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We are a Non-Profit Soccer Organization for Pre-K through 8th Grade in Marion, Illinois. P.O. Box 97 Marion, Illinois 62959
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Recreational Soccer Program

For over 35 years Marion Soccer has offered a family friendly, youth oriented, recreational soccer program, focusing on basic skills development, teamwork and healthy fun.

Mission Statement

The Marion Soccer Inc. (MSI) Board of Directors will provide a model youth soccer program responsible for the promotion and development of the game of soccer in the greater Marion, Illinois area.  We value our stakeholders who consist of our families, players, coaches, referees and sponsors. 

Our program strives to foster self-improvement by encouraging commitment, teamwork, sportsmanship, and leadership through education, providing safe and positive social interaction, demonstrating respect, loyalty, integrity, and forming relationships where all participants have a true sense of ownership to the sport, and spirit, of soccer.

Register For Soccer

Please choose the program below to register for Marion Soccer.

Marion Soccer Inc Recreational soccer is available to all players between Pre-K and 6th Grade.

Southern Illinois Middle School Soccer (SIMSS) is offered for 5th through 8th grade players

Marion Soccer Inc hosts the Marion Whirlwind Cup in the first weekend in May and the Fall Soccer Spooktacular during the last weekend of October


What Ages Are Eligible To Play at MSI

MSI is open to all children from the grades of Pre K to 8th Grade based on age as of January 1st of that year.  Players in the 7th and 8th will play in our SIMSS soccer program. The SIMSS program practices as a group representing Marion, and will play other middle school aged teams from towns in the Southern Illinois area.

What is MSI?

MSI (Marion Soccer Inc.) is a not-for-profit organization with the mission of providing recreational soccer to players grades Pre K through 8th Grade.  All funds generated from registration, tournaments and concession sales go back into the program to pay for things such as registration for tournaments, uniforms, coaching clinics, equipment as well as complex improvements.  

Does MSI Have A Board of Directors?

Yes.  MSI is operated and managed via Board of Directors who donate their time and efforts to operating Marion's Recreational Soccer Program. Board members are not compensated for being part of MSI. Many of our members are former players and come from all walks of life. Each typically coach one, if not multiple teams within the league in all age groups each season. If you are interested in becoming an MSI Board Member, please contact us!

Does MSI host Soccer Tournaments?

Yes. MSI hosts 2 annual tournaments.  The Marion Whirlwind Soccer Classic is held each year in the spring, and the Marion Fall Soccer Spooktacular is held in the Fall.  Each year we have as many as 1500 parents, coaches and players participating in our tournaments from around the region.  If you are interested in having your Soccer program participate in one of our tournaments, please feel free to contact us!  We'd be happy to have you!

Become A Coach!

We are always looking for coaches to help develop our young players. If you would like to coach, please click the link below to sign up. Please be advised that you will be required to complete a background check prior to helping with a team.

News & Updates


1. How old does my child have to be in order to play soccer with MSI?

Children must be age 4 by January 1 to be eligible to play Spring soccer and age 4 by August 1st to be eligible to play Fall soccer. 

2. How much is the registration fee?

Fees are due prior to registration deadline, Pre-K Registration is $40, $50 for players Kindergarten through 6th Grade.  SIMSS registration is $60.  There will be a $10 late fee for all late registrations.  In addition, late registrations may be placed on a waiting list. 

3. What do my registration fees pay for? Isn't everyone volunteering? What is the money really going towards?

Marion Soccer, Inc. is a non-profit organization registered with the state of Illinois and IRS.  Being a non-profit means we must use any and all of our “profits” within the organization itself it advance the mission.  There is no paid staff at MSI; everyone is a volunteer (unlike many club teams) however we still have a great many bills and upkeep. 


Your nominal (read "very small") registration fee helps cover the following:

- Every player receives a jersey/shirt in the Fall which is used for both Fall and Spring Seasons.  

- In the Spring any newly registered players are also provided a jersey/shirt.  

- MSI gives every Coach a “Coach's Bag" which includes soccer balls, training cones, ponies, goalie shirt and gloves.  

- We pay Referees for every game.

- Electric Bills for the soccer fields, office and concession stands.

- All of the soccer nets, flags, referees' whistles and uniforms as well as other miscellaneous items.  Insurance to ensure if a child is hurt we are covered (there's lots more legal stuff to that...don't know all the details).  Bottom line we just want the kids to be safe, happy and have fun (and not be sued).  

- Accounting firm fees for annaul Federal and State non-profit tax filing.

- MSI has a rental contract (it’s like a dollar or something per year) with St. Joseph Catholic Church in Marion, Illinois to use their land behind the main church and Family Life Center.  However, Marion Soccer is responsible for paying all mowing, landscaping and upkeep of that land which is another large expense. 

- MSI is the ONLY organization in the local tri-state area that pays for their All-Star teams to play in a minimum of two tournaments each season

- As well as the All-Star uniforms! 

We hope this helps you understand how every person’s registration fee helps keep us going. 

So after reading this - if you happen to be independently wealthy and would like to make a contribution to MSI please don’t hesitate to approach any Board member! (Just kidding….well…not really.)

4. What equipment do I need to provide for my child and why is this important? Can’t they just play in the grass?

- Every child needs to have a pair of shin guards and soccer cleats or the referees won’t let them take the field. 

- Soccer cleats are important because gym shoes/sneakers are very slippery on the grass/turf and a child can easily twist and/or break their ankle.  Cleats provide the “grip” needed to help reduce accidents. 

5. Can my kids just wear their football/baseball/softball cleats? I mean they’re all cleats right?

- No.  Kids must have cleats designed for soccer. 

- The major difference between soccer and baseball shoes is the pattern of the cleats on the bottom. On soccer cleats you will notice there is never a single cleat at the very front tip. The reason?  We do a lot of kicking in soccer and that toe cleat can easily cause injury to an opposing player's shin.

6. When are games played?

- Saturday games vary in times. 

- Weeknight games are scheduled at 5:30 p.m. for Pre-K - 6th and 7:00 p.m. for 7th grade and up.

7. Where are games played?

All games will be played at the Marion Soccer Complex. 

8. When are practices?

- Practices are up to each individual coach.  

- Please note some coaches practice more often, or for longer periods, than others.  MSI does not mandate a minimum or maximum amount of practice time.  Please discuss any questions with your specific coach and/or Division Coordinator. 

- MSI does not allow the Pre-K league to practice.  Pre-k practices are held 1/2 hour before each schedule games.

- In addition coaches may practice at schools, parks and churches with prior approval.   


9. What divisions does MSI offer?

Divisions are based on grade level noted below:

- Pre K

- 1st / 2nd Grade

- 3rd / 4th Grade

- 5th / 6th Grade

- 7th / 8th Grade (SIMSS)

Southern Illinois Middle School Soccer (SIMSS) - designed for Jr. High School youth who will play other local Jr. High School teams.  Requires a separate tryout.   

10. Can my child switch divisions? In other words can my child play with the (older, younger or boys or girls) kids?

All requests to switch divisions and or move up a division must be submitted in writing to MSI board that may or may not approve the request.   

11. When do games begin?

- Fall soccer generally begins the week after Labor Day and runs through October.  

- Spring soccer generally begins Mid March and runs through the first of May.

- All Star Teams run through mid November and mid May

12. How do I register my child?

Registration for MSI soccer is by internet at

13. How do I register to coach?

Registration to coach MSI soccer is also by internet at

14. I’ve never played soccer but I’m willing to help coach if needed. Will I get any training?

YES!  We usually run a coaches’ clinic every year for free. In addition we can provide you with practice “lesson” plans based on the age of the kids, videos that show you different drills, and forms to use.  I mean come on – snacks are really important to those little kids (and we have a form for that)!

15. I don’t want to be a “Head Coach”; can I be an assistant instead?

- YES!  We have lots of parents who might be nervous taking charge of herding a bunch of cats….er…I meant a soccer team.   

- We often will have a couple/few parents who are all “Assistant Coaches” in order to support each other. 


16. Who runs MSI and when do they meet?

- MSI is run by a Board of Directors; you can check out the current list of Executive Members, General Board members and Division Coordinators on this web site here.  Just click on the Board of Directors tab at the top of the page or click here

- Meetings are held the first Wednesday of every month at 5:30 p.m. at the soccer office located on the east side of the Marion Soccer Complex (109 Valentine Lane). 

- Meetings are open to the public but it’s always helpful to know you’re coming so we can either put you on the agenda or clean off a extra seat for you! 

17. Can I bring my dog (horse, snake, iguana, or goat) to the soccer fields?

- We’re sorry but NO!  

- The Marion Park Board does not allow pets on their playgrounds or fields.

- Please help us keep everyone safe by not bringing your dog (or other pets).  We love animals and think yours is probably very cute so don't make us be the bad guys and force us to ask you to put your pet in the car (they may DIE!) or force you to take your pet home.  

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