Join us for our most popular youth sports league of the year! Our Youth Soccer League will introduce and develop age appropriate skills and game-play strategies that lead to a lifelong enjoyment of “The Beautiful Game”, while creating a foundation of physical abilities that translate to a variety of other sports and activities!  Our program features a progression based curriculum that provides a stepping stone approach to soccer skill development, and provides a well-rounded understanding of the game rules and strategies. Like all of our youth sports leagues, our soccer league is committed to our program’s Core Values of Inclusion, Skill Development, Family Balance, and Lifelong Enjoyment of the Game!  Let’s Play!

Non-Resident registration begins March 18.  Registration is based on child’s 2020/2021 school grade.

Appleton Parks & Recreation is proud to partner with the Chicago Fire FC “Football in the Community” initiative!  In addition to exciting, week long summer youth camps and free community skills clinics (below) during the year, this partnership provides huge benefits for our youth soccer league experience, with hands-on coach training sessions, and progressive curriculum development.  Through this partnership, our participants will also have access to Chicago Fire ticket opportunities and exclusive in-game experiences!  We’re thrilled to be a new member of the Chicago Fire, Football in the Community network!

CHICAGO FIRE SPRING SKILLS CLINIC DETAILS: 

WHEN: Wednesday, May 20. 2020
TIME: 5:00pm – K-1st Graders, 6:15pm – 2nd through 4th Graders, 7:30pm – 5th through 8th Graders.
WHERE: Appleton Memorial Park – Softball Diamond 7
WHO’S INVITED? : All past 2019  and future 2020 APRD Youth Soccer League participants!
PRE-REGISTER – SPACE IS LIMITED in each age group, so you MUST PRE-REGISTER your child to participate in this event.  (If pre-registration link is still active, space is still available.)
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Adults willing to help as station leaders are encouraged to volunteer for this event, and will receive a Chicago Fire gift for their time.  Contact [email protected] to volunteer.

LEAGUE FORMAT:

Grade levels refer to the grade in which the child will be entering in the Fall, as of September 1.

Kindergarten – Co-Ed (boys & girls together), games played on a U-8 sized field, 5 vs. 5, No Goalies.
1st Grade – Boys Division and Girls Division, games played on a U-8 sized field, 6 vs. 6 WITH Goalies.
2nd Grade thru 4th Grade – Boys Division and Girls Division, each grade separate, games played on a U-10 sized field.  8 vs. 8 WITH Goalies.
5th & 6th Grade – Boys Division and Girls Division, grades combined , games played on U-12 sized field. (9 vs. 9) WITH Goalies.
TEEN CORE (7th / 8th Grade) – grades combined, coed, games played on a U-12 sized field, 11 vs. 11 WITH Goalies.

For specific game formats, rules, etc, please see full league rules below in the “League Rules & Info” section.

TEAM STRUCTURE:

  • Kindergarten teams and Teen Core are Co-ed (boys and girls together).  All other formats are separated by gender and grade.
  • Grade levels are kept separated when possible (dependent on participation rates), and grouped together when necessary (5th & 6th Grade combined, for example).
  • Play with your friends! Children will be placed onto teams by school (or combinations of nearby schools).  Specific Friend and Coach Requests WILL BE HONORED whenever possible!

SCHEDULE & LOCATION:

DATES:  Games will be played on Saturdays, September 12 through October 24, 2020.  

LOCATION:  2020 Games will be played at the USA Youth Sports Complex.  PRACTICES will take place at a variety of city operated park sites / fields, and reserved by league coaches for use.  

ADDITIONAL LEAGUE RESOURCES:

2019 League Rules – Full
2019 Quick Rules (format differences by age group)
Concussion & Emergency Information Forms