Leagues & Affiliations


The Illinois Women's Soccer League is an amateur women's soccer league featuring teams from Illinois.


The YSSL provides a competitive schedule of games for boys' teams U9 through U19. (Girls teams are directed to participate in the IWSL, but YSSL does allow mixed teams of boys and girls.) Teams are assigned to divisions by age and their level of competitive compatibility. A schedule of games for each division is created for each season. At the end of the season division standings are evaluated and teams are assigned for the next season. Teams move up and down the levels of competition based upon their earned points.


The Northern Illinois Soccer League (NISL) was founded in 1975, and has since become one of the largest and most competitive Youth Soccer Leagues in the United States. With over 17,000 players on 1,300 teams in more than 120 Chicago Metropolitan communities, the NISL, as a member of US Club Soccer and the US Soccer Federation, is authorized to carry out registration of Amateur Youth & Senior Clubs and Programs.


Illinois Youth Soccer Association is a non-profit organization emphasizing education, whose purpose is to promote and conduct skill-based youth development programs in a safe environment that empower children, regardless of their gender, ethnicity, size, ability level, or economic status, to learn skills, lead a healthy lifestyle, value education, improve their social interaction and to focus their energy into a positive outcome. The Association also provides job training by offering and conducting nationally recognized coaching and referee courses; fun, age-specific, skill learning activities; and the Olympic Development Program that provides children with the opportunity to reach their potential.