GK ICON Acquires Popular Glove Brand

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 community. With this acquisition becoming final, we are excited to offer both product lines globally via our GK Icon website and Challenger Teamwear site. Chris Sharman, Chief Brand Officer and Global Development Director for Challenger Sports commented: “This is an exciting acquisition for GK ICON and I would like to thank George Tapsell for his work in making this merger possible. What he has done with CALMA is outstanding and … Read More

Best Christmas Gifts for Soccer Lovers

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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, we’ve hand-picked a fantastic selection of gifts and present ideas set to delight any soccer player or fan. So, if you’re looking to kit out your soccer lover with new soccer attire or apparel, or you’re looking for the best training solution to help advance their game, we have you covered. To make this even easier for those last-minute purchases, we’ve split out our top picks by categories with options … Read More

Challenger World Tours Review 2019

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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 off their summer season in the best way possible, at the FIFA Women’s World Cup with a side of French baguettes and fine cheese. Venues throughout France played host to the most renowned faces in soccer history, and sitting-sideline were 175 World Tour players, coaches and families with Challenger World Tours. In addition to their World Cup extravaganza, some groups combined their trip to France with additional trips to the … Read More

All-Encompassing Global Sports Business Announces Rebrand

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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. Challenger Sports runs soccer camps, clinics, tournaments, tours and provides uniforms to tens of thousands of organizations and hundreds of thousands of players, with a strong presence in the USA, Canada, Brazil, India and throughout the UK. Since 2019, after its merger with Denver-based technology company TopYa!, the organization has become a SaaS (Software as a Service) business, entering a new stage of its evolution. Today, Challenger Sports announces a … Read More

Soccerex 2019: Soccer Brands Descend on Miami

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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 Miami – November 21st – 22nd. The elite-level industry convention saw over 1,500 soccer executives and delegates meet at the Turnberry Resort in Aventura, with the likes of CONCACAF, LaLiga, MLS, US Soccer, and Inter Miami in attendance. The conference included over 90 speakers, from Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber, Inter Miami co-owner Jorge Mas, CONCACAF general secretary Philippe Moggio, and Amanda Duffy, the president of the National Women’s … Read More

Black Friday Deals 2019

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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’ Union Magazine packed with insightful articles and advice. Check out some of our personal highlights we’ve picked out for you! TinyTykes Sale Teamwear Sale Keepers’ Union Magazine Urban Football Flick TinyTykes Sale We’re releasing a limited time 10% offer on all our current and exclusive TinyTykes merchandise. Not only that, we’re offering you free shipping on all TinyTykes discounted purchases. Don’t forget to use the code TYKESBF2019. (Code valid til … Read More

Liverpool FC and Challenger Sports Extend Partnership

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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 years of LFC and Challenger Sports delivering the LFC International Academy residential courses. Taking place each summer, the program continues to grow in popularity and has attracted participants from around the world. This year saw the biggest course to date with players from 50 countries visiting the UK to attend. In addition to the hugely popular Football Focus coaching experience and the English Language courses, which teach young learners how … Read More

Challenger Sports at Red Bull Street Style World Final 2019

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The Red Bull Street Style World Final, the official World Championship of Freestyle Football, debuted in North America this week, Friday 15th November. With over a decade of championship events spanning Europe, Asia, Africa and South America, the grand finale of the world’s most important freestyle football competition turned up the heat in Miami, Florida, USA. Eight women and more than 45 men brought their most innovative new tricks to the buzzing Wynwood Arts District. Athletes from over 50 countries descend on Miami to battle one-on-one for bragging rights as the planet’s best freestyle football player and official World Champion. … Read More

Welcome to Miami: Challenger Sports at Soccerex 2019

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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, held in Miami 21-22 November. Andy Bennett, Chief Commercial Officer for Challenger Sports commented: “It is fantastic to be collaborating with Soccerex once again. Soccerex and Challenger Sports are well-matched as partner organizations, both focused on growing soccer on a global scale. Soccerex brings together global soccer industry experts under one roof, providing a unique commercial environment to share knowledge and best practice, gain valuable insights, and ultimately innovate for … Read More

How to be a Good Soccer Parent

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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 heat of competition and within the ultra competitive team environment created by over zealous club programs. Do not comment on every moment of your child’s game, and when you feel the need to say something, make sure it is positive and encouraging. Don’t talk badly about competitors, criticise teammates or officials, and do not openly second-guess the coach. There are enough uninformed critics in the stands hurling insults at kids playing a game, so … Read More