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Youth Soccer

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Youth Spring Soccer League

1st-8th graders


  • Early Bird Registration – February 21
  • Last Day to Register – March 8
  • Coaches Contact – Week of March 15
  • Coaches Meeting – March 16
  • Practices Begin – Week of March 22
  • Games Begin – April 10

Learn hard work, teamwork, and social skills while having a great time! The leagues focus on fun, sportsmanship, instruction, and opportunity. All players will receive approximately equal playing time. Each league uses soccer balls, goals, and fields proportional to their age as recommended by the U.S. Youth Soccer. Teams will play six officiated games on Saturdays or on weeknights (depending on the league). See Youth Soccer Handbook at champaignparks.org for more information.

Uniform Fee: 2 team jerseys $12/each; shorts $6; socks $4. Purchase of uniform items needs to be done at Leonhard Recreation Center. Email will go out when uniforms are available for purchase.
Practices: Expectations on practices is once a week, although older age groups may go twice a week. Practice days are generally Tuesday or Thursday nights, starting no earlier than 5:30p.
Games: Games begin on 4/3 and are played Saturdays or a weeknight (depending on the league). Make-up games may potentially be played on Tuesday or Thursday evenings. Depending on rainouts and other factors, games may go until the first Saturday in November.
Location: Dodds Soccer Complex. Exception: 12U & 14U teams may also have games in Urbana, etc.
Team Placement: Team placement will be done by the CPD Sports Staff. Requests for specific teams, coaches, or practice times/locations WILL NOT be accepted. However, completed Buddy Forms will be honored. Buddy Forms are available online or at the Leonhard Recreation Center.
Volunteer Coaches Needed: Visit our Volunteer Page for more information >>
Questions: justice.miller@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3984



CPD Kicks: Indoor Youth Soccer Clinic

Ages 5-11
Enhance your soccer skills this winter at the NEW INDOOR Youth Soccer Clinic! Prepare for the upcoming Spring Soccer season by working with our talented instructors to improve your skills on the field. This clinic focuses on improving and developing player endurance and ball control through extensive dribbling, trapping, passing and speed drills. All COVID safety protocols will be followed to ensure the safety of participants and staff. Spots are limited, so secure yours today!

  • Little Kickers: Ages 5-7
  • Youth Kickers: Agest 8-11

Location: Leonhard Recreation Center
Min/Max: 6/18
Deadline: 1/30, $10 late fee
Questions: justice.miller@champaignparks.org or 401-835-4732


Illinois FC Soccer Programs

Winter Illinois FC Indoor Micro Soccer

Ages 3-5
Our popular Micro Soccer program is going indoors for the winter. This program offers
a chance for players to build on what they learned in the early fall or just try out soccer for the first time. All instruction is done by licensed Illinois FC Coaches. For more details, please visit illinoisfc.com. Shin guards recommended and players should bring a soccer ball if they can. All players receive a free t-shirt

Date: Feb 3 – March 24, 2021
Day: Wednesday
Time: 1:15-2p
Location: Leonhard Recreation Center
Fee (R/NR): $73/$109.50
Min/Max: 8/25
Deadline: 1/20
Questions: justice.miller@champaignparks.org or 401-835-4732


Spring Illinois FC Micro Soccer

Illinois FC and the Champaign Park District will now offer Summer Micro Soccer. Players should bring a soccer ball (preferably size 3), water bottle, and shin guards to each session. Soccer cleats are optional. All players receive a free t-shirt. For more details on Illinois FC Micro Soccer, visit www.illinoisfc.com.

  • IFC First Kicks Soccer: The 3 year old classes introduce players to soccer in a fun-filled learning environment. Games and activities promote soccer skill and overall athletic development.
  • Pre-K Micro Soccer: The 4-5 year old classes introduce players to dribbling, passing, shooting, and coordination and body movement activities in a fun-filled environment. Games and practice activities promote soccer skills and overall athletic development.
  • Kindergarten Micro Soccer: The 5-6 year old classes prepare kids for the Youth Soccer League. Focus is on helping each player reach their potential in a fun-filled and challenging environment. Dribbling, passing, shooting, ball control, decision-making, and creativity are emphasized. Team play is fostered through group exercises and small-sided matches.
  • Illinois FC Soccer Academy: The 5-6 year old classes is for players who are looking for a more challenging playing environment. The intent of the academy is to create a bridge between the recreational player and competitive player.

Location: Dodds Soccer Complex
Min/Max: 8/25
Deadline: Monday, March 22
Instructors: Licensed Illinois FC Coaches
Late Registration: If there are openings, a $10 late fee will be added
Questions: justice.miller@champaignparks.org or 401-835-4732







Volunteer Coaches Needed!

The foundation of our Youth Soccer Program is our Volunteer Coaches. Coaching is an experience that will make a positive and fun difference in the players’ lives and your own.

We offer free ASEP coaching courses for interested volunteers. To find out more, please see the Volunteer Coaching flyer at champaignparks.com/coaching.

The flyer describes coaching timelines, recommended experience, and league information.
Then, fill out a Volunteer Application and turn it in. We would not be able to run our soccer program without volunteer coaches!


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