i9 Sports Franchise Costs, Fees & Owner Salary (2023)









May 2, 2024


i9 Sports

a franchise?

i9 Sports

Headquartered in Riverview, Florida, i9 Sports is a leading American youth sports league franchise and the largest multi-sport provider of high-quality, community-based youth sports programs.

The franchise was founded by Frank Fiume in 1995.

i9 Sports gyms offer youth sports leagues, camps and clinics for girls and boys ages 3–14 in today's most popular sports, such as flag football, soccer, basketball, and baseball.

The chain began its franchising journey in 2003, and today, it has over 202 franchises globally, with 201 in the US.

How many

i9 Sports


are there?

In 2022, there were
outlets in
the United
States, of which
are franchises, and
are corporate-owned.

What are the

i9 Sports



Initial franchise fee

$16,500 - $39,900

Advertising fee


Initial Franchise Fee

The Initial Franchise Fee is not explicitly stated in the extracted sections, but there are references to discounts on this fee. For instance, U.S. military veterans may receive a discount of $2,490 off the then-current Franchise Fee (Page 118). Additionally, there is a mention of a Territory Fee of $15,000 for up to 79,999 children (ages 14 and under) in the franchisee's Network Area, which is due in a lump sum upon signing the agreement.

Royalty Fee

The Royalty Fee for new franchisees and existing franchisees with a territory of fewer than 80,000 children (ages 14 and under) is 7.5% of Network Revenues or a minimum of $425 per month, whichever is greater. This minimum does not take effect until 60 days from the Business Launch Date.

Marketing Fee

The Marketing Fee, also known as the national brand fund contributions, is the greater of 1% of sales or a minimum dollar amount per month. However, the exact minimum dollar amount is not provided in the extracted text.

Other Notable Fees

  • Territory Fee: In addition to the Franchise Fee, there is a Territory Fee of $15,000 for a defined number of children in the franchisee's Network Area.
  • Grand Opening Advertising: Franchisees are expected to spend between $6,000 and $8,000 on grand opening advertising.

Note: The fees presented here can be found in the Item 5 of the Franchise Disclosure Document. For a complete list of all the fees borne by the franchisee, please consult the Franchise Disclosure Document.

How much does

it cost

to start a

i9 Sports


It costs between
to start a
i9 Sports
Type of Expenditure Amount (Low - High)
Franchise Fee $24,900 - $24,900
Territory Fee $15,000 - $15,000
Grand Opening Advertising $6,000 - $8,000
Insurance $1,000 - $1,500
Legal & Accounting Services $800 - $1,500
Furniture, Equipment, Inventory, and Supplies $3,000 - $4,000
Training Expenses $1,200 - $2,000
Additional Funds– 3 months $8,000 - $13,000

Note: The table above provides a snapshot of the main costs associated with starting the most common franchise format (as disclosed in the Item 7 of the Franchise Disclosure Document). For a complete overview of all the expenses involved with the various formats offered by the franchisor, please consult the Franchise Disclosure Document.


i9 Sports



to its


i9 Sports

Pre-Training Tasks

Before the start of formal training, franchisees are required to complete certain Pre-Training Tasks. These tasks are designed to familiarize franchisees with the i9 Sports system and prepare them for the subsequent training phases.

Phase I Training

Phase I Training is conducted over 4 consecutive days and can be held at the i9 Sports Training Facility in Riverview, Florida, or virtually. This phase includes 26.5 hours of classroom training and covers a variety of topics such as the history and culture of i9 Sports, sports programming, customer service, marketing, and the use of proprietary software. There is no on-the-job training during this phase.

Post-Phase I Online Training

Following Phase I, franchisees must attend Post-Phase I Online Training, which includes webinars and online training modules. This training is designed to reinforce the knowledge gained during Phase I and ensure franchisees are ready to begin marketing and offering services. The duration of this training includes 1 hour for Email Blasts, 1.5 hours for Franchise Manager Training – Reporting, and 1 hour for Staffing Webinar.

Phase II Training

Phase II Training must be completed within one to three months after the Business Launch Date and before the Service Start Date. This training includes grand opening day training at an operating location and is a hybrid of self-paced online courses and in-person or virtual sessions.

Phase III Training

Within two to three months after the Service Start Date, franchisees undergo Phase III Training, which consists of a series of training webinars designated by the franchisor.

Phase IV Training

Phase IV Training occurs within ten to twelve months after the Service Start Date and includes a series of training webinars and/or strategic planning sessions.

Training Fees

For the initial training, there are no fees for the first two trainees. However, a reasonable training fee is charged for additional trainees, which is currently $395 for Phase I Training and $250 for Phase II Training. If Additional Training or on-site assistance is required, the current charge is $750 per trainee per day, plus expenses.


i9 Sports




You will not receive an exclusive territory. You may face competition from other franchisees, from outlets that the franchisor owns, or from other channels of distribution or competitive brands that the franchisor controls.

Can a

i9 Sports


be run as

a passive


i9 Sports franchise is not intended to be a passive investment.

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