Who are the Chicago Fire Juniors?
Established in 2004 as the official youth soccer club of Major League Soccer's Chicago Fire, the Chicago Fire Juniors are the only professionaly based youth soccer club in the United States. The Chicago Fire Juniors are part of the Chicago Fire (MLS) Player Development Program and are an integral piece of the Player Development Pyramid. This "Pyramid" creates a progressive developmental structure providing players the opportunity to move from introductory play, competitive play and elite youth play into professional development programs
(Super 20, NPSL, PDL) - finally, onto the Fire MLS team. The Chicago Fire Juniors, in association with the Chicago Red Eleven of the women's W-League, replicate the Player Development Pyramid for females by providing young ladies the opportunity to play at a high level.
Chicago Fire Juniors Philosophy
The Chicago Fire Juniors believe in the Pyramid of Player Development. From the base of the pyramid, where one finds the greatest number of participants from the recreational player and beginning player, to the top of the pyramid, where we find our first division professional player - our program has the capacity to meet every player's goals…male or female. Our professional coaching staff is equipped to meet every player's developmental needs - from bottom to top. We follow a curriculum that is both age and ability based and allows the flexibility to accommodate those who are excelling as well as those who need additional help. Because of our soccer club's unique distinction as the first program to follow a professional soccer club model - one club, from youth recreational teams to our elite teams and Academy teams - finally to the ultimate, the MLS's Chicago Fire (men) or the W-League’s Chicago Gaels (women) - there is no other club in the United States that is committed to player development from bottom to top.
The Chicago Fire Soccer Club continues to invest in its Player Development Program and has a vision to grow youth soccer in Chicagoland and across five different states. As part of this measure we are standardizing our practices and centralizing our Academy and Juniors programs out of Toyota Park to provide youth soccer players greater access to a professional environment. We continue to work with our affiliates to make sure that each affiliate club is in accordance with Chicago Fire Soccer Club standards.
Chicago Fire Juniors North has been recognized as the model for standardization for all Chicago area CFJ affiliations and will continue to be an integral part of our player development initiatives.
Why the Chicago Fire Juniors North?
The Chicago Fire Juniors North is a first class professionally run organization that produces teams who consistently compete at the highest level and consistently develops players who play at the highest level. The Chicago Fire Juniors maintains the infrastructure for player and team development that produces the highest quality player and team results. As part of the Chicago Fire Player Development Program, Fire Juniors players have access to unparalleled opportunities for soccer development…opportunities that no other club can provide. Youth to professional, top quality leadership and coaching, always ahead of the curve and leading the way…