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About Us

Liverpool Football Club International Academy- Michigan (LFCIA-MI) is a premier soccer academy based in Pontiac, Michigan, with more than 80 staff members, 115 teams and 1,500 players aged 8-18 who compete in premier and mid-level select programs. The club also offers developmental programming for ages 3-10.

The club was originally founded in 1990 and was known as Force Football Club for more than 20 years.  In February 2016, Force partnered with Liverpool FC International Academy- America to become its first official partner club in the Midwest.  

This partnership united Force's reputation for high quality player development, leadership, and professionalism here in Michigan with the rich, storied tradition of Liverpool Football Club in England. The new identity has enhanced our level of training and competing, but in many ways we are the same great club that has been serving the Michigan soccer community for more than 20 years.

LFCIA-MI continues under the leadership of Owner and President Andy Wagstaff, Director of Coaching Kevin Garner, and Director of Operations Danny Price.

The club offers:

  • Qualified, licensed and experienced coaching staff
  • A player-centered approach
  • A community of players and families with a passion for soccer
  • MSDSL, Director’s Academy, MYSL, MSPSP, and MRL and NPL League participation

As an International Academy for the prestigious English Premier League club, our players:

  • Train under the proprietary curriculum of The Academy in England, implemented through “Boot Room,” its extensive storehouse of training material, and regular communication between our coaching staff and the International Academy coaches in England
  • Have the privilege of wearing the official RED Liverpool Football Club jersey
  • Become members of the “World’s Greatest Football Family”
  • Attend the LFC summer camp here in Michigan with coaches from the International Academy in England
  • Have the opportunity to travel and play in England
  • Learn to play under establish philosophy of Ambition, Commitment, Dignity, and Unity known as “The Liverpool Way”

LFCIA-MI operates out of Pontiac (Ultimate Soccer Arenas) and Bloomfield Hills and has additional sites in Ann Arbor, Clarkston/North Oakland, Ferndale, and Windsor.