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Become An Affiliate


The Fire Juniors is the official affiliate program of the Chicago Fire Football Club, currently consisting of 8 clubs nationwide and more than 5,700 travel players and 5,000 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. 

Built with the goal of raising the standard of youth football in the Midwest, the Fire Juniors strives to achieve excellence on and off the field of play.  As part of the Fire Juniors, boys and girls have access to unparalleled opportunities for football and personal development.


To raise the standard of youth football in the Midwest


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

Contact Us For More Information

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Jamie Lyons

Director, Youth Affiliates

(872) 710-0547

Current Affiliate Network

Our Fire Juniors Network is currently made up of the following clubs;

Chicago Fire Juniors City, Chicago, IL;
Chicago Fire Juniors West, Plainfield, IL;
Chicago Fire Juniors South, Orland Park, IL;
Illinois Fire Juniors, Bloomington/Normal, IL;
Indiana Fire Juniors, Indianapolis, IN;
Indiana Fire Juniors South, Evansville, IN;
Michigan Fire Juniors, Grandville, MI;

Network Opportunities

We are currently assessing opportunities to extend our affiliate program to the following areas;

- Chicagoland Suburbs - North, Northwest, Central
- NW Indiana
- Milwaukee County, WI
- State of Iowa

Benefits to joining our Network

Through the Chicago Fire Football Club and Fire Juniors Network, our youth affiliate clubs benefit from access to unparalleled services and expertise that aim to develop the business and soccer operations of our youth clubs. The opportunities we provide to our affiliates are defined by three key areas;

  • Player Development
  • Club Development and;
  • Branding and Marketing

Through these three areas, we provide a number of opportunities that are further explained below.

Player Development

  • Take advantage of our aligned technical resources, from our Fire Juniors philosophy to age-group specific and seasonal curriculums
  • Technical resources that are integrated digitally through our partnership with The Coaching Manual
  • Identification of elite players who have the ability to potentially play at the Boys Academy (Chicago) or Girls ECNL (Indiana) levels
  • The Emerging Talent Program for elite U11-U14 boys and girls players

Club Development

  • Chicago Fire Core Values - align your club with what we believe in and represent everyday 
  • Increase your revenue - Fire affiliates have on average increased their participation numbers by 10-20% in year one alone
  • Yearly Fire Juniors Summit and Club Visits with Chicago Fire leadership
  • Benefit from a network of tournaments to gain access too - promote your own tournaments to our network of clubs
  • Exclusive discounts and access to our network partners including, The Coaching Manual, College Fit Finder and many more

Branding and Marketing

  • Affiliate with a recognized MLS (national) brand
  • Access to our integrated club messaging to develop your club 'personality' that puts your club on the national map
  • Access our professional marketing services and improve your creative and digital content
  • Social media strategies to best develop your club's online presence

Digital Content Examples