After 30 years of providing a quality recreational youth soccer program for kids in the Leyden community, Thunder Soccer continues the tradition established in 1983.
The Thunder Soccer Club is conducted primarily by parents as volunteers that become coaches and Board Members. The Thunder Soccer Club is a member of the Illinois Youth Soccer Association (IYSA) based in Arlington Heights, Illinois. IYSA is associated with US Youth Soccer. In March 2009, Thunder Soccer was recognized by IYSA and its 375 member clubs as the 2008 - State of Illinois, “Youth Soccer Club of the Year.”
In 2014, IYSA again recognized Thunder Soccer as the Club “Administration of the Year”
for the State of Illinois. Nearly 800 youth in the Leyden Community play in the Thunder Soccer program each year. Thunder Soccer conducts three seasons of recreational soccer, Fall, Winter/Indoor & Spring.
Registration for Thunder Soccer’s Fall season will be held on two dates: Saturdays, August 23 and August 30 (10:00 AM – 2:00 PM) at the FP Community Center. Fall practices will begin on Tuesday, September 9th. The program includes twice-weekly practices on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 – 7:00 PM at various parks and schools in the Leyden area. Games are played on Sundays at West Leyden H.S., 1000 Wolf Road, Northlake. This season’s first games will be played on Sunday, September 14th. The final games will be played on Sunday, November 2nd.
Thunder Soccer is a great program for players of all skill levels from the Beginner to the player looking for a challenge. The most important aspect of a recreational league is the learn more about soccer, develop the player’s skills and to have FUN! Thunder’s recreational program is structured to teach fundamental skills. The recreational league does not maintain standings or announce the names of goal scorers. Coaches are instructed play games in a low-pressure environment. In the course of the season each player is named the “Player of the Game” and presented a game award, usually an embroidered patch. Every player receives a participation trophy at the end of the season.
Participants must be 5 years old by September 1, 2014. The program is intended for boys and girls in Kindergarten through eighth grades. Each participant receives a uniform (shirt & socks) participants provide shin guards and black (pull on) gym shorts. Soccer shoes or cleats are not required. Gym shoes are acceptable for practice and game play. Thunder sponsors a “Shoe Exchange” for our players to donate old used soccer shoes to the program and players may “borrow” a pair to use for the season and to return them to the Thunder “Shoe Exchange” at the end of the season. In accordance with IYSA rules, Players must wear protective goggles. Eye glasses are not allowed to be worn in practices or in games.