Germany Select Teams

Trips to Duisburg & Munich 2016

Train and play against some of the best Bundesliga academy teams. GFL is already selecting the teams that will play against German academy teams in Germany during the summer and Thanksgiving break of 2016. Please click on our link below for all the details about this exciting opportunity to play and be seen by top scouts. We will be also be attending at least 2 Bundesliga games in addition to many activities related to the sport.  Make sure you visit our German experience section to see our select players in action.

Get 2016 Germany Info

The GFL Player Experience is a once in a lifetime opportunity for talented players that are selected to go to Germany to play and train with some of the most prestigious soccer academies in the world.  The GFL Player experience provides premium training, games, cultural activities, unique fun, and camaraderie with players from all over the world. 

GFL’s Rudderham Signed by FC Magdeburg

Stephen Rudderham, a Florida player that is part of the GFL program signed with German professional team FC Magdeburg. Here’s Stevie in his first team photo just after starting his first game and playing the entire 90 minutes.  Stevie is seated first from right in the front row. GFL is extremely proud of offering our talented players the same opportunities Stevie had and hope to get more players signed professionally.

Team picture of the GFL 2015 Select Teams at MSV Duisburg Stadium. Over 50 players played for 17 days in Germany in front of scouts from Bundesliga teams.  This year more players were invited by professional teams for tryouts and many selected as players of interest.

This year over 100 players from the GFL Select Teams will train and play in Germany. Our athletes trained at the highest levels in amazing facilities, experiencing the life of a professional soccer player while playing against some of the top German teams in their age groups.

The German Experience

You have what it takes? You Could be Next

In August 2015 GFL Soccer took a group of talented players aged 10 to 17 to train and play teams from the region. Our group stayed in one of Germany’s most prestigious sports academy the Sportschule Wedau in Duisburg. Our teams played 30 games against teams such as FC Cologne, Rot Weiss Oberhausen, FC Schalke, Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen, MSV Duisburg, Fortuna Duesseldorf, VFL Bochum, Rot Weiss Essen, and Borussia Moenchengladbach. On many of those games  there were Professional Scouts and Agents. The following players were invited for professional team try outs:

· Jonathan Jiminez (born 1997, Chivas USA) – MSV Duisburg
· Zach Atkinson (born 1997, Boca United) – TSV 1860 Munich
· Nicholas Lukens (born 2000, IMG Academy) – MSV Duisburg
· Coby Atkinson (born 2000, Boca United) – TSV 1860 Munich, MSV Duisburg, TSG Hoffenheim
· Owen Huffmann (born 2000, Clearwater Chargers) – RW Oberhausen
· Ian Flores (born 2000, FC Tampa Rangers) – TSV 1860 München
· Guillerme Pinheiro (born 2000, IMG) – TSV 1860 München
· Adam Hassan (born 2000, FC Tampa Rangers) – TSV 1860 München
· Jacob Jimenez (born 2002, GPS Ft Myers Knights) – RW Oberhausen & MSV Duisburg
· David Ruiz (born 2002, Plant City FC) – RW Oberhausen
· Nicholas Ogazenov (born 2002, European SC) – TSV 1860 Munich

Stevie Rudderham in 2015, is the first GFL Select Team Player who signed with German 3rd Division side FC Magdeburg , currently living and playing in Germany.

GFL’s ultimate goal is to expose talented US players to the best soccer youth development system in the world and open doors for those players with dreams of playing professionally in the US or abroad.


Our next select team trip will be to Duisburg from July 31st to August 14th, 2016 and to Munich from November 19 to November 28, 2016. Our select teams will play and train in the home of the World Cup champions!

Our teams will play against Bundesliga Youth Academy teams and be seen by top Bundesliga scouts in the country.  Cultural and sports activities are also part of this trip, including watching Bundesliga teams play and meeting professional players, making this a unique experience for all.

We select our teams via scouting, coach recommendations and multiple tryouts throughout the year. Get more info on the select teams by clicking on the button below.

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Stephen “Stevie” Rudderham, GFL’s St. Petersburg native signed by German Bundesliga team FC Magdeburg started his first game with the U19 team, playing the entire 90 minutes.  

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Train Hard-Play Hard

Yes we did train very hard in Duisburg.  But the days off, oh boy……did we have fun.  We were able to experience what the city had to offer.  

GFL at Fortuna Dusseldorf Esprit Arena

The group of players, family and staff of GFL’s Duisburg trip were part of the over 50,000 fans that watched an exciting Bundesliga game.  As part of our activities, players get to experience what might be a once in a lifetime top tier game.

Breakfast of Champions

As soon as we got there, the staff at the facility had a hot breakfast buffet to make us feel at home.  The mornings (as well as during the other meals served) were always a great time to get to know all the players not only from our age group, but from the al the GFL teams.

Air Berlin – Here we come!

Over 75 passengers of the Miami to Dusseldorf Air Berlin flight were from the GFl Select Teams, including staff and family members.  The fun started at the Airport with a very organized group of athletes and a lot of fun once we boarded the modern plane.

Another GFL Player Trying Out in Germany

Another talented player left for Germany the beginning of November to tryout with Bundesliga Div 1 team TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.  Coby Atkinson started his individual training, ability tests and team training Monday, November 10 of 2015.

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