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

Celtics will offer First XI teams for 2019-20 playing year in the following birth years:
2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 Girls
2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006 Boys. 

2016-17 Success: The U13 First XI Boys won the Illinois Premiership title in Fall 2015. The U16 First XI girls won President's Cup Tournament Fall 2016 and the U15 First XI girls qualified for Regionals as runners up in the NPL. 

2017-18 Success: 2002 and 2005 Boys Kansas City Challenger Showcase Champions 
2003 Boys Nike Classic Cup Champions, Varsity Girls Schaumburg Soccerfest Champions, 2004 Boys, NISL Platinum Division Champions, 2001 and 2002 Girls IWSL Division A Champions, Varsity Girls MAX Highly Competitive Division Champions, 2002 Girls MAX Competitive Division Champions

2018-19 Success: 2006 First XI Girls MRL Qualifiers 2nd Place, 2006 First XI Girls MRL 4 Seed in IL, 2006 First XI Girls Midwest Invitational Champions, 2005 First XI Boys Midwest Invitational Champions, 2004 First XI Girls Midwest Invitational Champions, First XI 2004-05 Girls Max U15/16 Champions, First XI 2006 Girls Max U13/14  Champions, First XI 2006 Girls Max U14 Champions

Details on Celtics First XI: 
  • U11 and older 

  • Year-round soccer

  • Fall and spring = 3 practices per week, 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 equivalent 

  • Winter soccer comprises 2 weekly practices, highly competitive league play at the Max League + 5v5 games at the Grasshopper

  • 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 school coaches

  • Competitive play at the highest level 

  • Identification for ODP and other national soccer opportunities


Contact Andrew Taylor at [email protected] for information First XI Tryouts for Playing Year 2019-20.


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