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In August of 2013, CSSM Soccer Academy was founded by Head Coach Christopher Saul. Using his knowledge of the game, through playing and coaching, he began to expand his club, player by player. Coach Saul used his academy to develop players individually, in order to assemble premier level squads. The current U16 (1999-2000 born) team was the first full roster team to compete for the club.
Now, under the name of IFK Maryland, the club has grown to over 180 athletes with club teams that range from ages U8 to U19. IFK Maryland offers a unique, pro-like club structure that allows players to progress well into their playing careers. Players will earn the chance to train in front of professional scouts as the team travels domestically and abroad.
The Men's professional team grew from the ranks of the Maryland Major Semi-Pro League and has entered some of the most elite tournaments worldwide: Baltimore Mania, PA Classics, Delaware Rush, EP Cup, the Disney International Showcase, and in July of 2015, the UMEA Cup in Sweden! The team is committed to growth and development of all players and will be sure to continue making noise as the only professional outdoor soccer team in Maryland.
Joining Chris, and helping him build his dream, are 7 coaches with collegiate and professional playing experience. Trained and certified, we have coaches who are specialized in skill tactics, ball control, strength & conditioning, and goalkeeping.