The Chicago Fire Soccer Club today announced the tryout dates for the eight Chicago Fire Juniors clubs throughout Illinois and around the country. Set to begin in Naperville and Highland Park, IL on Sunday, May 16, CFJ sessions will run through June 7.
Part of the fully-integrated Chicago Fire Player Development pyramid, the Chicago Fire Juniors exist as the first step in the pipeline to becoming a professional player. From the CFJ program, recreational players can advance up pyramid to the Chicago Fire Academy, to the Chicago Fire Premier with the goal of reaching the Chicago Fire first team.
Having grown with the additions of clubs in South Chicago, Northwest Indiana and Florida along with the expansion of the CFJ club in Louisiana over the last year, the Chicago Fire Juniors have further expanded their reach with the goal of implementing the Chicago Fire Soccer Club’s philosophy throughout their satellite clubs.
“The Chicago Fire Juniors serves to create an important base for us in our player development system,” said Fire Youth Development Director John Dorn. “We’re proud to have expanded our reach over the last year and look forward to the beginning of tryouts this weekend.”
Tryouts for all eight Chicago Fire Juniors clubs can be found by visiting www.chicago-fire.com/content/fire-juniors or by visiting each club’s website listed below.
Chicago Fire Juniors Hub - http://www.chicagofirejuniors.com
Chicago Fire Juniors North – http://www.chicagofirejuniorsnorth.com
Chicago Fire Juniors South - http://www.chicagofirejuniorssouth.com
Chicago Fire Juniors Florida - http://www.chicagofirejuniorsflorida.com
Chicago Fire Juniors Louisiana - http://www.chicagofirejuniorslouisiana.com
Chicago Fire Juniors Michigan - http://www.westmichiganfire.com
Chicago Fire Juniors Mississippi - http://www.mississippifirejr.com
Chicago Fire Juniors NW Indiana - http://chicagofirejuniorsnwindiana.com
About the Chicago Fire Juniors
Established in 2004 as the official youth soccer club of Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire, the CFJ has since expanded to include branches in Chicago land, Indiana, Michigan, Mississippi and Louisiana. The eight clubs are now a key feature of the Chicago Fire’s Player Development Program and form the base of an integrated Long Term Athlete Development Pyramid. This "Pyramid" creates a progressive developmental structure providing players with the unique opportunity to move from introductory play, competitive play and elite youth play into academy (Fire Academy U16 & U18) and 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. For more information on the on Chicago Fire Juniors contact Brian Roberts on (708) 496 6773 or firstname.lastname@example.org.