The IMG Academy Soccer Program, home of the U.S. U-17 national team, opens its doors during year-round for serious players ages 10-19 to enjoy the unbeatable weather, facilities and coaching. Based in Bradenton, Fla., IMG Academy offers the most “comprehensive full-time soccer training program in the world.” Since opening in 1994, it has placed 24 players on U.S. national teams and produced more than 30 players at professional clubs in the MLS and Europe.
There’s a reason that countless IMG Academy soccer program alums have gone on to play at some of the top D-I programs, MLS teams and European clubs- individualized player development within a team setting! From a coaching staff with extensive playing and coaching experience at the collegiate and professional levels, both in the United States and abroad, to a soccer complex that includes 13 professionally-maintained fields, goalkeeper training areas, locker rooms, and more, the IMG Academy soccer program takes you to the next level.
At IMG Academy, student athletes train to succeed in any competitive arena. In addition to year-round soccer training, players balance physical and mental conditioning to build the body and mind. The program’s Physical Conditioning and Performance Training component works to improve speed, agility, quickness, strength, power and endurance. Mental Conditioning enhances self-awareness, confidence, motivation and focus. Players also receive Nutrition Consulting, College Placement advice, and training in the Communication skills so critical to interview skills and career success.
IMG brings their philosophy of “total-player development” to their camps. Regardless of your ability level, at IMG you will improve every facet of your game: technical, tactical, physical, and mental.
What You’ll Learn
Technical Elements- dribbling/ball control, passing, receiving, shooting/striking, heading
Tactical Progression- 1v1, 2v2, and up to 11v11 attacking, defending and movement
Match Strategy- speed of play, build-ups, changing point of attack, team shape, applying pressure
Position-Specific Skills- making runs, clearing space, sending players through, shutting down an opponent, using angles
Physical Performance- increase speed/agility, build power, increase endurance, reduce chance of injury
Mental- routines, preparation, emotional control, addressing adversity
“If you want to get serious and go to college and play, this is the place to be. Everyone here wants to get better. I also like that people come here from around the world so you get to see so many different styles of play.”
Alex S., IMG Academy soccer program summer camper
“The preparation for daily life, soccer and academics at IMG Academy was the main reason I got to college. You learn many lessons about yourself… The transition to college and now professional life still mirrors my development at IMG Academy”
Megan Manthey, IMG Academy Class of 2005, current professional for Seattle Sounders Women