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AYSO Region 418 Chicago Lakefront

Playground & Schoolyard

4U/5U Programming

The 5 & Under (5U) division is broken into two programs, according to the age of the player when they join: Playground and Schoolyard. Unlike the older divisions that use volunteer coaches, in Playground and Schoolyard professional coaches from P2 Soccer lead you and your child through a 45-minute practice designed for 3 to 5-year-olds. We say "you and your child" because it is important that you help your child through the drills during practice. We also encourage repetition of the exercises at home. Playground and Schoolyard groups are coed and meet on Saturdays during the fall and spring seasons.

Dates and times for the 2020-2021 soccer season are coming soon...

AYSO Playground

AYSO Playground uses group activities, soccer themes and parent participation to introduce your 3 year old to soccer and develop the fundamental motor skills that prepare kids for all sports. After one season in Playground, your child may progress to the Schoolyard program. This program takes place Saturdays at the 4/5U Schoolyard Fields (Field Map)

AYSO Schoolyard

In Schoolyard, your 4 to 5-year-old will be introduced to a little more competition while continuing to develop their motor skills. After the Schoolyard practice, the trainers will divide the kids into small teams to play in short scrimmages. This program takes place Saturdays, at the 4/5U Schoolyard Fields (Field Map).

Contact: [email protected]

Fields & Parking

5U Field Location

The 4/5U Schoolyard Field is on the east side of Simonds Drive, just south of Foster Avenue at the Chicago lakefront. 

A Note About Parking

While you may be tempted to park on Simonds Drive right beside the 5U field, be cognizant of parking restrictions. Metered parking is available in the Foster Beach parking lot nort of the 5U field. Legal free parking along Simonds Drive begins south of the 5U field. 

Unfortunately, many of our members are routinely ticketed for parking in areas not permitted. Please heed the parking signs and remind others that legal parking along Simonds Dr. does not extend all the way up to Foster.

Equipment Needed

Soccer Ball - Size 3

Shin Guards

Water Bottle

Soccer Cleats (recommended)


Players each receive an AYSO uniform consisting of shirt, shorts, and socks the first week of the season. Please come to the 5U tent next to the 5U field to pick up your child’s uniform before or after their first practice.

Questions about the uniform? Email [email protected].

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AYSO Region 418 - Chicago Lakefront

4507 N Ravenswood Ave, Suite 101
Chicago, Illinois 60640

Email Us: [email protected]
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