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STEVEN GERRARD ACADEMY TEAM UP WITH CHALLENGER SPORTS (4/29/2021) - Today marks the start of a new and exciting partnership between UK based Steven Gerrard Academy and Challenger Sports. Both organizations have teamed up to create the ultimate higher education ... Read More
How Sport can enhance our New Year optimism whilst keeping away those winter blues (1/5/2021) - How sport can enhance our New Year optimism whilst keeping away those winter blues.  Hello Everyone, On the evening of the 31st December as the bells chime, for most people ... Read More
Why December 26th is THE best day of the year for the British soccer fan (and what it has to do with Boxing). (12/8/2020) - Before you read this great article by long-time Challenger employee Dan Miller, don’t miss out on our free pick ems competition! We are giving away a Boxing Day Bundle of ... Read More
Mental Health Awareness For Coaches (11/23/2020) - Contributor: Vice President, David Rush  In today’s post, VP of Challenger Sports, David Rush, writes openly about some of his problems as a youth soccer coach during this devastating pandemic. ... Read More
Challenger Black Friday Specials (11/16/2020) - Challenger Teamwear Specials Do you need jerseys, shorts, socks, warmups, soccer balls, training equipment, or goalkeeper gear? If so, you are in luck this Black Friday! Starting on November 22nd, ... Read More
Why Training At Home is here to stay (9/21/2020) - Here at Challenger Virtual we have been learning a great deal about the new online training market whose emergence has accelerated in the last 6 months. We have seen that ... Read More
Tips to help your players get back on the field safely (8/10/2020) - Helpful tips as fall sports get back up and running!
Five things to consider before your teams first training! (7/29/2020) - Depending on where you are in the country, youth sports are potentially starting again and if they aren’t starting for you yet, I think we can all agree they will ... Read More
Challenger Sports pivots to a new Virtual Coaching Experience (5/18/2020) - It has been virtually impossible to ignore the ever changing landscape in youth soccer over recent months. As the shutdown of the youth soccer world went into effect mid March, along ... Read More
COVID-19 Update (3/12/2020) - 1. Current Company Response Like most companies we continue to monitor the ongoing COVID-19 situation. As always, the safety of our participants and our staff is our number one priority. ... Read More
Challenger Hall of Fame (6/2/2020) - Challenger Family, Earlier in the year, CEO Paul Lawrence and our Senior Management Team discussed the idea of Challenger Sports having its own Hall of Fame. We want to create ... Read More
How to be an Engaged Coach (2/4/2020) - No player wants this kind of coach… and they surely don’t want this kind either… By no means is coaching an easy role to fill. There are many qualities that ... Read More
Challenger Sports Joins Forces with Fusionetics (1/29/2020) - Challenger Sports have today announced their partnership with movement assessment and personalized performance platform, Fusionetics. Fusionetics is used by over 600 professional, collegiate or youth clubs/teams to evaluate athlete performance, ... Read More
Challenger Sports Partners with Post To Post (1/23/2020) - Challenger Sports are thrilled to announce a new partnership with Post To Post Soccer Pathways. The partnership will see Challenger Sports’ SoccerPlus camp combine with Post To Post Soccer Pathways, ... Read More
5 Questions to Help Set and Keep Any Athletic Goal (1/21/2020) - February is around the corner… which means it’s been a whole 3 weeks of the “new year, new me” mantra playing on repeat in our heads. It also means that ... Read More
5 Influential African American Soccer Players – Celebrating MLK Day (1/20/2020) - Freddy Edu Although Freddy Adu didn’t help the United States win a World Cup like many anticipated he would, he, without a doubt, made a substantial difference in American soccer ... Read More
Welcome to the ’20s! (1/19/2020) - 2020 Highlights 2020… a year of promise, bright outlooks and total transformation! There is a lot to look forward to in the next twelve months for our Challenger family as ... Read More
GK ICON Sells Franchising Business To Founder Richard Lee (1/17/2020) - After acquiring GK ICON and its 10 franchises 5 years ago from founder Richard Lee, Challenger Sports has developed the brand into the largest goalkeeping coaching company in the world. ... Read More
Challenger Sports Launch Team Management Solution, TopYa! Teams (1/15/2020) - Challenger Sports, the largest soccer education and apparel provider in the US and Canada, announced today that it will launch a complete team management solution, TopYa! Teams, in early 2020. ... Read More
Challenger Sports Launches 2020 Camps (1/15/2020) - For over 30 years, Challenger Sports have been delivering exceptional soccer summer camps across North America. We have earned our status as the leading game changers in sports youth education, ... Read More
GK ICON Acquires Popular Glove Brand (1/13/2020) - GK ICON, Challenger Sports’ subsidiary goalkeeper brand, is excited to announce the acquisition of CALMA. CALMA is a globally recognized premium goalkeeper brand that is vastly respected within the goalkeeper ... Read More
Best Christmas Gifts for Soccer Lovers (12/18/2019) - Considering what to get a soccer player for Christmas? Here at Challenger Sports we love to make your seasonal shopping that little bit easier. With Christmas just around the corner, ... Read More
Challenger World Tours Review 2019 (12/16/2019) - What a year to review for Challenger Sports World Tours! 650 international travellers, 24 teams and 9 countries later; 2019 has undeniably been one for the books.  Eight groups kicked ... Read More
All-Encompassing Global Sports Business Announces Rebrand (12/3/2019) - Challenger Sports, the largest soccer camps provider in North America and Canada, is widely recognized for supplying over 30 years of coaching experience to young people across the United States. ... Read More
Soccerex 2019: Soccer Brands Descend on Miami (11/28/2019) - Challenger Sports were in good company last week, as some of the biggest brands and professional organizations in the sector came together at Soccerex USA 2019, which took place in ... Read More
Black Friday Deals 2019 (11/27/2019) - This Black Friday we have a number of fantastic offers, certain to excite all soccer lovers. From stylish apparel, to apparatus to aid your skills training, to issues of Keepers’ ... Read More
Liverpool FC and Challenger Sports Extend Partnership (11/17/2019) - Liverpool FC and Challenger Sports have agreed a new long-term partnership which will see the delivery of residential soccer school courses continue in the UK. The agreement follows two successful ... Read More
Challenger Sports Named Official Technology Partners of World Street FC (11/15/2019) - The World Freestyle Football Association (WFFA), the governing body for the sport of freestyle football, continues to drive its ambitions of growing awareness and participation on a global scale. Through ... Read More
Welcome to Miami: Challenger Sports at Soccerex 2019 (11/7/2019) - Challenger Sports are thrilled to announce their partnership renewal with Soccerex, the world’s leading professional soccer networking and business event, a timely announcement to coincide with the Soccerex USA Conference, ... Read More
Choosing the Best Soccer Camp (3/6/2019) - In addition to helping develop your child’s skills and understanding of the game, summer camps are extremely valuable for young players to develop socially. Children have to learn how to ... Read More
Challenger Foundation (11/30/2018) -
Everything in Soccer (11/30/2018) - 9-10 May, 2019 - Toronto Everything in Soccer will bring together the soccer community from North America where key aspect of the game will be discussed over two days of ... Read More
Soccerex in Miami Nov 2018 (8/15/2018) - Challenger Sports are proud to announce a partnership with the leading professional soccer networking event in the World! Soccerex have been bringing together the global soccer industry to network in ... Read More
Post your photo and win! (3/27/2018) - Post a photo of your child wearing any Challenger Sports jersey and you could win a $100 gift card!Simply take a photo of your child wearing a British Soccer, TetraBrazil, ... Read More
Need Help With Soccer Parents? (4/17/2018) - Challenger Sports has teamed up with soccer parenting expert (and former SoccerPlus coach) Skye Eddy Bruce to help our partner clubs deal with one of the most important issues in ... Read More
A call for Unity in US Soccer (1/31/2018) - United Soccer Coaches issues a call for unity!One of Challenger's official partners, United Soccer Coaches, which has one vote as an associate member at U.S. Soccer's National Council that will ... Read More
Coach Tony DiCicco given US Soccer’s highest honor! (1/4/2018) - Former U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Tony DiCicco, who passed away last June, has been posthumously named the winner of U.S. Soccer’s prestigious Werner Fricker Builder Award.
How to be a Good Soccer Parent (4/17/2019) - 1. Model Positive Behaviors. Being a positive role model for your child, sounds like it should be easy, however even the most placid parent can get carried away in the ... Read More
Challenger to help Around the World! (11/29/2017) - Program Founder Stephen Schirra explains exactly what Around the Worlds, Around the World does for children across the globe. "Around the Worlds, Around the World is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that connects children from extreme circumstances all over the world to the game of soccer, using it as a platform to instill positive change while fostering joy and hope.
Premier League Soccer Experience! (11/2/2017) - This tour is a true football experience of a lifetime for both teams and players ages U10 to U18! Based in Southampton at Southampton FC Academy, England, this tour combines visiting local historical and cultural sites with a superb football playing and training environment.
Win 12 months of soccer support for your club! (10/20/2017) - Challenger 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.
New GK Icon gloves now available! (10/13/2017) -  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 ... Read More
Learn Futsal from Brazilian Experts! (10/6/2017) - Futsal 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.
60 Experts, 40 Days, 1 Goal…Solutions for your sports (2/27/2019) - Challenger Sports are very excited to share details of an amazing project we are working on with 60 other passionate youth sports leaders. The 2019 GO! Chase Excellence Think Tank ... Read More
How Soccer in the US is organized! (10/16/2017) - International, 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 ... Read More
Challenger Sports & Soccer Office Announce Official Partnership (10/3/2017) - Challenger Sports is pleased to announce that we have partnered with the world’s leader in Virtual Sports Administrative Services.
Challenger goes virtual! (1/8/2018) - Challenger Sports have partnered with TopYa! the leading sports coaching App to provide a unique program of soccer coaching resources aimed at maximising the potential and creativity of players, no ... Read More
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