NEW YORK (May 10th, 2017) – GPS are pleased to announce the extension of its partnership with Legendary German soccer club, FC Bayern Munich.
The extensive partnership, which began in 2014, has seen the FC Bayern Youth Academy provide consistent technical and methodological oversight to GPS clubs throughout North America and the extension will see FC Bayern coaches double their presence in in the U.S. to eight weeks. These visits will be spent exchanging best practices, providing curriculum and methodology support, conducting Player Identification programming and a soon to be introduced coaching certification.
The flagship program within the partnership is the FC Bayern Player ID Centers that are hosted throughout North America in conjunction with GPS and FC Bayern affiliate clubs. This program culminates in 2-4 players annually chosen to go on trial in Germany following selection at summer Residential ID Events by FC Bayern staff. This summer's Residential programs will be held in Georgia, Maine and California. The alliance will also include the GPS FC Bayern National Team program which pulls the best talent at various age groups to compete in tournaments both at home and abroad.
“This partnership has gone from strength to strength,” commented FC Bayern Munich President of the Americas, Rudolf Vidal. “We set out to work at a grassroots level with GPS to grow soccer in the U.S. and I’m pleased to say that we’ve not only seen substantial growth in the program but we’ve also been able to help develop young players with our philosophy,” he added.
CEO of GPS, Joseph Bradley said: "FC Bayern’s Youth Academy has produced a number of world-class players. The coaching education and opportunities for our kids have been incredible and through our innovative player identification programming we have, so far, identified eight young players who have been to Germany to train with the FC Bayern youth teams.”
While the coaching education and player curriculum is the foundation of this agreement, FC Bayern and GPS believe in creating opportunities for the participants to compete in a professional setting and experience European Soccer firsthand. Later this month, ten GPS players from the 2001/2002 age group will travel to Munich in a fully funded trip to represent the U.S. in the FC Bayern Youth Cup at the Allianz Arena on May 21. More than 10,000 players from around the world took part in qualifying tournaments for a chance to be part of the teams who will represent their countries in Munich.
Additionally, a traveling group of players and parents will visit FC Bayern this summer and have the chance to train at Saebener Strasse (FC Bayern training ground), compete against local Bavarian opposition and attend the 2017 Audi Cup. With the renewal of the partnership additional spots have been added to the trip, those interested in attending can click here to register interest.