A Guide to Spring Soccer in the Iowa City Area

Soccer in a pandemic? Yes! There are many opportunities for kids to participate in soccer this spring, and I can tell you from experience with multiple programs listed that the organizations running these programs are taking precautions to keep your kids as safe as possible. This guide will help you find the best soccer program for your family in the Iowa City area. From programs for preschoolers through teens, our community has some fantastic soccer programs to choose from!


A Guide to Spring Soccer in the Iowa City Area

Toddler/Preschool Programs

Coralville Tiny Tot Soccer

Ages: 3-6
Registration Deadline: March 21, 2021
Season:
April 5 – May 13, 2021
Cost: $39 for Coralville residents, $48.75 for non-residents

The City of Coralville offers a fun recreational soccer program that is run with parent volunteer coaches. Seasons last six weeks, with 45-minute sessions that have skill building games and 3v3 games coached by parents. Our kids enjoyed this low-key program, and it’s a lot of fun watching preschoolers try to figure out which goal they are supposed to try to score on— or even which field they should keep their ball on!

Iowa City Kickers Parent-Tot Soccer

Ages: 2-5
Season: April 17 – May 8, 2021
Cost: $40

These four week sessions introduce kids to basic soccer skills. Parent participation is required and parents come away with resources and new skills to help keep the soccer fun going at home. Kids are grouped into two age groups: 2-3 year-olds and 4-5 year-olds. This is perfect for both soccer loving parents who want to play with their kids and parents who are new to the sport and want to learn the basics.


A Guide to Spring Soccer in the Iowa City Area


Soccer Programs for School-Age Kids

Coralville Youth Soccer – KIXX

Ages: 6-8
Registration Deadline: April 6, 2021
Program Type:
 Recreational
Seasons: April 20 – June 1
Cost: $55 for Coralville residents, $65 for non-residents

Kids play 5 weeks of one-hour sessions. The goal is for kids to develop a love and passion for the game of soccer. There are 45 minutes of skills and soccer activities, followed by 15-20 minutes of 4v4 games for the players.

Iowa City Kickers

Ages: Kindergarten through Adult
Program Type: Recreational
Season: April 3 – May 15, 2021
Cost: $60-80 per season, discounts for playing two seasons with the same team

My favorite “starter” program for soccer is Iowa City Kickers. It is parent coached. That means it varies a lot in intensity based on the coach and their level of skill and interest in coaching. For our family, it was a great, low-key way to introduce our kids to the sport. And, as our kids got older, it remained a fun way to play with friends without us as parents feeling the need to commit large amounts of time or money to year-round competitive leagues.

Iowa Soccer Club – Academy

Ages: 5-8
Program Type: Recreational
Season: April 2 – June 4, 2021
Cost: $125 for Academy 10-week session

This program gives kids a great foundation for soccer with practices led by professional coaches. This is a practice-only program for young kids, with all practices held on Friday nights. With just a one night per week commitment, this is perfect for busy families.

Iowa Soccer Club – Lightning

Ages: 8-14
Program Type: Recreational
Season: April 2 – June 4, 2021
Cost: $140

Run by professional coaches, this program gives kids who are interested in building their skills a great place to do so. My son found this program to be a great bridge between recreational programs and competitive soccer.

Iowa Soccer Club – Year Round Competitive

Ages: 7-18
Program Type: Competitive
Season: Year Round. Tryouts for Year-Round typically held in June
Cost: $1,272 per year

What ISC is probably best known for is their competitive leagues for ages 7-18. This level of play requires a year-round commitment. At least one practice per week is required for 11 months of the year, but motivated kids can practice almost every night of the week if they so choose and your schedule allows. Tournaments and fall and spring league play require some travel within a few hours of Iowa City. Winter indoor leagues are played here in Iowa City.

The coaching is fantastic! Nothing beats people who know soccer like it’s their job–because it is their job! The level of skills development we’ve seen at ISC has been tremendous compared to what our kids have learned in other programs. It is also one of the most well-organized extracurricular programs that my kids have ever been involved in. The director gives fantastic and frequent communication to parents.


Have I missed your favorite Iowa City area soccer program? Add it in the comments!


Related: Check out this guide to soccer rules for non-sporty moms.

Laura
Laura is a mom of three who works full-time from home as a Development Director for a children’s charity. Laura grew up in Maryland, spent her 20s living in Southern California and South Carolina, and has spent her 30s in Iowa, moving to Iowa City in 2010. Laura loves dancing, reading, baking, and music. She and her husband Ryan started dating in college (gasp – about 20 years ago!) and they have been sharing life’s adventures ever since. Their biggest adventure is, of course, parenthood. With three kids, the action is non-stop - which is just the way Laura likes it. Laura sometimes gives a good impression of having it all together, but she forgets about school picture day, drops her kid off on the wrong day for birthday parties, and those are just the things she’s not too embarrassed to tell you about. She makes some killer chocolate chip cookies, though, and hopes that might make up for the rest.

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