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Win 12 months of soccer support for your club!

October 20, 2017Challenger Sports recently joined six other like-minded soccer-based companies to form an alliance. Our goal? To collaborate for the betterment of soccer in the United States! This alliance – Solving Soccer, led by Ryan Hodgson of US Coaches Club, began by creating a website containing numerous resources for youth soccer organizations to improve the quality of services they provide for their players, parents, and coaches. Solving Soccer’s expanded mission is to provide much needed hands-on support for developing clubs, who might need knowledge, training, help, and advice to grow and flourish. Solving Soccer is now proud to launch, the first of its kind “Club Adoption Program”! The Club Adoption Program will provide 12 months of support, services, and resources to one lucky, deserving soccer organization, including: Coach Education Clinics Team Training Camps Virtual Office Support College Recruiting Support College Scholarships Leadership Training Website makeover Mental Skills Training Portable soccer goals Total Value Over $120,000! The application process will be open from October 16 – Nov 15, 2017. The winning club will be selected in December and will be presented with the award at the United Soccer Coaches Convention, January 2018 in Philadelphia, PA. Runners-up shall also qualify for discounted services from Solving Soccer. >>>APPLY HERE<<<     ... Read More

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

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