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Fall & Spring Program info

Fall 2016 Start Date

This Fall 2016 season starts on September 10th

Schedules and teams are still being drawn-up and will be released closer to the start date.

BOYS & GIRLS AGES 4 - 18

Our main program includes both a Fall and a Spring season, with players remaining on the same team with the same coach for both seasons. Games are held on Saturdays at the Lakefront between Lawrence & Foster.

Age Divisions are as follows, with separate leagues for boys and girls:

New Registration Cut Off Ages

Effective August 2016, AYSO Region 418 will change the way we group our players and define our divisions. U.S. Soccer will going back to calendar birth years to align with international standards and Youth National Team programs. This change will be mandated nationally by August 2017, however all youth programs are being encouraged to implement adoption by August 2016, if possible. As the largest AYSO Region 418 in Illinois, and likely the largest youth soccer organization in our state, we are proud to be implementing this change THIS year. 

US Youth Soccer will implement the best practice of calendar year age grouping for player registration beginning with the 2016-2017 soccer year for US Youth Soccer programs and competitions.

Using the school calendar for age groups is practiced only in the United States and Canada; as all other FIFA members go by the calendar year. 

Previously, age groups were determined based on players born between Aug. 1 and July 31. The change to calendar year age groups will reflect the calendar year, or Jan. 1 to Dec. 31. Players are still allowed to “play up” or play in an older age group. However, as in the past "playing down" for any reason is prohibited.

US Youth Soccer, a respected leader in player development for more than 40 years, has seen the evolution of the game and various changes. The US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program has used the birth year for the grouping of players since it was established in 1977. In fact, the James P. McGuire Cup, the oldest trophy in youth sport, awarded at the annual US Youth Soccer National Championships also shows the history of teams named for their calendar year age group.

Membership Year 2015 (Fall 2016 / Spring 2017)
Age Divisions by Date of Birth

Birth Year     Division
2012     U5
2011     U6
2009-2010     U8
2007-2008     U10
2005-2006     U12
2003-2005     U14
2002     U15
2000-2001     U17
1998-1999     U19

Fall & Spring seasons typically run for 8 or 9 weeks, with weekly games played on Saturday. 
Teams in U5 and U6 have a Saturday-only session of combined skills training and games. 
Teams in U8 and above usually practice one evening per week during the season. 
Teams in U10 and above play in an intramural tournament on the last weekend (Saturday and Sunday) of the Spring season.

In return for the annual registration fee, each player receives:

  • Soccer uniform
  • Team and individual photos (taken during Spring season)
  • Participation medals or trophies (for certain age groups).

Parents are responsible for purchasing:

  • Shin guards - required during games and practices
  • Soccer ball for use during practice - size #3 for U8 and under, #4 for U10 and U12, #5 for U14 and up
  • Optional: soccer shoes - to keep our players safe, only rubber cleats (i.e., no metal) with no toe cleat (avoid baseball/football/softball cleats) are allowed