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Chicago Fire Emerging Talent Program

The Emerging Talent Program (ETP) is defined as  a series of player and team development initiatives designed to meet the attitudes, desires, and aspirations of today’s top talent across the entire Chicago Fire  youth development network.  
ETP is supplementary and in addition to a player's existing club provision and includes four programs: 
- Elite ID Camp;
- Fire Juniors Elite Teams;
- Generation Red and; 
- International Soccer Tours.

Evan Kirkenmeier

Chicago Fire Youth Development

Phone: (708) 496-6647

Who can take part in the Chicago Fire Emerging Talent Program?

Program What Clubs? Gender 2006 2005 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001
Elite ID Camp ALL Fire Jrs clubs Boys & Girls * * * * * * *
Fire Juniors Elite Teams ALL Fire Jrs clubs Boys & Girls * * * * * * *
Generation Red CHI Fire Jrs clubs Boys & Girls * * *

Elite ID Program

Chicago Fire Juniors ELITE ID PROGRAM  includes a collection of 'all-star' teams of players from all local CFJ Clubs and Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, & Michigan. A focus of this program is to identify ‘emerging talent’  from across the Fire Juniors Club network, placing them in a training camp environment, and selecting players to represent Fire Juniors Elite SC teams in national youth tournaments.  

Features include:
    - ID Camp to identify players via a 4-day residential (invite only) Girls- Sunday, July 29th- Wednesday, August 1st; Boys- Wednesday, Aug. 1st- Saturday, Aug. 4th.
    - Disney Juniors  Showcase  Tournament (FL) for 2004, 2005 and 2006 boys & girls in November and December 2017;
    - Mayors Cup International Tournament (NV)/ PDT (AZ) for 2001, 2002 and 2003 boys & girls, respectively, in February 2018.

Chicago Fire Preparatory Academy

A clear focus of the PREPARATORY ACADEMY is to technically and tactically prepare CFJ players for the Chicago Fire Academy. Aimed at 2004 to 2011 boys, pre-academy events allow academy coaching staff to monitor and evaluate CFJ player performance. The Pre- Academy is age specific and includes Fire Festival for 2009, 2010 and 2011 Boys and Centers of Excellence for  2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 Boys.

Features Include:

-Soccer Fire Festival at Toyota Park for 2009, 2010 and 2011 Boys;

-Centers of Excellence & Academy Games for 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 Boys.

Girls Premier Program

The Chicago Fire Juniors GIRLS PREMIER PROGRAM is a project aimed at raising the standard of female soccer across the Chicago based Fire Juniors youth club network. The 'premier' program is in additional to player club practices and games.The Girls Premier is age specific and includes Fire Festival for 2009, 2010 and 2011 Girls and Centers of Excellence for 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 Girls.

Features includes:

    -Soccer Fire Festival at Toyota Park for 2009, 2010 and 2011 Girls;

    -Centers of Excellence and Competitive Games for 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 Girls.

Generation Red

Chicago Fire Juniors GENERATION RED is a number of 'all-star'  high school aged teams comprised of elite players from the 4 Fire Juniors youth soccer clubs based in Chicago (City, Gold, South & West). A focus of this program is to create competitive boys and girls teams to compete in signature college showcase tournament events

Features includes:
    -Camp to identify players (Invite only) in August (girls) and November (boys);
    -Indoor and Outdoor Practices;
    -College Showcase tournament competition.

Wisconsin Fire

Launched in August 2013, the WISCONSIN FIRE is a elite player development program which includes 'all-star' teams of players from 11 Wisconsin based youth clubs.

Features includes:
    -Camp to identify players (invite only) in July or August;
    -Indoor and Outdoor Practices in Fall & Winter;
    -Signature tournament competition in Winter.