The Open Cup and the Northern Illinois Soccer League will begin a strategic partnership beginning with the 2018 Open Cup (April 7-8 / April 13-15).
The Under 14 NISL Champions (BOYS: Eclipse 2004 Black: GIRLS: Roadrunners 2004) will both receive guaranteed complimentary entry into the top divisions of the Open Cup Under 14 Divisions. Not only will this bring the best teams from the Chicago area in these divisions but more teams from other divisions will also be recruited and offered opportunities to complete within the Open Cup!
The Open Cup regularly attracts some of the top teams from Region 3 and the South as well as international competition. Every year, teams from 12+ States participate in the Open Cup in both Gold and Silver Divisions.
In the Under 14 Division: Past Champions have been:
Vestavia Steamers (AL) MS Flood (MS)
CF Monterrey Rayados (Mexico) 4xchampions Vestavia Attack Black (AL)
Guarani Futebol Clube (Brazil) MS Rush (MS)
Gulf Coast Texans (FL)
Chicago Fire Jrs of MS (MS) 2xchampions
The Northern Illinois Soccer League (NISL) was founded in 1975, and has since become one of the largest and most competitive Youth Soccer Leagues in the United States. With over 17000 players on 1300 teams in more than 120 Chicago Metropolitan communities, the NISL, as a member of US Club Soccer and their National Premier Leagues platform, NISL provides the highest level of competition in the Chicago Metro area.