Would you like your son to experience the best soccer camp that Chicago has to offer? Would you like them to receive the next step in their development thanks to the Chicago Fire coaches and experience what being a soccer player requires on a day-to-day basis? All this and more is available at the Chicago Fire Residential Boys Camp !
The Chicago Fire soccer camp aims to offer players the best footballing experience in the Chicago area. It is almost a brand new camp that is up to date with all the latest developments in the world of soccer tactics and training techniques.
The coaches are all highly qualified and with experience coaching advanced players. The objective of this camp is provide the players with the tools they need to take that next step in their development, to improve all facets of their game and, of course, to organise an unforgettable, soccer-filled holiday.
As soccer has grown in the US and as the MLS has grown, more and more clubs have been interested in developing young players, and Chicago Fire is no exception. In fact, Chicago Fire have been a very active club in the past year, going through a redesign and moving to Soldier Field, as well as appointing Raphael Wicky as head coach and Sebastian Pelzer as technical director.
This is a clear sign of intent from the club, and they are chasing success. Wicky used to be the US national youth coach, so he knows the importance of developing young players. The camp will follow the club’s philosophy and methodology, so the soccer program is guaranteed to be well thought out and capable of bringing out the best in players.
Although Chicago Fire has hosted some internationally admired players like World Cup Winner Bastian Schweinsteiger, there is one player who represents the club more than any other: Pitor Nowak. This intense midfielder not only embodied the Chicago Fire fighting spirit, he created it.
He led the club to its early success and was named three times in the MLS All Star Team and the first ever member of the “Ring of Fire”, the club’s hall of fame. All players since him are compared to him, and his legacy lives on in the club, all the way to this soccer camp, where the players will learn the importance of battling for the ball and being a tough player, whilst still being technically and tactically proficient.
This camp is the chance for players to gain a unique insight into how professional soccer players train, and into how Chicago Fire players are coached and it is the best place to experience soccer in all of the Chicago area.
The camp takes place at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. The weather is ideal for both the soccer camp itself and a sightseeing holiday, usually being in the high twenties centigrade. It is perfect for soccer because injuries are made less likely and it is a great temperature for physical development.
Even though there is a lot to do in Chicago, even its suburb of Naperville provides more than enough tourist attractions. The Naper Settlement is a fascinating look into what life was like during pioneer times, with many staff members in costume and character.
The Morton Arboretum is the place to go for nature lovers, with over 4000 plants on display. It is ideal for families, with hiking, driving and cycling trails as well as an interactive children’s playground set in a garden and a maze that can be enjoyed by all members of the family.
Because the camp takes place at the North Central College, this means that almost any sporting facilities that you can think of are located somewhere in the campus. It has a softball field, a baseball field, tennis courts, a heated swimming pool, a gymnasium and much more.
More importantly, there is also a full sized soccer field with two soccer goals that will host the training sessions. It is in close proximity to both the dining halls and the residence halls, and it is a natural grass surface, the best surface for soccer.
For accommodation, players will be staying in double rooms in student accommodation at the college, a short walk away from the dining halls and the soccer fields. Having one roommate gives the campers the chance to make a close friend while still having some privacy. The rooms are all air conditioned, and the campers are responsible for all their pillows, towels and sheets.
All the meals will be had at the Kaufman Dining hall. Nutrition is extremely important for all athletes so to make sure that the campers are receiving enough calories, all meals will be buffet style and all you can eat. Coaches and staff will encourage them to eat healthily but the most important is that they eat enough to develop physically.
Everything that the campers do will be within the North Central College and everything will be within walking distance. This means that there are no security risks since they will always be in the same place where only authorised people are allowed to be, and there will be no need to take public transport, so there is no cause for concern at all.
The Chicago Soccer Camp is packed with soccer, activities and education. It has run once before and the organisers have made sure to learn lessons from the first camp to make the next edition the best that it can be.
Days start early at 7AM which is important to build motivation and instil discipline. The campers then have breakfast and will then usually have a ball mastery session and a training session in the morning. Ball mastery is the chance for the players to work on their technique and control of the ball, and the coaches will teach the players new tricks as well as helping the players perfect their ability.
It will be a maximum of twelve players for every coach which means that each player will have personalised feedback and their progress can be properly monitored throughout the camp. The coaches are all highly qualified and have experience conducting training sessions with top quality players, and will be able to pass on their knowledge to the players.
The training sessions themselves will focus on improving the players tactical understanding of the game as well as various drills like passing and shooting. These will happen twice a day and by the end of the camp, the players will either have noted their own progress or will have the tools with which they will be able to develop themselves.
There will also be workshops and guest speakers so that the campers can be educated on many subjects, from diet to tactics to physical questions. Interactive seminars are the ideal opportunity for the players to learn about soccer from highly qualified coaches with individual support, an opportunity that is not offered at all soccer camps.
The whole camp is based on a simple objective described by the acronym PASS: perform, advise, support and serve. Firstly, Chicago Fire wants to help the campers perform to the best of their abilities Secondly, the coaches are there to advise the players about soccer, nutrition, sleep and any questions the campers could have. Next, they want to support the campers by providing a foundation for improvement. Finally, they want to serve by providing an excellent camp and camp program!
For arrival, campers should aim to get to the camp between 1.30PM and 2.30PM. There is a training session on the first day from 4PM so it is important to arrive at the right time to ensure that you do not miss out on anything.
Address: 30 N Brainard St, Naperville, IL 60540, United States
Closest airport: Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Chicago Midway International Airport
Closest train station: Naperville’s Train Station