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Boys Fall Tryouts for Spring only teams
Boys Fall Tryouts for Spring only teams

Goal Keeper training will be on Mondays starting August 25th at 28th Ave Fields

5:15-6:15pm U10-U14
6:15-7:15pm U15-U19


Friday's is Striker/GK Training


5:15-6:15pm U10-U14

6:15-7:15pm U15-U19



Welcoming New Club Sponsor
Welcoming New Club Sponsor



OAM/Metro Sports Medicine

Letter from Neathan
Sep 30 2014 - Neathan Gibson



Dear Fire Parents & Players


Welcome to our new MFJ Families and an extended appreciation to our returning families for your continued loyalty and support for our growing Michigan Fire Juniors ‘football’ program!


I would also like to thank everyone for your warm welcome to the MFJ soccer club, THANK YOU! I am excited to have been given this wonderful opportunity to oversee all soccer operations and guide YOUR club to becoming a more professionally run and proud organization. I am equally excited for the opportunity to work with Brian Roberts, Larry Sunderland and Jamie Lyons from Chicago Fire to strengthen and build your club “The Fire Way”.


We had a wonderful start to our season with a successful and efficient tryout process. We are sitting very healthy with 25 boys and 25 girls’ teams.


Our MFJ preseason training for both our girls and boys was also very successful giving our coaches the chance to work with the newly formed teams wrapping up both weeks with a club BBQ and fun games for all to enjoy! We ended preseason at the Quaker Invitational tournament where we gained much recognition and support from the Chicago Fire. With the support of CF we have been able to work on Player Identification programs and already have had multiple boys and girls players (u13-u17) invited to attend the Chicago Fire id Camp. These camps are designed to help the Fire identify players (from within our affiliates – MI, KY, IN, FL, AL, WI) to play at the next level. Our players were treated like professionals from the moment of check-in, housing set up, training session/topics, evaluations and team building activities. Staff (from all Fire club including MFJ Directors) worked alongside one another to help identify players to represent the Chicago Fire at the Disney event in November for the girls and boys teams.


We also celebrated a successful Inaugural Golf Outing a couple of weekends ago! Thank you to everyone who sponsored and attended this fun-filled event. It was a huge success raising money for those who are less fortunate, enabling them to play this beautiful game.



  A few housekeeping items:


  • Winter schedules are being worked on and will be shared once completed. Premier, DA and MRL teams will train at Soccer Zone. All select teams looking to train during the winter will be hearing from your respective coaches.
  • Uniforms look awesome! With the cold weather around the corner to please think of our club colors when purchasing your cold weather gear. If you have bought already not to worry.
  • Next season we will need players to wear Red under red game gear, white under white game gear and blue or black under the blue training gear.


I want to thank you all for your patience with our new uniform change.


Our fields are lined and cut with care! They look awesome! A special thanks to our families who help us with our concessions. Thank you!


I look forward to sharing our success together as we move forward together.


Dress warm! See you folks on the fields!



Yours in Soccer


Neathan Gibson



  • Look for another mailing soon –Coaching and Playing Philosophies
Fall boy tryouts
Sep 29 2014 - Mike Ohlman


To register for tryouts click HERE.




Sparks Player Academy
Jul 23 2014 - Mike Ohlman



Girls Team Camp Starts August 4th

Boys team Camp Starts August 11th

Practices start August 21th


Age 4yrs – 9yrs Practice Tuesday and Thursdays

4-6 yr olds 5:30pm - 6:20pm

7-9 yr olds 6:30pm - 7:20pm

Games on Saturdays

 4-6 yr olds 10:00am – 11:00am

7-9 yr olds 9:00am – 10:00am

NEW!  Team Camp is included for all boys and girls enrolled in the Sparks Soccer Program.  

Sparks Trainers create a fun and challenging environment for beginners.  Sportsmanship, Teamwork, Technical Skill, Motor Development, Rules and Strategies are Emphasized.      

Practice and games located at 6894 28th Ave. Hudsonville, 49426

Players need to bring a ball, soccer clothes, cleats, shin-guards and water. 


The Michigan Fire Juniors Sparks Player Academy Registration is now open. This is a recreational soccer program with an emphasis on player and skills development.  Players, ages 4 to 9  will learn to play from Sparks Director Pat Doyle and his experienced and paid trainers/coaches in a fun and exciting way.  There will be skills and techniques taught that will enable them go on to play soccer at whatever level their ability will take them.  The youth soccer player is the foundation to the continued growth and success of soccer in West Michigan.


No tryouts are necessary

Technical Training Program & Camp
Jul 09 2014 - Mike Ohlman


Michigan Fire Juniors

Technical Training Program – U9-U12 – Fall, 2014


Michigan Fire Juniors Announces TOTAL Technical Hour and Technical Camps for U9-U12 players


NOTE: The Michigan Fire Juniors in our continued commitment to the development of our young players has extended the Technical Training Programs to include U9 players this fall.


The Michigan Fire Juniors is committed to the technical development of every player, and is offering a very unique opportunity for our U9-U12 players of both genders this summer and fall. The program is called the TOTAL (Technical Obsession To Advance Learning) Technical Hour and is offered at our 28th Ave training fields four nights per week, Monday-Thursday from 4pm-5pm each day. This allows our U9-U12 players to get in extra training specific to their technical development before their regular team training.


The Michigan Fire Juniors T.O.T.A.L. (Technical Obsession To Advance Learning) Technical Hour Training Program was recognized at the NSCAA Coaches Convention in January, 2014 as one of ten National “Best Practices.” The NSCAA through their Club Standards Project which the MFJ are participating in, have analyzed over 150 clubs across the United States in a variety of categories and essentially grade clubs in each of these 22 categories. Our T.O.T.A.L. Technical Hour received a Best Practices distinction in our initial Strengths and Weaknesses Analysis from the Club Standards Project, but the project director David Newbery was so impressed with this program, he choose to highlight it in his lecture session at the NSCAA Coaches Convention in Philadelphia last month entitled “A Model Youth Club – Building a Club on Best Practices.”


Chicago Fire Juniors Affiliates Program Director Brian Roberts was present at the NSCAA Convention Presentation and had this to say about this program: “I just want to congratulate Dan and the club on your recent NSCAA award. I sat in the workshop when NSCAA recognized ten youth clubs for outstanding achievement. Each club had a few moments to field questions on their own initiative, the MI Fire Juniors training hour was a very popular topic for discussion. Dan and his team really were a great representation of the Michigan Fire Juniors and the Chicago Fire family as a whole.


David Newbery, the NSCAA Club Standards Project Director said about the Michigan Fire Juniors T.O.T.A.L. Technical Hour, “In now having personally done over 100 Advanced Assessments (in the US and Canada), this is the first club I have seen dedicate this kind of supplemental training program for the technical development of their players. This is truly a unique program, well done Michigan Fire Juniors” 


Technical skills are the foundation of every player’s future, and players simply can NOT touch the ball too often. Most American players do not spend enough time on these necessary skills in team practice or individually on their own, and consequently are often unable to play at the speed the game demands as they advance. Ball Mastery, or Technical Precision is a life-long journey of making the ball do exactly what the player needs under increasing pressure and at every increasing speeds, yet it is the most fundamental and foundational part of every players “tools.”


Technical Training Camp

Mon-Thur, August 18-21, 2014 at 28th Ave Fields


U08-U10 – 9am-10:30pm Space is limited to (40)

U11-U14 – 11am-12:30pm Space is limited to (40)



T.O.T.A.L. Technical Hour

Beginning 1st Tuesday after Labor Day, September 2nd thru Thursday, October 23, 2014

Monday-Thursday – U9-U12, both genders

4pm-5pm at 28th Ave Fields


Players must bring their own soccer ball and water bottle, and must be picked up promptly at 5pm as our trainers will have their own team training immediately following our TOTAL Technical Hour. Thank you for your cooperation.


Technical Drop-Ins may be offered on certain days and times during the fall, so be on the lookout for those along the way!




Neathan Gibson Becomes Executive Director
Apr 28 2014





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Fall tryouts for Boys spring only teams.


U15 Premier & Select


5:00 - 6:30

SoccerZone / Lets Play, Jenison

U16 Premier & Select


6:30 - 8:00

SoccerZone / Lets Play, Jenison

U17 Premier & Select


8:00 - 9:30

SoccerZone / Lets Play, Jenison

U18 Premier & Select


8:00 - 9:30

SoccerZone / Lets Play, Jenison



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