Since soccer camps are often the first introduction to soccer for many youngsters, it’s important to choose a soccer camp that does more than just baby-sit. For children starting to play soccer at ages anywhere from four to six years old, soccer can become passion rarely quickly —one that takes up their time in a constructive, positive and healthy way. Making soccer something they love and want to master, whether it’s juggling, dribbling or bending the ball around a wall, a soccer camp is great investment into not just your child’s soccer future, but their well-being. A focused week of soccer can change the course of many a soccer player’s career. See our State by State Camp List.
Soccer Camps International
Nike Soccer Camps: www.ussportscamps.com/soccer
Get Better this summer at NIKE Soccer Camps! The Nike Soccer Camps provide youth soccer players the opportunity to improve their skills in a high-energy environment which includes morning and afternoon training sessions, small group offensive and defensive tactics and game play with top notch coaches. Offering coed, girls, and boys only programs at fantastic soccer venues with a safe, healthy and FUN learning environment for all ability levels for players of all levels and age ranges. Find soccer camps across the United States from the likes of Vogelsinger, Nike Soccer and the Soccer Academy! Register NOW
No. 1 Soccer Camps: www.no1soccercamps.com
The No.1 Soccer Camps are the leaders in soccer specialty camps for all ages and ability levels. Long recognized as the foremost training ground for goalkeepers and field players endeavoring to improve their soccer prowess, No.1 Soccer Camps will host locations throughout the United States with many new sites this year. In addition to our traditional Youth, Junior and Senior Academy, at select sites we are also offering our unique College Prep Performance Academy as well as our College ID Showcase Camps. Camps will be conducted in Arizona, Texas, Maryland, Ohio, Florida, Colorado, Massachusetts, Illinois, California, Georgia, Oregon, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, New York, South Carolina, Alabama, North Carolina, Michigan, Tennessee and Connecticut. Each campsite is organized into well balanced small groups of field players and goalkeepers with concentration of play on both sides of the ball in the 35 yards immediately in front of the goal, utilizing our unique Go to Goal curriculum. The Machnik Method is recognized as the industry standard. Many No.1 Soccer Camps present sold out situations so it is important to register early! Register NOW
The Berkshire Soccer Academy for Girls www.berkshiresocceracademy.com
Girls at the Academy receive elite training at top-quality facilities from our qualified and experienced coaching staff. One of the few specialty soccer camps set in a traditional camp environment, we focus on player improvement while deliberately infusing fun and friendship into the learning process. At the Academy, girls discover their greatness both on and off the soccer field. The Academy is located in East Otis, Massachusetts, 10 miles north of the Connecticut border, and about 2 hours by car from Boston, and 2.5 hours from New York City.
Summer 2020 Sessions (June 16 – August 8) :
Sessions 1 with TeamFirst (Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly & Tisha Hoch) – Tuition $1,495
Session 2 – Tuition $1,295
Sessions 3– Tuition $1,495
Session 4 – Tuition $1,595
Session 5 with a Visiting Pro – Tuition $1,795
Session 6 – Tuition $1,595
Session 7 – Tuition $1,595
Session 8 – Tuition $1,495
All sessions run Sunday morning through Thursday afternoon. Those wishing to attend multiple sessions can attend a Bridge session from Thursday – Sunday (cost $525). Camp Office Phone (all year): 800-326-9219
Learn more here: www.berkshiresocceracademy.com
Paris Saint-Germain Academy USA Camps
Paris Saint-Germain Academy is the largest soccer network in the world and the best choice for every soccer player looking to receive professional training and exposure for soccer opportunities. All coaches are Paris Saint-Germain certified and/or UEFA licensed (or US equivalent) and implement the official Paris Saint-Germain program designed to enhance players skills on specific topics including ball control, dribbling, passing, attacking, shooting, defense, coordination, and game-like situations (goalkeeper-specific program available).
Learn more about Paris Saint-Germain soccer camps at psgacademyusa.com
How to Select the Right Soccer Camp
If you’re looking for a soccer camp for yourself, select one that fits your ability level but also challenges you to improve your game. Think ahead, and if you’re in high school, choose a camp at a college you might be interested in attending. It’s a great way to get an early look from a college soccer coach. Above all, find a camp that works for you. Is it an all day soccer camp, an overnight camp or is it a half day camp near where you live? Take all these factors into consideration before deciding on what soccer camp you want to attend.
Questions to Ask
The best thing to do when looking for a soccer camp, whether it’s for yourself or for a child, is to ask around. Don’t just question the people who run the soccer camp…Find people who’ve participated in that camp before. Ask other players for ideas. Don’t be shy. Even if you don’t know too many soccer players in your area, go on the Internet and find soccer-related forums and message boards. Shop around! These are some issues to consider:
How competitive is the camp? Do they seem to focus more on winning camps or the joy of the game? Which one you prefer will depend on your situation. Are you (or the child) new to soccer? A non-competitive and relaxed atmosphere could provide a better introduction to the game, and show how fun it can be. But if the motivation to play soccer is already there, and the focus is on skill and strategy, then a competitive camp will cater more appropriately to that.
Who will be teaching and coaching? What is their background in soccer? How old are they, and how long have they been with the camp? How many are there, and how often will they be interacting with you or the child? What is the ratio of counselor to camper? Look for credentials, but dig deeper, too. If you get the chance, watch them play or coach or train others. Not only look at their teaching style, but also their own skill.
Inquire about their daily activities. Do they have a schedule? And do they stick to it? What is the curriculum? Do the drills and exercises progress as time goes on? Is there a routine, where the same things are done every day, or is each day different? Are the activities going to be challenging enough? Are physical activities supplemented with education about strategy? Are strength and flexibility building a priority?
Is safety a major concern? Do the coaches and counselors watch out for their players, teaching them proper form, making sure they don’t over-extend themselves to the point of injury, and requiring them to use the appropriate safety gear? If you or a child becomes injured, what is their protocol? Do they have someone who is familiar with emergency care on staff?
Types of Soccer Camps
Day camps. Usually operate on a week-by-week basis.
Residential soccer camps. Attendees stay overnight. Often at colleges or universities. Meals are typically included.
Community camps. Sponsored by a local organization for a short period of time. Usually less expensive than the above.
Position-specific camps. Focus on training attendees in a certain position (e.g. goalkeeper, forward, etc.).
Advanced camps. More intense, thorough and competitive than most. Usually residential.
Soccer tours. International soccer tours are ideal for boys and girls youth soccer teams, high school teams and or academy, club, ODP and university level soccer teams. Just traveling to another country to play soccer is an incredible experience.
International soccer camps. Would you like to become a better soccer player and also visit a new country? Take a look at camps abroad that offer quality coaching and let you explore a new culture.
How to select a soccer camp. There are a wide variety and types of soccer camps to choose from, whether it’s a residential camp, where you stay overnight, or a day camp, which can be half day or full day. And there’s also the level of play at the soccer camp, from elite camps to ones for beginners.