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Strikers Soccer Club To Hold Open House For 2019 Season

Apr 30, 2019 01:09PM ● By Hannah Ott

Strikers Fox Valley Soccer Club is located in a 50,000-square-foot training facility in the Western Suburbs of Chicago, on Kirk Road in Geneva.

Geneva - On Thursday, May 2, Strikers Fox Valley Soccer Club is holding a free Open House to showcase its facilities and discuss its 2019 spring season in advance of tryouts. The event will be from 6pm-8pm, at Strikers’ indoor facilities, located at 1000 Kirk Road in Geneva. 

Parents and athletes will be able to tour the 50,000-square-foot facilities, meet coaches and other players, learn about what makes Strikers unique and enjoy refreshments in a fun evening of activities.

Strikers has soccer programs for children and teens of all ages. Over the last three decades, Strikers has become a nationally respected club for soccer excellence in a fun, competitive and family-oriented environment.

“We have the premier developmental program in the TriCities/Fox Valley area, hands down, to help kids be the best soccer players they can be,” said Kevin Ward, Director of Coaching and Player Development for Strikers. “But just as important as that is helping them to be the best people they can be,” continued Ward, “Teaching them to be resilient, to persevere, to excel in the face of adversity. How young people understand these concepts can have a huge impact on their success both on the field and in life.”

Presentations at the Open House will include a discussion of Striker’s developmental program for 4-year-old to 8-year-old kids, and Strikers unique approach for this age group. 

Mike Novotny attributes his success as a player and his growth as a person to Strikers Fox Valley. He played at Strikers for eight years before continuing in college and then professionally. Currently he plays for the Hartford Athletic in the United Soccer League. 

There will also be a discussion of college athletic recruitment. Former Strikers club members routinely become recruited college players, and some go on to play professionally. Whether they play soccer after their teen years or not, all seem to agree that these formative years at Strikers benefits them.

“Not only did it shape me into a great soccer player, but it also taught me about hard work, friendship and drive,” said Janel Schmitt, Strikers player from 1997 through 2007. Trevor Bauer, a former player and now coach with Strikers, agrees, “This philosophy and the family environment that they have successfully created is one that I have not experienced anywhere else."

Strikers teaches “how to be tough but compassionate, and how to be part of a winning team,” says U16-U18 player Miranda Williams. Jaden Collins (2003-2004) adds, “As much as they push you and make you work hard, they make sure everyone is having fun doing it!”

All are welcome to attend the Open House, and no preregistration is necessary.

Tryouts for both boys and girls in various age-group categories, from 7 through 18 (U8 through U19), will be held on May 4-8 and May 18-20. Specific age groups are identified online, at

About Strikers Fox Valley Soccer Club: Strikers Fox Valley Soccer Clubwas founded in 1989 with the mission of building a highly cohesive, competitive, family-oriented environment where players can enjoy soccer from an early age all the way through high school and beyond – learning the best soccer techniques and strategy along with a philosophy and approach designed to build character and help kids be better prepared to embark on any endeavor in life. For more information, visit or call 630-262-0071.

Source: Stephan Perrault and images by Strikers Fox Valley