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Pyramid of Player Development
The Fire Juniors is the official youth soccer club of the Chicago Fire and is the first long term athlete development program of its kind in Major League Soccer. The Fire Juniors create a true player ‘pyramid’ from the beginning recreational player to the professional level and consists of a total of 8 clubs nationwide, including Louisville, Kentucky.
Fire Juniors are currently ranked as THE #4 BOYS YOUTH SOCCER club in the US by Soccer America:
- The club was represented at all major national soccer tournaments for both boys and girls in 2011, including Dallas Cup, Disney Showcase, President’s Day Cup, CASL Shoot Out, Final 4 Showcase, Orange Showcase, Score at the Shore, US Club Regional’s and Nationals, and USYS Regional’s and Nationals.
- Recognized as one of the top coaching staffs in the country. Staff includes USSF ‘A’ or ‘B’ licensed coaches, Premier Development League professional coaches, former collegiate men’s and women’s coaches, former and current professional players.
Who are the Fire Juniors?
First established in 2004 as the official youth soccer club of Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire, the Fire Juniors are the only professionally based network of youth soccer clubs in the United States. The Chicago Fire Juniors are part of the Chicago Fire (MLS) Player Development Program and are an integral piece of the Player Development Pyramid. This "Pyramid" creates a progressive developmental structure providing players with an opportunity to move from introductory, competitive and elite youth play into professional academy formats (Fire Academy U14, U16, U18) and professional development programs (Super 20, NPSL, PDL) – finally, onto the Fire MLS team.
With a mission to ‘lead the evolution of youth soccer’ and vision to ‘foster a culture of excellence both on and off the field of play and create an environment that develops players from grassroots to excellence’.