Dear Thomas,

The fall season is well underway and we have been enjoying watching all the games. Good luck to all the U8-U14 teams! This is a fall check-in to let you know about all the exciting events, important dates, and club news.


Thanks for all the fun pictures posted of players in their Schwaben Gear at their schools for Schwaben Pride Day! Congratulations, Dominic for winning the contest - pictures below. 


The club calendar on the Schwaben home page is your resource for important upcoming events. Here are some exciting events and academy information:


  • Hamburg Exchange Program In Town - October 15th - 25th. See below for more details.
  • College Recruiting Night at Schwaben - Nov 20th 6:00pm-7:30pm. Everyone that is interested in college soccer or just wants to hear some information on collegiate sports recruitment should attend this fun panel. Club email with more info to follow.
  • 97th Anniversary Banquet - Nov 4th 6pm cocktails, 7pm dinner. See website for details and registration. 
  • Holiday Party - December 9th, party info below - this will be sold out so join the fun!
  • Winter Skill Academy - Winter Session begins 11/27, details below


Thomas Gansauge

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Hamburger Fußball-Verband (HFV) Comes to Schwaben To Play

Since 2012 Schwaben has partnered with Hamburger Fussball Verband (HFV) in Hamburg, Germany for an International Exchange Program. In July Schwaben sent 19 2009/10 players to Hamburg for a ten day trip where they stayed at the HFV soccer school and participated in games, a tournament, sight-seeing, Family Day and more. It is such a unique opportunity and the players had the time of their lives.

Schwaben AC will host the Hamburger Fußball-Verband (HFV) players from October 15th - 25th. The HFV team consists of the top players from Hamburg including HSV and St.Pauli academies. The players have group practices with Schwaben to prepare for their game against Chicago Fire Academy and the International Tournament, both hosted by Schwaben.

While here the players will enjoy a trip to the German Consulate, Chicago historical walking tour, visit Sears Tower (Willis), tour of Stevenson High School, team dinner at Schwaben, BBQ at Schwaben, shopping, Family Day with Schwaben players and more.

Please join us in helping the HFV players feel welcome at our club!

HFV Takes On Chicago Fire At Schwaben!

We invite everyone to come out to cheer on the HFV as they take on Chicago Fire Academy on Thursday, October 19th at 6pm at Schwaben. The concession will be open for food and drink so please join us for an exciting night of soccer!

Schwaben AC - Borussia Mönchengladbach Partnership

The Schwaben AC is thrilled to announce their partnership with Borussia Mönchengladbach. As the only club in Illinois to be selected, BMG is infusing its deep player development experience and knowledge of a professional European football club, helping Schwaben generate high caliber
talent, training, coaches, and successful player development on and off the field. The Schwaben AC - BMG partnership programming will include access to the Foals Philosophy, training and player development models as well as overseas German Academy opportunities.

Schwaben August Friendlies Recap

We had a great time kicking off the season and seeing everyone back at the Schwaben fields this weekend. Thank you to FC Mirage and Downers Grove Roadrunners Soccer Club for participating in the Schwaben Friendly games. We had so much fun! Thank you to all the volunteers.

2023 Buffalo Grove Days Parade

Schwaben marched in the 2023 Buffalo Grove Days Parade! Thanks to all the parents and players that participated. We are proud to be a part of the Buffalo Grove community since 1971.

Schwaben Pride Day!

We were so excited to see all the Schwaben Pride Day posts! So many great pictures. Congratulations to Dominic, the winner of the Schwaben Pride Day! All participants received a Schwaben car magnet and a coupon for a free sandwich at Jimmy Johns. Thanks to all for showing your Schwaben spirit!

Winter Skill Academy

For those that want extra skill training the Winter Skill Academy is offered in three different levels Junior, Premier, and Champions Academy level. The practice structure combining skills *and* speed & agility training in one session!

Technique/Ball Mastery Station

Small Sided Games Station

Speed and Agility Station

Register by clicking on the Academy below.

Junior Academy 

Junior Academy U6-U8, 11/27/23 - 3/11/24, 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Premier Academy 

Premier Academy U9-U11, 11/27/23 - 3/11/24, 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Champions Academy 

Champions Academy U12-U15, 11/27/23 - 3/11/24, 7:00pm - 8:00pm


Lil Kickers, 701 N. Milwaukee Ave, Vernon Hills, IL 60061

Dates: Mondays, 11/27/23 - 3/11/24, 7:00pm - 8:00pm No sessions 12/18, 12/25, 1/1/24

Tuition: Pricing goes up Oct 15th

Early Bird: $439

Oct. 15th: $479

Please be sure to read our Legal & Refund policies before registering.

More Info & Registration

Coach News

Welcome To Schwaben, Dennis Gavrila!

Introducing Dennis Gavrila, he is the 2014 Boys new head coach for the 2023/24 season. Dennis was a longtime Schwaben youth player - see picture from 2011, current Men's First Team player and current Hansa Soccer Academy coach. We are excited to have Dennis join Schwaben and looking forward to a great season.

To learn more about Dennis visit our Staff page: Dennis Gavrila

Save the Date! Holiday Party Dec 9th

Mark your calendars for the Schwaben Holiday Party on Saturday, December 9th at the Banquet Hall. Details will be sent out via club email.

Join Us! Anniversary Banquet Nov 4th

Please join us for the 97th Anniversary Banquet on November 4th! Contact Christa Gehard for reservations: 847.830.2408 or [email protected]

Fall Tournament News

The 2014 Boys won all three of their tournament games at the Racine Lighthouse Classic. Well done, boys! Go Schwaben!

The U14 Boys are the Octoberfest Tournament Champions! They won the final with 3:2 over GLSA in Libertyville. Congrats, Boys!

Schwaben Sponsorship Partner - UHR

The Schwaben AC is proud to have Universal Home Remodeling on board as our official jersey sponsor for the youth program. We look forward to the two-year partnership and welcome Universal Home Remodeling as Schwaben AC's official jersey partner!About Universal Home Remodeling 

Universal Home Remodeling is a home renovation company based in the Chicagoland area. Established in 2001, the team is dedicated to helping homeowners transform their living spaces into the homes of their dreams. With a focus on high-quality craftsmanship, attention to detail, and exceptional customer service, they offer a range of renovation services, including kitchen and bathroom remodels, home additions, and whole-house renovations, and new custom built homes.

Contact: 773-576-0697

Men's First Team News

The Men's First Team finished the 2022-23 outdoor season 3rd in the Premier Soccer League of Chicagoland. The majority of our First Team players are former Schwaben youth players. Congratulations on a great season boys!

Remaining schedule for the First Team:

October 15 - Semi Final vs United Serbs at 11am at Schwaben

Schwaben Uniform Collection for Underprivileged Kids - Join Us!

Kevin and Alex Niemiec, current students at Saint Viator and dedicated Schwaben players for the past five years, are excited to announce a special initiative aimed at making a positive impact in our community.

They are organizing an Old Schwaben Uniform Collection to benefit underprivileged kids in the Chicago area. Their goal is to gather gently used uniforms and donate them to an organization that provides uniforms to children in need. This is an opportunity for us to give back to the community that has supported us throughout our years with Schwaben.

Collection Dates:

- 8U Boys Tuesday Oct. 17, 8 PM after practice. 

- 9U Boys Thursday Oct. 19, 6:30 PM after practice. 

- 10U Boys Tuesday Oct. 17, 8 PM after practice.

     - 11U Boys Wednesday Oct. 18, 6:30 PM after practice. 

     - 12U Boys Tuesday Oct. 17, 8 PM after practice. 

     - 13/14U Boys Thursday Oct. 19, 6PM at HFV vs Fire Game. 

If you have any old Schwaben uniforms that are no longer in use but are still in good condition, please consider donating them during one of our collection dates. If you have any questions or would like to coordinate a specific drop-off time, please don't hesitate to reach out to them at 224-805-2603.

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