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Youth Soccer

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Spring 2021 Soccer League Schedules:

Challenger British Soccer Camp

Ages 3-14

Challenger British Soccer Camps provide young players of all abilities with the rare opportunity to receive high-level soccer coaching from a team of international experts right in the heart of their own community. Campers will be exposed to individual foot skills, technical drills, tactical practices, small-sided games, and scrimmages. Soccer skills are coached within a framework of character development based on respect, responsibility, integrity, leadership and sportsmanship. We offer a cultural education too! Our ever-popular Camp World Cup Tournament allows us to introduce
players to the geography, traditions, and culture of other great soccer-playing countries.

Each child will receive a free t-shirt, soccer ball, giant fold-out poster, and a personal player evaluation. Supplies: Campers should bring plenty of water each day. Full-day campers should also bring a packed lunch with a beverage and snacks each day. All campers should arrive at camp with sunscreen already applied, as well as with additional sunscreen to apply as needed (we recommend an SPF of at least 30).

Attire: Summer active wear, shin guards, and athletic shoes or soccer cleats. Partial rebates are available for families willing to host the British coaches.

• First Kicks (ages 3-4) is a fun introduction to the very basic elements of the game. Small coaching groups, lots of running, kicking, laughing, and new friends.
• Mini Soccer (ages 4-6) offers a chance to learn and develop basic skills, team concepts and fun habits. Emphasis on a variety of fun teaching activities.
• Half-Day Recreational (ages 6-11) develops individual foot skills, technical practices, tactical progressions and small sided games.
• Half-Day Competitive (8-14) is for the more advanced player. These sessions offer some of the same skill building as the Half-Day Recreational with a much stronger emphasis on competition and advanced play.
• Full-Day sessions (ages 10-14) are for the senior player and include a high level of individual skill building, tactical instruction, and an emphasis on highly competitive game-related activities.

WEEK ONE: 6/14-6/18
Registration Deadline: 6/14
Free Challenger Soccer Jersey:
Register online at challengersports.com before May 24 and receive a free Challenger soccer jersey.

WEEK TWO: 7/12-7/16
Registration Deadline: 7/12
Free Challenger Soccer Jersey:
Register online at challengersports.com before June 7 and receive a free Challenger soccer jersey.
Questions: justice.miller@champaignparks.org or 401-835-4732



CPD Kicks: Youth Soccer Clinic

Ages 5-11
Enhance your soccer skills this Summer at the CPD Kicks: Youth Soccer Clinic! Prepare for the upcoming 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 & staff. Spots are limited, so secure yours today

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

Location: Dodds Soccer Complex
Min/Max: 6/18
Deadline: 6/7, $10 late fee
Questions: justice.miller@champaignparks.org or 401-835-4732


Illinois FC Soccer Programs

Summer 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: 18
Deadline: 5/31
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



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








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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