Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Will Chicago Fire assist and pay for travel to participate in the combine?
A: No. Participants will pay for any and all airfare, hotel, food and transportation.
Q: Will Chicago Fire assist in securing a visa?
A: No. Chicago Fire will not assist in securing visa for foreign players or provide any invitation letters of any kind.
Q: If I cannot participate but have already registered and paid in full, can I get a refund?
A: All payments are considered final. If a player is injured up to 2 weeks before the event and cannot participate, he can use the payment towards participating in the following years combine. A doctor’s note will be required in order to confirm the injury.
Q: What airport should I use if I am flying?
A: Chicago O’Hare or Chicago Midway are the closest airports.
Q: When do you recommend I arrive into Chicago?
A: If traveling from out-of-state, participants should plan to arrive on Thursday, December 3 in the evening, as the tryout will start as early as 8:00am on the 4th.
Q: When do you recommend I schedule my flight out of Chicago?
A: Flights out of Chicago can be arranged for Saturday, December 5th after 3:00pm.
Q: What is the structure of the combine? Am I guaranteed to play on both days?
A: All participants will be put through a technical session, scrimmages, technical testing and physical testing. Players are expected to be available for up to two (2) hours during their time slot. Selected players will be called back for the second session, which will consist of further scrimmages. Not all players will be selected for Saturday’s session.
Q: What do I need to bring on the day of the combine?
A: On the day of the tryout, all players need to bring an ID that shows proof of age. All participants will have completed the facility waiver and medical waiver when completing the online registration.
Q: If I am not yet 18, may I still participate?
A: No. If you are not 18 by the 1st day of the event, you will not be allowed to participate in the combine.
Q: What does the winner(s) of the combine receive?
A: Winners of the combine will have the opportunity to join the Chicago Fire First Team for preseason training, with the hope of securing a professional contract after further evaluation by the First Team coaching staff.
Q: Has anyone ever been played in combine and been offered a contract?
A: Yes, in 2011, the club signed Pari Pantazopoulos to a professional contract following the combine. Other previous winners – Sam Archer (2012), Freddie Braun (2013) and Bryan Gaul (2014) have gone onto to secure professional contracts at other clubs.