Liverpool FC has today announced a new long-term agreement for the operation of LFC International Academy SoCal.

The project will initially focus on delivering programmes in Orange County, with plans for future expansion across additional counties in Southern California.

The long-term contract will give players the ability to train under the tutelage of LFC International Academy coaches learned in the principles and methodologies that are at the centre of what is taught at LFC’s Academy in Liverpool.  

Through the unique coaching methods of Liverpool FC, players will learn to improve technical and tactical aspects of their game while learning key life skills centred on the four values of the Liverpool way: Ambition, Commitment, Dignity and Unity. 

Tim Woodcock, Director of Operations at LFC International Academy SoCal, said: “We’re honoured to partner with the current European champions, Liverpool FC. We believe they offer the very best solution in elite European professional soccer and it’s exciting to be able to bring that to our players here in Southern California. It’s an exciting time to be part of the world’s greatest football family.  

“Our try-outs begin next month, so that is the first opportunity for young players in the region to join this illustrious football club.”

Dan White, Head of Liverpool FC’s International Academy programme globally, said: “It’s great that we’re now able to offer our international youth coaching program in Southern California. 

“We’re confident that this will be successfully implemented and are excited to give young players the opportunity to learn to play the Liverpool way in the area. 

“This is a long-term plan and we look forward to working hand-in-hand with the coaches to ensure the coaching delivered on the project is market-leading. Our aim is to deliver an authentic experience at all LFC International Academies with players learning how to play the Liverpool way.

“As is the case with all our projects, we are aiming to have a positive impact on the development of youth soccer in the region. The starting point for this is the opportunity and insight that we will give to the coaches which will ensure a positive all-round experience for participants.”