The seventh annual Fire Invitational was held from Aug. 23-25 at the Libertyville Township Soccer Complex in Libertyville, IL. 164 teams from 23 clubs across the region participated in three days of competition, traveling from across the state with representatives from Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, and Wisconsin.
For many, this tournament kicked off the fall season and allowed teams the opportunity to see where they stand in their division and as a team as the season begins.
- Gallery | The 2019 Fire Invitational in photos
“This was a very productive pre-season event for us," Ryan French, executive director of Chicago Fire Juniors North Shore, said. "Each team was able to receive competitive game minutes and begin to work on how they'll play during the season this year…It was a well-organized event made even more enjoyable with this year's excellent weather.”
The 2019 tournament saw the introduction of Finals for all 9U-14U divisions, which made for exciting games on Sunday afternoon as teams competed to be champions of their age groups and divisions. All 15U-19U divisions continued as a showcase format with all teams playing three games.
Outside of the competitive games, participants and families had the opportunity to enjoy the FireFest area, which included an array of games and prizes presented by tournament sponsors including Barilla, Meijer and Adidas. Players also had the chance to challenge the Chicago Fire’s very own eMLS player, Enrique Espinoza, to a game of EA Sports' FIFA and meet the Fire’s mascot, Sparky.
The Fire would like to thank all the clubs and teams that participated in the seventh annual Fire Invitational and congratulate all of the Champions and Finalists (listed below). Additional thanks to the weekend's 80+ volunteers as well as NovaCare and the support of their athletic trainers.
|9U/10U Boys||Champion||Finalist||9U/10U Girls||Champion||Finalist|
|Premier||CFJ South||CFJ West||Premier||MI Fire Juniors||CFJ West|
|Championship||IL Fire Juniors||CFJ City|
|1st Division||CFJ West||GLSA FC 1974|
|11U Boys||Champion||Finalist||11U Girls||Champion||Finalist|
|Premier||CFJ City||CFJ South||Premier||CFJ South||CFJ West|
|Championship||CFJ City||Croatian Eagles||Championship||North Shore Utd||Lou Fusz|
|1st Division||Crystal Lake Force||GLSA FC 1974|
|12U Boys||Champion||Finalist||12U Girls||Champion||Finalist|
|Premier||CFJ City||CFJ South||Premier||GLSA FC 1974||Kixx United|
|Championship||IL Fire Juniors||CFJ West||Championship||Lou Fusz||North Shore Utd|
|1st Division||Rush Wisconsin||CFJ South|
|13U Boys||Champion||Finalist||13U Girls||Champion||Finalist|
|Premier||Croatian Eagles||GLSA FC 1974||Premier||Indiana Fire ECNL||Polonia SC|
|Championship||CFJ North Shore||GLSA FC 1974||Championship||IN Fire Juniors||CFJ City|
|1st Division||CFJ West||IL Fire Juniors||1st Division||CFJ South||Legion FC|
|14U/15U Boys||Champion||Finalist||14U Girls||Champion||Finalist|
|Premier||GLSA FC 1974||CFJ City||Premier||CFJ South||GLSA FC 1974|
|Championship||IL Fire Juniors||Rush Wisconsin||Championship||KiXX United||IL Fire Juniors|
|1st Division||GLSA FC 1974||CFJ South|