Located in the northern suburbs of Chicago, F.C. Mirage is a youth soccer club located between the villages of Glenview, Golf, Morton Grove and Wilmette. Our team rosters are comprised of players from the above villages as well as Chicago, Northbrook and Skokie. F.C. Mirage was established in June 2012 from the closing of Mirage Soccer Club. After the passing of MSC Founder and Director of Coaching, Sead “Seyo” Galijasevic, his son Igor founded a new club to carry on his father’s soccer philosophy which had served Mirage Soccer Club since 2005 and cemented the club’s reputation as a respected and successful youth soccer club in the North Shore.
F.C. Mirage as a youth soccer club boasts an environment similar to a smaller university when compared to larger schools. We do not have enormous soccer complexes or multiple teams at each age group, classified by names to create the appearance that all teams receive the same amount of attention and effort as the top teams at each age group. We know all of our players’ names, strengths, weaknesses, and focus on what they need to work consistently develop as athletes, individuals and soccer players. We pride ourselves on maintaining a family oriented soccer experience for every player and have grown annually as a club through our reputation as a competitive and welcoming environment for young athletes and their families.
Success a youth levels aside we are proud of the fact that in our relatively short history, 85-100% of each generation of Mirage teams make make their respective highs school teams their freshman year. Glenbrook South High School in Glenview (for which Mirage is not considered a youth soccer “feeder system”) from 2010-13 featured twelve Mirage players in their varsity team lineup. Nine of the boys were varsity starters, one received a four year soccer scholarship to play at DePaul University in Chicago (first time in 20 years that a player from Glenview made it to Division 1 College Soccer), and one “walked-on” to the Notre Dame men’s team as a Sophomore.
In 2014, all of the members of the first Mirage girls team made their respective high school teams at GBS, Loyola Academy, and Taft High School in Chicago. From 2012 until the present, F.C. Mirage alumni have featured in the varsity starting lineups of various area schools like GBS, New Trier, Loyola, Christian Heritage Academy, and Highland Park. Players on the current U16 boys team featured on the GBS Freshmen A & B teams. As our club has grown in size the past few years, we are expecting larger turnouts of Mirage players within the GBS, New Trier, and Loyola school soccer systems for the upcoming seasons.
At F.C. Mirage we enjoy working closely with all of our teams and strive to provide an environment for all of our players to develop as soccer players and people. In addition to the annual program, F.C. Mirage offers summer camps and winter clinics in the off season for players to continue honing their skills. Competitively, our teams maintain strong records in their respective divisions, local/out of state tournaments, and every year we collectively work to become more competitive, innovative and successful as a soccer club while maintaining our core values.
- To provide an environment to engage, challenge and inspire young athletes, regardless of previous experience, to reach their highest level in the sport of soccer;
- To provide an environment where young soccer players build character through the development of important life skills such as time management, responsibility, resilience, sportsmanship, work ethic and teamwork;
- To provide an environment where open honest communication between coaches, players and parents is encouraged;
- To provide a structure and environment where winning is important but player development is THE priority;
- To create an environment that facilitates the growth of the sport of soccer and fosters a love of the game.
F.C. Mirage – Mind, heart and confidence through teamwork.