Press Release

Chicago Fire Soccer Club Announces Formation of Illinois Fire Juniors

Fire Juniors

CHICAGO(March 2, 2017) – The Chicago Fire Soccer Club announced Thursday a strategic partnership with Bloomington-Normal’s largest travel and recreational clubs, the Illinois Fusion Soccer Club and Prairie Cities Soccer League, which will merge to become the Illinois Fire Juniors.

Beginning this summer, the Illinois Fusion will be rebranded as Illinois Fire Juniors and provide more than 550 players with continued high-level, yet affordable soccer programming and additional expanded opportunities. The Prairie Cities Soccer League will retain their current branding and operations but will also receive access to new training and player development opportunities for the 1,700 players currently in their recreational league.

Through this partnership, the new Illinois Fire Juniors players will be provided with methodology, professionally developed to build the technical level of the player while increasing the individual’s knowledge of the game.

“Adding Illinois Fire Juniors to the club network is a very important step in the evolution of our programming within the state of Illinois," said Paul Cadwell, Senior Director of Youth Development. "We look forward to building our presence with players, coaches and parents within the Bloomington-Normal community."

Illinois Fire Juniors become the 11th Juniors club in the Fire network that currently spans six states with clubs in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana and Michigan. More than 16,000 players represented the Fire Juniors during the 2015-16 season.

Additional information on the Fire Juniors can be found at