Ben Lederman

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Football biography

Ben Lederman (born May 8, 2000) is an American soccer player who plays for IMG Academy in USA. Lederman plays primarily as an attacking midfielder, but he is also used as a winger or forward.

At the age of 11, he became the youngest athlete ever to sign a professional soccer contract outside of the United States, after he was selected by FC Barcelona. From even before the time of his signing with FC Barcelona, Lederman was spoken of and treated as the future of United States soccer; even being referred to as "the next Pelé".


Lederman grew up in the city of Los Angeles, where he played soccer against men three times his age. In 2009, he was discovered by a local soccer coach and began playing with boys several years older.

Professional career

Youth career at Barcelona

Lederman, was the first United States-born player invited to train at Barcelona's renowned La Masia academy, joining when he was 11.[1] Lederman's opportunity to train with the prestigious football Club was complicated by controversy surrounding FIFA transfer regulations pertaining to youth players. FIFA rules prohibit players from registering with a foreign team prior to their 18th birthday, unless one of three exceptions apply.[2] The Lederman family hoped their move to Spain would have qualified them for the third exception - if a family moves to the nation for "non-soccer reasons", however, FIFA, who has strictly enforced these regulations in recent years, rejected their position and appeals. [2] After FIFA punished Barcelona in a dispute over youth registrations, Lederman had to spend more than a year barred from matches but still training with his Barcelona team.[1] Despite the distinction of being the first American invited to train at Barcelona's La Masia academy, FIFA forced Lederman to leave the academy all together in 2015 and he reluctantly returned to the United States at the age of 15 to enroll in the U.S. Soccer residency program at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.[3] While Lederman has left Barcelona for now, the dispute continues as his parents are trying to work with the parents of other young players caught up in similar situations in order to build a case to present in Switzerland, where FIFA is headquatered.[4] [5][6][7]

Signing with MLS

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International career

Youth teams

Lederman played for the United States in an international youth tournaments: the 2017 2017_FIFA_U-17_World_Cup_squads#.C2.A0United_States in India.

Senior team

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Personal life

Lederman dated American singer JoJo from May 2015 until September 2016.


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