In November 2014, GPS and FC Bayern Munich developed one of most extensive European Club partnerships ever seen in the USA.
FC Bayern Munich is one of the biggest clubs in world soccer and has a proven track record of developing world-class players whilst competing in the highest echelons of world football. Five starting players in the 2014 German World Cup winning team were developed by Bayern.
With over 400 million supporters worldwide, and ranked as the 7th most valuable sports franchise in the World, the reigning FIFA Club World Cup Champion is one of the strongest brands in international soccer. In July 2014, FC Bayern Munich opened a U.S. office in New York City as a first step to bring the Bayern brand and its famed Youth Academy to the United States.
Some of the key soccer elements of the partnership are listed below:
Twice Annual Coach Visits - FC Bayern Coaches will visit GPS first two weeks of December, last two weeks in June and first week in July every year.
Monthly Conference Call - GPS and Affiliate DOCs will participate in a monthly conference call with FC Bayern Academy.
Curriculum Access - FC Bayern provide GPS with access to their existing and developing curriculum – content sent bi-weekly.
Annual Technical Visits - Annual GPS visits to FC Bayern where we will be the guests of the Academy, see their methodology in action and catch a first team game.