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71 Ark Rd
Lumberton, New Jersey,08048
Universal Soccer Academy has been providing knowledge and training to the world of soccer since 2000. We have been improving the play of advanced soccer players and guiding them through the obstacles youth soccer players face in today's game. Universal has con... more.
Director of Soccer Operations James Galanis is considered one of the best coaches/teachers of soccer in the USA. For over a decade James has helped players of all ages and all levels excel at individual development, the game, and in life itself. His wisdom and methodology come from his own experiences in life and on the soccer field. James is an Australian native who made his professional soccer debut at the tender age of 15. He worked under various high-level coaches including world soccer legend Ferenc Puskas and he played in Australia's National Competition for three years, spending the majority of his career competing in the Victorian Second Division. After a successful senior playing career, James arrived in the United States where he began evaluating soccer as a profession. James identified that there were no training programs that specialized in training and preparing players seeking to play at the highest level. James began to instruct players seeking to play at the highest level and quickly recognized his ability to create an environment that helped these students excel at a rapid pace. The idea of creating an academy that would specialize in training soccer players who are seeking to play professionally was born. In 2000 Galanis, founded Universal Soccer Academy: an academy focused on high-level and professional development through both classes and on the field training. In 2002, James expanded the Academy and took his priceless knowledge and training methods to South America. James launched Universal Argentina located in the providence of Cordoba. Today, Universal Argentina is respected for producing players who have gone on to represent Argentinean national teams and players that are playing in Argentina's top divisions. In 2010, James was appointed Head Coach of the Atlanta Beat of Women's Professional Soccer (WPS). The Atlanta Beat has turned to James' player development methods as it looks towards James to build a young team that will dominate WPS soccer in the future. James is a specialist in player development. He thrives on helping young players achieve their goals and find their dreams. James is a first class role model for all young players and a true teacher of the game. James remains a student of the game and continues to work tirelessly for all Universal Soccer Academy students. James Galanis Director of Soccer Operations
Director of Soccer Operations James Galanis is considered one of the best coaches/teachers of soccer in the USA. For over a decade James has helped players of all ages and all levels excel at individual development, the game, and in life itself. His wisdom and methodology come from his own experiences in life and on the soccer field.
Mindset of a Champion Seminar - Universal Soccer Academy
Be inspired by Coach James Galanis and learn from his years of experience coaching and training elite athletes!
Gain exclusive insight into the mind of a champion athlete! Hear the specific characteristics shared by elite athletes. "James taught me what it means to be mentally tough! To be able to elevate my game and thrive under pressure." USA Today "Galanis is a soccer guru. "Carli Lloyd credits her trainer of 13 years, James Galanis, with much of her success..."
James Galanis - Owner and Director of Soccer OperationsJames Galanis is the Owner and Director of Soccer Operations for Universal Soccer Academy.Born in 1971, James grew up in Melbourne, Australia, James went on to become a passionate soccer lover.James enjoyed a very successful youth career playing for Bundoora Soccer Club, before moving on to Clifton Hill Soccer Club where he played his first senior game at age 16.While an established player of the Clifton Hill Soccer Club, James was personally invited by world soccer and Real Madrid legend Ferenc Puskas to join his Academy team.Of course, James accepted the invitation and went on to be captain of the team.The team enjoyed many successes and James benefited from the world-class training and tactical knowledge provided to him by Mr. Puskas.In 1989, James resumed his senior career where he played for South Melbourne, Clifton Hill, and Northcote Soccer Clubs.In 2000, James Galanis founded Universal Soccer Academy.He has gone on to train and influence many players, clubs, leagues, and associations around the world.His specialized training has helped players gain selection for state, regional, and national teams.He is known for the tailored training programs he designs and the positive impact he has on all his students and associates.Today, James remains a student of the game and continues to provide academy members with his valuable knowledge.
Our club is under the direction of our Technical Director James Galanis and his accomplished staff from Universal Soccer Academy.
James is the creator of our Team Development Program, and has consistently produced nationally ranked teams, Olympic Developmental Players and National Team Players. James Galanis has been working with Medford Strikers teams for 15 years. In the spring of 2006 James was appointed Technical Director and introduced our Team Development Program. This program focuses on developing exceptional soccer players and teams that compete at the national level. James is recognized as one of the leading trainers/coaches of soccer players in the USA. James is the founder and Director of Universal Soccer Academy, which is recognized globally as one the best soccer academies in the USA; producing National Team players at all levels, MLS players and professional players playing abroad in Europe.