone about his duties and responsibilities with a level of maturity, which is usually seen in coaches twice his age and experience”
As a former player for the Cary Defenders, Stephan has shown a true commitment to his hometown club by volunteering wherever needed, helping with the recreational program and continuing to strengthen his coaching knowledge, recently earning his ‘C’ License.
“In receiving this honor, I am extremely humbled and proud,” Stephan said. “I have had the pleasure of working alongside many great coaches, but none more important than my mentors, Caulbert Smith and Phil Knorr, whom, without their guidance, knowledge, and support, I would not be the coach I am today. To know that my peers, colleagues, and friends believe in me to the point of handing me this award, makes it that much more special. Thank you to Illinois Youth Soccer for this award, to the players who make this job so enjoyable, and to everyone who has provided their support over the past year."
Both state winners have been nominated for the Region II Coach of the Year, still to be announced.
Fall State Cup / Sports Authority Presidents Cup Semifinals & Finals
Chicago Fire vs NY Red Bulls
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