Metro Detroit’s Best Youth Soccer Leagues

If your child is interested in trying soccer, sign them up for one of the many youth leagues in metro Detroit.

The first sport my son, Jordan, played was soccer. I signed him up for a toddler soccer program to get him introduced to the sport and to see if he liked it. It was a great introduction program where he learned some gross motor skills and got his energy out on the field (which was a plus!)

These soccer leagues will teach your child introductory skills and most leagues offer somewhere they can move up as they get older. One thing I do recommend, if your child enjoys the sport and wants to excel at it, is to find a training program, as well. Jordan did this and it improved his skills on the field immensely the next season.

Make sure to register as soon as possible because these soccer leagues do fill up fast.

This article was published on July 9, 2024, by Metro Parent’s Audience Development Coordinator Kari Zaffarano. The update included her compiling the best youth soccer leagues in metro Detroit. Please reach out to kari@metroparent.com.

American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO)

It is a volunteer organization that runs on AYSO’s Six Philosophies, which are: Everyone Plays, Balanced Teams, Open Registration, Positive Coaching, Good Sportsmanship and Player Development.  

Detroit PAL

They offer spring and fall recreational soccer programs for boys and girls ages 4-19. Practices take place during the week (time and location vary by team) and games are on Saturdays.

Detroit Parks and Recreation

Soccer in the D has age divisions for Pee Wee Kickers (ages 3-4), 6U (non- competitive), 8U (competitive), 11U (competitive) and 14U (competitive). Practices take place during the week and games are on Saturdays.

i9 Sports

Choose from a fall, summer or winter soccer league for your child. i9 offers soccer programs broken up by grades beginning with Pre-K3. Coaches are volunteer parents that have been run through a background check and received resources and training.

Jr Nationals

This recreational soccer program is designed for young athletes to learn and develop skills. A professional soccer trainer runs each session. They are a great way to get introduced to the game and learn the fundamentals before trying out for Nationals.

Kickstart Toddler Soccer

This soccer program is great for beginners. It teaches littles the basics of the sport and helps them learn how to kick and score. Their classes are Pee Wees (18-24 months), Rookies (2 years), Pros (3-3.5 years), Pros Plus (3.5-4.5 years) and All Stars (4.5-6.5 years).

LK St. Clair

LK’s programs not only enhance children’s skills and love for the game, but also contribute to the betterment of the local community. They focus on instilling values like teamwork, hard work and community improvement, aiming to make a lasting impact both on and off the field. They offer a train-and-play soccer program, an indoor Futsal league and outdoor soccer league. The train-and-play programs for soccer are divided into three age groups: ages 6-7, ages 8-9 and ages 10-12. All participants will receive a shirt or jersey.

Macomb Recreational Soccer

First Touch Toddler Soccer helps littles with coordination, large motor skill development and cognitive development. It is broken up into ages 2-3 and ages 4-5. 

N Zone Sports

N Zone Sports offers youth soccer leagues, camps and programs for ages 3-14. Games are played on Saturdays at Beech Elementary School. Early bird registration for this eight-week program is $135 and includes jerseys, awards, trophies and special events.

South Oakland County Soccer

The programs South Oakland County Soccer (SOCS) offers are Junior Mini-Kickers, Mini-Kickers, U5/U6, U7-U19, Training Opportunities, Travel Soccer and Camps and Clinics.

Troy Youth Soccer League

Troy Youth Soccer League (TYSL) offers soccer opportunities for ages Pre-K to high school. It was first established in 1974 and is affiliated through Michigan State Youth Soccer Association (MSYSA).

YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit

Children can start off learning basic soccer skills at the Y. As they improve their skills, they can start playing in a soccer league, according to their age and skill set. The YMCA partners with organizations like the United Sports Soccer League and the Michigan State Youth Soccer Organization. Some of the youth programs include Preschool Soccer Instructional Class, Indoor Soccer (Futsal) League, Soccer Clinics and Soccer Leagues.


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Kari Zaffarano
Kari Zaffarano
Kari Zaffarano is a mom of one and Metro Parent's Audience Development Coordinator. She tracks down the best events every week and shares the inside scoop with families in print and online. She enjoys reading, traveling and exploring metro Detroit with her son.

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