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Experience the Unique, Player-Centric Approach to Training

Join Ben Maxwell and his staff this summer in a competitive, high energy environment in Santa Cruz!

Player ONE Soccer camps offer the highest level of instruction, in an elite soccer training environment for aspiring, hard working, dedicated soccer players. Our uniquely structured curriculum will help develop technically gifted, intelligent, tactically aware soccer players. Three sessions per day will be structured in a tiered system as we work through the development process day by day. Morning technical, ball mastery, balance and coordination, followed by afternoon tactical sessions, finished off with evening scrimmages, small sided games and competitive tournaments.

Player ONE Academy - The Academy is available to players playing USSDA, ECNL, NPL and Premier. NOTE - Premier only for 07 and 06 ages.

Player ONE Competitive - The Competitive is available for all Premier and below players, currently playing competitive club soccer.

Player ONE staff will divide the respective groups up further to align players with similar ages and level of play.

Any overseas players must contact the director to explain the playing level in their respective country in order to be placed appropriately.

Highlights Include
  • Unique, professional Player One camp curriculum
  • Team play, skill development, games and tournaments
  • Nike Soccer Camp t-shirt
  • Six hours of daily instruction
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Camp Coaches

  • Ben Maxwell Nike Soccer Camps

    Camp Director Ben Maxwell

    A native of Scotland, Ben Maxwell has been coaching in the USA for 13 years. Ben has coached in 10 states, and has been settled in California for 10 years. In his time in California, Ben has proven to be one of the top youth soccer coaches, notably when it comes to the long term technical development of the player.

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Camp Details


Camp Dates: June 23 - 26 and July 7 - 10 - Directed by Ben Maxwell

Check-in: between 12:30-1:30 pm on the first day at residential hall. Dinner is the first meal.

Check out: final games are from 9:30-11:30 am at the soccer fields. Parents are invited to attend. Check out from the dorms follows at 12:00 pm.

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Camp Description

Following on from the huge success of our first year at UC Santa Cruz, Player One Soccer will be offering two levels of camp this summer.

Player One Competitive and Player One Academy will run side by side on the beautiful, all grass surface overlooking the Santa Cruz Bay, on campus at UCSC.

Players will be grouped according to age and club soccer level, which must be included in your camp registration. The players club, level of team within the club, playing league level and club coach name must be included.

Player One Academy will accept players playing USSDA, ECNL, NPL and Premier. Note - Premier 07 and 06 players will be grouped in the Academy group and Premier players born 05 and up will be grouped in the Competitive.

Player One Competitive will accept players playing competitive soccer at all levels, and will then group players accordingly based on the given level.

Players may be moved from Competitive to Academy if the coaches feel the player needs challenged and the player is receptive to the challenge.

All campers will stay in the same dorms, eat in the same place, socialize, and take part in the same activities away from the soccer field. All Player One staff will rotate through all of the groups, including camp directors and the Gk coach.

The camp curriculum is the same for all players attending. It is the belief of the Player One staff that to fully maximize potential ability and development, that all players must be placed in a group that challenges them to work hard and compete, along with giving them the experience of success and accomplishment.

We look forward to another fantastic summer of training. Own Your Development.

What's included in the fee?

Overnight Campers: Professional coaching and instruction on grass fields, all meals, on-campus housing, supervision, and evening activities. Extended Day Campers (varies with location) 9 am-9 pm: Professional coaching and instruction, lunch, dinner, and evening activities.

Staff members reside in campers’ quarters and participate in all activities.


Ratio: 1:10
Players Grouped by: skill, age, years of experience
Evaluation: Written by coaching staff
Facility: Grass fields


Dorm: TBA
Campers Per Room: 2
Roommates: guaranteed if requested 14 days prior to camp
Bathrooms: shared by floor
Linens: Not provided
Air Conditioning: NO
Key Deposit: $75 for the room key. $10 for the meal card. Payable to US Sports
Spending Money: $40
Medical Facility: an athletic trainer is on-site


Nearest Airport: San Jose International Airport approximately 30 miles, San Francisco International airport approximately 70 miles
Transportation: Not provided.


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.

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 7:30 am Run/Breakfast
  • 8:30 am Video/Lecture
  • 9:30 am Field Session (Technical Skills Development)
  • 12:00 pm Lunch
  • 2:00 pm Field Session (Tactical Training)
  • 5:00 pm Dinner
  • 6:30 pm Field Session (Tournament Games)
  • 9:00 pm In dorms - evening activities
  • 10:30 pm Lights out

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The University of California, Santa Cruz is located 35 miles from San Jose, on a beautiful coastal campus overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Surrounded by gorgeous views and towering redwoods, campers are inspired to develop their love of the game and improve their individual and team skills.

Camp Reviews

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Overall Average Rating 4.59 / 5 Stars
    • 5/5.
    Top result!

    August 3, 2018: The camp exceeded expectation, the campers were relatively the same age, skills varied, but attention was given to all the boys to help them improve. There was a good ratio of coaches to campers. My son said he worked very hard, and he felt we had got our money's worth from the instruction. Top result!

    — Maryanne C. Parent

    • 5/5.
    The coaching was great

    August 6, 2018: Continued development of all skills through coaching and adequate competition. The World Cup challenge created an exciting and focused way to dig deep and push themselves. They were engaged and in touch with their teams.

    — Diane L. Camper

    • 5/5.
    We can't wait to come back

    August 3, 2018: I learned better ball control and better shooting ability. I loved the World Cup games! Camp was great!

    — Matthew C. Camper

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    • 5/5.
    Beautiful location in a perfect climate

    August 3, 2018: The World Cup games in the evenings were definitely a highlight! Everything was great! Beautiful location in a perfect climate!!

    — Nathan Z. Camper

    • 5/5.
    He really enjoyed the scrimmages and making new friends!

    My son learned new skill moves in dribbling and had a great time at camp.

    — Yvette T., Parent 2017

    • 5/5.
    Such a great experience!

    I attended to US girls soccer program at UC Santa Cruz and not only was the field by the beautiful view of the bay but I got the see the nice campus itself. This program has taught me many things that I will use later on in life such as communication. I made friends from different backgrounds and met some amazing coaches. I am glad I got the opportunity to attend a great program. Thank you!

    — Maria R., Camper 2017

    • 5/5.
    Enjoyable Experience

    It truly enjoyable experience for children of all skill levels

    — Lynn M., Parent 2016

    • 5/5.
    Loved the College Experience

    My daughter attended soccer camp at UC Santa Cruz, and I wanted to thank you for all you did to make her experience a great one! She has never been to an overnight camp before, so we were a little worried about having her 4 hours away from us, but she says she never even felt a pang of homesickness. She loved the busy schedule, the experience of living in a college dorm, and the soccer skills she was able to learn and reinforce. She also had lots of fun with the other campers. She came home confident and bubbling with plans to return next year. Whatever you are doing, keep up the good work -- she had a blast! Thanks again for taking care of our precious budding athlete!

    — Stephen W., Parent 2015

    • 5/5.
    Loved the experience

    Perfect camp for anyone who loves soccer. My son really loved this experience! He enrolled with a friend, but also made new friends and looks forward to attending again next year!

    — Lucy S., Parent 2015

    • 5/5.
    Want to Return

    My nephews both had an awesome time and want to return next year. They learned a lot of new techniques and raved about the camp, they even loved the food. The oldest said it was too short and both want to come back next year.

    — Marion G., Parent 2015

    • 5/5.
    Kudos to Coach Scheese

    My daughter loved everything about the camp: training, coaches, other campers, location, meals, dorms, schedule, etc. She'd stay for a month if she could. Kudos to Emily and her team for equipping her with new skills, encouraging her game, and giving her a great week.

    — Viola G., Parent 2015

    • 5/5.
    Awesome Camp!

    Great instruction, connection with the kids, effective blending of ages and abilities. Realistic and on-target advice for those really ambitious to play after high school. Good mix of individual and group attention.

    — Gayle S., Parent 2015

    • 5/5.
    Detailed Player Evaluation

    My son had a great experience in the Nike soccer camp at UC Santa Cruz for the second time. He was very happy with the overall quality of the camp and would definitely consider returning next summer. I am impressed with the detailed player evaluation provided to each camper. I would highly recommend to motivated players.

    — Annie C., Parent 2015

    • 5/5.
    Life Changing

    This was my son's 1st sleep away camp and he had a ball. It was life changing and he wants to do more camps next year. I think it was perfect

    — Michael S., Parent 2014

    • 5/5.
    Excellent Experience

    My daughter had an excellent experience at the Nike Soccer Camp. It was her first sleep over camp and she enjoyed it immensely. The staff was excellent.

    — Paula C., Parent 2014

    • 5/5.
    Loved the camp!

    My son loved the camp! He came home asking if he can go back next year. The level of training is very high and very well done

    — Thomas S., Parent 2014

    • 5/5.
    Can I come back next year?

    My 10-year old son Daniel attended Nike Soccer Camp for the first time this year. He loved the goalie training that he received and he felt that he really benefited by playing soccer with the older and more experienced teenage boys. Daniel's first words when we came to pick him up were "can I go again next summer?" Daniel's goalkeeping skills improved so much from his week at camp that his coach and other team parents inquired more about the Nike Camp. We are sending Daniel back again next summer. He had fun and learned a lot during his week.

    — Gilly W., Parent 2013

    • 5/5.
    Improved Skills!

    Nike Soccer Camp was a great way to improve your skills, ability, and meet new friends. Every thing about the camp was great.

    — Hayden M., Camper 2013

    • 5/5.
    Great Goalie Training

    Nike Soccer Camp helped better prepare me for high school soccer. I learned new dives and techniques and how to keep people safe as a goalkeeper.

    — Jana M., Camper 2012

    • 5/5.
    Ready to go Back!

    Very good system and schedule, appropriate instruction levels, great personnel! Well done and the kids had a great time and are ready to go back.

    — Gareth A., Parent 2012

    • 5/5.
    Too much free time

    Don't advertise a morning run or lecture and then follow another schedule. The advertisement made us believe it would be a lot more intense. Too much free time.

    — Bonnie B., Camper 2016

    • 5/5.
    Take it to the Next Level!

    The Nike Soccer Camp was just what my son needed. After several years of AYSO Summer camps and club soccer during the spring, the Nike Camp kicked up the intensity, allowed him to play with boys of greater and equal skill, and gave me individual feedback on what he needed to work on to make it to the next level.

    — Omar P., Parent 2011

    • 5/5.
    Girls were babied

    Did not like that the girls did drills the majority of the morning on the last day. They played a very short game and that was it. The boys played games the whole morning. My daughter was very frustrated about that. She felt like the boys got a much more rigorous workout in general and the girls were somewhat babied.

    — Stefanie T., Parent 2016

    • 5/5.
    Very Pleased!

    The campers were very pleased with the dorms, very pleased with the food and pleased with the fact that they were always busy with activity. Well done and organized.

    — Quint T., Parent 2011

    • 5/5.
    Excellent Training

    My daughter was one of the youngest campers during her week at camp, and I was a little worried about that, but she had a fantastic time. Great coaching, excellent training, and well run. She came home with some new tricks and new friends.

    — Esmerelda P., Parent 2010

    • 5/5.
    Knowledgeable and Encouraging Staff

    I have two teens, it was their second time at Nike Soccer Camp. They both enjoy staying on campus, it's beautiful. The coaching staff are knowledgeable and encouraging.

    — Albert Y., Parent 2010

    • 5/5.
    Taught us a lot

    This camp was a very enjoyable experience. I like how they hammered the fundamentals of soccer, and taught us a lot of new tricks. I also had fun when we would take breaks and play with our new friends after every session. The coaches were nice, serious about soccer, and really funny.

    — Gina G., Camper 2010

    • 5/5.
    Love the energy

    My son had the most wonderful experience at the camp. It was his first time and he just loved it, the staff make him to feel at home. He had the chance to meet new people that he is currently keeping in touch as we live in Canada. He is coming back next year and he want to do both session. Love the energy of the staff. Thank you again.

    — Fiona N., Parent 2009

    • 5/5.
    Great setting

    The setting was great, the daily schedule was perfect, and I loved getting to know all the other attendees. The activities were interesting, and I learned quite a bit.

    — Wendy M., Camper 2009

Player ONE powered by Nike Soccer Camps - UC Santa Cruz

Ben Maxwell, Camp Director
OPERS East Field House - 1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, California 95064
Questions? Call 1-800-645-3226

Camp Dates & Prices

Programs: Player One - Competitive, Player One - Academy Level
Age Group: 10 - 18
Gender: Co-Ed
Extended 8:30am-8:30pm $645.00
Availability: Yes

Overnight $745.00
Availability: Yes

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
Programs: Player One - Competitive, Player One - Academy Level
Age Group: 10 - 18
Gender: Co-Ed
Extended 8:30am-8:30pm $645.00
Availability: Yes

Overnight $745.00
Availability: Yes

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
For additional Camp information and dates call us at 1-800-645-3226 we would be happy to help you.
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