Soccer Program

Soccer Academy Overview

IMG Academy’s soccer academy continually builds out student-athletes who thrive both academically and athletically. Our soccer academy 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 soccer academy student-athletes to professional leagues to encouraging athletes of any background and skill-set to work towards the college soccer recruitment process. Our soccer school alumni vary from the 2017 and 2018 class salutatorians to athletes currently competing in the MLS and internationally. 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

10+ Players signed to professional clubs out of high school since 2013

150+ Professional clubs trained on campus in 2018, including FC Cincinatti, Boca Juniors, Ottawa Fury, & Chicago Fire

2017-2018 U17 FNPL League Champions

6-Time MLS All-Star and 2007 Defender of the Year, Michael Parkhurst

100+ D1 commmitments

2 U.S. Soccer Development Academy division titles

Soccer Program Structure

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 soccer program'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 soccer academy 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 academy in Florida 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 (U16 - 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
    • 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
  • 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
  • Opportunities to scrimmage National Teams during their team training visits to campus as well as being called to compete on teams as needed
    • In 2018, student-athletes competed with São Paulo FC, the Canadian Men's National Team, and US Youth National Teams

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)

The soccer academy 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.

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Technology & Facilities

  • 20+ grass fields for soccer practices and games
  • Soccer-specific stadium attached to a dedicated soccer building with locker rooms, meeting rooms for players and teams, and coaches' offices

Performance and Sports Science Center

  • Mind Gym for mental conditioning and vision sessions and foot-eye coordination training
    • Fit Lights, dynaBOARD, and cognitive perceptive technology
  • Yoga studio
  • Strength and conditioning equipment
  • Classrooms for nutrition and leadership training
  • Athletic training facility for recovery and regeneration, including hot and cold tubs

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All prospective student-athletes must submit a completed application, including academic records and recommendations.

Soccer Program Tuition

For academic year 2018-2019, tuition ranges from $53,650 to $77,650 per year depending on age, boarding and grade of student-athlete. Go to our tuition page for the full sport-by-sport cost breakdown.

Soccer Camps

A great way to learn more about IMG Academy is to attend a camp and see first-hand how to take your game to the next level.

Soccer Coaches & Staff

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Notable Soccer Program College Commitments

Student-athletes receive individualized roadmaps for reaching their goal of playing their sport at the collegiate level. This work begins when a student enters upper school at grade 9 and above.

soccer matriculation

soccer program athletes

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
soccer program athletes

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
soccer program athletes

It gives you more drive – way more drive, to try to be better than the person you’re walking next to at school.

- Indiana V. IMG Academy Class of '19

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