Schalke Youth Development Program in the US

FC Schalke 04 continues to make massive strides in the US. Through Global Image Sports as the new Official Youth Development Partner, Schalke now has 5 official cooperations in the following cities: Leesburg, VA, Cincinnati, OH, Tallahassee, FL, Miami, FL, and Nashville, TN. In addition, Schalke now works with two camps in Tulsa, OK and Westchester, NY.

All 7 locations will host the professional coaching staff from the Knappenschmiede during a 3- or 4-day clinic. Players will be exposed to the philosophies and methodologies that have made the Knappenschmiede so special. At the end of each event, the best players will be invited to Atlanta, GA for a 5-day FC Schalke 04 National Camp featuring high-level players from all 7 locations.

To learn more about the clubs and for their respective camps see below!

Leesburg FC 06/07 Knappen Teams

The two Leesburg FC Knappen teams are committed to forging upstanding youth who show respect for the game, opponents, the game officials and the greater local football community. The Leesburg FC Knappen philosophy is similar to the FC Schalke 04 Youth Academy, with whom they share a deep responsibility to their ideals and methodology.

Brian Zielke, General Manager of the two Leesburg FC Knappen teams, “It’s great for our club to have a cooperation with Schalke. We truly believe their philosophies and methodologies are the best way to develop talent and we are excited about the opportunities our players will have through this cooperation. Glück auf!”

June 17-20 – Leesburg FC : Leesburg, VA – Sign Up HERE

Warren County SA

Warren County Soccer Academy is a Top Tier Youth Academy located in Lebanon, Ohio driven to develop players of all backgrounds and talent levels so that they achieve their goals both on and off the field. WCSA have boys and girls teams ages U8 – U19 and compete in some of the top leagues and tournaments in the country. The goal of WCSA is to be recognized as a top tier youth soccer academy driven to develop players of all backgrounds and talent levels.

Kyle Kosco, Executive Director of WCSA, “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Schalke. They have such a great history and culture, not to mention one of the best youth academies in the world. Their resources are a huge benefit to our players, coaches, and club as a whole.”

June 22-24 – Warren County SA: Cincinnati, OH – Sign Up HERE

Warner – ASG

Warner /ASG is celebrating its 30th year as a leader in the Soccer education and club development. Based in Tallahassee, Florida, Warner/ASG provides soccer development opportunities for all ages and abilities and has been recognized as community leader throughout the Southeast United States. Warner is headed up by the program founder, Andrew Warner, a native of Lancaster, England and has been instrumental in the development of the game from youth, college and professional levels.

Andy Warner: “Warner/ASG has developed many strategic cooperations within the Soccer world and has been approached by several professional Soccer clubs throughout the world. We are proud to announce our cooperation with GIS and Schalke 04 in Germany. Germany has embraced the American player and the development of youth soccer. No better example can be made than present US National team player, Weston McKennie, who has featured for Schalke 04 first team and is a product of the FC Dallas Youth system after spending a short period with ASG Dallas.”

Prodigy Soccer Training

Prodigy Soccer Training is specialized soccer training for players at all levels and ages. Training is brought to life with the intention of giving aspiring athletes the best environment and opportunity to maximize their full potential as soccer players and people. Their mission is to make a difference in their community and shine a light on the upcoming talent in the Miami area.

Chris Muñoz, Founder of Prodigy Soccer Training, “We are excited to have this opportunity with FC Schalke 04. As an American who has played professionally overseas, I know the importance of exposing players to European Coaches and giving them high-level opportunities to learn and grow. Another advantage is that Schalke have a track record of developing American talent in Weston McKennie. Personally, it will be a great opportunity to learn from some of the best developers of youth players in the world and take Prodigy Soccer Training to the next level. ”

July 1-3 – Prodigy Soccer Training: Miami, FL – Sign Up HERE

Eagle Express SC

EESC is a competitive, select youth soccer organization. We are members of the Tennessee State Soccer Association (TSSA, an affiliate of the United States Youth Soccer Association – USYSA). Based in Middle Tennessee our club services communities such as Donelson, Antioch, Mt. Juliet, Hermitage, Lebanon and Old Hickory as well as all other surrounding Nashville communities. Their focus is on player development, and our goal is to provide quality and progressive soccer instruction that builds and grows both individual and team foundations and strengths while providing skilled players an advanced and competitive environment in which to excel. Their players are eligible for the state, regional, and national Olympic Development Programs (ODP), and our training greatly improves their chances of playing for their middle school, high school, and college soccer team.

July 8-10 – Eagle Express SC: Nashville, TN – Sign Up HERE

West Side Alliance SC

West Side Alliance SC is a leading competitive soccer club in Oklahoma and the region, and contains divisions located throughout Oklahoma, primarily in the greater Tulsa Metro area. WSA includes a professional staff of paid coaches, and a staff of professional “unpaid volunteers” whose expertise handles the daily operations of the club program. WSA offers programming for children ages 2-19 in both the highest level of competitive soccer, and an experience rich recreational soccer program.

July 19-21 – West Side Alliance SC: Tulsa, OK – Sign Up HERE

Westchester Flames FC

Westchester Flames has been part of Westchester’s soccer scene since their inception in 1998. Westchester Flames men’s team won their first PDL National Championship in 2001. In 2008, Westchester Flames have brought back their youth program to provide an elite level of play as well as youth development. In 2009, their program extended to a year-round program for youth players looking for a competitive environment to challenge themselves at the next level. The Flames youth program is not for everyone. It is for those that are committed and have the ambition, the desire, and the vision to always improve to reach the top. The Flames will feature teams from 12 to 17 years old to participate in the Super Y-League (SYL), the youth component of the USL.

July 23-26 – Westchester Flames FC: Westchester, NY – Sign Up HERE

Camp Schedule Overview

June 17-20 – Leesburg FC: Leesburg, VA – Sign Up HERE

June 22-24 – Warren County SA: Cincinnati, OH – Sign Up HERE

July 1-3 – Prodigy Soccer Training: Miami, FL – Sign Up HERE

July 8-10 – Eagle Express SC: Nashville, TN – Sign Up HERE

July 15-18 – Warner – ASG: Tallahassee, FL

July 19-21 – West Side Alliance SC: Tulsa, OK – Sign Up HERE

July 23-26 – Westchester Flames FC: Westchester, NY – Sign Up HERE


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