Study and Play Abroad

Challenger Sports is searching for players who are interested in experiencing an incredible playing and studying opportunity in the UK!

This rare opportunity is open to male and female HIGH SCHOOL PLAYERS who are looking for a higher level of playing and development than the traditional US college system allows for, and also COLLEGE SENIORS, both men, and women that would like to continue their playing careers beyond the university programming in the United States.

Currently, college graduates in the USA have no more eligibility to continue their soccer careers while pursuing a masters degree or finishing up their bachelor’s degree. Challenger and the NATIONAL YOUTH FOOTBALL LEAGUE can now provide both under graduates and Masters students with a full European length season with academy level coaching, and competitive games.

What is the National Football Youth League?

The National Football Youth League’s mission is to continue the development of players that have been released from professional academies who need further development while also ensuring the players continue their academic studies.

The NFYL has members from various professional football academies and foundation programs that play in a full European Length Season while partnering with universities where the student athletes will attend to earn their cbachelors and master’s degree in 3 years and 1.5 years respectively.

Check out the complete list of teams in the National Youth Football League

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STUDY AND PLAY – Football program
As a student athlete you will play a full European length season which consists of about 36 games plus a several knockout cup competitions as well as the opportunity to be selected to showcase /exhibition games and a national all-star trip to Europe.

All players will play and train at respective professional football academy training grounds and stadiums.

STUDY AND PLAY – Academics
All football clubs have partnered with universities where the student athletes will gain the University experience by living and studying on the campus while obtaining their undergraduate or graduate degrees.

STUDY AND PLAY – Advantages
• A player-centered dual-career pathway to and from the professional/semi-professional game:
• For late-developers between 18-21 with professional potential
• For varsity level players wishing to combine post graduate study & play
• For ex-professionals transitioning to academic study
• An academic & athletic balance that prioritizes the long-term academic, personal and professional needs of players
• Individualized developmental needs within a collective shared team ethos

Challenger Sports is currently scouting players at various elite showcases and tournaments across the United States. In addition players are being evaluated at SoccerPlus residential Camps as well as other elite leagues such as the Development Academy, ECNL, NPL and other USYS leagues.

To be considered for this opportunity, please visit

For more information please schedule a time to connect with Study and Play Director Ryan Hodgson

Ryan Hodgson  913-599-4884 ext 143