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About the ISA

Section 8 Chicago, the Independent Supporters’ Association for the Chicago Fire Soccer Club, encompasses a number of affiliate supporters groups and independent fans. The vision of the ISA is “. . . to unite all Chicago Fire fans, to create a dominant in-stadium force unseen in any American team sport and to establish a home-field advantage whenever the Chicago Fire play.”

The ISA exists to supplement the efforts of independent fans, coordinate between the supporters groups and act as liaison between fans and the Chicago Fire Soccer Club. As a non-profit organization, a board of directors is elected yearly at the Annual General Meeting in February by the assembled supporters.


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Offseason Events & Announcements

Section 8 Chicago New Year's Day Tournament Westmont Ultras #cf97

Annual New Year’s Day Tournament Whether your hangover is cured or you’re still drinking as a result of the 2016 season, s8c has a number of events planned this offseason.  Most notably will be the 2017 New Year’s Day Tournament.  The 5th annual tournament will occur on New Year’s Day starting at 5:00pm.  The board is happy to announce that we are bringing […]

WHOSE HOUSE? Sean Johnson wins Supporters’ Player of the Year Award

Sean Johnson Section 8 Chicago Supporters Player of the Year #cf97

On Saturday, Sean Johnson accepted the Supporters’ Player of the Year Award (SPOY) at an event hosted specifically for him at The Globe Pub. Each year Section 8 Chicago ISA donates $1000 in that player’s name to a charity of their choice. Johnson asked that we make this year’s SPOY donation to Matt Lampson’s LampStrong Foundation. If you missed Saturday’s event, […]

VOTE! 2016 Supporters’ Player of the Year

SPOY 2016 #cf97

Let’s just get this out of the way early: 2016 has been another tough season for Chicago Fire players and fans. That said, who ya got? Which player worked hard and never quit? Who rose above the fray to make your hair stand on end and dream of the possibilities of better times? Our club’s creed is “Tradition, Honor, Passion”: […]

The Quest for Lemonade

Parker's Lemonade Stand #cf97

This Sunday my son Parker is hosting his annual lemonade stand. A project that started as a simple idea to teach him that there are ways to earn “his own money.” Parker like many young children wanted “some more toys.” My wife told him that he would need to get rid of some toys before that happened. He was aghast […]

US Open Cup Semifinal Ticket Information #S8OT

Open Cup or Bust #cf97

The ISA is happy to announce for the second straight US Open Cup semifinal, the Chicago Fire will graciously buy match tickets for all fans who are making the trip.  As a result of the Fire picking up the tickets, the ISA is doing a special one off, Pub to Pitch On Tour.  We will be running a roundtrip bus from […]

Rock Against Racism 2016

Rock Against Racism V

A note of thanks from Rock Against Racism emcee and planner Alfredo Gomez: Rock Against Racism V (RAR) is in the books, and it was a smash. We raised more money than we have in past years totaling  $1,700, which we donated to Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. Thank you to everyone who donated by buying beer or a t-shirt. In […]

GameDay Roundup: A Packed Weekend, Including Rock Against Racism!

Section 8 Chicago Timbers Army Tailgate #cf97 #rctid

It’s a holiday weekend, and the Timbers Army is coming to town. With a big group coming from PDX, we’re hoping to welcome them in style before taking their three points. Join us Friday evening for a special welcome party at the Globe Pub at 7 p.m. to kick off your three-day weekend right. Then Saturday night, the Fire face off […]

Volunteer Opportunities, June 4

Section 8 Chicago Volunteer #cf97

The 2016 Section 8 Chicago board wants to welcome and encourage the community to come out and volunteer on June 4, 2016 with two exciting opportunities. First, S8C sponsored a team in Urban Initiatives’ 2016 Work to Play Cup.  The event happens from 9:00am – 2:00pm on the historic Midway Plaisance.  This event hosts over 1,400 K-8th grade students from […]

GameDay Roundup: Make the Eagles Scream

#cf97 Chicago Fire Section 8 Chicago The Harlem End

Before we get into it with the matchday roundup, with our next opponent being DC United, we want to reiterate our support for District Ultras and Matt Parsons and join our fellow supporters around North America in calling for the sanctions against Parsons to be lifted immediately. For more on Parsons’ ban and MLS’s disconcerting pattern of marketing itself with images of […]

GameDay Roundup: Say No to Drogbas

Chicago Fire supporters Section 8 Chicago The Harlem End #cf97

“Des Plaines, Marquette & DuSable too. Chicago parle mieux français que vous!”  If there’s Francophone jokes to be had, you know that can only mean Montreal is coming to town, and first and foremost, we would like to thank our adversaries from Quebec for humiliating that Yellow F***ing Team last week and continuing their winless streak. To be honest, that was one […]