In the late 1960s, organized soccer was virtually unknown in most areas of the country. However, the soccer phenomenon swept the Milwaukee area in 1968 when the Milwaukee Kickers Soccer Club (MKSC) began formal operations.
MKSC's 12 founders had a vision: attract, develop, and retain soccer players of all ages and abilities without regard to gender, race, national origin, religion or socioeconomic status. To do this, MKSC created a cost-effective and financially stable organization with quality coaches, referees and administrators. While American youth soccer did exist before 1968 through ethnic clubs, the sport was not widely accepted.
In its first year of operation MKSC started small with 78 players on five teams (four youth and one adult), and games were played on a weekly recreational basis. Today MKSC enjoys a membership of over 8,500. Players range from 3 to 18 years of age, span 15 regions in southeastern Wisconsin, and enjoy recreational soccer as well as highly competitive play.
To read a detailed history of how the club started, evolved, and became one of the largest and most respected youth soccer organizations in the country please click the "We Are The Kickers!" link below.
"We Are The Kickers!" The Milwaukee Kickers Story
To hear about the club's history, growth and future in the words of two of MKSC's Founders Aleks and Helga Nikolic click here for a special 50th anniversary podcast.
To read a great article about MKSC's amazing past, present and future in the words of a former Milwaukee Kicker and now professional sportswriter click here.
If you're interested in learning even more about our club's history, influence and impact in our community, click the Kicks Magazine links.
Kicks Magazine (Number 95, July 1977)
Kicks Magazine (Number 96, August 1977)
Kicks Magazine (Number 106, August 1978)
Kicks Magazine (Number 110, end of year 1978)
Kicks Magazine (Number 112, February/March 1979)
Kicks Magazine (Number 124, July/Aug 1980)
Kicks Magazine (Number 153, Fall/Winter 1985)
The mission of the Milwaukee Kickers Soccer Club is to be the best at providing people of all ages (with an emphasis on youth), genders, physical abilities and diverse backgrounds the opportunity to participate in soccer. To enrich the lives of the people we serve we offer organized leagues and tournaments, educational programs and administrative services through quality facilities, professional staff and dedicated volunteers.
The Milwaukee Kickers Soccer Club is a unifying and innovative force in the community. We are a respected leader in the development of children striving to instill a lifelong passion for the game of soccer.
Follow The Leader.
Applied to all levels of our Club’s structure and in true team spirit, we are inspired to lead by example to best benefit everyone affiliated with our community-building soccer organization.
We are steadfastly and universally dedicated to the health and development of our youth not only as soccer players, but as respected individuals deserving of ongoing encouragement and positive reinforcement.
15 Regions, 1 Soccer Club
The administration of the Milwaukee Kickers Soccer Club is conducted by a Board of Directors consisting of a President, Vice President, Treasurer, Executive Director and individual members representing each of our fourteen regions.
Our membership is divided by region and each region is supervised by a Regional Director. Regions are geographically based, individually named per geographical location and are universally governed by Club administration. Therefore, boys and girls age 5-18 register to play with one of the more than 650 teams formed by the Milwaukee Kickers and are affiliated members of the US Youth Soccer Association.