State Premiership Chicagoland Club v Club Division

The details listed here are for teams applying for the NEW State Premiership Chicagoland Club v Club Division.

In line with US Youth Soccer’s model for the Midwest Conference, the Illinois State Premiership will be adding a Girls Club vs Club Division starting Fall 2020 thru a joint venture with our member leagues.

In addition to the benefits the State Premiership currently offers teams, self-scheduling, club pass rostering, Cup seeding opportunities and marketing benefits, the Club v Club Division will provide participating clubs additional ease for scheduling and coaching assignments.  The formation of this new Girls division follows a continuing trend in the youth soccer landscape towards a club centric model.

The State Premiership Club v Club division will include up to 8 clubs staring in Fall 2020 and follow the same competition structure as State Premiership I and State Premiership II. 

CLUB ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Clubs that apply for participation must meet the following requirements:

  • All participating teams must be registered to an Illinois Youth Soccer member competitive league
  • Coaching staff meets all IYSA and member league requirements and the club has a shown history of encouraging and participating in Coaching Education
  • History of success including but not limited to Illinois Youth Soccer member competitive league play (IWSL, YSSL, CIYSL, ILLOWA & SLYSA), Cup competitions, US Youth Soccer platforms and/or other competitions.
  • Club must have a competitive team to participate at each of the following age groups
    • 14U
    • 15U
    • 16U
    • 17U
    • 18U
  • All teams 14U-18U must participate in either the State Cup or Presidents Cup

Teams must complete the State Premiership Chicagoland Club v Club application no later than July 6

REGISTRATION

1.  Complete your Illinois Youth Soccer competitive league registration and pay all league fees by their posted deadlines. ANY TEAM THAT HAS NOT COMPLETED AN ILLINOIS YOUTH SOCCER MEMBER COMPETIVE LEAGUE REGISTRATION (CIYSL, IWSL, ILLOWA, SLYSA or YSSL) AND PAID ALL LEAGUE FEES IN FULL WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED FOR PREMIERSHIP

2.  Teams that want to be considered for the Club v Club Division must complete in FULL the State Premiership Chicagoland Club v Club Application NO LATER THAN JULY 17.  Teams accepted into the Club v Club Division will be notified no later than July 24.

3. Teams applying for the Club v Club Division must ALSO complete the STATE PREMIERSHIP CHICAGOLAND DIVISION TEAM Application for each of their 14U-18U teams.  Team applications must be completed no later than July 17, 2020

  • New for Fall 2020 - teams will be required to enter a credit card for the $150 State Premiership fee. Previously this fee was collected and paid by the competitive league you registered with but will now be paid directly to IYSA. The credit card entered will not charged at the time of application and teams will have until July 20 to submit a check payment for teams if they do not want to pay via credit card

4. Clubs not accepted for the Club v Club Division will have the opportunity to participate in the traditional team vs team division and will be notified by July 27 if accepted into State Premiership I or State Premiership II.  Teams not accepted to any State Premireship Division will return to play in the Illiois Youth Soccer member competitive league they registered with.

CLUB POINT SYSTEM & RETENTION

Clubs will earn points based on their final standing results for each team in each age group

State Premiership Club v Club Point System

  • First Place: 7
  • Second Place: 6
  • Third Place: 5
  • Fourth Place: 4
  • Fifth Place: 3
  • Sixth Place: 2
  • Seventh Place: 1

The top 6 club in total points will retain this spot for the following year.

Each year two new spots will be open and filled by application process, from clubs registered to an Illinois Youth Soccer member league.

The club with the most points will also be recognized as the overall State Premiership Club v Club Division Champion  

CUP SEEDING

Fall 14U Age Division

  • Winner earns a seed in Spring 14U State Cup*
    • If team had previously earned a State Cup seed of 5-8 based on advancing to the 13U State Cup Quarterfinals or Semis, that team will be bumped up 1, but not placing them above a team that advanced to a further elimination round.
    • If hadn't previously earned a seed by advancing to at least the quarterfinals of the previous year's State Cup, will be seed 9-16 after best remaining team from Midwest Conference Premier I, MWC Club v Club and Midwest Conference Premier II.  Team with the best record between State Premiership I and State Premiership Club v Club will receive the higher seed.
    • *If State Premiership Club v Club age group Champion elects to play Presidents Cup they will be seeded no lower than #6

15U-18U Age Division

  • Winner earns a seed in State Cup the following year*
    • If team had previously earned a State Cup seed of 5-8 based on advancing to the  State Cup Quarterfinals or Semis, that team will be bumped up 1, but not placing them above a team that advanced to a further elimination round.
    • If hadn't previously earned a seed by advancing to at least the quarterfinals of the previous year's State Cup, will be seed 9-16 after best remaining team from Midwest Conference Premier I, MWC Club v Club and Midwest Conference Premier II. Team with the best record between State Premiership I and State Premiership Club v Club will receive the higher seed
    • *If State Premiership Club v Club age group Champion elects to play Presidents Cup they will be seeded no lower than #6

SCHEDULE
With 8 club accepted each age group team will play 7 games, this number could change depending on the final number of clubs accepted. Premiership matches will be considered your league play and will meet the team's requirement to compete in events such as State Cup, Presidents Cup, Midwest Conference, etc.

Illinois Youth Soccer will produce a schedule for all teams, designating who is the home team for each match.  The schedule will be grouped so that all of Club A home games will be against Club B for scheduling ease. Clubs are encourage to coordinate mutliple games at one-site between clubs.

The Premiership schedules will be released no later than  August 1.

State Premiership games are self-scheduled amongst teams. Once the schedule is released:

  • Teams contact each other and mutually agree on date and time. Game should be played at the field of the team deginated as HOME on the schedule.
  • All teams must finalize their State Premiership Schedules by August 17
  • No later than August 17, teams should email the following details for all of their HOME matches to ilstatepremiership@gmail.com
    • Date
    • Time
    • Specific location including address and field number

Although game details are due by August 17 teams are allowed unlimited game changes.  To get a game changed after the April 17 schedule deadline teams must do the following no later than 72-hrs prior to the originally scheduled match:

  • Email ilstatepremiership@gmail.com a new agreed upon date, time and location. NO GAME CHANGES WILL BE ALLOWED WITHOUT THIS INFORMATION. Games cancelled by teams without email this information may result in a forfeit.

REFEREES
The Illinois Youth Soccer assignors (Art Arustamyan & Steve Jablow)  handle all assigning  for Premiership matches. The state assignor will assign the entire 3-person crew. Any team that would like to request to use an assignor other than one of the official State Premiership Assisgnors must do so no later than August 1.  ALLTEAMS ARE REQUIRED TO PAY $80 IN CASH AT THE FIELD TO THE CENTER PRIOR TO EACH PREMIERSHIP MATCH.