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Tryout Information

MISSED OUR 2018 TRYOUTS?

Missed tryouts and want to play with Florida Fire Juniors?

Enter your info HERE

We take new players throughout the year as space allows. 

For additional information, please contact our Director of Coaching:

Paul Williams  

 doc@floridafirejuniors.com  -  239.227.3534

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Youth Academy (players born 2009-2012) takes players all year.

 Please contact our Academy Director:

Andrew Sanford

 academy.floridafirejuniors@gmail.com  -  239.269.0407

2018/19 PROGRAM INFORMATION

2018-20 UNIFORM PACKAGES


AGE SPECIFIC TRYOUT DATES & TIMES


GIRLS U7 - U19

AGE GROUP DAY 1 DAY 2 DAY 3
U7 (2012) & U8 (2011) Mon. May 7, 6-7pm, Field 3A Wed. May 9, 6-7pm, Field 1A Sat. May 12, 9-10am, Field 1
U9 (2010) & U10 (2009) Mon. May 7, 6-7:30pm, Field 3B Wed. May 9, 6-7:30pm, Field 1B Sat. May 12, 9-10:30am, Field 4
U11 (2008) Mon. May 7, 6-7:30pm, Field 5 Wed. May 9, 6-7:30pm, Field 5 Sat. May 12, 11am-12:30pm, Field 4
U12 (2007) Mon. May 7, 7:30-9pm, Field 5 Thu. May 10, 6-7:30pm, Field 1 Sat. May 12, 11am-12:30pm, Field 5
U13 (2006) Mon. May 7, 6-7:30pm, Field 6 Wed. May 9, 7:30-9pm, Field 1 Sat. May 12, 11am-12:30pm, Field 6
U14 (2005) Mon. May 7, 7:30-9pm, Field 6 Wed. May 9, 7:30-9pm, Field 2 Sat. May 12, 11am-12:30pm, Field 7
U15 (2004) Tue. May 8, 6-7:30pm, Field 3 Thu. May 10, 6-7:30pm, Field 2 Sat. May 12, 1:30-3pm, Field 5
U16 (2003) Mon. May 7, 7:30-9pm, Field 8 Fri. May 11, 6-7:30pm, Field 5 Sat. May 12, 1:30-3pm, Field 6
U17 (2002) Tue. May 8, 7:30-9pm, Field 8 Fri. May 11, 6-7:30pm, Field 6 Sat. May 12, 1:30-3pm, Field 7
U18/U19 (2001/2000) Tue. May 8, 7:30-9pm, Field 3 Fri. May 11, 6-7:30pm, Field 1&2 Sat. May 12, 9-10:30am, Field 5

BOYS U7 - U19

AGE GROUP DAY 1 DAY 2 DAY 3
U7 (2012) & U8 (2011) Mon. May 7, 6-7pm, Field 3A Wed. May 9, 6-7pm, Field 1A Sat. May 12, 9-10:30am, Field 1
U9 (2010) Mon. May 7, 6-7:30pm, Field 4A Wed. May 9, 6-7:30pm, Field 2A Sat. May 12, 9-10:30am, Field 2
U10 (2009) Mon. May 7, 6-7:30pm, Field 4B Wed. May 9, 6-7:30pm, Field 2B Sat. May 12, 9-10:30am, Field 3
U11 (2008) Mon. May 7, 6-7:30pm, Field 1 Wed. May 9, 6-7:30pm, Field 3&4 Sat. May 12, 11am-12:30pm, Field 1
U12 (2007) Mon. May 7, 6-7:30pm, Field 2 Thu. May 10, 6-7:30pm, Field 3 Sat. May 12, 11am-12:30pm, Field 2
U13 (2006) Tue. May 8, 7:30-9pm, Field 1&2 Wed. May 9, 7:30-9pm, Field 3&4 Sat. May 12, 11am-12:30pm, Field 3
U14 (2005) Mon. May 7, 7:30-9pm, Field 1&2 Wed. May 9, 7:30-9pm, Field 6 Sat. May 12, 1:30-3pm, Field 1
U15 (2004) Mon. May 7, 7:30-9pm, Field 3 Thu. May 10, 6-7:30pm, Field 4 Sat. May 12, 1:30-3pm, Field 2
U16 (2003) Mon. May 7, 7:30-9pm, Field 4 Thu. May 10, 7:30-9pm, Field 1 Sat. May 12, 1:30-3pm, Field 3
U17 (2002) Tue. May 8, 6-7:30pm, Field 1 Thu. May 10, 7:30-9pm, Field 3 Sat. May 12, 9-10:30am, Field 6
U18 (2001) Tue. May 8, 6-7:30pm, Field 2 Thu. May 10, 7:30-9pm, Field 2 Sat. May 12, 9-10:30am, Field 7
U19 (2000) Tue. May 8, 6-7:30pm, Field 2 Thu. May 10, 7:30-9pm, Field 4 Sat. May 12, 9-10:30am, Field 8

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION - ID CLINICS


PRE-ACADEMY & ACADEMY ID CLINICS (2009-2012)

Missed our annual ID Clinic and are still interested in playing with Florida Fire Juniors?

We take players year round as space allows.  Please contact our Academy Director:

Andrew Sanford  ||  academy.floridafirejuniors@gmail.com  ||  239.269.0407

FIRST STEPS

  • PLEASE NOTE THAT EVERY PLAYER IS WELCOME TO JOIN OUR ACADEMY.
  • There is no cost for the ID Clinic.
  • The ID Clinics are scheduled by time, field and birth year.
  • All players are encouraged to register prior to the first date of the ID Clinic to avoid delays at the field.
  • Players are advised to attend at least one of the three scheduled clinics listed to insure proper and thorough assessment.
  • Players should wear gym shoes/soccer cleats and shin guards. Bring plenty of water and a soccer ball. (No food).
  • Please check in 30-45 mins prior to the time indicated for your birth year.
  • Players will then receive their Clinic ID number and Pre registration Free T-Shirt.
  • Please ensure that the Player ID number is worn to each session.
  • Players are encouraged to relax throughout the process and have fun!

WHAT TO EXPECT

  • When players arrive at the field the coaching staff will introduce themselves.  Then the players will be encouraged to participate in a typical FFJ Academy practice session which includes warm-up/technical activities and small sided games before scrimmaging.  Throughout this process our coaches will be working and directing the players.
  • At the end of the session the coaches will talk with all the players and parents to give them a brief overview of the program.
  • Registration for the 2018/19 season will be open and available in the main office at the field for parents that want to join the program immediately.
  • This season’s registration fee of $425 for Pre-Academy and $625 for Academy will be honored at this time but will increase by $70 on 6/15/18.  A deposit will be required at this time.

AFTER ASSESSMENTS

  • A Florida Fire Juniors Coach will contact the player's parents/guardians via email with the registration information provide in the tryout registration.
  • The email will contain a link for registration.  Once registration is completed by the parent another email will be sent to order a uniform at Soccer.com.
  • Academy Training will commence on September 5, 2018.
  • Pre-Academy Training will commence on September 5, 2018.
  • All Pre-Academy and Academy training will take place at Veterans Memorial Elementary School, 15960 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Naples, FL 34110 on Monday & Wednesday evenings.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION - TRYOUTS


TRYOUTS (2000-2008)

Missed our annual tryout and are still interested in playing with Florida Fire Juniors?

We take players year round as space allows.  Please contact our Director of Coaching:

Paul Williams  ||  doc@floridafirejuniors.com  ||  239/227.3534

FIRST STEPS

  • All players must register for tryouts prior to the first tryout date.
  • Tryout groups are scheduled by birth year.
  • You are required to attend as many of the three scheduled tryouts listed to insure proper and thorough evaluation.
  • Please arrive 30-45 mins prior to the time indicated for your birth year.
  • Players will need to check-in and receive their tryout number.
  • Players will NOT be allowed on the field without a number.
  • Please ensure that the player’s number is worn to each session.
  • Parents are encouraged to review the program details that are provided at registration or online as it outlines the commitment for each team for the whole season.

 

WHAT TO EXPECT

  • When players arrive at the field the coaching staff will introduce themselves.  Then the players will go through a warm-up/technical activity and small sided games before scrimmaging.  Throughout this process our coaches will be evaluating and monitoring each player.
  • During the session a coach may pull a player to one side to talk with them, this can be for multiple reasons.  Establishing a players preferred position, previous playing history, etc.
  • At the end of the session the coaches will briefly talk with all the players together.  At this point the coaches may want to talk to a few parents to gather further information on a player.
  • A player maybe offered a spot on the team and invited to register for the team before the end of the third tryout session. Registration can be done at the field.
  • Remember if your child is not offered a spot after the first tyrout session this doesn’t mean that your child hasn’t made the team.
  • Players are encouraged to attend the next two tryouts to continue the evaluation process.

AFTER TRYOUTS

  • By May 14th a Florida Fire Juniors Coach will have contacted every parent/guardian over the phone with an offer of a position on a team.  Subject to suitable numbers to form a team.
  • At this point the Coach will need a verbal commitment to secure a position on the team.
  • If a player is not in a position to commit to a team and needs more time to decide, your position will not guaranteed after the call.
  • Once a player commits they will receive an email with a link to register and purchase uniforms.
  • A team meeting will be set up shortly afterwards by the head coach outlining specific details of the coming season.

FLORIDA FIRE JUNIORS PLAYING POLICIES

 

PLAYING UP

All players requesting to play-up must submit a written request via email to the DOC for approval.  If approved, a player must attend at least one tryout at their actual age group.  Tryout 1 should be their actual age group,  Tryout 2 and/or 3 can be at the age group trying out to play up for.  Being approved to try-out up an age group does not guarantee placement within this age group.  For Play Up Consideration, email Paul Williams - doc@floridafirejuniors.com

ROSTER SIZE

The number of players on each team may be a function of the number of players registering for any season and other specific team considerations as determined by the FFJ Technical Staff.

  • U9 to U10 teams play 7v7 and ideally roster 8 - 12 players.
  • U11 and U12 teams play 9v9 and ideally roster 10 - 14 players.
  • U13 and older team’s roster 16- 20 players.

PLAYING TIME

FFJ's Playing Time Philosophy & Guidelines are focused on player development and varying at the specific ages and levels of play:

U9/10

Players will be encouraged to play multiple positions and generally receive equitable playing time in games over the course of the season with a goal of 50% playing time per game.  Note: some roster sizes may not allow exactly 50% for each player per game.

U11/12

Coaches have discretion to field the most competitive team (playing time and position) with a goal of 50% playing time throughout the duration of the entire season, and a minimum of 40% playing time throughout the duration of the entire season, not necessarily within a single game.  When and where a player plays is strictly up to the coach and playing time and positions may vary from game to game.

U13-19

Coaches have discretion to field the most competitive team (playing time and position) with a goal of 50% playing time throughout the duration of the entire season, and a minimum of 30% playing time throughout the duration of the entire season, not necessarily within a single game.  When and where a player plays is strictly up to the coach and playing time and positions may vary from game to game.  Playing time may be reduced for reasons such as the following: missing or disrupting practices, tardiness to practice, failure to notify coaches in advance regarding absences from practices or games, failure to follow coach’s direction.

CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

Team declaration for playing in the Championship Series will be made by the end of the year based on the team’s progress and evaluation during the season determined by the Technical Staff.  E.g. If the Technical Staff deem that a Premier Team is better suited to play in President Cup and not State Cup that will be where the team will be entered.

Premier Teams:  State and President's Cup

Red Teams:  Commissioner's and President's Cup

White and Select Teams:  President's Cup or Commissioner's Cup

Why the Florida Fire Juniors?

The Florida Fire Juniors, "YOUR HOMETOWN SOCCER CLUB' located in Naples, FL, is a first class professionally run organization that will produce teams who will consistently compete at the highest level and consistently develop players who play at the highest levels. The Florida Fire Juniors maintains the infrastructure for player and team development that produces the highest quality player and team results. As part of the Chicago Fire Player Development Program, Florida Fire Juniors players have access to unparalleled opportunities for soccer development…opportunities that no other club can provide. Youth to professional, top quality leadership and coaching, always ahead of the curve and leading the way.

A professional Major League Soccer approach with a local focus:
Florida Fire Juniors are supported by a professional MLS structure while maintaining a local focus that meets the needs of youth players in the community. As part of the Chicago Fire Player Development Program, Florida Fire Juniors players (boys and girls) have access to unparalleled opportunities for soccer development. The Fire Juniors network includes youth soccer clubs in City, South and West Chicago, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky, Louisiana and Florida. Visit www.firejuniors.com and www.floridafirejuniors.com to learn more...

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The Florida Fire Juniors is the official youth club affiliate of the Chicago Fire Major League Soccer Club and officially sponsored by Germain BMW of Naples.