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CPD Youth Spring Soccer Leagues


1st-8th graders
The Youth Soccer Leagues are the perfect place to 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. This is for Fall registration only. Spring registration is separate. 


  • Early Bird Registration – February 14
  • Last Day to Register – March 7
  • Coaches Contact – Week of March 21
  • Coaches Meeting – March 22
  • Practices Begin – Week of March 28
  • Games Begin – April 9

Program Fee (R/NR) & Deadline: $63/$94.50 Early Bird Registration by 2/14
$77/$115.50 Registration between 2/15-3/7
Uniform Fee: 2 team jerseys $14/each; shorts $8; 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 April 9 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: Grades 3rd-5th and 6th-8th 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: Check the Champaign Park District volunteer page on our website at champaignparks.org for information about becoming a volunteer coach. Then, fill out a Volunteer
Application and turn it in. We would not be able to run this program without volunteer coaches. There will be a coaches meeting on March 22 at 6p.
Questions: justice.miller@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3984

Fall Schedules

Illinois FC Soccer Programs

Spring Illinois FC Micro Soccer

Ages 3-6

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, Field 17
Deadline: 3/21
Late Registration: If there are openings, a $10 late fee will be added
Min/Max: 8/25
Instructors: Licensed Illinois FC Coaches
Questions: justice.miller@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3984








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!


Soccer Goal Safety and Education Policy

This Soccer Goal Safety and Education Policy (“Policy”) is adopted pursuant to the Illinois
Movable Soccer Goal Safety Act, also known as Zach’s Law, 430 ILCS 145/1, et seq. (the “Act”).
The Act requires the Champaign Park District to create a Policy to outline how it will specifically
address the safety issues associated with movable soccer goals.

For more information, please review the full policy.


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