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About i9 Sports

With over 3 million registrations in communities across the country, i9 Sports® is the nation’s largest multi-sport provider focused solely on high-quality, community-based youth sports programs. We offer youth sports leagues, camps and clinics for boys and girls ages 3 and up in today’s most popular sports such as flag football, soccer, basketball, baseball, volleyball, and ZIP Lacrosse™. To achieve our mission of helping kids succeed in life through sports, i9 Sports provides a youth sports experience unlike any other, teaching the importance of good sportsmanship on the field and in life. We are committed to providing age-appropriate instruction, making sports fun for kids, and convenient for today’s busy families. To us, it’s The Way Youth Sports Should Be. In our kids sports leagues, no child will ever be excluded by a try-out, ride the bench for an entire game, or be cut from a team. Yes we keep score, but we have created a fun way to help kids develop athletic ability, a love of team sports, and an Franchises Understanding that how you play the game is as important as the score. We don’t just help kids become better athletes, we help them become better people.

Sportsmanship values like respect and teamwork taught and recognized weekly

– One day per week – practice is conveniently scheduled prior to the game.
– All skill levels welcome – No tryouts. No drafts.
– Everyone plays – every game.
– No fundraisers.
– Trained officials at every game.
“When in Doubt Sit Out” Concussion Safety Policy and education for parents and coaches nationwide.


Let’s begin with how our youth sports franchise owners make money. i9 Sports franchise owners make money primarily through the registration fees paid by participants to play in our leagues, camps, clinics, and after-school programs. Our franchise owners build market share and a loyal following by offering multiple sports, at multiple locations, four seasons a year. In addition to registration fees, our youth sports franchise owners generate supplemental revenue from local sponsor advertisements, concessions, merchandise and partnership fees.

Today, buying a franchise appears to be a choice between paying hundreds of thousands of dollars for a franchise from a well established brand or paying much less for a young, unproven franchise concept. Luckily, buying an i9 Sports franchise is a rare exception. An i9 Sports franchise owner’s initial investment and franchise start up costs will range from a low of $36,500 to $69,900 depending on the size of territory purchased. It is important to consider that these figures do not include funds that a franchise owner will need for living expenses while starting the business.


Low cost franchises are in great demand. To make starting an i9 Sports franchise especially affordable, we offer a five-year franchise agreement in which you only need to pay a territory fee of $15,000 upfront. In this agreement we allow you to spread the $24,900 franchise fee over five years in $500 a month payments. For those who aren’t ready to pay the entire fee upfront, it’s a great way to launch the business and access our proven business model and support. We also offer a 10-year franchise agreement where the franchise fee and territory fee would be paid upfront for a total of cost of $39,900 to i9 Sports.

In addition to these upfront costs for the five-year and ten-year terms we offer, there are other costs that you would pay as you open your business. For instance, there are marketing, equipment, inventory, insurance, training expenses, etc.

How to Grow Your i9 Sports Franchise

Our detailed game plan helps you earn more customers

Effective marketing is the key to growing your business, and with i9 Sports, you’ll have time-tested tools and the support of our experienced marketing team. We know what works and what doesn’t when it comes to franchise marketing strategies.

i9 Sports‘ National Brand Fund is used to amplify awareness of our brand both nationwide and locally and gives franchise owners tremendous marketing leverage:

– SEO and SEM: Our search engine optimization and pay-per-click efforts helped drive over 2.3 million visits to our franchisee’s websites last year alone.
– Targeted Email Campaigns: Through our national contract with a leading email provider, you have the templates and tools to customize and target your email communications.
– Customer Satisfaction Measurement: Happy customers drive referrals. Through a national service, we provide the system to measure their satisfaction and methods for them to refer your program to others.
– Online Reputation: Reviews on Google, Facebook, etc., are as important as word of mouth in the local community. Through a national partnership, we provide easy-to-use tools for responding to customers and a dashboard for monitoring feedback. Our marketing team helps you stay on top of your online reputation with five-star service.
– Social Media: With over 158,000 fans, our Facebook page is one of the biggest referral sources driving visits to our franchisees’ websites. Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest increase our reach and add to the daily engagement we have with our customers.

Company Founded


Current Leadership

Brian Sanders, CEO & Chairman

Started Franchising

2003 (18 years)

Total Number of Units

159 (as of 2021)

Part-Time / Full-Time

Full Time

How Much Does It Cost To Open A i9 Sports Franchise?

There are several costs associated with opening a i9 Sports franchise. There is typically a franchise fee set by the franchisor, which covers the costs of opening a franchise location. Some other commons fees include equipment fees, marketing fees, licensing fees, insurance, and taxes, to name a few.

Some franchises may have a weekly fee that the franchisee pays for operating a i9 Sports franchise. The weekly fee for opening a i9 Sports franchise is Royalty Fee Deducted Daily Via Eft.

The full breakdown of these fees can be found in the Financial Disclosure Document (FDD) provided to franchisees by the franchisor. The FDD report will contain additional information such as whether the franchise is renewable (i9 Sports Is Renewable) and does the franchise offer financing support (i9 Sports i9 Sports offers no financial support).

i9 Sports Company Details

Here are some additional details about i9 Sports.

Initial Investment $24,900
Net Worth Requirement $100,000
Veteran Incentives 10% off franchise fee
Royalty Fee 7.50%
Ad Royalty 1%
Cash Requirement $50,000
Term of Agreement 10 years
Absentee Ownership No
Run from Home Yes
Part Time No

Training and Support Offered By i9 Sports

i9 Sports offers several support options to its franchisees. With 159 (as of 2021) units, i9 Sports aims to provide support to each franchise owner to help them operate a successful franchise location. i9 Sports offers 23 hours on the job training, 51.25 hours classroom training, and At secondary location, 2 days; optional refresher training available; webinars additional training.

Training and Support Offered

Here are the support options offered by i9 Sports.

On-The-Job Training 23 hours
Classroom Training 51.25 hours
Additional Training At secondary location, 2 days; optional refresher training available; webinars
Ongoing Support
  • Purchasing Co-ops
  • Newsletter
  • Meetings & Conventions
  • Toll-Free Line
  • Grand Opening
  • Online Support
  • Security & Safety Procedures
  • Field Operations
  • Site Selection
  • Proprietary Software
  • Franchisee Intranet Platform
Marketing Support
  • Co-op Advertising
  • Ad Templates
  • Regional Advertising
  • Marketing Planning & Support
  • Social Media
  • SEO
  • Website Development
  • Email Marketing
  • Loyalty Program/App
Estimated Revenue Less than $1M
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Is i9 Sports Right For You?

i9 Sports has gone digital! Here are all of the ways you can find i9 Sports online. Oftentimes, you can reach out to current franchisees of i9 Sports online. Current franchisees may be able to offer personalized insights into what it is like owning a i9 Sports franchise and offer tips to running a successful i9 Sports franchise location.


Why Should You Start a i9 Sports Franchise?

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