2014 Soccer Expo and Chicago FireFest
August 9 at Toyota Park

The Ilinois Youth Soccer Expo is the largest annual soccer-specific Expo in the Midwest and this year we're getting even bigger with our move to Toyota Park. The 23rd annual event will be held Saturday, August 9 from 9am - 4pm. ADMISSION IS FREE

What's New For 2015

Chicago Fire 1st Team Practice
Come watch the Chicago Fire run-through their final preparation for their key MLS-match vs the New York Red Bull that will be played on Sunday night. The Fire 1st team will open their final pre-match training to Expo attendees. There will also be an excluse Expo-ONLY ticket special for the Sunday prime-time match.

Free ODP Clinics
Players born in 2002/2003 can get a sample of what an Illinois ODP training session is like & how it has helped mold some of the top talent to come of out of Illinois over the last 30 years. Registration is limited to 40 Boys & 40 Girls. The Boys session will run from 9am-10am & the Girls from 1pm-2pm.  Pre-Registration is REQUIRED.

Young Sportsmens' Soccer League Scheduling Meeting
To allow their coaches the opportunity to take part in all the coaching workshops that includes field demonstrations and coaching seminars, the YSSL has moved their Fall Scheduling Meeting to Toyota Park as part of the Soccer Expo
. Complete details on the YSSL scheduling meeting can be found here

Autograph Sessions
Chicago Fire
Reigning MLS MVP Mike Magee, MLS Rookie Of The Year Candidate & Illinois ODP Product Harry Ship, starting Goalkeeper Sean Johnson, defender Gonzalo Segares, 1st Assistant Coach & Chicago Fire Legend CJ Brown, and Assistant Coach Clint Mathis will all be signing autgraphs starting starting at 12:45pm.  Players subject to change

Coaching Demonstrations
Illinois Youth Soccer has welcomed some of top National and International coaches to lead field demonstrations to showcase new training techniques for both coaches and players of all levels including US National Team Coaches, English Premier League Coaches, Bundesliga, MLS & more.

Here is the list of coaches who will lead demonstration in 2014

Coach Demonstration Time
Jen Pfeiffer
Illinois Youth Soccer Associate DOC
Youth Goalkeeper Fundamentals 9am
Rafael Amaya
Former MLS Player
Finishing 10am
Rick Flores
Illinois Youth Soccer Director of Coaching
Crossing & Timing Of Runs 11am
Larry Sunderland
Chicago Fire Academy Directors
Playing Out Of The Back 12pm

Tony Jouaux
Chicago Fire Strength & Conditioning Coach

Strength & Conditioning 1pm
Ian Barker
NSCAA Director Of Coaching Education 
Activities To Increase Speed Of Play 2pm
Chicago Fire's Soccer In The Community & Illinois Youth Soccer Staff Grassroots U6/U8 Activities 3:15pm


Vendor & Exhibitor Show
Find the largest collection of soccer merchants under one roof offering great deals on shoes, apparel, equipment, soccer camps and much more. Click here for a list of participating merchants.

The Chicago Fire's FireFest
The Chicago Fire invites all soccer fans to join representatives of the club at the largest annual gathering of soccer supporters in Chicagoland at the Illinois Youth Soccer Expo & Chicago Fire’s FireFest!

The FireFest area will include:

  • Quick Feet – Try out this fully interactive video game that puts all of your touch and ball handling skills to the test.
  • Engine 97 – This convertible cargo van turns into a fully interactive XBOX station on wheels where you can challenge your friends to some fast paced FIFA action!
  • Speedshot – Show us your power by taking a shot on this radar monitored activation and see how fast your strikes clock in at.
  • Target Shot – Small inflatable wall that is used to test ball placement by challenging participants to shot into small target holes.
  • Inflatable Field – 30ft long enclosed “field” inflatable that allows for 3v3 play
  • Soccer Tennis Nets – for anyone to test their skills at soccer tennis
  • Junior Supporters Club – Sign up for the Fire’s official youth fan club to show your pride and earn rewards just for coming to Fire games!
  • Info Booth – Specially discounted tickets for Sunday August 10th’s match against New York Red Bulls available EXCLUSIVELY for Expo attendees
  • Photo Station
  • Poster Making Station
  • Sparky Appearance

Meetings & Seminars
The Illinois Youth Soccer Expo and Chicago FireFest will offer a variety of informative seminars for parents, players, coaches and league administrators including the very popular College Recruitment Seminar, which will give players tips about how to get noticed by college coaches.

2014 Meeting & Seminar Schedule

Presentation Description Location Time
YSSL Scheduling Meeting Required meeting for all YSSL teams to finalize their schedules for the Fall 2014 season Stadium Club Big Room 8am
State Premiership Meeting Meeting for participating Fall State Premiership teams to discuss rules, procedure changes and the 2014 schedule Media Room 9am
Tournament Directors Meeting Required meeting for directors of tournaments that want to be sanctioned by Illinois Youth Soccer for 2015 Stadium Club Small Room 10am
Systems Of Play Presented by Ian Barker, NSCAA Director of Coaching Education.
Interactive discussions on Global Academies, various team formations and shaped and future technical development of players.
Media Room 10:30am
What Is Illinois ODP? Want to know what the Illinois Olympic Development Progam is? Get a complete breakdown of what ODP is and how it has helped develop some of the top talent that has come out of Illinois over the past 30 years. Stadium Club Small Room 12pm
Chicago Fire & Illinois Youth Soccer: A Community Vision A look at the new programs that Illinois Youth Soccer & the Chicago Fire have partnered on and how they will directly impact IYSA-members and the greater soccer community in Illinois Media Room 12pm
Rec League Meeting Meeting for all Illinois Youth Soccer member recreational league. Meeting will cover: Changes for the 2014/15 soccer year, insurance, concussion awareness & protocol and more 2-Star Club 12pm
College Recruitment Seminar Want to play soccer at the college level. This very popular presentation will give you tips on how to get noticed by college coaches. Boy's and girl's soccer players & their parents are encouraged to attend this important presentation by Scholar Athletes USA, the official college recruitment partner of the Chicago Fire & Illinois Youth Soccer Stadium Club Small Room 1pm
Follow Your Dreams Presented by Rafael Amaya, Former MLS Player
A look at Inner City players who continued their path to success by not giving up and examples of how they stayed on track
Media Room 1pm
Evolving US Soccer Education Scott Flood, US Soccer & Coaching Education
A look at all the new changing Coaching Education coureses and the new US Soccer Coaching Platform.
Media Room 2pm
Goalkeeping Seminar Presented by Aron Hyde, Chicago Fire Goalkeeping Coach Media Room




SISL Registration Deadline
Illinois Youth Soccer Expo & Chicago FireFest