National Talent Center

A Residential Training Week For Advanced Soccer Players (U10-U18yrs)
Sunday July 7th - Friday July 12th Including an MLS Chicago Fire Game day Experience


National Talent Center Information

The Chicago Fire National Talent Center (NTC) presents a fantastic opportunity for advanced soccer players aged 10 through 18 to participate in an intensive 6-day residential training camp on the campus of Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Illinois.

The NTC is an exclusive residential camp that offers players the opportunity to ‘Train like a Pro to Play like a Pro’ with the Chicago Fire Emerging Talent Program. During the 6 day training camp players will take part in a number of high level training sessions that will enhance individual players’ technical, tactical, physical, and mental attributes, with a particular focus on pre-season training in preparation for the fall season. In addition to field sessions, players take part in theoretical workshops that will give them a real professional experience working on aspects of the game that in a classroom experience. Players will work on a number of different aspects from real game analysis to tactical and formation awareness.

Program Overview

Program Options
  • Full Residential Training Week $750 per player till May 31st. $800 after May 31st.
  • Non Residential Training Week $650 per player till May 31st. $700 after May 31st.

    Non Residential includes meals but not over night accommodation.

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The 6-day residential program will include:
  • Living and practicing on Trinity’s College campus in a professional environment
  • World-class instruction in all areas of the game on and off the field
  • Full Chicago Fire Soccer Club practice uniform
  • Theory workshops covering key aspects of soccer and player development
  • Tour of the Chicago Fire Stadium and the opportunity to meet the players
  • Guest coaches from Fire 1st Team and Academy

Players will get the chance to watch and experience a professional atmosphere with a tour of the Chicago Fires Toyota Park Stadium, watching the first team train and the opportunity to meet some of the players.

Daily Schedule:

7:00-8:30am Breakfast
9:00-9:30am Meet for Bus
9:30-11:00am Practical 1: Technical Ball Mastery
11:30-12:15pm Theory 1: Performance Analysis
12:30-1:30pm Lunch
1:30-2:00pm Down Time
2:00-3:00pm Guest speaker
3:00-3:30pm Meet for Bus
3:30-5:00pm Practical 2: Functional Training
5:00-6:00pm Dinner
6:00-6:30pm Down time
7:00-8:00pm Theory 2: Attacking Principles
8:00-10:00pm Down time/ Research
10:00pm Lights out


MLS Game Day Experience

New to the NTC program this year is the Chicago Fire Game day Experience. This year the Chicago Fire Emerging Talent program is pleased to announce the addition of our MLS Game day experience to our NTC camp. Players who participate in our NTC program will have the opportunity to scrimmage inside the Chicago Fire stadium prior to their home game against the San Jose Earthquakes. In addition to that players will have the opportunity to watch the professional players warm up from the side of the pitch and watch the game from the stands. Prior to the game players will breakdown and analyze the game, learning giving professional feedback on the game they have just experienced. The Chicago Fire Soccer Club staff will be performing and managing all aspects of the training for both male and female athletes. From the advanced curriculum on the field of play to theory classroom sessions off the field, the NTC looks to give players a complete professional soccer experience.

What is ‘Train Like a Pro To Play Like a Pro’?

The Chicago Fire NTC ‘TRAIN LIKE A PRO TO PLAY LIKE A PRO’ curriculum is built on 5 key components:
  • ACTIVATION & DE-ACTIVIATION: Dynamic Warm-ups & Cool-downs
  • Primary Phases which includes the CHAOS THEORY (a high tempo and rhythmic approach to ball mastery & footwork)
  • A main phase which focuses on CORE TACTICS (Dribble, Pass & Shoot)
  • A series of small side games and MATCH SCENARIOS
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About Trinity Christian College
Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Illinois, provides a Christian, liberal arts education to nearly 1,500 students through more than 40 programs of study, various pre-professional programs, two master’s degree programs, and the Adult Studies Accelerated Program. Students also learn through local and global field experience, service projects, and study abroad opportunities. Trinity’s 138-acre wooded, suburban campus is just 30 minutes from Chicago. For more information, visit or call 866.TRIN.4.ME.


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Contact the Emerging Talent Staff

Phone: 708-496-6774

For more information, the office is located at TOYOTA Park, 7000 S Harlem Ave, Bridgeview IL 60455.  The home of Chicago Fire Soccer Club.