IMG Academy's Director of Soccer, Scott Dean, and Director of Girls Soccer, Bobby Johnston, and coach Matt Baehr traveled to Japan recently to hold a coaching clinic for aspiring players and coaches. The clinic took place at the Global Arena in Munakata city, Fukuoka, Kyushu, Japan, May 17-19. During the three-day clinic, more than 130 boys and girls players and coaches from around the country took time out to learn from IMG Academy's Dean and Johnston, while more than 1,200 spectators took in the action. Many players in attendance expressed how they felt as though they had taken their game to the next level, and were interested in traveling to Bradenton, Fla. for a more in-depth experience. For the coaches, it was not only a chance to coach dozens of youth players with a passion for the game, but an opportunity to take in Japan's rich culture and history. For the players and coaches, they were able to get a glimpse of the world renowned training that has helped developed the likes of 2010 World Cup U.S. goalkpeeper Tim Howard; San Jose Earthquakes goalkeeper Jon Busch; U.S. Men’s National team members Michael Parkhurst and Demarcus Beasley; and New York Red Bulls back Heath Pearce, in addition to more than 60 NCAA Division-I college signees.
More scenes from the soccer clinic in Japan: