Chicago Fire Juniors Launch CFJ-Florida

The Chicago Fire Soccer Club today announced the addition of the Chicago Fire Juniors Florida to the club’s player development system. Established to serve the Southwest Florida soccer market, CFJ-Florida becomes the eighth Fire Juniors satellite program outside of the hub in Naperville, IL and the third CFJ club to compete in the United Soccer Leagues Super-Y League.

CFJ-Florida comes together with the union of Florida Premier Soccer Club, Gulf Coast Soccer Academy and Southwest Florida United Soccer Academy and will begin placing teams in the U13, U15, and U17 divisions of the USL Super Y-League in 2011.

“We’re excited to bring the Chicago Fire program to this area,” said CFJ-Florida Executive Director Mark Prizant. “Our coaches look forward to working with the best players throughout the region and we view this program as the best way to establish new and strong pathways to professional soccer in Southwest Florida.”

“We’re ecstatic to welcome another extension of our club in Southwest Florida,” said Chicago Fire Director of Player Development John Dorn. “We view the region as an excellent growth market which provides unlimited opportunities both in terms of player development and the added benefit of another warm-weather market for our elite teams to visit during the winter months here in Chicago. Our hope is that an initiative like this brings together as many great soccer entities in the area as possible.”

Tryout information for CFJ-Florida will be forthcoming in the next few weeks. Please stay tuned to for more information relating to the newest Chicago Fire Juniors club.

About the Chicago Fire Juniors

Established in 2004 as the official youth soccer club of Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire, the Chicago Fire Juniors have 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 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 (PDL, NPSL, Super-20) – 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 Chicago Fire Juniors contact Brian Roberts at (708) 496 6773 or