Soccer Programs take place at LoVerde Sports & Rec Center, 7847 Caldwell.

Open Soccer @ LoVerde Ctr

Soccer Academy

Boys & Girls Ages 3-10
The basics of soccer will be covered throughout this 4 week program. Basic soccer skills will be covered in these soccer academies and above all, how to have fun while becoming a passionate soccer player. All players are encouraged to participate as Coach Halsema will make sure you are challenged according to your current skill level.  4 week academy.  Monday, May 27 class will be held on June 3 due to Memorial Day holiday.

 Who  Code  Day  Date  Time  R/NR
 Pre Academy Age 2  320309-01  Mon or Wed  May 6-Jun 3  10:00-10:30a  55/70
 Pre Academy Age 2   320309-02   Mon or Wed   May 6-Jun 3   2:00-2:30p   55/70 
 Level 1 Age 3  320309-03   Mon or Wed   May 6-Jun 3   10:30-11:00a   55/70 
 Level 1 Age 3  320309-04   Mon or Wed   May 6-Jun 3   2:30-3:00p   55/70 
 Level 2 Age 4  320309-05   Tues   May 7-28   3:00-3:30p   55/70 
 Level 3 Age 5-7  320309-06   Tues   May 7-28   5:00-6:00p   65/81 
 Level 4 Age 8-10  320309-07   Tues   May 7-28   6:00-7:00p   65/81 
 Pre Academy Age 2  320309-09  Mon or Wed  Aug 5-28  10:00-10:30a  55/70
 Pre Academy Age 2  320309-10   Mon or Wed  Aug 5-28   2:00-2:30p   55/70 
 Level 1 Age 3  320309-11   Mon or Wed   Aug 5-28   10:30-11:00a   55/70 
 Level 1 Age 3  320309-12   Mon or Wed   Aug 5-28   2:30-3:00p   55/70 
 Level 2 Age 4  320309-13   Tues   Aug 6-27   3:00-3:30p   55/70 
 Level 3 Age 5-7  320309-14   Tues   Aug 6-27   5:00-6:00p   65/81 
 Level 4 Age 8-10  320309-15   Tues   Aug 6-27  6:00-7:00p   65/81 


Goalkeeper Academy
Boys & Girls Ages 8-14
In this 4-week class, we will teach each participant the basics of playing the goalkeeper position in soccer. Getting to roll around on the ground and keep the ball out the goal is the best part of being a goalkeeper. This class will be inside at the LoVerde Center so long pants and long sleeves are recommended. Level 2 must complete Level 1 or have pre-approval to enroll.

 Who  Code  Day  Date  Time  R/NR
 Level 1 Age 8-14   320312-09   Mon   Aug 5-26   4:30-5:30p   70/88 
 Level 2 Age 8-14   320312-10   Mon   Aug 5-26   5:30-6:30p   70/88 


Advanced Soccer Summer Soccer Academy
Boys & Girls Ages 8-12
This inaugural summer soccer will be for the advanced player looking to take its game to the next level.  We will run training sessions to focus on the four pillars of the game (Technical, Tactical, Physical, Mental) to help each individual improve.  Each training session will be designed to include each pillar and end with small sided games to make sure everything being taught is applied to in game practicality.  This academy is not for beginners and is designed for players who have played organized soccer and looking to take the next step.  Approval through the soccer director will be needed.  Please email Jeff Halsema at if interested.  There will be no traning the week of June 17 or July 1.

 Code  Day  Date  Time  R/NR
 320309-16  Tues & Th  Jun 4-Jul 9  3:00-4:15p  175/218
 320309-17  Tues & Th  Jul 11-Aug 1  3:00-4:15p  175/218

3v3 Academy
Boys & Girls Ages 6-10
This will be an 8 week academy. Kids will come to play 3v3 games and learn the art of spacing, moving with and without the ball, and playing under pressure. Kids will get an amazing amount of touches on the ball all while developing their technical skills and start to learn the tactical side of the game.  This is not a beginner class and kids looking to register should have some experience playing the game of soccer.  Approval through the soccer director is needed to enroll in this class.  Please email Jeff at  for registration information and approval.  No class July 2.

 Code  Day  Date  Time  R/NR
 320312-11  Tues  Jun 4-Jul 30  5:00-6:00p  120/150


Summer Soccer Camp
Boys & Girls Grade 1-5
Summer Soccer Camp will be one week long and offered during three different weeks this summer.  We will have instruction on all phases of soccer as well as games to learn how to apply what you have learned.  T-shirt and soccer ball will be provided to all participants.  Session 4 will be an advanced session of soccer camp for kids who have excperience playing the game.  Prior approval will be needed for this camp from the soccer director.  Please email Jeff at for approval and registration information.

 Who  Code  Day  Date  Time  R/NR
 Sess 1 Grade 1-5  320313-01  M-F  Jun 24-28  9:00a-Noon  175/218
 Sess 2 Grade 1-5  320313-02  M-F  Jul 8-12  9:00a-Noon  175/218


Challengers International Soccer Camp
Boys & Girls Grades 1-5
Challengers's International Soccer Camp is a new program that contains the best practices from around the world with an interactive digital coaching component that will accelerate the player's learning experience both on the field and at home.  Spain- Passing & Moving, USA- Small Sided Games, France- Possession, Brazil- Creativity, Britain- Speed, Power & Fitness.

 Code  Day  Date  Time  R/NR
 320313-03  Mon-Fri  Jul 15-19  9:00 am-Noon  175/218

Chicago Fire Soccer Camp
Boys & Girls Grades 1-5
Chicago Fire Summer Camps are the only camps throughout the Midwest (IL, WI, MI, IN and IA) that are operated by a professional soccer club.  All Fire camps will follow a curriculum specifically designed by soccer experts to meet the needs of youth soccer players of all ages and abilities.  Chicago Fire Soccer In the Community Philosophy:  Create a fun and challenging atmosphere where children are able to learn and grow through the game of soccer.
Soccer in the Community takes a holistic approach to player development.  The first half of our camps are skill mastery focused with the soccer ball at the players' feet.  From here, the player will follow a path focused on technique and skill development, which will progress into tactical 1v1, 2v2, 3v3, and small sided games as competencty increases.
Additionally, all campers will receive a free ticket to attend a Chicago Fire soccer game at SeatGeek Stadium.   

 Code  Day  Date  Time  R/NR
 320313-04  Mon-Fri  Jul 29-Aug 2  9:00 am-Noon  175/218

Little Sparks Soccer Camp
Boys & Girls Ages 3-5
Little Sparks is the Chicago Fire's introduction to soccer program where children and parents can take their first steps in soccer together!  Specifically designed for children ages 2-5 and using the fun of play and imaginative stories, Little Sparks facilitates a child's physical, mental, social and emotional development through the game of soccer.  Little Sparks uses three key principals (experimental play, creative learning, holistic activity) to build an environment for children to learn and explore diferent outcomes associated with soccer and self-development.  Parents play too!  Little Sparks is unique in that it incorporates mom and dad into the child's learning experience.  With the support of mom and dad, children are able to truly be comfortable and express themselves in order to maximize each session.

 Code  Day  Date  Time  R/NR
   Mon-Fri  Jul 29-Aug 2  12:30-1:30 pm  $95/$110


1v1 Specialist Series
Boys & Girls Ages 6-12
This will be a 4-week class that will revolve around developing 1v1 skills for the individual. 1v1 skills are a vital part of the game of soccer. We will focus on moves and abilities to beat the opponent from head on, the side, and from behind. We will also implement 1v1 games into this class in order to get players comfortable executing the moves they have learned in game situations.

 Who  Code  Day  Date  Time  R/NR
 Level 1 Age 6-8  320312-01  Sat  Jul 20, 27, Aug 3, 10  9:00-10:00a  65/81
 Level 2 Age 9-12  320312-02  Sat  Jul 20, 27, Aug 3, 10   10:00-11:00a  65/81


Adult Co-Ed Soccer League
18 & Over
This league will be a maximum of 7 teams with a minimum of 4 teams needed to run the league. Play will consist of 8v8 games on a 66 x 32 yard field. Teams will need to have a minimum of 3 females on the field at all times. 10-week game schedule with overall standings determining the league champion.

 Code  Day  Date  Time  Fee
 320314-02  Wed  Starting June 5  7:00p  $750


Fall Soccer League
Boys & Girls Grade Pre K-8 (as of Sept. 1)
The program is designed to provide a fun and safe environment, teach the game of soccer, promote social interaction and teach team concepts. Soccer develops individual skills and teamwork and is vigorous and continuous exercise for the young athlete. Uniform will be an additional cost.  Universal reversible jerseys will be used for all NPD Soccer Leagues year round.  The participant must purchase soccer spikes and leg guards. This league is for recreational soccer players. Club soccer players should not register for Niles Park District recreational soccer. We are always looking for volunteer coaches. Registration deadline is August 8COACH PACKET.
Location:  To Be Determined

Co-Ed Tiny Tot Soccer (Pre-K)

 Code  Day  Date  Time   R/NR 
 420301-05  Sat  Sept 7-Oct 26  8:30-9:30a   77/98
 420301-15  Sat  Sept 7-Oct 26  9:30-10:30a  77/98
 420301-16  Sat  Sept 7-Oct 26  10:30-11:30a  77/98
 420301-17  Sat  Sept 7-Oct 26  11:30a-12:30p  77/98

Co-Ed Tot Soccer (Kindergarten)

 Code  Day  Date   Time   R/NR 
 420301-01  Sat  Sept 7-Oct 26  TBD  77/98

Co-Ed Small Fry Soccer (Grade 1 & 2)

 Code  Day  Date  Time  R/NR
 420301-02  Sat  Sept 7-Oct 26  TBD  77/98

Co-Ed Big Shot Soccer (Grade 3 & 4)

 Code  Day  Date  Time  R/NR
 420301-03  Sat  Sept 7-Oct 26  TBD  77/98

Co-Ed JV Soccer (Grade 5 & 6)

 Code  Day  Date  Time  R/NR 
 420301-04  Sat  Sept 7-Oct 26  TBD  77/98

Co-Ed Varsity Soccer (Grade 7 & 8)

 Code  Day  Date  Time  R/NR
 420301-06  Sat  Sept 7-Oct 26  TBD  77/98

Private Sessions
Niles Park District is now offering private sessions for the serious soccer player who is looking to get 1 on 1 attention to further their soccer game. Topics for private sessions will be geared towards the individuals wants and needs by our Director of Soccer, Jeff Halsema. Each private training session will be 1 hour long and can be set up according to the individual schedule. Coach Halsema brings over 15 years of coaching experience at the club and college levels to help you attain your desired goals.

Private Training Session Fees:
$50 per one hour session
$175 for four one hour sessions
Please call Jeff Halsema at (847) 583-2751 for more information or email him at