The Cedar Rapids Guide to Youth Soccer Clubs and Programs

If you are new to the area, have young kids who are interested in sports, or have an older child who’s just becoming interested in soccer, you’ve come to the right place! With spring fast approaching, we have compiled a guide to Cedar Rapids clubs and programs for East Central Iowa to help families navigate the choices and find the best fit for their kids. We hope this guide is a great resource and brings a little pep to your step as the snow melts away!

The Cedar Rapids Guide to Youth Soccer Clubs

Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation

Ages: 4-10 years

Programs: Outdoor Soccer, Little Kickers Soccer League, Summer Soccer Kicks, Soccer Camp

Cost: $42-50 Residents, $49-58 Non-Resident.  Includes Shirt

Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation offers four different summer programs including their newest, Little Kickers Soccer League. The programs allow children to learn a vast variety of skills of different levels. Kids will learn basics, play scrimmages, and understand how to apply their drills to games. Summer 2019 Registration is now open.  

Outdoor Soccer- An instructional styled program where kids learn the basics and take their newly learned skills on the field for games.

Little Kickers Soccer League: Kids attend practices for the first two weeks and transition to games for the last four weeks. Duration of practices and games are 45 minutes. 

Summer Soccer Kicks: Kids are able to work on basic skills and play scrimmage style games. 

Soccer Camp: A creative environment that  allows the students to apply their soccer drills through a variety of mazes and games. This camp brings out of the box activities for practicing skills in a fun and innovative way. 

Marion Parks and Recreation

Ages: 2-8 years

Programs: Tiny Goal Kickers, Kick Star, Happy Feet Soccer Camp, Fall 3V3 Soccer League

Cost:$33-43.  Includes Shirt

Marion Parks and Recreation offers four different summer programs, with some for the younger kiddos!

Tiny Goal Kickers: An instructional styled program introducing basic skills, rules of the games and play non-competitive games. 

Kick Star: One of the younger of the four programs where kids ages 2-3 can learn the basics and play non-competitively. 

Happy Feet Soccer Camp: Allows kids to socialize on the field and learn the basics through a variety of games.

Fall 3V3 Soccer League: Kids will get a refresher on skills learned over the summer and have the opportunity to play games with referees and coaches present!

Hiawatha Parks and Recreation

Ages: 3-6 years

Programs: 3-4 Year Old Soccer , 5-6 Year Old Soccer

Cost: $25 (Please bring your own soccer ball)

A great way to start out smart soccer with interactive practices and non-competitive play!

3-6 Year Old Soccer: Practices and scrimmage matches are facilitated by volunteer coaches. The kids will learn how to develop good sportsmanship, a variety of soccer skills, and teamwork! 

YMCA of the Cedar Rapids Metro Area

Ages: AK-10 years

Programs: Instructional Soccer, Youth Soccer

Cost: $30-40 (Member), $65-$85 (Community Member)

An environment where kids learn basic skills, rules of the game, and able to interact with peers.

Instructional Soccer: Introduces soccer fundamentals while improving social interactions among peers. 

Youth Soccer: Led by volunteer coaches, Girls’ and Boys’ leagues have practice once a week with a games every Saturday morning for the season. 

American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO)

Ages: 4 – 19 years

Programs: Recreational and Competitive

Cost: $30-60 plus uniform ($20-40) as of Spring 2019.

American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) is a non-profit, volunteer based club from their coaches to their referees. It is mainly recreational, but now offers a competitive soccer program (AYSO United). The recreational club has a mixture of boys teams, girls teams and Coed beginning at age 15. Participants of the club are made up of  Cedar Rapids, Marion and other surrounding areas. Spring 2019 Registration is now open. Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 Registration will be open May of 2019.

Cedar River Soccer Association (CRSA)

Ages: 5-19 years

Programs: Pre-Academy, Academy, Premier, all competitive.

Cost: $52, $515, $1134

Established in 1998, Cedar River Soccer Association is a parent driven, premier level club currently made up of 400 members across Eastern Iowa. The club is split into three focuses: Pre-Academy (ages 5-8),  Academy (ages 9-10) and Premier (ages 11-19), The coaching staff is licensed under the United States Soccer Federation or other national soccer organizations. CRSA is one of the top clubs in Iowa with 43 Iowa State Cup Championships. Spring/Fall 2019 Registration is now open.

FC United

Ages: 5-19

Programs: Recreational, Little Strikers, Academy, Select.

Cost: $80-$1195/year, plus additional fees up to $350/season

FC United is a premier level club based in Cedar Rapids founded in 2002. The club has four main focuses: Recreational (ages 5-9), Little Strikers (ages 5-9), Academy (ages 9-10) and Select (ages 11-19). The club’s coaching staff focuses passionately on player development and have a license under the United States Soccer Federation or other national  organizations. Spring/Fall 2019 registration is now open.

Prairie Soccer Club  (PSC)

Ages: 5-19

Programs: Developmental, Recreational, Academy, Select

Cost: $100-600, plus additional tournament fees if applicable

Prairie Soccer Club (PSC) works mainly with students from the Community College School district, but is open to all areas of Eastern Iowa. It is a premier level, non-profit organization comprised of 25 teams of a round. They have five focuses: Developmental *Basic  (ages 5-8), Developmental *Academy (ages 7-8), Recreational (ages 9-12), Academy (ages 9-10) and Select (ages 11-19). The coaching staff is licensed under the United States Soccer Federation or other national organizations. Spring/Fall 2019 is now open. Registration closes 3/16!

Hopefully this gives you some ideas for starting your child in soccer!  Have I missed your favorite program? Let us know in the comments!


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Samantha is a go-getting, optimistic, glass half-full type of person. She is a mommy of three littles, three angel babies, and a pup. She has been married to her Kohawk sweetheart, Eric, for 5 years, and both are transplants to Cedar Rapids. Although their family experienced infertility, IVF, and balancing the triple threat of graduate school, working full time and rounding up their little brood, the Woods would say the emotions are worth it. Every hand to hold, nose to kiss, and boo boo to wash away makes everything right in the crazy world of parenting. When she’s not in survival mode, Samantha enjoys running, learning the secret language of toddlers, cooking with a full kitchen, and party-of-five cuddles on the couch. Samantha enjoys running, shaking her groove thing to 70's and 80's pop with her son, Oliver, and family cuddle time.

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  1. Cedar Rapids and Marion YMCA’S provide soccer as well and deadline to sign up was extended to March 11th. Prices for members $40 and $85 for non members. Ages K-5th grade.

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