began running summer soccer camp in 1985, as British Soccer Camps, a division of All American Indoor Sports Inc. All American operated a number of multi-purpose indoor soccer facilities and was owned by Ron Matsch and Jim Jorgensen. Ron and Jim also founded Discovery Zone Inc., an indoor playground and fun center for children, that went on to achieve international success.
The British Soccer Camp program quickly grew throughout the Midwest, expanding into Oklahoma, Tennessee and Georgia, and establishing a reputation of delivering quality coaching with a unique British cultural twist.
On October 1, 1997, Challenger Sports was created by Ron Matsch, Jim Jorgensen, Peter Arch, Alan Jones and Andy Bennett and the company acquired the operations of British Soccer. Gearing up for nationwide growth of the British Soccer Camp program and for further expansion into other elements of the soccer industry, Challenger Sports quickly recruited Paul Lawrence and Derek Shoare who at the time were President and Vice President of the largest soccer camp company in the United States.
Challenger built a quality staff of full-time Regional Soccer Directors, and within two years had established a network of offices throughout the United States. Challenger also invested heavily in the United Kingdom and were the first United States-based soccer company to set up a full-time recruitment and training operation in Britain.
Challenger’s investment was quickly rewarded as the British Soccer Camp program grew by over 47 percent in 1998 and then grew a further 71 percent in 1999! Since then, the company has continued to grow steadily each year, and Challenger now runs over 3,500 British Soccer Camps for 120,000 children and also coaches a further 50,000 players on their rapidly expanding year round Club Trainer programs.
More recently, Challenger established a sister company to manufacture and sell soccer uniforms directly to the United States soccer community. By eliminating several stages of the traditional importer/wholesaler/retailer chain, Challenger is able to do direct-to-market with an incredible uniform at a fantastic price.
Challenger now finds itself with a nationwide network of clubs, coaches, players and parents, and a broad base of soccer products and services that just about covers anything that you could wish to find in the soccer world. Challenger Sports really is your “Total Soccer Company.”
Oct 2009 – Challenger Sports acquired TetraBrazil Soccer Academy. TetraBrazil, based out of Rio De Janeiro, has been providing their unique Brazilian style coaching to players in the US for 10 years. TetraBrazil coaches are all Brazilian and their camp program helps US youngsters learn the skills, moves, and tactics that made Brazil the most successful soccer nation of all time. Challenger will coordinate the sales and operations of the TetraBrazil camps in the USA and will set up an office in Rio de Janeiro handling coach recruiting, professional training and player identification and representation.