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Force FC Ferndale To Become LFCIA-MI Development Center

05/28/2017, 1:45pm EDT
By K. Judge


Ferndale, MI, May 3, 2017 — Liverpool FC International Academy- Michigan (LFCIA-MI) is pleased to announced that Force Football Club Ferndale will become part of LFCIA-MI as of the June tryouts for the 2017-18 season.  This site will offer youth soccer players the opportunity to be trained under a proven player development program with coaches who have access to the proprietary curriculum of Liverpool FC International Academy (UK) and the world-wide resources that come with being part of the LFC International Academy.  

“Players will be introduced to a world-class soccer curriculum and the quality coaching of Liverpool FC IA Michigan and be part of the LFC family with its great history and tradition,” said Steve Cook, current director of Force FC Ferndale and new Site Director for LFCIA-MI Ferndale.  “Players will benefit from a proven developmental model, which is not currently offered by other clubs around Ferndale.”

LFCIA-MI Ferndale teams will compete in either MSPSL, MYSL or MSDSL leagues. Home games will be played at Ferndale High School and various other local fields, with training at local fields in Ferndale and the surrounding area.  Players in the club can also attend the annual LFC Summer Camp, which will be held August 14-17, 2017, at Ultimate Soccer Arenas in Pontiac.

The Ferndale site will be known as a Development Center and is designed to fill the gap for those players looking for a soccer experience that is more than recreational soccer but less than premier travel soccer, from both a time and cost commitment.  Training and playing is offered at a reduced fee compared to premier travel soccer.

“The concept of a development center is ideal for those players looking to supplement their recreational soccer or extracurricular activities,” said Kevin Garner, LFCIA-MI’s Director of Coaching.  “Also, those who excel or have a serious interest in playing more competitive soccer will now have a direct pathway to the full Liverpool FC International Academy experience offered at our Central location at Ultimate Soccer Arenas.”  

“Steve is a real ambassador for the sport,” said Andy Wagstaff, President of LFCIA-MI, who has worked and coached with Steve for nearly 20 years, first with Bloomfield Force, then with the Ferndale Force, as well as with LFCIA-MI.  “He’s a top-level coach and a youth development specialist with a proven track record, and this is a logical next step for the program he’s been running in Ferndale.”  

“There is a lot of talent in this area,” Wagstaff continued.  “In the long term, we’re helping lay a foundation for the player whose goal is to play for their middle school and high school or go on to play in college.  We’re enhancing the sport in and around this community.”

The Liverpool FC International Academy system is a growing network of soccer academies that operates worldwide.  In addition to having access to the curriculum, which includes online training sessions developed by International Academy coaches around the world, the program involves regular interaction with the International Academy coaches in England.  There are also opportunities for coaching education sessions in Michigan and at The Academy in Liverpool, as well as LFC International Academy (UK) coaches coming to Michigan to work with club players and coaches at an annual LFC IA summer camp.

LFCIA-MI operates as a premier soccer academy based out of Pontiac (Ultimate Soccer Arenas) and Bloomfield Hills and has additional sites in Ann Arbor, Clarkston, Windsor, and Ferndale.  

Tryouts for the LFCIA-MI Ferndale site will be held June 17th & 18th at Ferndale High School on the main stadium field.  For more information on tryouts, visit, or contact Steve Cook, Site Director for LFCIA-MI Ferndale at (248) 761-9444 or

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