Trent Popp, Owner – Executive Director
980.939.4375 – [email protected]
Trent was born in Indianapolis, IN where he grew up playing many different sports. Trent pursued soccer and led the state of Indiana in goals and points his senior year at Danville Community High School. Trent continued his soccer career at Asbury University in Lexington, KY where he graduated in 2012 with a Sports Management degree and a minor in coaching. Trent was a 4-year starter and 3-time captain at Asbury, where he holds the record for career goals. Trent received NAIA All-American Honors, NCCAA All-American Honors, as well as the NCCAA regional player of the year award and the KIAC player of the year award in 2011. Trent played a season in the Professional Development League in La Mirada, CA.
In 2012, Trent moved to Louisville, KY with his wife Emily to start their careers. Trent and Emily now have two children of their own Tytus and Ryland. Trent enjoys working with children and introducing them to the game that has meant so much to him. He knows that soccer teaches many great values that are important in life and loves to share them with children of all ages.
Leigh Miah, Director
502.822.0137 – [email protected]
Leigh was born and raised in London, England. With soccer being the national sport, He grew up immersed in the game, and from the moment he could walk a ball was at my feet. Leigh enjoyed playing indoor and outdoor soccer throughout my school years.
Leigh loved to watch the game, too and being devoted to his team, Brentford, followed them all over England, watching them play close to 1000 games! His claim to fame was being invited to play two charity matches at Brentford’s stadium. On the first occasion his team won 3-2 and on the second, he missed a penalty kick, which cost them the game. It hurt for a long time!
In terms of his career, after graduating high school, he became an apprenticeship at a logistics company, and spent 10 years working at one of the world’s busiest airports: London Heathrow.
His career path took a dramatic change after that when he left Heathrow to Pastor a community church. While there, Leigh met a beautiful lady named Amanda, who was from Louisville, Kentucky. They married and spent 5 years living in London. During that time they welcomed their son Kiean into the world! At the end of 2015, they decided it was time to hop across the pond, back to my Amanda’s hometown.
Leigh loves working with children and seeing them develop, and have a passion for the greatest game ever invented (in his opinion!). Joining the Soccer Shots team gives him the possibility to put the two together.
If you have a passion for positively impacting children, we’d love to talk to you.
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 through quality soccer programs that support their physical and personal development.