Nike Soccer Camp with Next Star - Howard University
IMPROVE YOUR GAME AND HAVE SERIOUS FUN
Join us for an amazing week of camp at Nike Soccer Camp with Next Star at Howard University. Team up with Camp Director Phillip Gyau and Paul Torres for the ultimate soccer training camp! With a mix of traditional and modern soccer coaching methodologies, the curriculum is one that allows every camper the opportunity to continue to progress to a higher level of soccer play. Sure to be a summer highlight, camp offers a unique opportunity for aspiring soccer players aged 6-18, to train in a FUN and engaging camp setting! Throughout the week campers learn new skills, perfect techniques, increase game knowledge, make new friends, and have fun playing soccer!
- Unique and structured curriculum
- Elite technical training & game knowledge development
- Competitive and Fun Scrimmages
- Low camper to coach ratio
- Campers grouped by age and ability level
- Nike Camp T-shirt & Prizes
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Howard University's Head Men's Soccer Coach Phillip Gyau
Howard University alumnus Phillip Gyau (B.A. '87) was named head coach of the men’s soccer team in April 2014. Gyau brings more than 20 years of experience to the position as a respected coach and a former U.S. National Team Player.View Phillip's Bio ⟩
Phillip Gyau is a former U.S. National Team forward and current head coach of the Howard University men's soccer program in Washington DC. He played professionally in Belgium and the United States, winning multiple championships including the US Open Cup in 1987, and the American Professional Soccer League Championship in 1990 with the Maryland Bays and again in 1994 with the Montreal Impact.
Gyau then went on to coach the USMNT Beach Soccer team for ten years, Since then, Coach Gyau has become a local coaching legend due to his unrivaled passion, dedication, and work ethic, helping to develop some of the nations top talents, including daughter Mia Gyau and son Joseph Gyau, among many others. His proven success in identifying and nurturing young talents over the last twenty years has earned him great respect within the professional soccer community domestically and abroad, during which he has led local clubs to several state and regional championships. In recognition of his accomplishments and contributions to US Soccer, Coach Gyau was inducted into the Maryland Soccer Hall of Fame in 2007.
Camp Director Paul Torres
Coach Paul Torres played six years professionally at the highest levels in Sweden and Norway, Prior to becoming a professional, he was recruited by the University of Maryland in 2009, where he played for two years.View Paul's Bio ⟩
During his youth, he played for the Bethesda Roadrunners, winning 3 state and 2 regional championships. He later captained the DC United U16 and U18 Academy Teams, won the U17 MLS Cup championship, and captained two teams to the Youth MLS cup championships. Paul was twice named DC United Academy Player of the Year and U-17 MLS Cup MVP. In 2008 and 2009, he was selected to the US Soccer Federation U16 starting IX, and Region 1 U18 starting IX in 2009. Paul also had the opportunity to train with the DC United first team for several years, starting at age 16, which helped to launch his Maryland and Europe careers.
He is passionate about one on one coaching, bringing together strong groups, and mentoring players who aspire to elevate their game and work hard to realize their full potential.
Defender- San Diego Wave FC Mia Gyau
San Diego Wave FC signed Gyau in January 2022.View Mia's Bio ⟩
COLLEGE: During her 2016 freshman season at Duke, Gyau appeared in 23 games, playing at both midfield and defense. She became the fourth player and second Duke freshman to notch their first goal in an NCAA Tournament. During her 2017 sophomore season, Gyau earned ACC Honor Roll, and started in the first three games before suffering a season-ending ACL and MCL tear. During her 2018 junior season, Gyau appeared in three games before suffering another season ending injury. Gyau earned ACC Honor Roll for the second consecutive year. In her senior season she logged a career-high 100 minutes of action in the ACC opener versus NC State, notched her second career goal and first of the season in the matchup at Wake Forest. Unfortunately, Gyau suffered a season-ending injury in the match versus third ranked North Carolina. In her fifth and final season with Duke, Gyau started every game and played over 1700 minutes.
INTERNATIONAL: Gyau trained with the U-14, U-15 and U-17 teams and was a member of the U-18 and U-20 National Teams. She traveled to Jamaica with the U-17 National Team for the CONCACAF World Cup qualifier, competed with the U-17 squad for the England Friendlies in 2013 and picked up three international caps with the U-17 National Team during the Four Nations tournament in San Jose, Costa Rica.
PERSONAL: Mia is the daughter of Phillip and Leslie Gyau, and has one brother, Joseph-Claude. She majored in evolutionary anthropology and was a member of the National Honor Society. Her father, Phillip played professional soccer here in the US and with the US national team. Her brother JosephClaude has several caps with the US national team and played in the Bundesliga 1 and 2, MLS. He is currently playing professionally in the Swedish first division.
SECURE YOUR SPOT!
You can expect high demand on these first-come-first-serve camper spots, so please be sure to register early.
June 19-23 (Mon-Fri)
June 26-30 (Mon-Fri)
July 10-14 (Mon-Fri)
Half-Day Hours: 9am-12pm
Full-Day Hours: 9am-3pm
- Meals: Lunch is NOT provided
- Location: Howard University - Greene Stadium
*Check-in starts 15 minutes before camp start time
This program is geared toward Player Development & High-Performance campers. Players will work on mastering the proper fundamentals, techniques and advancing their overall skills and knowledge of the game. A great opportunity for players to learn through a mix of drills, games, and competitive play. With a number of different camp options for all to enjoy!
Player Development is for campers of all skill levels. These camps are designed to maximize player participation and ensure each camper develops in all aspects of the game in a fun and engaging environment. Coaches will implement a wide range of technical, physical, and tactical activities with a focus on fun so campers get to improve with a smile on their faces.
High Performance is for campers looking to improve their game in a fun and fast-paced environment. These camps are designed so players leave the camp week more prepared for their club and high school seasons. Experienced coaches will provide campers with a fresh perspective and challenge them to develop technical, tactical, physical, and psychological aspects of their game through a progressive curriculum.
*NOTE: If you believe your camper should be in a different skill level than the age requirement listed, please add a note at check-out and mention it to the camp director on day 1.
PREPARE FOR CAMP: COMPLETE YOUR PRE-CAMP CHECKLIST
To view your customer account, complete your mandatory forms, pay balance dues, and review important camp information, visit Pre-Camp Checklist.
All necessary camp information is on this page. If there are any imperative changes prior to camp start, registered campers will be notified via email and this webpage will be updated!
The information below is based on previous years and is subject to change each year.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE FEE?
Instruction: Training from the Howard University Men's Soccer Team and Next Star coaching staff
Day campers: Lunch or snacks are not provided. Please bring a packed lunch. There will be a water station available to fill up and stay hydrated
Supervision: Staff members are strategically placed throughout the camp to provide optimal supervision and participate in all activities
Camp T-shirt & Prizes: All campers receive a Nike Soccer Camps t-shirt and prizes
INSTRUCTION, EQUIPMENT, & FACILITY
Ratio: Low camper-to-coach ratio
Groupings: Campers are grouped by age, ability, and experience
Equipment Needed: All campers must bring soccer cleats, shin guards, athletic shoes, and a water bottle.
Facility: Howard University - Greene Stadium
Medical Protocol: Most camps have an athletic trainer on-site to help with illness or injury. In case of an emergency, campers will be transported to the nearest hospital
CHECKLIST OF THINGS TO BRING:
Below is a suggested list of clothes, equipment, and personal items. US Sports Camps is NOT responsible for lost or stolen articles or money.
- Athletic clothing
- Soccer Cleats (no metal studs)
- Shin guards
- Water bottle
- Packed lunch and snacks
- Small gym bag/backpack
Nike Soccer Camp Balls can be purchased during registration. Players can choose between a size 4 or size 5 ball, which will be passed out on the first day of camp. Please note that it is not required to bring a soccer ball to camp as they are provided by the staff for camp instruction.
If you have a group of 4 or more campers registering for the same camp, each camper is eligible for a $25 discount. If you have a group of 8 or more campers registering for the same camp, each camper is eligible for a $30 discount. Please fill out the Team Discount - Soccer form with the name of your group and the names of each camper enrolling in the camp and we will create a unique discount code for your group.
Transportation is not provided. Campers are responsible for getting to and from camp on their own. There is no supervision before or after camp hours so please make arrangements to pick up your child on time.
Most camps have an athletic trainer on-site to help with illness or injury. In case of an emergency, campers will be transported to the nearest hospital.
For information regarding our cancellation policy and all other company policies, please visit USSC Policies.
NIKE SOCCER CAMP FAQ
For general questions about our soccer camps please see our FAQ page.
***Camps are open to any and all entrants. Enrollment in our camps is limited only by age, gender, and capacity restrictions as specified by each camp.
Important Information & Sample Daily Schedule
- Equipment Needed All campers must bring soccer cleats, shin guards, athletic shoes, and a water bottle. A further list of 'recommended items will be in the Information Packet.
- 9:00am Check-in
- 9:00-9:30am Rosters and juggling
- 9:30-10:00am Speed, agility, quickness drills
- 10:00-10:30am Technical introduction
- 10:30-11:00am Technical development
- 11:00-11:45am Full pressure activity
- 12:00-12:45pm Lunch/Snack Break
- 12:45-1:45pm Small-sided games
- 1:45-2:45pm Scrimmages
- 2:45pm Wrap up
- 3:00pm Campers depart
SECURE YOUR SPOT – CAMPS SELL OUT!
Last year over 650 Sports Camps sold out, leaving 7,000+ campers on the waitlist. Due to high demand, early registration for our first-come-first-serve camps is strongly recommended.