HOTC Elite

162 youth | 10 teams | Boys & Girls ages 7-19

Heart of the City Elite is a competitive soccer program based in Waukegan, IL for boys and girls (U8-U19). Athletes perform at higher levels of play with a focus on player development.

Our program combines competitive soccer with life skills training and college/career-readiness programming. View our Mission & Values as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization as well as our Program Continuum for a comprehensive list of program offerings.

Program features:

  • Dynamic and high level curriculum to prepare players for the next level
  • Year-round training, league play, and tournaments, both local and some out-of-state (college showcase tournaments included for high school teams)
  • Highly qualified USSF licensed staff, including former college players, high school and ODP coaches
  • Educational field trips & life skills opportunities for younger teams
  • College soccer recruitment program led by our recruitment specialist
  • Comprehensive college and career-readiness support
  • Established relationships with college coaches and recruiters
  • Low fees, scholarship opportunities and flexible payment plans

Club Goals

Develop complete soccer players that play an intelligent brand of soccer  

• Develop players to support winning high school soccer teams

• Develop players to support the state, regional and national ODP squads

• Create a developmental pathway to play at the highest level

• Support and develop our coaches

• Build a lifelong love and commitment to the game of soccer


Interested in playing or coaching for HOTC Elite? Contact our Director of Operations, Dean Smith 

847-623-6200 ext.104