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Camp Descriptions

Resident and Day Camps

Each camper receives the same basic experience at every camp throughout the summer. The experience is based on the premise that every soccer player needs to focus on both technical and tactical training, as well as the psychological aspects of teamwork, sporting behavior, and individual challenges. Our program, aided by an outstanding staff and well-prepared curriculum, is structured to begin with each camper’s skill level and a challenge to attain the highest level possible by the end of the week.  In addition, specialty weeks are offered for campers that demonstrate more advanced skills.

2015 Summer Season

Week 1 – NSC kicks off the summer with Anson Dorrance June 28 – July 3 resident camp; June 29 – July 3 day camp for girls ages 12-17.  If you are a serious female athlete and are determined to play college level then you do not want to miss this week of camp!  This girls-only program features UNC’s Anson Dorrance, Head Coach for first World Championship U.S. Women’s Team and winner of 22 Division I Women’s National Championships. Anson’s #1 assistant coach–Federal Way’s own Jason Sisneros, director of his UNC camps–will accompany Anson to NSC. If you can’t get Mia Hamm, how ’bout her coach? Complete Skills Day Camp for ages 7-11 is for boys and girls.

Week 2 – World Class Goalkeeping and Finishing School July 5-10 resident camp; July 6-10 Day Camp. World Class Goalkeeping and Finishing School features England’s Paul Barron; Marcus Hahnemann, who completed his professional career with the Seattle Sounders; and Steve McCrath, Barry University Men’s Soccer Coach.  This exciting week comprises specialty goalkeeping training and dynamic finishing programs for resident and day campers ages 12-17. Goalkeeping training consists of comprehensive goalkeeping sessions, covering the basic fundamentals of shot-stopping, positioning, footwork, handling, distributing, crosses, and Goalkeeping trainingbreakaways. Tactics include situational play, game preparation, communication, and environmental conditions. Field Player Finishing School, directed by Coach Steve McCrath, many of whose players have gone on to play professionally, focuses on attacking in the final third.  Training includes small-sided exercises on the art of attacking, finishing, scoring–competing against those being trained at the highest level in the art of goalkeeping. Complete Skills Day Camp offers training in all aspects of the game for Future Stars ages 7-11.

Week 3 – Elite Week July 12 – 17 resident camp and July 13 – 17 day camp for ages 12-17; Complete Skills Day Camp for ages 7-11. Elite Week - in its 24th year–offers the elite player, as well as the soon-to-be-elite player, a week of intense, no-nonsense soccer designed to prepare him/her for advanced play as well as high school and college level performance. This session is for serious soccer players complemented by an exceptional coaching staff, directed by our own Steve McCrath, the winningest Men’s Soccer Coach at Barry University, many of whose players have gone on to play professionally, and features college and professional coaches from around the world.  In addition, one of the most unique segments of the Elite Week experience is the power and explosion program directed by Dr. Kenneth Foreman, US Olympic Hall-of-Fame Coach, his wife Denise, and Dale Kennedy–legendary coach from Montana State University.

Week 4 - Brazilian Concepts of Play with Edu, for ages 7-17, July 19 – 24 resident camp and July 20 – 24 Day Camp. Edu, from Brazil, is the “pied Edu!piper” of  soccer and a special guest of Northwest Soccer Camp. Edu appeared on the Brazilian soccer scene at age 15, when he signed his first professional contract with Santos FC, Pele’s club. One year later, in 1966, he was named to the Brazilian national team and traveled to England as the youngest player ever to participate in a World Cup. He was a teammate of the great Pele for thirteen years. They were one of the most feared duos in the game and together scored over 1500 goals. It is notable that Edu was credited with assists on approximately half the goals Pele scored.

Week 5 – Advanced Player Training July 26 – 31 resident camp and July 27 – 31 day camp. NSC offers exciting programs for the ADVANCED (ages 13-15) AND JR. ADVANCED (ages 10-12) player seeking to broaden opportunities for higher level play. NORTHWEST SOCCER CAMP WAS THE FIRST CAMP IN THE UNITED STATES TO OFFER BOTH ADVANCED AND JR. ADVANCED PROGRAMS. Complete Skills Day Camp for  ages 7-9.

Week 6 – Complete Skills Training August 2 – 7 resident camp and August 3 – 7 day camp. New this year is our Complete Soccer Goal keeepingWeek for all levels of play. The week offers our traditional program (ages 7-15), with all the benefits of other weeks, including a focus on aggressive attacking and dribbling as well as
shooting. In addition, there are opportunities for Team Training that have proven successful as preparation for team tryouts at all levels. This end-of-the-summer week is one you don’t want to miss!

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE

  • development of technical and tactical play
  • “teaching” focuses on fitness, good training habits, and good sporting behavior
  • fun and encouraging atmosphere
  • position-specific training from some of the best players in soccer history