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Overview and Philosophy

Our Core Values

Our core values are established directly from the Chicago Fire Soccer Club, meaning not only do Chicago Fire Juniors, players and families live by them, but also the Chicago Fire's front office, 1st team staff & players, Chicago Fire Academy staff, players and families and finally all those involved with the other Fire Juniors clubs in the network. 

This top-down approach allows for the same principles and beliefs to be ingrained into each person attached to the Chicago Fire and Fire Juniors. These core values represent who we are and what it means to be a part of the Chicago Fire Family.



Chicago Fire Juniors West Soccer Club

Chicago Fire Juniors West Soccer Club (CFJ West) operates in Plainfield, IL with a professionally licensed coaching staff. The club has competitive teams from ages 7 to 19 years old that compete in local, state, regional and national level leagues, tournaments, and showcase events. CFJ West holds annual tryouts to evaluate and place players on ability appropriate teams within each players age group.

CFJ West offers various commitment levels including Premier, Select, and Classic. Each level's quantity of training, tournament play, and travel differ with our Premier programming being the most competitive and comprehensive while our Classic program is an intermediate step between recreational play and full travel club soccer. CFJ West's official recreational partner is Plainfield Soccer Association. 


Fire Juniors Mission Statement

To Lead the Evolution of Youth Soccer In the United States.

The VISION of the Fire Juniors

To foster a culture of excellence both on and off the field of play. To create an environment that develops players from grassroots through to college, MLS and National Teams.


What are the Fire Juniors?

The Fire Juniors is the official youth soccer program of the Chicago Fire Soccer Club, currently consisting of 11 clubs nationwide and more than 8,000 travel players and 8,000 recreational players. Each club receives the the support of the Fire's professional club structure while maintaining a local focus that meets the needs of all youth players in the community. The Fire Juniors Network is currently made up of the following clubs;

See more at the CFJ Network Home Page


Why choose the Fire Juniors?

The Fire Juniors is a professionally run organization that produces teams and develops players for consistent high-level competition. The Fire Juniors maintains the infrastructure for player and team development that produces the highest quality player and team results. As part of the Chicago Fire Player Development Program, Fire Juniors players have access to unparalleled opportunities for soccer and personal development -- opportunities that no other club can provide. Youth to professional, top quality leadership and coaching, always ahead of the curve and leading the way in the evolution of youth soccer.

The Fire Juniors believe in the Pyramid of Player Development. From the base of the pyramid, where one finds the greatest number of participants from the recreational and beginning player, to the top of the pyramid, where we find our first division professional player - our program has the capacity to meet every player's goals -- male or female. Our professional coaching staff is equipped to meet every player's developmental needs - from bottom to top. We follow a curriculum that is both age and ability-based and allows the flexibility to accommodate those who are excelling as well as those who need additional help. Because of our soccer club's unique distinction as the first program to follow a professional soccer club model - one club, from youth recreational teams to our elite teams and Academy teams - finally to the ultimate, Major League Soccer's Chicago Fire.


Who are the Chicago Fire?

The Chicago Fire Soccer Club is an American professional soccer club that participates in Major League Soccer. Based in the Chicago suburb of Bridgeview, Illinois, the team was founded October 8, 1997, on the 126th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. In 1998, their inaugural league season, the Fire won the MLS Cup as well as the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup (the "double"). They have also won the 2000, 2003, and 2006 Open Cups. A key feature of the Fire is its complete developmental system consisting of the Chicago Fire Premier (a Premier Development League team and a Super-20 League team), the Chicago Fire Development Academy, Chicago Fire Juniors youth teams and a community based Camps and Training department. The club also administers a charitable community organization, the Chicago Fire Foundation. The official club colors are red and white. Over its history, the Fire has also employed navy blue, sky blue, and black as alternate or accent colors.

Chicago Fire Soccer Club

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