My Youth Soccer Guide

Soccer Camp
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I encourage everyone whose kid likes, plays or wants to play soccer to send him on a soccer camp.

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soccer camp The benefits of attending soccer camp by youth players, besides the most obvious one - to learn and improve soccer skills, are multiple.

  • Soccer camp provides the kids with opportunities to meet new friends, to have fun and lots of unforgettable memories.
  • Also the experience of being without parents allows them to taste a certain level of independence while having to comply with rules, regulations, schedule and usually high level of discipline.
Assuming, of course, that we send the kids on the well-organized soccer camp with high qualified coaching staff and personnel.

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How to find reputable soccer camp?

Usually soccer clubs or any soccer organization that your child is a member of, either endorsed a certain soccer camp that they are associated with or they run their own camp. This would be probably the safest choice since you'd know exactly what to expect.

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But if your club don't run or suggest any soccer camp or you simply look for something better or different, then the best thing is:

  • Ask around.
  • Ask other players, not just from your club or team.
  • See if you know anybody whose kid play for other local club and find out which soccer camp he participates in.
  • Get suggestion and opinion from actual participants or their parents.
  • You can also gather some useful information from reviews and testimonials on the Internet.
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Do you know a well-run soccer camp? Share the info with others. Write about it here.
If you had a miserable experience, write about it too.
As a matter a fact if you have any soccer camp story, please share it with us.

It could be just simple soccer camp info, or/and review (good or bad), or tips, suggestions or advise for parents and participants, or basically anything that is soccer camp related.

Your story will make a difference for many young soccer players.

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Other aspects to consider while choosing a soccer camp

  • What kind of accommodation will the kids have? Is it safe and comfortable?
  • What is the daily schedule?
  • What could the kids do during free time?
  • Are there any organized activities besides soccer?
  • Who runs the camp?
  • What is coaches' background in soccer?

    US Soccer Camp System

    It's probably not a surprise to you that the main goal for soccer camps is to make money. The system and the structure of soccer camps for young soccer players in the US are definitely different than I had experienced as a youth player in Europe. So is the entire soccer system.

    Which one is better? I am not sure.

    Both have positive and negative aspects. My parents definitely like the European system much better, because they didn't have to pay anything. But this is a whole different topic that could be discussed maybe as a Topic of the Week sometime.
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    Types of Soccer Camps

  • Run by coaches from local high schools, clubs and other organizations
  • Run by professional players, coaches or teams
  • Run by professional camp business
  • Run by State Youth Soccer Association
  • Run by college coaches
  • Run by international teams or coaches

    As I have said, reality is that soccer camps in the US are intended to bring profit. It's simply a business.

    But this is not necessarily a bad thing. For one, if the soccer camp wants to stay in business and build a good reputation, most likely it'll be run very professionally. That's the good news for us, parents. On the other hand there are good and bad businesses, so are the soccer camps.

    That's why it's very important to search for references from other participants. Don't just ask the people who run the camp.

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