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Soccer Camps: Everything You Need to Know

Soccer camps allow you to work on your game year-round and develop the skills you need to impress college coaches and earn scholarship offers. You may be wondering, how do I find soccer camps near me? NCSA has compiled a list of college soccer camps across the country. Use the list below to find a soccer camp near you.  You can also get answers to top questions about soccer camps or search all soccer recruiting events here.

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IMG Academy
Calendar icon Oct 1, 2022 Oct 31, 2022
Bradenton, FL
Ages / Grade Level: 9yr – 18yr
IMG Academy
Calendar icon Nov 1, 2022 Nov 30, 2022
Bradenton, FL
Ages / Grade Level: 9yr – 18yr
Calendar icon Nov 5, 2022 Nov 5, 2022
Howell, MI
Ages / Grade Level: 8th – 12th
Division: NAIA
$100
IMG Academy
Calendar icon Dec 1, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Bradenton, FL
Ages / Grade Level: 9yr – 18yr
University of California – Santa Barbara
Calendar icon Dec 17, 2022 Dec 18, 2022
Santa Barbara, CA
Ages / Grade Level: 9th – 12th
Division: NCAA D1
$450

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Top questions about soccer camps 

3 reasons to attend soccer camps 

Camps give soccer players an outlet to get comfortable on the pitch and work on their game year-round. This can give them a competitive edge for the upcoming high school season – and in college recruiting! All camps provide athletes with specialized training, and some can even give athletes direct exposure to college coaches. There are three main reasons to attend a camp: to develop new skills, to identify areas of improvement, and to learn from experienced coaches.

3 reasons to attend a soccer camp

When do camps take place? 

Camps for skill development are hosted year-round, allowing athletes to find camps that best fit their schedule. Most recruiting events are soccer summer camps. College coaches have more time to focus on recruiting in the summer months because it’s outside of their own season and adheres to the NCAA recruiting calendar.  

What is a soccer ID camp? 

Soccer ID camps help coaches to identify or “ID” talent. They can be hosted by college coaches on the campus of their university, or by a third-party on a neutral location where multiple college coaches can work as coaches or attend as spectators. Top-ranked players on youth club teams may get invited to elite soccer ID camps sponsored by club organizations, such as US Club Soccer

Soccer ID camps allow college coaches to identify new talent

How do soccer ID camps work? 

You’ll participate in a series of drills that test your athleticism and soccer skills as well as have the chance to compete against other top soccer players in game situations. ID camps are multi-day long affairs and typically last about three to four days. Depending on the location, you may have to stay overnight. University camps typically offer athletes to stay overnight in the dorms with other campers. Shorter ID camps are more commonly known as ID clinics and last one to two days. 

Are soccer ID camps important for college recruiting? 

If you want to play at the next level, you must find opportunities to get in front of college coaches. At an ID camp, you can work on your skills and interact with coaches at the schools you’re interested in attending.  

4 ways a soccer camp can benefit your recruiting: 

  1. Get identified as a college prospect. Is there a better way to get evaluated by a college coach than to work directly with them? Getting hands-on experience can give you a better look into their coaching style and personality.   
  1. Compete against high level of competition. You’ll get to see how you stack up against other players which can help you evaluate the right division level for you.   
  1. The college experience. This is a big one. You’ll get to check out a variety of college campuses and athletic facilities to help you discover what you’re looking for in a college. Plus, get a taste for what to expect at college workouts.  
  1. Improve your soccer skills. You’ll be training with some of the best soccer coaches and players. Take this opportunity to not only work on your current skills, but also develop new ones!   

Who should go to a college soccer ID camp? 

Rising juniors and seniors who are active in their recruiting process and in contact with college coaches will benefit the most from attending ID camps. However, any varsity level soccer player can find value in getting exposure to college coaches. This can be a good way to see what division levels are showing interest in you. Know that not all ID camps are the same. Your experience will vary depending on the location of the camp, number of college coaches and athlete participation. 

4 ways you can stand out at an ID camp  

For ID camps to be a successful recruiting tool, you must be proactive and ready to put in the extra work before, during and after the event.  Reaching out to college coaches before camp, getting facetime with coaches, being coachable, and following up with coaches after camp are sure fire ways to stand out.

4 ways to stand out at soccer ID camps

Do you have to get invited to a college soccer ID camp? 

If a college coach invites you to their soccer ID camp, know where you stand as recruit before accepting. Ask yourself, has the coach seen me play? Have they showed interest in me as a potential recruit? General emails or mass camp invites should not be mistaken for a coach’s real interest. If a coach is actively recruiting you, chances are you will receive a personalized email or phone call from the coach asking you to come to camp.  

Are there camps for goalkeepers? 

Goalies or goalkeepers have a unique skillset that may or may not be addressed at a typical college soccer ID camp. Attending a camp that is geared towards goalkeepers can provide athletes with the specific training they need to be successful in the goal.  

 How to choose the best goalkeeper camp for you:  

What do camps cost? 

Soccer camps can cost anywhere between $100 to $500 and sometimes over $1,000. The cost mostly depends on the length of stay and quality of the camp. Overnight camps can sometimes offer athletes with residential options to stay on campus. In this case, the fees will reflect a price that also covers their lodging and meals. The more “exclusive” a camp advertises, the more expensive it will be. 

What makes for the best soccer camps? 

The best soccer camps will provide athletes with challenging soccer drills and the opportunity to learn from experienced coaches. Add in recruiting exposure, and you’ve got a hat-trick! To make the most of your experience, seek and accept any tips and advice you receive from coaches.  

IMG Academy soccer camp

Here are some of the nation’s top soccer camps to attend:  

Conclusion   

If you’re looking to work on your tricks, get evaluated as a potential recruit and explore a college campus, soccer ID camps are a great recruiting event option. Create an NCSA Recruiting profile to receive and respond to college camp invites. Create a free profile today.  

Learn more about the different types of soccer events:

Soccer combines 
Soccer tournaments 

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