Illinois Youth Soccer Assoc. IYSA October Presidents Cup

Who We Are & Our Mission
A look at Illinois Youth Soccer
Who We Are:

Proudly serving the Illinois soccer community since 1975, Illinois Youth Soccer has a strong history of credibility. Illinois Youth Soccer is one of Illinois’ largest youth sports organizations with approximately 95,000 players, coaches & referees.

Illinois Youth Soccer is:

Illinois non-profit corporation
Official State Association & Charter Member of US Soccer Federation
Official State Association & Charter Member of US Youth Soccer (largest youth soccer association in the United States)
Administers US Soccer Federation Coaching programs
Administers US Soccer Federation Olympic Development Program
Administers US Soccer Federation Referee programs

Illinois Youth Soccer Association is a non-profit organization emphasizing education, whose purpose is to promote and conduct skill-based youth development programs in a safe environment that empower children, regardless of their gender, ethnicity, size, ability level, or economic status, to learn skills, lead a healthy lifestyle, value education, improve their social interaction and to focus their energy into a positive outcome. The Association also provides job training by offering and conducting nationally recognized coaching and referee courses; fun, age-specific, skill learning activities; and the Olympic Development Program that provides children with the opportunity to reach their potential.

Player Development: Emphasis is on the development of players at all levels: Recreational, Competitive, Olympic Development
Good Sportsmanship: Create good sportsmanship through a positive learning environment
Positive Coaching: Encourage kids to have fun while learning skills
Everyone Plays: Our goal is for all kids to play soccer
Open Registration: Our programs are open to all children
Opportunities: Allow kids to play to their potential

Member Benefits

Quality Insurance Coverage

Exclusive IYSA Member Only Tournaments & Activities

Illinois State Cup

Official statewide (not league) tournament for U12-19
In existence since 1967
Part of the prestigious US Youth Soccer National Championship Series
Teams qualify through play for the US Youth Soccer regionals and nationals
Exists in all 55 states associations and involves 10,000 teams nationally

President’s Cup

An alternative to the National Championship Series for U13-17
Part of the national US Youth Soccer President’s Cup
Teams qualify through play for President’s Cup regionals and nationals
Available in all 55 states associations 

Illinois Cup

Official statewide tournament for U8-12
Competitive but relaxed State Cup experience

Midwest Regional League

Provides top level league competition for teams from 14 states in Region 2
Teams qualify through play for US Youth Soccer regionals
Teams qualify through play for participation in US Youth Soccer National League

US Youth Soccer National League

Exclusive national competition for teams from 55 states in the U.S.
Teams qualify through participation in Midwest Regional League Premier Division
Teams qualify through play for participation in US Youth Soccer nationals

Chicago Beach Soccer Festival (Do not confuse with any other sand tournament)

Annual, fun beach soccer tournament
Played in the sand at Montrose Beach
Hosted in conjunction with Illinois State Soccer Association for adults
Governed by Illinois Youth Soccer and Illinois State Soccer Assn

Risk Management Standards

Background Checks for coaches, referees, administrators, volunteers
Goal Safety
Concussion Awareness & Compliance
Bylaws, policies, and Code of Ethics for the safety of its participants which have been reviewed by US Soccer Federation 

Coaching Education

Conducts US Soccer coaching courses for competitive programs
Conducts US Youth Soccer Youth Modules for the recreational programs
Conducts Illinois Youth Soccer Goalkeeper course
Discounts available for Illinois Youth Soccer members
Access to Illinois Director of Coaching
Has Illinois Player Development Committee comprised of club directors of coaching
Hosts quarterly meetings with club directors of coaching

Benefits for Players

Quality programs, events and opportunities
Opportunity to participate in state-wide, regional or national tournaments
Opportunity to participate in Illinois Olympic Development Program
Quality insurance
FREE subscription to Network News & Illinois Kicks e-newsletter
FREE online soccer parent course
FREE college recruitment seminars
Exclusive special offers from Sponsors
Coaching education standards
Access to coaching and referee education
Risk management standards including but not limited to goal safety and concussion awareness and compliance
Required background checks for coaches, referees, administrators and volunteers
Bylaws, policies, and Code of Ethics for the safety of its participants which have been reviewed by US Soccer Federation

(Illinois Youth Soccer Info)