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Join us for an amazing week of camp at Mercyhealth Sportscore Two in Loves Park, IL. Receive instruction from Northern Illinois University Women's Soccer Head Coach Michael O'Neil 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 6-16, 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!
- Elite technical training & game knowledge development
- Unique & structured curriculum
- Competetive and Fun Scrimmages
- Low camper to coach ratio
- Campers grouped by age and ability level
- Nike Camp T-shirt & Prizes
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Women's Soccer Head Coach - Northern Illinois University Michael O'neill
Michael O’Neill has been selected as the new head coach of the Northern Illinois University women’s soccer program, NIU Vice President and Director of Athletics Sean T. Frazier announced on Monday (March 14). O’Neill joins the Huskies as the sixth head coach in program history after leading Saginaw Valley State for the past eight years, guiding the Cardinals to the NCAA Tournament three times.View Michael's Bio ⟩
“I am very excited to have Michael O’Neill joining the Huskie family as our next women’s soccer head coach,” said Frazier. “Hiring an experienced head coach with a history of championship success was important to us in this process. Michael has proven his ability to build a program that has achieved at a high-level, both athletically and academically, and he is the right fit for NIU. I would also like to thank (Senior Associate Athletic Director) Courtney Vinson for her hard work in leading our search.”
During his tenure at Saginaw Valley State, O’Neill’s Cardinals won 77 matches and he mentored 35 All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) selections.
“I’m extremely excited to be joining the NIU women’s soccer program,” said O’Neill. “As soon as the administration reached out and expressed an interest in me it was something that I knew was going to be a great fit for me and my family. I’m excited and I’m under no illusions that its going to take a lot of hard work but I am grateful for the opportunity and grateful to Sean (Frazier) and Courtney (Vinson) for trusting me to lead this program.”
This past season, O’Neill led the Cardinals to a school record 14 victories as they advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division II Tournament for the first time, before falling to eventual national champion Grand Valley State. O’Neill mentored six All-GLIAC honorees during the 2021 campaign, including Stephanie Strong, who scored a program record 14 goals, and Olivia Argeros, who posted a school record 13 shutouts.
Saginaw Valley State won double-digit games in six of O’Neill’s eight seasons, including during his first year in 2014 when the Cardinals reached the NCAA Tournament for just the second time in school history. After inheriting a program that had been under .500 the season prior to his arrival, O’Neill guided Saginaw Valley to an 11-4-3 mark in his first season, winning the program’s first NCAA Tournament game as they defeated Ohio Dominican in the first round. Four Cardinals earned all-conference honors, including GLIAC Goalkeeper of the Year Claire Spleth.
O’Neill and the Cardinals won 10 games in both the 2016 and 2017 seasons, reaching the GLIAC Tournament Final in 2017. Saginaw Valley State returned to the NCAA Tournament during the 2018 season as the Cardinals posted a 12-4-4 record. Four players earned all-conference honors during the 2018 campaign, including Molly Vanderhoff, who was also named a United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-American.
The Cardinals won 12 games during the 2019 campaign, finishing second in the regular season in the GLIAC. During his eight seasons at Saginaw Valley, O’Neill led the Cardinals to four top-three finishes in the conference.
Prior to taking over the Saginaw Valley State women’s soccer program, O’Neill spent two seasons (2012-13) as an assistant coach with the Cardinal men’s soccer program. In 2012, O’Neill helped the Saginaw Valley State men to an 18-win season as they won the GLIAC title and advanced to the NCAA Division II National Championship game for the first time in program history. Seven players earned All-GLIAC honors, with Zach Myers and Jason Wise, becoming the first two players in school history to earn All-America recognition. Myers was the 2012 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NCSAA) Division II National Player of the Year and also earned Academic All-America honors.
In addition to his time at Saginaw Valley State, O’Neill also served as an assistant coach with the Flint City Bucks in USL League Two during the summer of 2021.
As a player, O’Neill ranks third in career assists at Tiffin University, having played for the Dragons from 2008-11, helping the school win three GLIAC Tournament titles (2008, ’09, ’11). A native of Luton, England, O’Neill earned his bachelor's degree from Tiffin University in Sports and Recreation Management in 2012.
SECURE YOUR SPOT!
You can expect high demand on these first-come-first-serve camper spots, so please be sure to register early.
- Dates: July 15-19, 2024 (Mon-Fri)
- Gender: Coed
- Ages: 6-16
- Options: Day & Half Day Camp
- Day Camp Hours: 9:00am - 3:00pm**
- Half-Day Camp Hours: 9:00am - 12:00pm**
- Meals: Lunch is NOT provided. Please bring a packed lunch
- Facility: Wedgbury Stadium - Mercyhealth Sportscore Two
*Friday ends at 12pm for all campers
**Check-in begins 15 minutes before the start of camp each day
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!
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE FEE?
- Instruction: Training from Michael O'Neill and his coaching staff
- Meals: Lunch is NOT provided
- Supervision: Staff members are strategically placed throughout to provide optimal supervision
- Camp T-shirt: All campers receive a Nike Soccer Camps T-shirt
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.
- 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.
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Sample Daily Schedule
- 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
- 11:00-11:30am Passive pressure activity
- 11:30-12:00pm Full pressure activity
- 12:00-12:45pm Lunch
- 12:45-1:15pm Games based activity
- 1:15-1:50pm Fun games/ daily challenge
- 1:50-2:00pm Scrimmage warm up
- 2:00-3:00pm Scrimmages
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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.