In July 2015 Almaden FC became the first west coast affiliate club of FC Bayern Munich, powered by Global Premier Soccer (GPS) the official North American Youth Partner of FC Bayern. FC Bayern is arguably one of the best clubs in world football and has a proven track record of having an incredible youth academy system producing FC Bayern senior team players like Lahm, Schweinsteiger, Muller, Kroos and Hummels.
Our affiliation with FC Bayern has and will continue to provide Almaden FC with unique opportunities and experiences that help set our club on a platform above any other soccer club on the west coast.
Here are some of the benefits that Almaden FC has reaped as being an FC Bayern affiliate club:
Twice Annual Coach Visits - FC Bayern Coaches visit GPS HQ first two weeks of December, last two weeks in June and first week in July every year. Affiliate club coaches are invited to attend these annual coach meetings to learn the latest coaching material, key elements of FC Bayern affiliation and then circulate relevant information/material back with their local clubs.
Monthly Conference Call - GPS and Almaden Technical Director John Devine and FC Bayern Director of Coaching Adam Whaley participate in a monthly conference call with FC Bayern Academy.
Curriculum Access - FC Bayern provide Almaden FC with access to their existing and developing academy curriculum – content sent bi-weekly.
Annual Technical Visits - Annual GPS and affiliate clubs visit to FC Bayern where they will be the guests of the Academy, see their methodology in action and catch a first team game. Since our affiliation Head Coach Robert Stewart and Nicole Evans have been invited to take part in these annual technical visits at FC Bayern Munich, Germany.
GPS FC Bayern National Team
The GPS USA FC Bayern National Team comprises the top players from throughout the GPS franchises and affiliation clubs. The GPS FC Bayern National teams compete in various events throughout North America and select International events such as the Milk Cup, N.Ireland. This year four local Almaden FC players were selected to represent The GPS FC Bayern National Team in the FC Bayern Youth Cup Germany, The Gothia Cup Sweden and The SuperCup Northern Ireland. An incredible opportunity for our local Almaden FC players to play on an international stage against teams from Asia, Africa, Europe, South America and North America.
FC Bayern ID Program
As part of FC Bayern’s commitment to the US soccer market, the FC Bayern ID program was established in 2015 and has served as a key program to identify players across the US with potential to become FC Bayern male or female senior team players. Almaden FC host FC Bayern ID camps in the Fall, Spring and Summer for the entire west coast region. For more information on our upcoming FC Bayern ID camp please click here
FC Bayern Residential Camps
In conjunction with North American Youth Partner GPS, FC Bayern host residential camps across the US. The camp curriculum and philosophy mirror the training methods used in the FC Bayern Academy in Germany and offer boys & girls, ages 10-17, the opportunity to experience soccer training with FC Bayern Munich Academy coaches, all led by FC Bayern Munich U14 Coach Thomas Döellner. Last summer several Almaden FC players and head coaches attended residential camps in Savannah, Georgia and Fort Ann, New York. The Almaden FC players selected took in two sessions each day focusing on a variety of different technical and tactical topics along with possession games and small sided games. Workshop topics included a history of FC Bayern Munich and the club philosophy, video and game analysis, off-field preparation- hydration, nutrition, rest & recovery.
From 2015/16 GPS teams will wear the following uniforms:
Home: Green Almaden home kit.
Away: FC Bayern latest away kit with Almaden logo on sleeve.
Training jersey - FC Bayern bespoke training jersey.
Outerwear - Adidas zip up with Almaden & FC bayern logo.
National team - Full FC Bayern Home kit.
Tours to Germany
FC Bayern bring GPS and affiliate teams to visit FC Bayern on tour annually each summer. In May 2016, Almaden FC player Callaghan Bornokay and Almaden FC head coach Rob Stewart attended the Allianz Arena and competed against local opposition and FC Bayern Academy teams.
Each year the tour consists of the following:
Compete against FC Bayern Academy Teams
Visit and train at Säbener Strasse, the home of the FC Bayern Academy.
See FC Bayern in action at the Allianz Arena
Tour the Stadium and the FC Bayern Museum
Participate in additional excursions to local tourist attractions e.g. BMW Museum, Olympia Park.