Ligue 1 club Paris St-Germain is continuing its push into the North American market by opening a $70m residential soccer academy in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area in Florida.
The Paris St-Germain USA Campus is the largest academy set up to date by a European club on American soil. It serves as the headquarters of all PSG academies across North America and is the home of the new PSG Academy pro residency program.
The South Florida site, built in partnership with franchise holder Paris St-Germain Academy USA, includes a 20,000-seat stadium, five pitches, and a residential program that can serve over 100 players aged U13-U19, including both boys and girls, per season.
Students are taught soccer in the PSG methodology combined with a traditional eduction at the exclusive North Broward Preparatory school in a 10-month program which runs from mid-August to mid-June. Prices range from $35,000 to $81,400 a year, while admission is by tryout only.
According to the academy website, participation in the program will help enable student-athletes attend exclusive American universities such as Duke, Stanford, and Michigan State as well as give them a route to turn professional in the US via the United Soccer League or Major League Soccer. The academy is directly affiliated with USL League Two club FC Miami City.
According to a press release: “To support its expansion strategy in the US, the club will aim to engage new partners among US domestic clubs to bring their expertise to PSG Academy USA. These partners would be key players in Paris St-Germain’s ability to reach its objective of three to five new academies per year.”
In 2018, PSG announced a three-year partnership with Nike subsidiary Jordan Brand, which was designed to strengthen the club’s brand in both the US and overseas.