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