Corinthians set to open first US football school
Corinthians are set to open their first football school outside Brazil, with California's Fontana facility close to opening for business.
The reigning Club World Cup champions have established a presence in the United States and have already enrolled 105 pupils looking to polish their skills.
The facility will host the pupils for classes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with teams competing in the local weekend leagues representing Corinthians Soccer Academy.
Corinthians say that the California site is only the beginning of their plan to expand their academies worldwide with sites in Lima, Peru and Lisbon, Portugal also underway.
“The Corinthians Soccer Academy has acquired a plot of four acres in the city of Fontana for the construction of a facility featuring three soccer fields, locker rooms and a snack bar with complete infrastructure for soccer practice,” said Josias Baptista, owner of the school.
Corinthians official Roberto Toledo added: “With the professional work being done, I’m sure that our first international school will have a very large growth and support the growth of the sport in the US.”