Q. When was Ajax
F. C. Chicago founded?
The Club was founded in August, 1996, by
President and Head Coach, Dragan Pavlovic. Ajax
started with just 2 Boys teams and now has 11
teams, 7 boys' teams and 4 girls' teams. The
Girls Program began in Spring 2000. Dragan
started the Club to offer talented, committed
players an opportunity to join a premier Club in
the Western Suburbs of Chicago.
Q. What makes
Ajax uses professional, licensed coaches and
trainers on all teams, giving the teams a
consistent style of play. Parents are involved
exclusively in Administrative roles.
Q. What is the
Club's style of play?
Ajax teams play possession or ball control
soccer, utilizing passing as the key to
successful tactical execution. The Coaches
utilize a positive coaching style to maximize
Q. What is
expected of the Ajax player?
Players make a full year commitment to Ajax and
their teams. Players are expected to attend all
practices, both outdoor and indoor, have a
positive attitude, and work hard.
Q. Where are
Ajax leases its playing fields from the
Naperville Park District which assigns fields at
the beginning of every season. The fields are
located throughout Naperville and are subject to
change every season. The club announces field
locations as soon as they are available.
Q. How long are
practices and what does a typical practice
Teams train 2-3 times per week, each session
lasting 1-1┌2 hours. The practice schedule for
each team does not change during a playing
season, unless canceled for weather reasons or a
rescheduled game. Training sessions consist of a
warm-up, skill work, tactical work, shooting,
scrimmaging, and conditioning.
Q. When/where are
the games played?
League games are played on Saturdays or Sundays,
depending on the League. The Naperville Park
District assigns the Ajax Home Field site and
home field locations vary by season. Away games
may be as close as another Naperville location
or as far away as 1 1┌2 hours.
Q. What Leagues
do the teams play in?
Ajax seeks to
place its teams in competitively compatible
leagues and playing divisions. Boys' teams play
in either NISL or YSSL while the Girls Teams
play in the IWSL. Ajax teams play in the highest
divisions of all three leagues.
Q. How many teams
are there at each age level?
There is only 1 team at each age level.
Currently the boys' roster includes: Boys U-10,
U-12, U-13, U-14, U-15, U-16 and U-18. The
girls' roster includes: Girls U-9, U-10, U-16
Q. How much are
Ajax fees are all inclusive, annual fees. Fees
vary by team and every team is self-funding.
Team costs are calculated and amortized over the
number of rostered players. Fees include
Administrative Costs (19%), Training and
Coaching Costs (50%) and Team Costs (31%). Fees
cover Outdoor and Indoor Seasons and Tournament
entry costs. Fees are nonrefundable.
Q. When will I
have to pay the fees?
receive an offer, they are given a 7-day
acceptance period, at which time parents are
asked to make a financial commitment to the
Club. The fee balance is spread over a 4-6 month
period and parents receive payment coupons to
Q. Do the fees
include uniform costs?
No. The uniform
includes 1 pair of Adidas shorts, 1 Adidas
jersey, 3 T-shirts and 1 pair of socks. Uniform
costs vary from $70-$175 depending on the number
of optional uniform items purchased. Ajax uses
Soccer 2000 as its uniform provider.
Q. What is the
All teams train 2
times per week indoors at various area school
gyms and/or the Odeum. Teams also play in
competitively compatible indoor Leagues. Player
fees include indoor training and league costs
and players are expected to participate.
Q. Does the Club
offer Summer activities?
Players are given the month of July to
participate in soccer activities of their
choice. Some teams play in summer tournaments.
All teams have Summer Team Camps in August to
prepare for the start of the Fall Season.