Soccer Academy

Heart of the City's Soccer Academy is a recreation program for youth ages 5-14 to learn the basics of soccer! Soccer Academy (U7-U14) and Adventure Academy (U5-U6) emphasize having fun in a positive, educational environment.

Program Features:

  • Focus on player development
  • Emphasis on learning the game
  • Supportive, professional coaches
  • Quality facilities
  • Affordable fees
  • Positive environment
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Upcoming program offerings:

  • June 10 - Aug. 16, 2019: Soccer Academy Summer League (kids U7-U14) featuring weekly training & game play *Must register by May 22
  • June 15 - July 20, five Saturdays 10-11am: Adventure Soccer Academy - Summer Session (kids U5-U6) *Must register by June 5

Soccer Academy Summer League (kids U7-U14)

Soccer Academy Summer League is focused primarily on offering youth opportunities in soccer in a balanced, competitive setting. Each player has the opportunity to develop and enhance his or her soccer skills by participating in our fun, educational soccer program.

Soccer Academy Summer League emphasizes open participation and player registration, and employs a system of rostering players for the purpose of creating a fair and balanced distribution of playing talent among all participating Teams, and where each player plays at least one-half (1/2) of each game.


  • Mondays - 6/10, 6/17, 6/24, 7/8, 7/15, 7/22, 7/29, 8/5, 8/12
  • Between 5:00 to 9:00 PM


8 league games plus play-offs

Start: Week of June 10th / End: Week of August 12th

  • Coed 2012-2013 (U7/U8) - Tuesdays between 5:00 to 6:30 PM
  • Coed 2010-2011 (U9/U10) - Tuesdays between 5:00 to 8:00 PM
  • Coed 2008-2009 (U11/U12) - Wednesdays between 5:00 to 9:00 PM
  • Coed 2006-2007 (U13/U14) - Thursdays between 5:00 to 9:00 PM


  • $50 early bird registration BEFORE March 22nd
  • $75 registration AFTER March 22nd
  • DEADLINE to register for the program is Wednesday, May 22nd
  • Game shirt is included in your registration fee

Adventure Soccer Academy - Summer Session (kids U5-U6)

We are pleased to announce our Adventure Soccer Academy - summer session for boys & girls born in 2014-2015 (U5/U6).

Saturdays - 6/15, 6/29, 7/6, 7/13, 7/20

 10:00 to 11:00 AM

Waukegan Sports Park - 3391 W Beach Rd, Waukegan, IL 60085

 This program is for young kids that are looking to get an early start in soccer. The focus will be on developing muscle memory, socializing with other sports minded kids, learning how to kick, dribble and score goals, and most of all....for all the young players to have a fun, positive experience. This academy will be coached by the motivated, energetic professional coaching staff of HOTC. 

REGISTRATION FEE: $25 for all five sessions, includes an HOTC Academy jersey

NOTE: Waukegan Park District charges a $5 entrance to the park at weekends