GFI Academy and TFC join forces to Upgrade the Game!
Global Football Innovation Academy (GFI) and Total Football Club are delighted to announce that they will be coming together as one. This merger brings together two organizations with a clear and shared vision for player development and the determined drive to become the very best youth soccer development organization in the Houston area.
TFC General Manager Sean Street 'At TFC we have always been fully committed to providing the best for our players, and their families, be that the best environment, the best development, the best opportunities to progress or the best experience. Because of this focus and the incredible amount of hard work and commitment from all of the fantastic TFC staff we have seen tremendous success across the last 10 years, not only in terms of the growth of TFC but also in respect of the number of players who have moved on to compete at the professional Academy environment and the recognition awarded to our club by Major League Soccer with their invitation to join the MLS NEXT League and the continued expansion of our programs therein.'
'We are incredibly excited to be able to offer even more to our TFC families and to take the next step by partnering with GFI, an organization that shares our vision and values and like us, wants to be able to provide the very best for the players and families that we are fortunate to work with every day. Our goal now is to ensure that we are creating the best environment for development and a pathway that leads to the very highest levels of the game. This is just the beginning and we can't wait to get started.'
The merger will see the new organization take the name GFI and former 3 time World Cup Mexico National Team Captain, Gerardo Torrado, will be leading the soccer operations as Sporting Director.
GFI Sporting Director Gerardo Torrado 'After deeply analyzing the market we see a huge opportunity in the United States and especially the Houston area. Houston is full of passion and soccer talent and we are convinced that with our unique methodology and game model, alongside our phenomenal new facilities, we will be able to build the smartest and most competitive elite players in a way that has not been seen before in the Houston area.
It was very clear to us that joining forces with TFC was the logical thing to do. For a number of years they have been the best club at creating an environment for the development of elite players in Houston. We share the same vision of working in a future where top players have real opportunities to become professionals, and with our global reach we know that this is something we will provide.'