Both teams compete in the US Club National Premier Leagues- Midwest Developmental League (MDL). The MDL consists of 11 other Academy clubs in the Midwest including several Major League Soccer Clubs (Chicago Fire, Sporting KC, and Columbus Crew) along with a select group of elite non-Academy clubs. Players train 3-4 times per week.
SLSG Illinois NPL teams are staffed with coaches from the Development Academy program. In order to prepare players for competition in the Development Academy, players need to be under the guidance of a coach who knows, through experience, exactly what players need to be success at the next level.