Vision: To provide world class competitive youth soccer programs that enrich children with focus on player development.
Mission: To develop and deliver quality youth soccer programs, which promote a fun, family environment based on the AYSO Philosophies of: Everyone plays, Balanced teams, Open Registration, Positive Coaching & Good Sportsmanship and Player Development.
Q: What makes the Northwind program different from the Primary AYSO Program?
A: The AYSO Northwind travel program is an extension to the AYSO Primary (Saturday developmental) Program and provides an opportunity for registered AYSO players to also compete at a higher level. It is available exclusively to registered AYSO developmental players from any region.
Q: What makes Northwind different from other travel clubs?
Northwind follows AYSO principles. Therefore, every Northwind player is guaranteed to play at least half of every game.
Northwind has the lowest fees compared to other travel teams in the area yet our teams play in the same leagues as the other travel clubs: Girls play in IWSL (Illinois Women’s Soccer League) and boys play in NISL (Northern Illinois Soccer League).
Our low fees are attributable to our minimal in-house administrative fees.
Northwind's winter session is optional, so multi-sport athletes can pursue other sports from November - March.
Northwind's home fields are the brand-new turf fields located on the lake front so even when the weather doesn't cooperate, the field is in top shape.
Q: Who are the Northwind Coaches?
A: Northwind uses qualified volunteer coaches to coach games, and paid professionals for training. Each team is guaranteed high-quality training by an individual that is experienced in developing skills in children of all ages.
Q: What age groups will be forming Northwind teams and how does my child tryout?
A: We intend to form boys and girls teams at the following age groups and perhaps more: U9, U10, U11, U12, U13, & U14. Please visit Tryouts to learn critical dates and more.
Q: Will Northwind players need to continue to play in the Primary (Saturday) Program?
A: Yes. Northwind is an extension of the AYSO Primary (Saturday recreational) Program, created especially for AYSO recreational players who seek secondary play at a higher level of training and a higher level of competition. As such, all Northwind players are required to be registered & participating in the Saturday recreational program. Northwind players need to participate in at least half of their Primary team’s Saturday games in order to retain their place on a Northwind team roster.
Players will not be rostered on a Northwind team unless they are also registered for the AYSO recreational season. To ensure your player’s position on a Northwind team roster, make sure he or she is registered for the upcoming AYSO season.
Q: How much does it cost to play?
A: In addition to the cost of the Primary program, the cost of the Northwind program itself is $1100 for the 2013-2014 season. This covers twice-weekly professional training sessions during the Fall and Spring seasons, a high-quality uniform, up to 2 tournaments, winter training, and the same # of league games during the Fall and Spring as the other area club teams. Northwind has never turned a player away in need of financial aid.
Q: Is there an optional winter program?
A: Yes, winter practice is not mandatory but encouraged, and the cost remains fixed regardless of participation. We practice at the Chicago Indoor Sports facility.
'Make up' tryouts for the AYSO National Games will take place between 4 - 5.30pm at field 1 tonight. Tryouts for U13+ are from 5.30-7pm
Don't forget the U9G & U10G Red Star Clinic tomorrow. 5.30pm - 7pm at the Lakefront.