Step onto the field during any Lil' Kickers class and you will find it transformed into a world created just for your child. Our well-trained coaches will thrill your child with 50 minutes of highly creative, high energy and age-appropriate activities that serve as a great introduction to soccer, and help children master developmental milestones, appropriate for their age.
Because Lil' Kickers is first and foremost a child development program our purpose is really to help children mature on all levels. Our program focuses on helping children build strong physical, intellectual and emotional skills that will help them be successful on and off the soccer field. We believe in teaching children in ways that suit their developmental level. So, you won't see adult-like skill drills in our classes, but you will see teaching methods specifically designed to create an atmosphere that is effective and fun. You will also see happy, confident and sweaty kids who are eager to learn and want to keep coming back for more.
Whether your child is new to soccer or has already developed a love for the game, the progressive nature of Lil' Kickers offers a place for children at every level. Our convenient class times and locations provide families options to accommodate multiple children and busy schedules.
Our mission is to inspire people. By building trusting relationships, together we encourage discovery and ignite self-confidence. We model self-reflection and perseverance. With every challenge and failure we look to ourselves to see how to improve. Our fun and safe environment facilitates continual growth and learning. We concentrate on the experience and not necessarily achievement. We applaud effort. We compel others to be resilient- understanding that growth is a lifelong practice of attitudes that point to one’s potential. Our responsibility is to positively equip lives. Our instrument is our program. Our quest is to positively impact the world. We do so as people live out this mission. It encompasses everything we work for, from the children who attend our classes and the parents who enroll them; from the coaches who teach the classes to the coordinators who organize them, we hope to help others fulfill their missions by living ours through the Lil’ Kickers program, and through its relationships to our community at large.
In 1999, Arena Sports (Seattle, WA) started the Lil' Kickers program to teach sound soccer fundamentals in a fun atmosphere, all based on well-established child development theories. The Arena Sports Lil' Kickers program has grown to be a national franchise with more than 130 locations in 30 states, as well as Canada - enrolling more than 1,000,000 kids.
In 2005, Lil' Kickers Chicago began hosting classes at an indoor soccer facility in the Pilsen neighborhood. They have since grown to 12 indoor and outdoor locations, serving over 35,000 kids. In 2016, a desire to impact and inspire more lives led the Chicago team to bring the Lil' Kickers program to the Minneapolis/St. Paul area where classes will begin at two indoor locations with hopes to add more soon.