Internationals joins Puma Elite Powered by Arsenal

We are excited to announce that the Internationals Academy has been chosen as only the 3rd club in the United States to participate in the Puma Elite Powered by Arsenal program!  This partnership will drastically improve the quality of training and development that we continue to offer our players at all age groups and levels of play, from our U-12 teams all the way up thru our U-18/19 Academy teams.  This unique working relationship that Puma has provided to us will put us in constant communication with the youth training staff of one of the best clubs in the world. Benefits of this relationship include access to training methods, training session curriculums, video presentations, and analysis of our teams and players as they progress thru the program.  These resources will only further enhance our status as the area’s premier development club for cultivating the region’s very best soccer talent.


In addition to the training curriculum and methods that will be provided to us and carried out by ALL of our teams is a focus group that will be selected and trained in conjunction with normal team activities.  This focus group will be composed of 10 – 20 players at key ages of interest as identified by the Puma Elite Powered by Arsenal program talent evaluators.  For this coming year, this aforementioned group will consist primarily of players with 2003 – 2006 birth years.  This select group will continue to train, and play games, with their Internationals age group team(s) while also training as a part of the Puma Elite Powered by Arsenal training group.  These training sessions will be straight from the established program curriculum with continued evaluation and analysis by the Puma Elite Powered by Arsenal staff.  The program is comprised of very detailed and intensive technical training that emphasizes proper talent development and the attention to detail that has become synonymous with the Arsenal teaching style. 


Along with the continued teaching methods and curriculum that will be incorporated into all of our teams, the Puma Elite Powered by Arsenal program will provide the opportunity for selected players to participate in some amazing experiences!  One such experience will be annual participation in the Puma Elite Powered by Arsenal Super Group showcase event at the Disney Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida.  This tournament brings together 6 of the best teams from the country to play with and against youth teams from Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund.  In addition to these great games, the format also includes on-field training sessions and classroom activities led by their youth staff.  At last year’s event, our boys created the memory of a lifetime by tying the team from Borussia Dortmund!  It was an amazing week of soccer and we are thrilled to be able to continue to be a part of this first class event for years to come!


The other two events will be by way of invitations to players that are selected from the focus training group in those key age groups of primary importance to the Puma Elite Powered by Arsenal program.  Every July, the program will invite a select group of the most talented players in the country to train together with the program coaching staff for a week for the Puma Elite Trials.  At least 2 Internationals players will join a select group of 16-20 players from around the United States!  The only cost to participate for our selected members will be the travel to the selected location (Florida, Arizona, etc.) with all other costs to participate (including housing, apparel, meals, and most importantly the world class soccer training) paid for by the Puma Elite Powered by Arsenal program.  From that event, the program will then evaluate and select players to participate in their annual All-Star trip to London.  As a part of our participation as only 1 of 3 clubs in the United States that has this opportunity to work with the Puma Elite Powered by Arsenal program, we will have at least one of our players on this annual trip at absolutely no cost!  This once-in-a-lifetime 5-day trip hosted by the Arsenal Football Club will provide amazing behind the scenes access to one of the very best clubs in the world.  Some of the incredible experiences that await include training sessions and games on the Arsenal grounds with the Arsenal youth teams and staff, rubbing shoulders and chances to observe the senior team in training sessions and at the facility, and tickets to watch the first team play a Premier League game at the Emirates Stadium!  This is a world class opportunity that at least one of our boys will have the extraordinary chance to experience now and for years to come!


As a club, Internationals for years has been the leader in player development.  No other club has provided the full range of competing at the highest levels the country has to offer, from our club teams playing regionally in the National Premier League to our inclusion as an original member of the U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy.  Our players have always had unique opportunities to grow their game and maximize their potential thru programs and competitions that no other club in the area could offer.  It’s been the reason we have such a distinguished list of players that move on to compete at the next level collegiately, professionally, and even representing our country internationally.  Now, once again, we are proud to offer these incredible opportunities through this Puma Elite Powered by Arsenal partnership that will continue to provide the very best atmosphere for growth and development to the elite youth soccer players in the region.