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NEW! Summer Skills Challenge Camps Registration Now Open

By Ryan C French, 04/26/19, 9:30AM CDT


Competitive testing, prizes, and more!

Summer Skills Challenge Camps

Learn more and register for the Summer Skills Challenge.

Introduction & Program Description

Through the Summer 2019 Chicago Fire Juniors West are introducing a new series of Summer Soccer Skills Challenges.  Different developmental soccer techniques have been identified and an elaborate Skills Analysis & Testing procedure has been designed to educate and investigate the skill levels of our youth soccer players. These sophisticated Skills Analysis & Testing procedures have been constructed specifically for Chicago Fire Juniors players. 

The Skills Analysis & Testing course provides each player with a series of challenges that provide a tangible score for each soccer-specific technical discipline. These collective scores are added together to provide an overall tally of a player’s all-round soccer skills.  This measurable data will provide Chicago Fire Juniors players with confirmation of where they are strong and confident and also provide direction towards a developmental pathway of areas to improve upon. 

Skills Analysis & Testing is used extensively through professional soccer with the Chicago Fire Academy & MLS First Team frequently delivering skills testing procedures.  The Chicago Fire Juniors Emerging Talent Program also utilizes skills testing to add texture to what the coach provides a player in terms of regular feedback. This measurable data is a significant developmental tool for both coach and individual players, acknowledging a player’s strengths and identifying areas that require reinforcement.  These Analysis & Testing procedures are being introduced to all Fire Junior clubs across the network to build depth charts of players within each Chicago Fire Juniors club. 

Grand Prize Giveaway & Rewards

Throughout each Skills Analysis & Testing course accurate data on each player is collected and documented with the top scores being rewarded with a massive prize giveaway.  Each player scoring the highest at every soccer-specific technical discipline will be in the running for top prizes and accolades including Chicago Fire MLS club apparel, club shop souvenirs and match-day tickets to see our mighty Fire first team heroes play at SeatGeek Stadium. 

Daily spot prizes will be awarded for those players demonstrating exceptional ability in accordance with the Chicago Fire Club Core Values of Competitiveness, Discipline, Passion, Gratitude, Integrity, Family & Excellence.  The main ambition is for players to be recognized as age-group leaders in their development of soccer skills and collect the grand prizes because of it. 

A series of six Summer Soccer Skills Challenges have been designed to provide players with a well-rounded and balanced overview of their current technical soccer skill standing.  The series of six Summer Soccer Skills Challenges include…

  • 60 Seconds Juggling Challenge
  • Precision Passing Challenge
  • Dynamic Dribbling Challenge
  • Tactical Turning Challenge
  • 1st Touch Control & Receiving Challenge
  • Sharp Shooting Challenge