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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I sign-up?
Why Little Sparks?
How do I become a Little Sparks member?
What should I expect at a Little Sparks session?
Who are the coaches for Little Sparks?
What does my child need for class?
How many children are in each class?
Can I join a class in the middle of a session?
Can I drop my child off for class and leave?
Can I register for just one class?
Who can I contact if I have more questions about Little Sparks?

 

 

How do I sign-up?

 

 

Simple! You can register online on our Chicago Fire website: www.chicago-fire.com/youth/sitc/little-sparks/locations. Here you will find a list of all our current programs and locations. Payment is required at the time of booking and a registration form must also be completed. You will receive confirmation of your payment and your enrollment within your selected Little Sparks session.

Why Little Sparks?

Little Sparks is Chicago Fire’s official intro to soccer program, led by trained and certified Chicago Fire coaches. Little Sparks delivers a specially and appropriately designed, soccer curriculum, working towards key learning and development outcomes while providing a safe, nurturing environment for children to learn and grow through the game of soccer.

Parents play too!

Little Sparks is unique in that it incorporates mom and dad into the child’s learning. With the support of mom and dad, children are able to be truly comfortable and express themselves in order to maximize each session. This experience will not only strengthen the parent-child bond, but also elevate each child’s enjoyment and development.

How do I become a Little Sparks member?

Little Sparks offers a very unique opportunity to children to join the Fire team. This membership is just $25 and includes:

  • Player jersey
  • Parent jersey
  • Soccer ball
  • 10% discount
  • Junior Supporters Club membership
  • Special ticket offers
  • Monthly e-newsletter
  • Exclusive player autograph sessions
  • And much more!

What should I expect at a Little Sparks session?

A Little Sparks session will follow these core guidelines:

  1. Kick Start (10 min) – Introduction to key movement objectives
  2. Imaginative Story (15 min) – A themed story will lead children through activities using the ball
  3. Imaginative Play (10 min) – Children play and interact freely in a safe and inclusive environment
  4. Goals, Goals, Goals (10 min) – Coach provides a wide variety of scoring opportunities

5.Final Whistle (10 min) – Opportunity to reflect on experiences and leave with a smile

Who are the coaches for Little Sparks?

All of our coaches are internationally qualified and experienced with specialist knowledge in working and teaching younger children through soccer. Every soccer coach is carefully selected and goes through a comprehensive background check to ensure child safety.

What does my child need for class?

We ask that all participants wear comfortable clothes and some form of closed toe shoe, including tennis shoes, indoor soccer shoes, or cleats. In addition, we ask that each participant has a filled water bottle to hydrate.

Children are more than welcome to wear shin guards if they wish. They can also use their own soccer ball if they would like, however we will have enough soccer balls for each participant.

How many children are in each class?

We do our best to maintain a 10:1 player to coach ratio in all classes, however this number may go up to 12 in special scenarios.

Can I join a class in the middle of a session?

Yes, we do allow participants to enter in the middle of a session.

Can I drop my child off for class and leave?

The Little Sparks experience is heavily influenced by the parent being at their child’s side, which is why we highly encourage the parents participate. However, if parents can’t attend for any reason please inform the coach on the day of class.

Can I register for just one class?

No, we do not do single session sign ups. Our sessions typically run in 4, 6, or 8 week blocks.

Who can I contact if I have more questions about Little Sparks?

Please email us at sitc@chicago-fire.com or call 708-496-6771