2011-12 CHICAGO FIRE DEVELOPMENTAL ACADEMY SEASON
ABOUT THE ACADEMY
The launch of the Chicago Fire Academy (CFA) in 2007 was one of the most significant initiatives for the advancement of professional soccer and Major League Soccer in Chicago. The focus of the Academy is to provide high-level player development designed to identify and nurture talented and aspiring youth soccer players in to top professional players. Players aged 15-18 may be part of the Academy. Academy players come from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds and the only criteria for Academy selection will be (a) playing ability & potential, and (b) desire to become a professional athlete. Each player is expected to adhere to a specific set of written expectations as it relates to all aspects of the program including, but not limited to: practice and game commitments, academic performance expectations, personal conduct and athlete development
ACADEMY PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE
-Participation in the Academy will be at no cost to all players.
-Roster of approx 50 boys from 15-18 years of age.
-Players train 3-4 times per week.
-Participate exclusively in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy League as part of a U-16 or U-18 team.
-All aspects of being a professional player will be incorporated into the program, including strength and conditioning, mental preparation, nutritional management, match and video analysis.
-Academy members are eligible for placement on Major League Soccer/Chicago Fire’s Home Grown Talent Identification List. This allows players to be signed directly by the Chicago Fire and not through the MLS SuperDraft where they could be selected by any MLS Team. Players identified on the Home Grown List must be in the Chicago Fire’s Player Development program for a minimum of (2) years and meet minimum training and game requirements.
For more information contact the Chicago Fire Academy Manager
Please click here to learn more about the origins of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy program.