Matt Simmons, Executive Director
Matt was born and raised in Peru, South America. Growing up in Peru, Matt developed a passion for “futbol” (Soccer) and has been playing soccer since the age of 3. While in Peru, he had the opportunity to work with children at the local Youth Soccer Academy. This is where his passion for coaching youth soccer began. Matt moved to the USA when he was 17 and played soccer at the High School and College level. Matt loves working with kids and teaching them not only soccer skills but also lessons in character through the sport of soccer. He now resides in Columbia, SC with his lovely wife and their two children.
“Soccer has been a passion for me for as long as I can remember. My father played soccer in college and passed along his love of the game to my brother, sister and me. Growing up in Peru was an amazing experience for me. Soccer was a part of everyday life. We grew up playing soccer on dirt courts and dirty streets. Sometimes if we couldn’t find a soccer ball we would use a make shift ball made out of rolled up banana leaves. Nothing would stop us from getting in a game or two every day. The friendships I made through soccer I still have today. Through soccer I learned the importance of teamwork, respect,
discipline and also the need for living a healthy and active lifestyle. I love Soccer Shots because it gives me and my coaching staff a platform to pass on these important principles to every child and family we serve. Watching a child smile and laugh alongside their friends as they play soccer, seeing their self confidence improve when they dribble and score a goal, to see that little glimmer in their eye when they master a certain skill, this is why I love what I do. This is why I love Soccer Shots.”
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The “Three C's” – Coaching, Communication and Curriculum
The foundation of Soccer Shots is our relentless commitment to providing best-in-class coaching, communication and curriculum.
The best coaches in the business
- Every Soccer Shots coach must complete our comprehensive training program to receive certification.
- All Soccer Shots coaches are trained in the use of developmentally appropriate techniques.
- Coaches are routinely evaluated and undergo ongoing training.
- Our coach selection process evaluates not only the ability to coach soccer, but also the ability to engage and inspire children.
An exceptional customer experience with ongoing communication
- You will receive a weekly summary of what your child is learning at Soccer Shots.
- We proactively communicate cancellations due to weather or other circumstances.
- Our staff understands the importance of timely, responsive communication.
Expert-approved curriculum that aligns with early childhood education standards
- Our developmentally appropriate curriculum places an emphasis on character development and skill building.
- Our program is created under the guidance of childhood education specialists, professional soccer players and experienced and licensed soccer coaches.
- We constantly re-evaluate and update our curriculum to stay current with childhood education standards.
The History of Soccer Shots
Our founding partners, Jeremy Sorzano and Jason Webb, were soccer teammates both in college and professionally. They formed Soccer Shots® in 1998 after recognizing a lack of quality soccer programs for children under age 8. They shared an entrepreneurial spirit, a deep love of soccer, and a passion to inspire children to live fit and healthy lives.
The success of Soccer Shots in Charlotte, NC and Harrisburg, PA, where Sorzano and Webb first launched their businesses, led to several of their friends and former teammates wanting to get involved. In 2005, Soccer Shots began franchising and opened its first four franchises in OH, DE, FL, and PA. The business opportunity began to attract more soccer entrepreneurs, and Soccer Shots has enjoyed growing around the country and into Canada.
In May of 2009, Justin Bredeman, another former college soccer teammate, became the third Soccer Shots partner. Justin brought with him eight years of experience from Auntie Anne’s, Inc., a pretzel franchising company, where he led a team that supported nearly 800 franchise units. His deep understanding of the franchise business model also comes from the knowledge gained from his five years of owning and running a Soccer Shots business of his own.
In August of 2009, the Soccer Shots partners founded the Soccer Shots Foundation, the non-profit arm of Soccer Shots. The Soccer Shots Foundation provides opportunities to economically challenged children within the U.S. and around the world through the game of soccer.
From its humble beginnings, Soccer Shots has grown beyond Jeremy and Jason’s biggest dreams, with over 180 territories across 37 states and Canada. In 2016, more than 335,000 children participated in Soccer Shots.
The business is consistently recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine as the #1 Children’s Fitness Franchise in the U.S. And today, Soccer Shots is positioned as the best-in-class children’s soccer program with a focus on character development.
And while the accolades are appreciated, our mission remains focused – positively impacting children’s lives.
Soccer Shots Franchising, LLC is based in central Pennsylvania, just east of Harrisburg.
Stronger Youth. Beyond the Game.
We believe that soccer is a powerful vehicle for positively impacting youth. Through our partnership with the U.S. Soccer Foundation, we aim to impact children who live in underserved communities throughout the U.S. through quality soccer programs that support their physical and personal development.