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Illinois Youth Soccer Association

Illinois Youth Soccer Association

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Executive Director
Mary Jane Bender
1655 S. Arlington Hts. Rd.
Suite 201
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
847-290-1577
Email: iysa@iysa.org

President
Gus Bender
1655 S. Arlington Heights Road
Suite 201
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
847-290-1577
847-290-1576
Email: bender@weboffices.com
 

The year your state association was established: 1975

How many players are registered for 2007? Approximately 85,000 - 50% Male 50% Female and 50% Competitive 50% Rec

Age Groups: Under-6 – Under-19

Notable alumni that are playing on MLS, international clubs or the national team
Brian McBride – Fulham FC
Jonathan Spector – West Ham , US Men's National Team (2007 Player Pool)
Marci Jobson – US Women's National Team, Head Coach Northern Illinois University
Brittany Bock – US Women's U-21 National Team
Michelle Weissenhofer – US Women's U-21 National Team
Frank Simek – Sheffield Wednesday, US Men's National Team (2007 Players Pool)
Michael Bradley - SC Heerenveen, US Men's National Team (2007 Player Pool)
Bryan Namoff – DC United, US Men's National Team (2007 Player Pool)
Quavas Kirk – LA Galaxy, US Men's U-23 National Team
Brad Guzan – Chivas USA, US Men's National Team (2007 Player Pool)
Mike Magee – Chicago Fire
Doug Warren – New England Revolution
Brian Plotkin – Chicago Fire
Ned Grabavoy – Columbus Crew
Matt Groenwald – Kansas City Wizards
Brendan King – US Men's U-17 Residency Program
Josh Lambo – US Men's U-17 Residency Program
Kirk Urso – US Men's U-17 Residency Program
David Meves – US Men's U-17 Residency Program
Charles Renken – US Men's U-17 Residency Program
US Women's National Team Head Coach Greg Ryan and Assistant Coach Brett Hall both coached in Illinois. Both also played for the Chicago Sting.
-Mike Matkovich, assistant coach for the Toronto MLS team, is also a Chicago Magic Coach. 

Anything else unique to your state association for -- Did you know?

-Illinois Youth Soccer is the largest youth sports organization in Illinois

-Since 1994, Illinois Youth Soccer has contributed over $1 Million dollars to soccer programs for at-risk children in low-income areas. The purpose of all of these programs is to provide at-risk children and adults living in some of the poorest communities in Chicago an opportunity to learn about soccer and to participate in a team sport that does not discriminate against size or gender, to develop self-esteem, to learn the benefits of exercise, to learn teamwork and sportsmanship, to learn the value of an education, and be given opportunities that are available through their participation in soccer including involvement in the Olympic Development Program (ODP), access to high school/college scholarships, and job opportunities involving coaching, officiating and medical trainers. Here's a look at a few of the Illinois Youth Soccer Inner City Programs

- Chicago Girls Soccer League
Illinois Youth Soccer Association established the girls' league in 2004 to provide at-risk Hispanic girls living in Chicago's inner city an opportunity to participate in soccer, a team sport that is part of their Hispanic culture yet not available to them in their community. The Illinois Youth Soccer Association provides soccer programs, soccer equipment, transportation, facilities, awards, coaches, coaching education courses, referee courses, ODP participation, field trips to soccer events including Chicago Fire games. Players have been identified from this program to participate in the ODP process. Number of Participants: 100-150 Girls.

- Chicago Pride Soccer Club
Chicago Pride Soccer Club (formerly known as the Chicago Housing Authority Soccer Experience) was established in 1994 in cooperation with the Chicago Housing Authority. This program provides soccer for some of the most economically disadvantaged, at-risk children living in the Chicago housing developments. This program also includes players from Chicago's African (Ethiopian/Nigerian) and Caribbean (Haitian/Jamaican) ethnic communities. The Illinois Youth Soccer Association provides soccer programs, soccer equipment, transportation, meals, facilities, awards, coaches, coaching education courses, referee courses, ODP participation, field trips to soccer events including Chicago Fire games. Players have been identified from this program to participate in the ODP process. Number of Participants: 100-150 Boys and Girls; Ages: 6-14

- Kiddie Kickers Pre-School Program
The Kiddie Kickers Pre-School Program started in 2002 in cooperation with the four (4) Marcy Newberry and one Center of New Horizons pre-school centers to provide soccer programs to pre-school children living in some of the most economically disadvantaged Chicago housing developments. Illinois Youth Soccer Association provides the equipment and coaching. Number of Participants: 250 Boys and Girls; Ages: 4-6

- After School Matters
In 2007 Illinois Youth Soccer partnered with After School Matters, chaired by Maggie Daley, to provide coaching and referee instruction to approximately 20 Chicago high school students. The purpose of the program is to provide job skills to teen-agers. The primary funding for this program comes from the Chicago Public Schools. Number of Participants: 20-25; Ages: High School