Study and Play Abroad ™ is the most comprehensive 'Study and Play" program anywhere in the world. U.S and international students have the ability to study for their Bachelors or Masters degrees in the United Kingdom while training and playing with professional soccer clubs.

Clubs that play in the National Youth Football League (www.nfyl.co.uk) have a proven track record of producing professional soccer players. See Callum Walmsley's story with Barnsley Football Club. 

As a student athlete you will play a full European length season plus a several knockout cup competitions as well as the opportunity to be selected to participate in exhibition games and a national all-star trip to Europe. 

Due to several soccer clubs having varying levels of soccer, this program is not just available to the 'elite' players. It's an opportunity for athletes that might not have an opportunity in their respective countries but want to continue playing at a competitive/social level while pursuing their education. 


All soccer clubs that play in the NFYL have partnered with universities where the student athletes will gain the University experience by living and studying on the campus while obtaining their undergraduate or graduate degrees.

"... bridging the gap between
Academy Soccer and University."

Our Commitment

Due to the attractiveness of this program, combining elite football with academics, we have a moral and ethical obligation to ensure all students are fully aware that academics must come first and all student athletes agree to upholding the high academic standards each University sets.


Our Team

Ryan Hodgson

A native of Northern England, Ryan is the Director of Elite Player Programming of Challenger Sports and oversees the global Study and Play Program.

Ryan's experience recruiting and developing athletes into professional players is outstanding. He has a deep passion for helping student athletes develop to their full potential.

Hodgson, a former D1 Soccer player and College soccer coach is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

Let's chat about your future.

Study and Play Abroad ™ is the most comprehensive "Study and Play" program anywhere in the world.


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