IMG Academy’s soccer program continually builds out student-athletes who thrive both academically and athletically. The program addresses all tactical and technical aspects of the game and develops student-athletes who are quick, strong, skilled and confident, while being fully prepared to compete in college and beyond from day one. Accolades range from propelling student-athletes to professional leagues to encouraging athletes of any background and skill-set to work towards the college soccer recruitment process. Soccer alumni vary from from the 2017 class salutatorian to athletes currently competing in the MLS. Through total athletic development programming intertwined with soccer-specific training, each athlete endures a unique process best fit to align with reaching their peak potential.
Program & Alumni Accomplishments
2 Dallas Cup Championships
5 Players signed to professional clubs out of high school since 2013
40+ Professional clubs trained on campus since 2014
5-Time MLS All-Star and 2007 Defender of the Year, Michael Parkhurst
100+ D1 commmitments
2 U.S. Soccer Development Academy division titles
Our coaches competed at the highest levels and focus on speed of play and proactive thinking. They’re accustomed to the soccer recruitment process and encouraging participation in the college showcase tournaments as well as the national and international tournament circuit. With over 10 months of soccer training as opposed to just one unique season, IMG Academy’s student athletes prepare themselves for the team aspect, the development of relationships with teammates and coaches, and the prioritizing of sports along with academics. Our cutting-edge training in Performance elements improve strength, agility, endurance, nutrition, confidence, mental toughness and overall health.
Through a take on soccer unlike any other program world-wide, our student athletes are introduced to the highest level of club-like competition and tournament play while still engaging in extensive opportunities in the classroom and socially. As a boarding school with a club- team format, our structure combines the best of both ideals – train with coaches creating an individually-tailored path to success for optimal effectiveness.
Club Teams & U.S. Development Academy
The IMG Academy soccer program composes teams from U12 through U19 and post-graduate/PDL. The program also offers full participation at all age groups in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. The first week of season includes trials and a starting point for players to compete. Players have the ability to transition to other teams when given the opportunity and for further development.
National Elite Teams (U15 - U19)
Participation in US Club and Florida Youth Soccer Leagues
Events such as Capital Areas Soccer League (CASL), Bethesda, IMG Cup, IMG Showcase, and State Cups
3 annual college tour trips
Visits with college coaches, observing college training, and games against other club or college team for player evaluation by college coaches. Two trips during fall semester and 1 trip early spring semester
2 annual college combines
Showcased to college coaches in a controlled environment
One at IMG Academy in December and one away in February
4 annual college showcases
Determined by coaching and technical staff for each team
U15 & U16 compete in a tournament in Bermuda
U17 & U19 Super Group compete in additional college showcases
US Club Soccer's premier league (FNPL)
League winners invited to play in the Elite National Premier League (ENPL) playoffs, consisting of clubs from the NPL and ECNL
Players have an opportunity to join an international trip to Europe for additional exposure
Development Academy Teams (U12, U13, U14, U15, U17, U19)
DA players must be cleared through the International Transfer Certificate (ITC) process and Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) in order to be able to compete.
2 annual showcase events in November and June
U15, U17, and U19 age groups
Showcased to college coaches in a controlled environment
35-40 games from Labor Day until Memorial Day
Participation in IMG Cup event
Players have an opportunity to join international trips, including an optional summer tournament with an academic component
Athletic and Personal Development Integration (APD)
Soccer works directly with the Performance Center and APD staff to ensure that student-athletes not only receive the best training on the field, but that they also have the mindset, strength and ability to reach their potential. A soccer-specific strength coach builds out programs geared towards conditioning elite players while our vision and mental toughness team focuses sessions on items like peripheral vision, recognition, and awareness. Not only do courses align with sport, but they also target individuals from a well-rounded aspect. Building men of character remains a stand-out course that focuses on respecting oneself and others, being an authority in society, and even eliminating distractions.
If I wasn’t at IMG getting help from the soccer side and coaches, as well as the college counselors, I wouldn’t be here right now… This is like my home now. I’ve been here for 5 years, doing my everyday routine at a different place is going to feel a little weird at first just because it’s not IMG, but it’s definitely exciting.
- Michael Cormack
IMG Academy Class of '16, West Virginia University
I’m going to miss my brothers, for sure. And, it’s not only the players that I had on my team, but it was almost every single guy at the Academy… Even though I’m here for myself, we’re all helping each other succeed, so it’s a special thing.
- Zach Z.
IMG Academy Class of '15
It gives you more drive – way more drive, to try to be better than the person you’re walking next to at school.