Youth Soccer Franchise Ranked #4 in Children’s Fitness Programs
HARRISBURG, Pa. – Soccer Shots announced today that it has been named to Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500® list, considered the world’s first, best and most comprehensive franchise ranking. Rated number four in the “Children’s Fitness Programs” category, Soccer Shots also ranked #253 overall.
The recognition received by Soccer Shots highlights the expansion made by the company in 2019. An addition of more than 30 territories last year brings the brand’s total number of territories to more than 240 across nearly 40 states and Canada.
“Earning a spot on this list distinguishes Soccer Shots as a brand and further validates our reputation as a top franchise investment. It’s certainly a very meaningful milestone to celebrate as we move into the next decade,” said Justin Bredeman, CEO of Soccer Shots. “The new year brings a lot of promise and as the market demand for youth soccer programming continues to grow, we’ll be there to meet it with our top-notch coaching, communication and curriculum.”
The key factors that go into the evaluation include costs and fees, size and growth, support, brand strength, and financial strength and stability. Each franchise is given a cumulative score based on an analysis of more than 150 data points, and the 500 franchises with the highest cumulative scores become the Franchise 500® in ranking order.
“The 500 companies on this list all have something in common: They understand what consumers want now,” says Jason Feifer, editor in chief of Entrepreneur. “They may be an upstart in a brand-new category, or they may be a brand like Dunkin’ that’s ranked highly on our list for decades. But either way, making our list means they’re forward-thinking, nimble, and closely in touch with their customers’ needs—because in an ever-changing business environment, that’s what a franchise must do to thrive.”
Aimed at positively impacting children’s lives, Soccer Shots strives to be the best part of a child’s week through best-in-class coaching, communication and curriculum. Serving children ages two through eight, the program features professional coaches in the community, an exceptional customer experience including ongoing communication and an expert-approved curriculum that aligns with early childhood education standards. The weekly programs, customized for three different age groups, teach children soccer fundamentals and character-building skills. Soccer Shots hosts private sessions through local schools and childcare centers as well as public programs, which are typically hosted through park districts.
For entrepreneurially spirited individuals interested in owning a Soccer Shots franchise, the typical franchise fee is $34,500. Plus, Soccer Shots is a proud partner of the VetFran program. Approved candidates receive 15% off of the total franchise fee. Ideal franchisees have a strong passion for making a positive impact on children and a desire to lead their own business. Soccer experience is not necessary to join the franchise, but knowledge and a dedication for the sport is preferred.
Over its 41 years in existence, the Franchise 500® has become both a dominant competitive measure for franchisors and a primary research tool for potential franchisees. Soccer Shots’ position on the ranking is a testament to its strength as a franchise opportunity.
To view Soccer Shots in the full ranking, visit www.entrepreneur.com/franchise500. Results can also be seen in the January/February 2020 issue of Entrepreneur, available on newsstands January 14th.
To learn more about Soccer Shots, visit www.soccershots.org.
For more information about available franchise opportunities, visit www.soccershotsfranchising.com.
About Soccer Shots
Based outside of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Soccer Shots is an international franchise program that provides children ages two through eight with a developmentally appropriate soccer and character development experience under the guidance of childhood education specialists, professional soccer players and experienced and licensed soccer coaches. The brand’s curriculum-based program is offered in more than 200 territories across nearly 40 states and Canada, serving over 440,000 children each year. Soccer Shots was founded by two professional soccer players who identified a need for quality and engaging soccer programs for children under age eight. To find a Soccer Shots program near you, visit www.soccershots.org.
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