Thunder Soccer Club

Thunder Soccer provides a quality recreational youth soccer program for the kids in the Leyden community.

The Thunder Soccer Club was established in 1983 and is conducted primarily by parents as volunteers that become Coaches and Board Members. 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.”

Registration for Thunder Soccer’s next season will be held on March 13 and 20 from 9 am-12 pm at the Park District of Franklin Park Community Center.

The program includes twice-weekly training sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 – 7:00 PM at various parks and schools in the Leyden area. Matches are played on Sundays at Rhodes School, in River Grove.

Participants must be 5 years old by September 1, 2020. The program is intended for boys and girls in Kindergarten through eighth grades. Each participant receives a uniform (shirt and 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 previously 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.

Registration fee is $70 per player, with discounts for siblings. Your registration fee includes, Two one-hour weekly training sessions and one game per week (weather permitting), Supplemental Liability Insurance through IYSA, Team Photo package, Game award and Trophies for each player.

For more information, contact Aneta Kulesza 773-931-1677 or Miguel Valdez at 847-373-2702

Volunteer Coaches are needed to work with our players on skills development in weekly training sessions and Sunday matches. Training for Coaches is available. An early-season Coaches Clinic is planned for all volunteer coaches. This is a great opportunity for parents, new to the game of soccer or new to coaching to learn about the game while helping teach skills and conduct activities during weekly practices. Volunteers may contact Aneta or Miguel about coaching opportunities. Parents, don’t miss the chance to enjoy some fun time together with your child.

Thunder Soccer Travel Teams compete against other suburban teams in the area and play in the Young Sportsman’s Soccer League (YSSL) or the Women’s Illinois Soccer League (WISL). For information about the program and tryouts contact Paul Pikor at 847-494-8671. Tryouts (dates TBA) for the fall traveling teams will be coordinated by Coach Pikor.

Vipers Baseball and Softball

Looking for an opportunity for your child to experience a unique team with excellent coaches and making new friends? Franklin Park Vipers provides a youth baseball and softball program for ages 5-14 years old for residents of Franklin Park and the surrounding communities.

The Vipers organization has been a proud affiliate of the Park District of Franklin Park for over fifteen years. Our players have a unique opportunity to utilize an indoor training facility that Vipers players can use for free once they are registered.

The training facility has two batting cages, pitching section and an open area for throwing and other skill building exercises. Experienced players can focus on enhancing their pitching, hitting and game knowledge while newer players can focus on fundamentals.

Indoor clinics and practices start after registration and will continue until the weather permits us to practice outside (April 1). Our season runs from mid-April to the end of June, consisting of 16-18 games.

In addition to the regular season, we have participated in Sunday leagues, summer tournaments, and Fall Ball. Our teams have won 1st – 3rd place in several divisions as well as placing 1st-3rd in local summer tournaments.

Registration: ONLINE ONLY until February 22. 

Registration is held at the practice facility located at 4045 Tugwell Street in Franklin Park. For more details, visit or look for us on Facebook.

For more information, contact Todd at 847-553-5129.

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