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7 Elite to offer “world class’ opportunities after tryouts

7 Elite to offer “world class’ opportunities after tryouts


7 Elite Academy will continue to offer “world-class coaching and college opportunities” after thousands of players joined its teams during tryouts across Utah in May.

The global youth soccer academy, which runs teams and training programs in the United States, United Kingdom and Africa, held tryout sessions in St George, Salt Lake City and Lehi.

Players who were successful at tryouts will join 7 Elite Academy’s Player Pathway, which runs application programs for colleges and professional academies across the world.

That pathway has seen hundreds of young people join the college and academy of their choice, including many who now train, study and live at the famous Steven Gerrard Academy in Liverpool.

Anthony Godfrey, 7 Elite Academy Global Director, said: “This has been a year of continued expansion in terms of players, staff and facilities for 7 Elite Academy across the world, including right here in Utah.

“That investment has seen even more young people attend tryouts and find out more about the benefits of our Player Pathway. It can transform a player’s  future opportunities in soccer and education.

“We have also recruited more full-time staff than ever in St George and Salt Lake City, with the knock-on benefits that brings in terms of quality of coaching and player development.

“Furthermore, we have recently extended arrangements to use the best coaching tools in the world, including Sport Sessions Planner, The Coaches’ Voice and 360Player.

“Our outlook has always been about offering world-class coaching and college opportunities to every young person who walks through our doors. With these tools in place, that will continue next season.”

7 Elite Academy’s expansion in 2024 also saw it stage one of the biggest-ever youth soccer events the region, when 500 teams from across the world competed in the 7 Elite Academy International Tournament.

And with plans to open new training bases and offices in the region over the next twelve months, even more young people are set to benefit from the academy’s unique development program.

Anthony added: “We have a plan in place that will transform the soccer and educational prospects of young people in Utah over the next decade and beyond.

“By nurturing close working partnerships with colleges and academies here in the United States and in the United Kingdom, we can offer new opportunities for players to reach their full potential.

“Our young people are given access to the best tournaments and college showcase events, which are crucial in creating a good impression with recruiters and scouts.

“Together with our world-class coaching program, I am confident we make a huge difference to the future development of youth soccer in Utah.”