Arizona Soccer Camp
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The Arizona Soccer Camp offers a unique program of instruction that develops each camper's skills and tactical awareness. This unique program at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University was founded by the head coaches at UCLA and UCSB in 1973. The Soccer Academy has been training youth players for 44 years in Arizona and Southern California.
- Written evaluation for each camper
- 15:1 Camper to staff ratio
- Supervised evening activities
- Team play, skill development and scrimmages
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Staff Wes Wade
Coach Wade played professionally for over 15 years and has been on our camp staff for the last 16 summers. He has played outdoor soccer professionally and competed in the Major Indoor Soccer League with the with the Kansas City Comets.View Wes Wade's Bio ⟩
He has been on the All-Star team five times and played on the U.S. Indoor team in the World Championships. In his first season as the head coach at Park University, his women's team won their league championship and appeared in the NAIA National Championship playoffs. Wes is the director of the Arizona Soccer Camp.
Staff Mary Jo Soufl
Mary Jo Soufl was a CIF championship player in high school. She went on to play college soccer at Westmont College which recently won their third straight national championship.View Mary Jo Soufl's Bio ⟩
Soufl is licensed from the USSF and the NSCAA. She has coached the women's team at Cal State San Bernardino and El Camino College and took Bishop Montgomery High School to the CIF finals in 2000. She is a coach at South Bay Soccer Club.
Staff Chris Sydney
Chris learned his soccer in Trinidad and Tobago. He holds a USSF A license and a NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and was an ODP Region IV staff coach from 2001-2007.View Chris Sydney's Bio ⟩
Chris was a coach for the U.S. U17 and U18 Women's National team from 2007-2008. He helped train, identify, and develop players who would go on to compete in the 2010 U20 Women's World Cup.
Staff Omid Azminijad
Coach Azminijad played on a youth team that won an Iranian National Championship and was on a high school state championship team. Omid was an assistant coach for Grand Canyon University that won a NCAA national championship.View Omid Azminijad's Bio ⟩
He holds a USSF A Coaching License. Since 1988, he has been a staff coach on Arizona's Olympic Development Program and has coached club teams beginning in 1993.
Staff Jorge Coch
Coach Coch was a professional player for eight years in the First Division of Argentina with Boca Juniors. As a player, his team won both the League and the Argentine Cup.View Jorge Coch's Bio ⟩
He was also selected as Argentina's Pro Player of the Year. His pro career also included stops in Mexico and Chile. Jorge has also coached professional teams in Argentina and Mexico.
Staff Brady Flummer
Brady was All-State and an Arizona State ODP player in high school. At Yavapai College he had 11 shutouts during his freshman season. Brady also made two national championship appearances.View Brady Flummer's Bio ⟩
As the former goalkeeper coach at Northern Arizona University, his keepers were on the All-Conference tournament team two years in a row. NAU also won two conference championships and made two NCAA Division I appearances.
Staff Robin Kobayshi
Kobayshi won a CIF championship as a players and has helped coach San Clemente High School to three straight Southern California championships. She was also a player and coach at Long Beach State.View Robin Kobayshi's Bio ⟩
Her college coaching credits also include Rancho Santiago College. Her club teams have won the Surf Cup, Celtic Cup, and Coast League Championship.
Staff Chris Sagar
A native of Trinidad and Tobago, Chris represented his country at the U19 and U23 (Olympic) levels. He won a National Championship with Yavapai College in 1992 and earned the distinction of being named Most Valuable Goalkeeper at the National Tournament in both 1991 and 1992.View Chris Sagar's Bio ⟩
He currently holds the NCAA II National Record for Lowest Goals Against in a career (.32 goals/game) for his play at University of Wisconsin Parkside. Chris played for three professional teams and has coached at Arizona State and Phoenix College.
The Arizona Soccer Camp offers a variety of sessions to challenge players. Campers are grouped by age and ability, on teams under the supervision of our professional staff. With twice a day technical training, campers also participate in scrimmages each evening to integrate their newly learned skills into real game situations.Show Less See More Camp Details
Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona, has served as the home for the Arizona Soccer Camp since 2007. The site’s 5,400 feet altitude makes it the perfect facility for preseason training. The campus has everything needed to operate a soccer training program at the highest level. Camp consists of a full week of training, games, and fun challenges. There are penalty kick competitions, Soccer Olympics, Super Soccer, and the Styro-Cup Challenge. At the end of the week, each camper sits down with their coach and receives a written evaluation to help prepare for the new season. Free time is filled with a swim in the campus pool or a visit to the recreation room to play some ping-pong, Foosball, or compete on the camp's video games. Our campers have won high school championships, state cups, NCAA, NAIA, and junior college national championships. They have also competed on state select, USYSA regional, U.S. Junior National, and U.S. World Cup teams. Our coaching staff has included 34 college coaches, 23 foreign professional players, and 17 American pros.
What's included in the fee?
Overnight Campers: Professional coaching and instruction on grass fields, all meals, on-campus housing, supervision and evening activities. Staff members reside in campers’ quarters and participate in all activities.
Extended Day Campers 8:30am-8pm: Professional coaching and instruction, lunch, dinner and evening activities. All sessions are open to day campers. Day campers arrive ay 8:30am and leave at 8pm each day. Lunch and dinner are included.
Basic Soccer Training
These sessions are perfect for players, ages 8-10, in their first three years of playing. The emphasis here is fun! Our goal is for our youngest campers to learn to love the game so that they can’t wait for their next practice or game. At this age, players should learn the correct techniques that will serve as a base for the rest of their careers. Skills are taught using fun games, drills, and scrimmages under the supervision of our staff coaches. Young players also get their first taste of living in a dorm with other players. They are supervised by adult counselors who help make sure that week safe and enjoyable
When you are at least 10 years old and have learned the basics, then you are ready for the Advanced Session. Some of the best junior players from Arizona and other states will be there and you can be part of the action. Advanced sessions continue the process of skill development. Tactical awareness is also taught to help players increase their speed of play and vision. On Friday morning every camper has a meeting with their coach and receives a full written evaluation. This evaluation offers a review of the camper’s progress and makes suggestions for improvement in technical and tactical areas.
High School Players
We welcome players who are at least 14 years old and entering ninth grade. College counseling sessions are held to help campers gather the information they need to become college soccer players. These sessions include: how to contact coaches, financial aid and scholarships, forum with college coaches, and forum with current college players who are former campers. The week ends when we bring in a DJ and have a camp dance and pizza party. On Thursday morning, every camper has a meeting with their coach and receives a written evaluation. This evaluation gives a review of the camper’s progress and makes suggestions for improvement in technical and tactical areas.
The Arizona Soccer Camp offers total keeper coaching that includes the technical, tactical, and psychological training you need. Demonstrations and drills are used to reinforce skills; but the real benefits come from the competitions, small sided scrimmages, and full games against field players. There are separate groups for 10-13 year-olds and high school players. Keepers and field players train in their specialty during the day and scrimmage together in the evening. By the end of the week our coaches will have you getting to crosses that you couldn’t touch before and saving shots that you thought were unstoppable.
Check-in: between 1:00-2:30pm for residential campers and between 2:00-2:30pm for day and extended day campers.
Check-out: Styro-Cup competition starts at 3:30 pm, and parents are invited to watch. Camp ends at 4:30-4:45 pm.
Can parents visit during the camp week?
Some parents visit their children during the week. If you visit, make sure to check with a camp staff member to let someone know that you are on the campus. The staff person can tell you where the campers are on campus at any given time. After dark, visitors will be stopped by campus security and must show identification.
If you have a group of five or more campers registering for the same camp, each camper is eligible for a $30 discount.
To register a group online: Please have one person contact the USSC office with the names of each camper in the group at 1-800-645-3226 to create a unique discount code. Campers may then register individually through the website at their convenience and apply the offer code during check out.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What happens after I enroll? Within 24-48 hours of enrollment you receive an email confirmation containing your session details, payment information, and confirmation number. As we get closer to the start date of camp, we send you another email with a detailed registration packet attached. The registration packet contains all the information you will need for camp including check-in and check-out information, a full packing list, health forms, campus map, etc.
2. How are the coaches selected?
Our staff is composed of college coaches and players and pro players who are recommended by current or former staff. They are all experienced coaches with outstanding playing and coaching credentials. Most are teachers who have extensive background checks by their state department of education.
3. How are training groups selected? On Sunday afternoon we divide the camp by gender and by age. The coaches evaluate and place in a group of players about your age and ability. Any questions about the groups is answered by the director. If you came with a team, you stay together to train, except your keeper who practices with the other keepers during the day and scrimmage with you at night.
4. What do the goalkeepers do? Their training is specific to goalkeepers and totally different than practice for field players.
5. Can I have the roommate of my choice? Yes, if you two request each other and understand that there are separate dorms for boys and girls. It does get impossible when five campers all want the same person in their room. We try to put you near your friends. The dorms are also split by age so campers of similar ages are on the same floor.
6. Who looks out for me in the dorms if I need some help? There are adult counselors on each floor, steps away from your room. The camp coaches also live in the dorm so there are plenty of adults around.
7. If I have questions during the camp, whom do I see? The coaches and counselors are happy to help you. You can also contact the director who makes every effort to help. There is also a head counselor who's full time job is to help campers with their needs and answer their questions.
8. Can I eat anything I want at meals? Yes, with a few exceptions; no sodas at breakfast for example. You need protein, carbohydrates, and a lot of water to perform at a high level. This is your chance to show some maturity by choosing those foods that are good and good for you. If you have questions, ask any of the coaches.
9. Can parents eat meals with their kids?
Visiting parents can eat with the campers but they will need to connect with the cafeteria staff to pay for their own meals.
10. Can campers call home/can I call my son or daughter? Some of the campers come with cell phones. Campers are free to use them at any time, except during training sessions. Campers have limited use at night to help prevent keeping others awake after lights out. There are phones available in each dorm for campers. At check in, you receive the phone number for the head counselor. If you need to reach a camper or a counselor, you can leave a message. You get a call back as soon as possible.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 8:00am Breakfast
- 8:30am Day campers arrive
- 9:00am Field session
- 11:00am Free time
- 12:00pm Lunch
- 2:00pm Field session
- 4:05pm Free time - swimming
- 5:30pm Dinner
- 6:30pm Competitions and games
- 8:00pm Extended day campers depart
- Indoor soccer, movies and rec room free time
- 10:00pm Dorm meeting, snacks and lights out
The campus has a large lighted grass field for training and games. The field has thick grass that is well maintained by the college staff. Adjacent to the field are two sand volleyball courts that can be used for goalkeeper training or just a casual free time game of sand soccer. Lights on the field allow for added time in the evening for scrimmages. Rest room facilities are next to the field. The camp also provides a Certified Athletic Trainer at the field to professionally treat any injuries that may occur.
Campers live in the modern air-conditioned dorm on the college campus. Campers are housed two per room. Each suite has a refrigerator for keeping drinks cold. Each suite of three rooms has its own bathroom and shower facilities. The dorms also have laundry facilities.
The new dining hall on campus provides three meals each day prepared by Sodexo Food Services. Choices include: salad bar, sandwich central, hamburgers and pizza. There is always a choice of main courses and there are Italian and Mexican food nights. The dining hall can also accommodate vegetarian and gluten free diets. Ice water is available at every meal so campers can fill their water containers and take them to the field to have iced water during training sessions. The campers also get evening snacks before lights out.
As part of the boarding campers’ evening recreation program, you can choose to go the Embry Riddle’s Student Union. The facility has TV’s video games, air hockey, pool tables, ping pong, and Foosball.
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Advocates of camp
There was good sense of development and fun, learning to take ownership of actions and performance based on effort. Our boys gained enthusiasm for the sport and reinforcement of their potential as players by the coaching staff. The camp facilities were clean and well organized. This along with tenured staff allowed campers to enjoy both practice and free time in safe and non restricted environment. We look forward to attending next year and will be advocates of the camp.
— Shannon L., Parent 2017
He loved it!
He loved it. Loved the coaches, learning new skills and the fact he got to play soccer morning, noon, and night. Although passionate for the sport his passion has grown even stronger.
— Heather B., Parent 2017
Lots of Fun!
My daughter had lots of fun making new friends with the other campers and finding out there are a lot of other great kids out there who love what she does. The coaches were very positive and encouraging, she walked away with lots of new confidence in herself. This was her first experience at any away from home camp and she is already making plans to return next year!
— Beth M., Parent 2017
The Arizona Soccer Camp is more than just a soccer camp. This is a place where kids learn to become more independent without their parent's supervision and to get a great soccer experience. Also, and most importantly, it is like a family. My daughter and son have gone to this camp for years and the coaches and counselors have become dear friends and mentors to them both. And they have become dear friends of our family. (Parent of two long time campers and a counselor for many years).
— Ronald F., Parent 2016
This is an outstanding soccer camp that perfectly balances teaching soccer skills/techniques with having fun! The staff was very experienced, courteous and professional and provided excellent oversight on the kids. The facilities are superb from the dorm rooms to the dining facility! My son has gone for the last two years with his friends and had a blast while coming back a better soccer player!
— Jake G.,Parent 2015
The camp was one of the best I've been to. The coaches and staff were very helpful. I really felt I learned a lot. I would do it again but next time I'll bring some teammates.
— Bobby B., Camper 2015
My son came from Canada to attend this camp and it was worth it. It was well organized, safe and professionally run. It was a memorable experience and my son will back next summer.
— Patrick Y., Parent 2015
Went to sleep late
I don't feel my child learned much. I also understand that giving kids freedom to stay up and roam is part of the camp experience. At the same time, it is frustrating to hear my kid went to bed so late for someone her age. There was not anyone to ensure they went to bed at an appropriate time- almost setting them up to be unproductive. I expected my child to learn and retain more versus playing the entire time.
— Jennifer A., Parent 2016
We want to express our thanks for a wonderful experience ALL your staff worked so hard to provide!!! We hope the camp in California is going well, and look forward to joining you at next year’s high school camp.
— Liam E., Parent 2015
We can definitely see the improvement in Daniel’s play from what he was taught at soccer camp. Prior to camp, he never had much of a kick. He said that Alan Meeder taught him to kick properly and now he’s able to put the ball into the net instead of the goalie’s hands. I also appreciated the report card comment to Daniel about keeping his head up to be able to look around when he plays. It’s good feedback for life. We feel really good about sending our kid again.
— Sean G.,Parent 2014
Needs more high level coaches
More high level coaches per camper ratio (not so many students or young helpers) so they can have more constant instruction), overnight room assignments should be upheld (the campers shouldn't be able to ditch the roommate unless there is a safety issue) this is supposed to be a camp where the campers interact, not a personal sleepover...
— Austin L., Camper 2016
Exceeded our expectations
Ever since she attended your camp our daughter has developed beyond our expectations and she continues to grow in the sport. Unfortunately, as the new member of her team, we were influenced to attend a different camp this summer. While it is a good program, I can honestly say your camp and your staff had a more positive influence on Tori than the other did. Thank you so much for your efforts! We will be back, hopefully with her entire team.
— Jefferson C., Parent 2014
Plays with more confidence
Thank you for my son's great camp experience! He enjoyed himself immensely, seemed entirely capable of handling himself responsibly away from home, and learned an awful lot from the coaching staff. I swear he played with more confidence at a scrimmage yesterday. You and your staff run an excellent program.We hope to join you again next summer, along with other teammates
— Alan T., Parent 2014
Spending time at camp really helped me improve my soccer skills!
— James R., Camper 2016