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First XI



The Celtics First XI program is for players and teams wishing to compete at the highest level and who show the ability to do so. Ultimately, First XI gives players the opportunity and training to be the best soccer players they can be in a highly competitive environment. First XI is the ideal preparation for high school soccer and beyond. First XI is a program based on 4 activities per week, opposed to the travel program of 3 activities per week. First XI teams will either have a 2 practice and 2 game week, or a 3 practice and 1 game week. Each team is different, however the 4 activity models are the same.


FIRST and foremost, it is the best local training that eXIsts.

Celtics will offer First XI teams for 2020-21 playing year in the following birth years:

Girls; 
2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007
Boys; 2003, 2004, 2005 Boys MWC, 2005 IYSA, and pre-First XI 2009


State Level Champions:
2017 Presidents cup Champions and Regional Qualifier 2001 girls
2017 NPL (National premier league) Runner up and Regional Qualifier 2003 Girls
2019 Presidents cup Cup Champions and Regional qualifiers 2005 boys
2019 NPL (National premier league) Runner up and Regional Qualifier 2006 Girls
2019 MWC (Midwest Conference) First Division Champions 2002 boys
2019 MWC (Midwest Conference) Qualifiers Champions 2006 boys
2020 NPL (National premier league) Champion and National Qualifier 2006 Girls
2020 NPL (National premier league) Runner up and Regional Qualifier 2005 Girls
2020 NPL (National premier league) Runner up and Regional Qualifier 2007 Girls
2020 NPL (National premier league) Regional Qualifier 2002 Boys



Regional Level:
2017 Presidents cup Regional Qualifier 2001 girls.
2017 NPL Regional Cup Qualifier 2003 girls.
2019 Regionals Champion and National Qualifier 2005 boys
2019 NPL (National premier league) Regional Finalists 2006 Girls.
2020 NPL (National premier league) Regional Qualifier 2002 Boys
2020 NPL (National premier league) Regional Qualifier 2005 Girls
2020 NPL (National premier league) Regional Qualifier 2007 Girls



National level:
2019 Presidents Cup National Finalists 2005 Boys
2020 2019 NPL (National premier league) National Semi-Finalists 2006 Girls.
2021 Era Methoxha, Albanian national team call up. 2 caps for Albania September 2021.



Details on Celtics First XI: 
  • U12 and older
  •  Year-round soccer
  • Fall and spring = 2/3 practices per week, MWC, NPL league games and a local tournament in each season
  • Additional tournament per outdoor season, usually out of town
  •  Participation in The Illinois State Cup or Presidents cup 
  • Winter soccer comprises 2 weekly practices, highly competitive league play at the Max League or Bridgeview
  •  Strength/conditioning/speed/agility training included once a week
  •  Soccer will be the #1 sport for these players
  • Premier coaching expertise, second to none with local high schooland college coaches
  • Competitive play at the highest level
  •  Identification for ID2 or ODP and other national soccer opportunities


Contact Andrew Taylor at [email protected] for information First XI Tryouts for Playing Year 2021-22.


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