i9 Sports Makes 15th Appearance on Entrepreneur’s List of Top Franchises

i9 Sports Makes 15th Appearance on Entrepreneur’s List of Top Franchises

Entrepreneur magazine’s prestigious list confirms i9 Sports’ standing as a top opportunity

i9 Sports® is one of the top franchises in the U.S., according to Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 for 2024. This is our sixth consecutive year and 15th overall appearance on this prestigious list, affirming i9 Sports value as a business opportunity.

“We are delighted to continue our legacy as a leading franchise in the U.S.,” says i9 Sports President Brian Sanders.

“Our sustained growth in franchise openings is a clear indicator of our distinct position in the market. We are buoyed by our robust momentum and the burgeoning opportunities within the youth sports sector.”

Why families trust our continued excellence

i9 Sports remains a standout in the youth sports industry. 

We’re a trailblazer in youth sports franchising, and have programs in popular sports like flag football, soccer, volleyball, basketball, baseball, and lacrosse. Our strategy focuses on skill development and prioritizes creating a positive and delightful experience for children and their parents.

Owning an i9 Sports franchise is more than a business venture; it’s an opportunity to affect the community. Our franchisees relish the personal satisfaction and pride that comes from providing a valuable service that enriches the lives of families in their communities.

“I really enjoy being a valued member of our community. It’s what I love the most,” says i9 Sports owner Russ Dearie.

We have leagues for boys and girls ages 3 and up, and our teams have no drafts or tryouts. Kids have different skill levels, and they all deserve a chance to play. This inclusive approach has given i9 Sports an incredible culture. Everyone gets playing time and the emphasis is on sportsmanship and healthy competition.

A small girl chases a soccer ball.

Why entrepreneurs trust our continued excellence

Our startup costs are affordable. You can start an i9 Sports® league with as little as $36,500

Real estate costs are low because you use existing facilities in your community (we show you how to find and secure these locations). You don’t need to buy land or build venues.

Labor costs are low, because most of the people who will help you run leagues are either part-time or volunteers, like our coaches, and we’ll show you how to recruit them — from parents whose kids are in your leagues to others in your community. 

i9 Sports owner Justin Ward says he loves that the i9 Sports business model offers so many resources, allowing owners to focus on creating quality programs. 

“All of the other things have been done for you,” Justin says. “The home office support that we receive is so incredible.”

Discover the i9 Sports difference

Explore the rewarding journey with i9 Sports and uncover our franchise opportunities. To learn more about our youth sports leagues and the i9 Sports business model, download our free franchise ebook.

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