History and Success:
The Eclipse Select Soccer Club was formed in 1997 to facilitate the elite level youth soccer experience. It began with two teams and has evolved into a program consisting of over 50 teams throughout the Chicago-land area, Northwest Indiana, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. The club offers programs for players from all levels and ages, from preschool children to collegiate level and national team athletes. Philosophically, the club believes in creating a competitive environment that is physically and mentally challenging while stimulating the players to reach their highest potential.
Over the years, Eclipse Select has of course enjoyed a vast amount of success on the field. Highlights include 56 Illinois State Championships, 23 USYSA Region II Championships, 7 USYSA National Championships plus another 15 National Finalists, 3 ECNL National Championships, and 1 ECNL Overall Club National Championship. Eclipse Select has also helped over 400 student athletes continue their soccer careers at the collegiate level, including 15 that went on to play professionally. A large handful of Eclipse Select athletes have received individual recognition at national events and/or been called into U.S. National camps, events, and competitions. Specifically on the female side, Eclipse Select has been recognized as one of the top youth soccer clubs in the country every year since 2007.
Arguably, the most important accomplishments Eclipse Select has achieved are off the field. Our soccer club and its coaching staff, led by Rory Dames and Mike Nesci, has been able to create a unique environment that teaches the athletes life-long lessons that can prepare them for what’s ahead. Time management, commitment and dedication, accountability to teammates, and a sense of belonging to something bigger than any individual player or team just to name a few. A large majority of our Eclipse Select athletes soar in the classroom, continue this trend in college as student-athletes at some of the top academic institutions in the country, and have gone on to be successful in life after soccer. This is a strong testament that Eclipse Select does it right!
The Eclipse Select Soccer Club has rapidly grown from a small, select-based, elite soccer experience to a full service club with multiple locations in communities around the Upper-Midwest. During this growth, we have continued to expand our operations while maintaining the things that helped us grow - Family, Tradition, and Excellence! To help you understand our model of operations and how it pertains to your child's experience, please see the graphic below. For more information on each program, please visit the program pages.