Waukegan Lightning

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The Waukegan Lightning were a professional indoor soccer team from Waukegan, Illinois formally known as the Northern Illinois Rebels of the Chicago Latin American Soccer Association and more recently the American Indoor Soccer League (AISL).

Waukegan, Illinois City in Illinois

Waukegan is the largest city in and the county seat of Lake County, Illinois, United States, a part of the Chicago metropolitan area. The city is located 35 miles north of the Loop and 10 miles south of the Wisconsin state border, approximately halfway between Chicago and Milwaukee. As of the 2013 United States Census estimate, the city has a population of 88,826, which makes it the ninth most populous city in Illinois. Waukegan is a predominately working-class community with a size-able middle-class population.

American Indoor Soccer League

The American Indoor Soccer League was a semi-professional indoor soccer league founded in 2003 and folded in 2008.




The Rebels were founded in 2002 and played in the Chicago Latin American Soccer Association where they won 4 straight titles.

The Rebels renamed themselves the Northern Illinois Rebels because of playing in a national league. The Rebels were one of the two new teams to join the AISL in 2007. They played at the Lake County Sports Center in Waukegan, Illinois. The Rebels ended their first and only season in the AISL with 3 wins (9 points) and 10 loses.

Waukegan Lightning

In late 2008, the Rebels took on a new name and said they would "picking up where the Northern Illinois Rebels of the AISL left off." [1]


2003–2004CLASALeague Champions
2004–2005CLASALeague Champions
2005–2006CLASALeague Champions
2006–2007CLASALeague Champions
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