IMG Academy creates the ideal atmosphere for student-athletes who have a focus both on soccer and academic rigor and offers an individualized track to ensure that perfect fit upon graduation. The girls soccer academy is a direct pipeline to some of the nation’s top universities. Position-specific instruction and game-time strategy on the field matched with unprecedented total athletic development in vision training, speed, mental toughness, strength training, and nutrition forms a balanced athlete working towards accelerated growth both on the field and as individuals. Academics remain a key focus for the entire girls soccer program, with importance placed on both advancement on the field and in the classroom. Coaches communicate with each player to ensure that goals and aspirations are met and aligned for ultimate success.
Program & Alumni Accomplishments
10 D1 commitmments
U18 Ranked #1 in the nation after going 27-0-3 in 2014
5 Florida State Cup league titles
2014 NWSL Rookie of the Year and 2015 NWSL Champion, Erika Tymrak
7 Players invited to respective Junior National Team camps in 2017
Multiple Players invited to U.S. National Training Centers
Inaugural Club invited to the U.S. Soccer Girl's Development Academy
Girls Soccer Program Structure
Through on-site training nurtured by a college-preparatory environment, IMG Academy student-athletes prepare themselves for continued success through college. Schedules include team travel and balancing of workloads along with competition through tournaments and college showcases and tours. Quarterly coaching evaluations both verbal and written ensure that both players, families and staff have the most effective communication possible. Inclusive of the complete package for any driven student-athlete, IMG Academy’s girls soccer program philosophy puts each individual’s needs as the highest priority.
Training the majority of the calendar year generates personal success stories and student-athletes who flourish through an individualized training structure. Performance training improves strength, agility, nutrition, confidence, mental toughness and vision while on-field coaches of the highest experience levels work towards technical skill and tactical elements of the sport. A key element of the girls soccer school program remains on building character, offering support, and empowering each student-athlete to thrive among this atmosphere on campus. In this club-like setting, coaches maximize soccer training throughout the week to work towards ultimate development.
Club Teams & U.S. Development Academy
Participation among both U.S. Development Academy teams and National Elite Teams yields a club-like setting unrivaled among any other high school institution. Teams range from U15 through U19 to post-graduate/PDL, and tournament schedules include both local and international-based competition. 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)
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 Decemer 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 highest 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 (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.
3 annual showcase events in December, April, and June
Showcased to college coaches in a controlled environment
35-40 games from Labor Day until Memorial Day
Players have an opportunity to join international trips, including an optional summer tournament with an academic component
Athletic and Personal Development Integration (APD)
Because the girls soccer program strives to develop both women of character and qualified student-athletes, the focus outside of the field remains on ensuring training equally reflects this mindset. Courses such as vision and reaction, mental toughness, and leadership training take the mindset away from practice and create a core around building confidence. Empowering Female Athletes is another class that captures topics like facing challenges in society and other distractions like social media. Coaches and staff understand that utilizing the resources inside the Performance and Sports Science Center generates the most prepared student-athletes for the next level of soccer.
I’ve played soccer here for six years, and I think I’ve become a more confident player, been able to adapt to different situations and also had the ability to play up each year… it’s very challenging for players, and it increases you level of play immensely. It’s really helped me become a leader on the field.
- Lauren C.
IMG Academy Class of '15
My coach is one of the best coaches I’ve ever had. He believes in me more than any coach has ever believed in me. He helps me get committed. He has changed me as a player and a person. I’ve become more independent, and I’m more confident in what I do. I love playing soccer, being around my friends, being around the coaches, and I feel like this is where I’m meant to be.
- Val V.
IMG Academy Class of '16
I wanted a more competitive environment, and I wanted better coaching and more of a soccer student-athlete experience…I love to be a part of clubs and part of the school community. That’s what I love doing.