How Soccer in the US is organized!

October 16, 2017International, Professional, Amateur, Collegiate & Youth Soccer From top to bottom throughout soccer in the US, there are numerous acronyms for the many leagues, divisions, and sanctioned affiliate groups. Here is a guide that will help you better understand the organization and structure of the sport within the United States.  FIFA The world of international soccer is governed at the highest level by The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). FIFA’s membership now comprises of 211 national associations. Member countries must each also be members of one of the six regional confederations into which the soccer world is divided. CONCACAF The United States belongs to FIFA’s regional confederation known commonly as CONCACAF. The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football. It includes governance of international soccer involving in North America, which includes Central America, the Caribbean region, the United States, Canada, and Mexico. US Soccer The United States Soccer Federation (USSF), commonly referred to as U.S. Soccer, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the official governing body of the sport of soccer in the United States. With headquarters in Chicago, Illinois, the FIFA member governs U.S. amateur and professional soccer, including the men’s, women’s, youth, beach soccer, futsal, ... Read More

New GK Icon gloves now available!

October 13, 2017 The new GK Icon glove range is now available! Challenger’s GK Icon is the fastest growing goalkeeper franchise in the UK. GK Icon franchises have now opened in the US and they are an official partner of our residential goalkeeper and field player camp – SoccerPlus! The impressive range of GK Icon gloves have just been delivered to our warehouse and are ready to ship! Our GK Icon gloves have been meticulously designed and engineered to provide goalkeepers of all ages and abilities with the ultimate in goalkeeping. From superior comfort and innovative technologies we have it all under affordable prices across a number of styles. GK Icon is the leading provider of professional goalkeeper training. GK Icon prides itself on maximising the potential of all young goalkeepers with many reaching a professional standard when using our goalkeeping principles. The belief of GK Icon is that there are certain advantages that the top goalkeepers are born with, however the majority can be learned through dedicated, focused hard work, and that’s where GK Icon comes in… When looking at top goalkeepers of the modern era, they all share certain goalkeeping attributes that make them world-class; solid goalkeeping technique on handling, distribution, agility, speed and ... Read More

Learn Futsal from Brazilian Experts!

October 6, 2017Futsal is one of the fastest growing sports for soccer players, coaches, and clubs. According to a FIFA report, “an average 40-minute futsal game, a player will touch the ball roughly every 29 seconds, or 80 total touches.” Now compare that to a 90-minute outdoor soccer game where players only make around 30-40 touches.

Emerald Cup Girls – April 6-8, 2018

October 6, 2016(KS) -- Mar 31 - Apr 2, 2017

Challenger Cup – April 20-22, 2018

October 6, 2016(KS) -- April 21-23, 2017

Crossroads Classic – April 27-29, 2018

August 22, 2017The Crossroads Classic is a stay-and-play event.  All traveling teams must stay at one of the approved host hotels.  Reservations must be made through GCI Travel. Click here to view the list of available GCI Team Travel hotel options. Chree Smith (913) 660-7764 (800) 950-1110 x7764 Below is the Challenger Sports tournament policy for traveling teams: All teams traveling to participate in the Crossroads Classic must contact Chree Smith at Global Connections Inc. (GCI) to place hotel reservations.  GCI has reserved reduced rate tournament room blocks with a wide range of hotels to suit the needs of all participating teams. Please note, traveling teams must reserve hotels through GCI in order to be accepted into the tournament. View Rules Following are the steps to complete the Online Team Check-In process: Challenger Sports and Kansas Rush Soccer Club are excited to bring you the 2017 Crossroads Classic. The Crossroads Classic will provide your team with great competition to gauge your team’s midseason progress. Held at the hidden jewel of KC – Lone Elm Park in Olathe, KS – your players will play on some of the best natural grass fields in the Midwest. The tournament will cater to all levels of competitive teams (Divisions I through ... Read More

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