Two of the leading sports organizations in New Jersey come together to serve the soccer community with a portfolio of soccer offerings related to player development and premier competition!
FC Copa Academy
Lori Berman, Vice President
Iron Peak Sports & Events:
Fred Ewig, General Manager
HILLSBOROUGH, NJ, July 20, 2023 — In an exciting move for the New Jersey soccer community, two leading organizations, FC Copa Academy and Iron Peak Sports & Events, have come together to form a joint venture that promises to deliver an unparalleled experience for youth, collegiate, and professional soccer athletes alike. The joint venture, which brings together two organizations with different strengths and areas of expertise, will leverage the resources of each to create new opportunities and push the boundaries of what is possible in the sport. Through this venture, FC Copa Academy and Iron Peak Sports & Events will share resources and knowledge, resulting in increased product offerings, world-class facilities, a player development pathway, and access to a broader competitive platform. Players and parents can expect to see more dynamic and competitive events, while players can look forward to enhanced training and development opportunities for athletes of all ages and abilities throughout Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer, Morris, Union, and neighboring counties. Commencing in the Fall of 2023, the joint venture will launch with programs that focus on the complete player development lifecycle…from recreational player to high school athlete; from travel player to collegiate level athlete; and lastly from elite club player to the professional ranks. “This joint venture represents an exciting new chapter for both organizations. Since our inception, FC Copa Academy has provided thousands of opportunities to players in New Jersey with emphasis on excellence on and off the field,” said FC Copa President, Founder and Executive Director of Coaching Roberto Aguas. “By coming together, we are creating a stronger partnership that will allow us to deliver an unparalleled experience for our players and families. We look forward to leveraging our respective strengths to push the boundaries of what is possible in our respective sports.” Since its founding in 2004, FC Copa Academy has appeared in 26 state, 19 regional and 8 national finals & championships while having one of the highest college placement rates in the country, assisting players to find the right fit in both soccer and academics.
Iron Peak Sports & Events offers state-of-the-art facilities for competition, training, and special events, with a focus on building camaraderie and belonging within the community. Since opening in 2020, Iron Peak Sports & Events has become the preeminent venue in New Jersey for high-level events, multi-sport training, recreation, and family entertainment. The facility, which will serve as the hub for this joint venture, includes three full-sized outdoor turf fields, an 86,000 sq ft dome housing a full 11v11 indoor soccer field, four hardwood courts for futsal, meeting rooms, and sports performance center.
“We are thrilled to begin this partnership knowing it will bring unprecedented opportunities for our community to get involved and succeed with the sport we all love,” said Gregg Wilke, owner and managing partner of Iron Peak. “With this partnership, we look forward to introducing new high-level soccer programming to Somerset County and communities throughout Central New Jersey. The first offerings of the joint venture are set to launch in the Fall of 2023. Stay tuned for further updates on the offerings below:
NEW Premier Club Launch Anchored at Iron Peak
FC Copa Academy PRO-AM, U23 & U20 Teams at Iron Peak
Year Round FC Copa Futsal Academy
Player Development Programs, Classes and Clinics
Technology–Led Athlete Performance System
Summer Camps and Clinics
College Showcase Series
Soccer Tournament Series
College ID Clinics
Professional Combines and Identification Opportunities
International Travel For Competition
“Our partnership with Iron Peak will allow the community to access our infrastructure built on years of experience guiding athletes to the highest levels on and off the field,” said FC Copa Academy Vice President and Director of Education Lori Berman. “Having placed hundreds of students in collegiate programs across the country and over 30 professional and national team players throughout the world, we know how important it is for our players to be in an environment where they can learn and grow in sports and in life.” About FC Copa Academy fccopa.com FC Copa Academy is a professional soccer organization founded in 2004 which has appeared in 26 state, 19 regional and 8 national finals & championships while having one of the highest college placement rates in the country, both soccer and academic, having placed over 400 students into over 181 collegiate programs and developed over 30 professional and national/international team players. We are a soccer family consisting of over 1000 members from the ages of 5 to 19 that come from all areas of NJ, NY, and PA. We are a year-round soccer development program assisting players in reaching their greatest potential. The focus is on educating the complete player with a knowledgeable and caring staff. FC Copa Academy teams compete in premier level leagues, tournaments, showcases, and competitions locally, regionally and nationally. FC Copa Academy fields both boys and girls teams in each age group from U7 through U19 and beyond. In addition to the youth academy, FC Copa Academy provides a pathway into the college, semi-pro and professional levels via its New Jersey Copa FC collegiate programs (U20 and U23) all the way to the UWS (women) and USL2 (men’s) teams. About Iron Peak Sports & Events ironpeakse.com Opening in 2020, Iron Peak Sports & Events is the state-of-the-art sports and events destination in New Jersey. From sport competitions and programming to corporate meetings and social events, this unique facility provides an atmosphere of fun and purpose, while facilitating incredible guest experiences for the local and regional communities. Iron Peak is a bold space for every champion and features three full-size multi-purpose outdoor turf fields, one full-size multi-purpose indoor turf field, four basketball/futsal courts, eight volleyball courts, four pickleball courts, concession area, and a thrilling family entertainment center with climbing walls, ropes course, and arcade. Iron Peak is operated by the industry-leader in outsourced operations, Sports Facilities Management.