In 1999, Arena Sports (Seattle, WA) started Lil’ Kickers with the goal of building a kids’ program that was fundamentally sound and outrageously fun. Using world renowned child development theories, child development professionals, experienced coaches and the expertise that comes along with thousands of hours of working with children, Lil’ Kickers created a curriculum that introduces kids to soccer and so much more. A program was created that helps develop a child’s social, emotional, and cognitive skills while providing physical exercise and developing players who are good sports and good teammates — on and off the soccer field.
The Arena Sports Lil’ Kickers program has now grown into a national franchise with more than 130 locations in 32 states and now in Canada with an enrollment of over 400,000 kids and growing!
In 2005, Lil’ Kickers-LKSOCCER.COM arrived in the Chicago suburbs at SportsZone (Melrose Park). With incredible growth and support from the community, LKSOCCER.COM expanded to other surrounding suburb locations. In 2008, LKSOCCER.COM began hosting classes at Trevian Soccer Park (Niles) and in 2014 found a new home in the North Shore area at the Athletico Center (Northbrook). In winter 2015, LKSOCCER.COM began running classes at Quad Indoor Sports (Evanston). LKSOCCER.COM continued to broaden its reach and in the winter of 2016 started running classes at T’s Training Academy (Lombard). As the suburb locations of LKSOCCER.COM blossomed, a partner franchise, Lil’ Kickers Chicago was experiencing tremendous growth within city.
With the goal to serve our community and impact the lives of as many children as possible, LKSOCCER.COM acquired Lil’ Kickers Chicago in the spring of 2017. Lil’ Kickers Chicago began operating classes in the city and southwest suburbs in the fall of 2005. With classes at Menomonee Club (Lincoln Park) and Max McCook Athletic Exposition (La Grange). Lil’ Kickers Chicago then opened Bradley Place (Roscoe Village) in the spring of 2010 and Lake Street (Near West Loop) in the winter of 2016. These two locations are the only two facilities in the nation solely dedicated to running Lil’ Kickers classes.
With 9 locations currently running year round and 5 outdoor summer locations LKSOCCER.COM is now the largest Lil’ Kicker franchisee in the country serving over 19,000 children annually in the Chicagoland area. LKSOCCER.COM continues to grow. October 1st 2017 LKSOCCER.COM will open it’s 3rd Lil’ Kickers only facility in Vernon Hills, IL at the Rivertree Court shopping center in the former home of Gordman’s department store.
LKSOCCER.COM continually strives to lead, inspire, value and equip each child that enters our program by “Making a Difference – One Goal at a Time”.