Football in the United States has been undergoing a great boost in popularity since the country hosted the World Cup in 1994.
The current premier division of men’s professional football is Major League Soccer (MLS), which enjoys a great prestige nationally. More and more world class players have been opting to complete their successful sporting careers in a North American team. Players such as David Beckham, Thierry Henry, Kaká, Alessandro Del Piero, Raúl González, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and David Villa are some of the great footballing legends who have crossed the Atlantic for an American adventure.
The women’s professional football scene on the other hand is well established in US culture and the national team has for many years had a high international ranking. In fact, the US national woman’s team has won the World Cup on three occasions (1991, 1999 and 2015). They also won the Olympic Gold on four of the five occasions that the tournament has been played.
Every year more and more young people are playing football and choosing to spend their holidays at camps where they can have fun practising their favourite sport.
In the US we have now introduced camps which will take place during the winter months in addition to those that already exist during the summer. The camps will take place on dates which in many countries coincide with the school holidays. The prestigious IMG academy, located in Bradenton (Florida) is a pioneer in the development of winter camps geared specifically towards players from 10 to 19 years. Participants can enrol for between 1 and 4 weeks.
The many students who take part in the academy have a choice of combining their football coaching with daily English classes to improve their linguistic skills and make it easier for them to adapt to their new surroundings at the camp.
All the young footballers stay at the modern complex at Bradenton and have a choice of different high quality accommodation options.