Global Premier Soccer & FC Bayern Extend Partnership
America is a rich and desirable market for mega soccer clubs — and one now recognized for talented youth players.
FC Bayern Munich and Global Premier Soccer have announced a partnership extension that will continue to take player development to the next level. While the coaching education and player curriculum is the foundation of this alliance, FC Bayern and GPS believe in creating chances for its participants to compete in a professional setting.
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The partnership, which began in 2014, aims to grow the level of the game in North America, bringing the FC Bayern coaching philosophy and curriculum to now over 85,000 children and 6,000 coaches into 101 soccer clubs in over 22 states.
The extended partnership will see FC Bayern coaches expand their presence in the United States and will exchange best practices, providing curriculum and methodology support, conducting Player Identification programming and a soon to be introduced coaching certification. The alliance will also include the GPS FC Bayern National Team program that pulls the best talent at various age groups to compete in tournaments both at home and abroad.
FC Bayern Munich Youth Academy and GPS coaches will remain in constant communication in order to produce innovative models and opportunities to ensure talented young players have a pathway in soccer.
“This partnership has gone from strength to strength,” said Rudolf Vidal, FC Bayern Munich President of the Americas. “We set out to work at a grassroots level with GPS to grow soccer in the U.S. and I’m pleased to say that we’ve not only seen substantial growth in the program but we’ve also been able to help develop young players with our philosophy.”
“FC Bayern’s Youth Academy has produced a number of world-class players,” said Joseph Bradley, GPS CEO. “The coaching education and opportunities for our kids have been incredible and through our innovative player identification programming we have, so far, identified eight young players who have been to Germany to train with the FC Bayern youth teams.”
Ten GPS players from the 2001/2002 age group will travel to the FC Bayern Youth Cup tournament to represent the U.S. in the event at the Allianz Arena on May 21st. More than 10,000 players from around the world took part in qualifying tournaments for a chance to be part of the teams who will represent their countries in Munich.
“Excited to see the extended partnership between FCB and GPS as it will allow players to develop long term under the unique and effective Bayern Munich Way,” said Eddie Loewen, GPS/FC Bayern Affiliate Dunedin Stirling Director of Coaching. “This partnership is elevating the game across the US, club by club, player by player.”
For an informational video on the partnership extension click here.