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Overview and Philosophy

Club Overview

MFJ accepts the responsibility of teaching life lessons to our athletes. We are committed to making soccer a pleasant, safe and rewarding experience for everyone involved regardless of age or ability.

Through quality coaching, sound leadership and guidance from Major League Soccer, MFJ will work to become one of the best soccer clubs in the United States of America.

Our travel/competitive program is divided into: Select, Premier, Directors Academy and MRL, Premier and Select. The Select program affords our players temporary breaks in the middle of the season so that they can participate in alternative sports/activities. They also train one day less each week during the (Fall, Winter and Spring) Seasons than the Premier/MRL/DA teams. 

Our Premier players will play/train on a more frequent basis and are on a more aggressive path to playing soccer post High School (College Soccer, Olympic Development, Youth National teams and Professional soccer).

Our program starts at the Under 8 level and progresses through Under 19. For our club we want to push our players to “the next level”. The “next level” may be different for every player.

Players that have consistently proven to be the best in the club have the opportunity to play/train with the Chicago Fire Development Academy (boys) or be selected for the Chicago Fire Affiliate Select teams that compete with and against the best players in our 9 affiliate programs (girls).

Our Competitive Club also offers the following Additional Programs throughout the Select Year:

  • Futsal
  • College recruitment seminars
  • Parent education
  • Holiday training and Summer Camps
  • Competitive tournament and league play
  • College Showcase events
  • Player evaluations 
  • Winter training (Premier, DA, MRL teams)
  • Free extra training opportunities: TOTAL Technical Hour, Friday Night Finishing
  • Access to Chicago Fire games
  • Male and Female ID Camps
  • United States Soccer Federation Nationally licensed coaches

MFJ is proud of its tradition of being a club that develops players to become better soccer players and outstanding citizens. Our coaching staff is consistently evaluated and is licensed by the United States Soccer Federation.

Mission Statement and Vision

The MISSION STATEMENT of the Fire Juniors is-

To provide our youth and their families a safe, fun and development focused environment guided by our professional mentors using soccer as a vehicle to reinforce life values with a vision to 'foster a culture of excellence both on and off the field creating an environment that develops players from the grassroots to excellence'.

The VISION of the Fire Juniors is

“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”.