2008 (13U) Illinois Midwest Conference Qualifier (Fall 2020)



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.

Fall 2020 Boys 

  • Schedule
  • Standings

Fall 2020 Girls

  • Schedule
  • Standings


Common Questions

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:

  • Provide meaningful matches for teams in the 13U age division and help teams prepare for the Midwest Conference
  • Determine Spring State Cup seeding for  13U age.
  • Earn teams GotSoccer points
  • Secure teams spots in State Premiership should they choose to compete in it

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:

  1. Teams MUST register with an Illinois Youth Soccer member competitive league and pay the required league registration fees.  When registering with the league for the Fall season, teams should register for the following division, depending on the member competitive league they register with:
    1. Central Illinois Youth Soccer League:  Contact league about registration
    2. Illinois Women’s Soccer League:  U-13 MRL Division
    3. Illowa: Contact league about registration
    4. SLYSA Illinois: Contact league about registration
    5. Young Sportsmen’s Soccer League: U-13 MRL
  2. Teams must also register for the event in GotSoccer. 

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:

  1. Member Illinois Youth Soccer competitive league registration fee
  2. $315 Midwest Conference Qualifier fee, paid to Illinois Youth Soccer
  3. $80 per game referee fee. Illinois Youth Soccer will provide the entire 3-person crew.

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.

Teams should also plan to play additional games October 23-25 in Rockford. These games will be "playoffs" to determine final standings and be match-ups between teams from other groups that didnt play each other in the group play stage. All teams should be available this weekend, but all teams will not play.

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?

  • July 17: Registration Deadline
  • July 27: Payment by check deadline / credit card payment processing
  • July 31:  Groups/Schedule Announced
  • August 15: All schedules due
  • October 18: All game must be completed by
  • October 24-25: Addition Playoff Games to determine top 12-16 placement

Questions: Chris at 847-290-1577 chrisj@illinoisyouthsoccer.org or Bill at forbillb@gmail.com