Nike Soccer Camp at University of Houston
Train on the stunning Indoor & outdoor fields
Join us for an amazing week of camp at Nike Soccer Camp at the University of Houston. Team up with Camp Director and Women's Soccer Assistant Coach Fleur Benatar 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.
This camp will take place on the stunning AC'd indoor UH practice field in the afternoon to avoid the heat.
- 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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Assistant Coach Fleur Benatar
Fleur Benatar was named Houston Soccer's assistant coach on June 4, 2022.View Fleur's Bio ⟩
Benatar comes to Houston after serving as the head coach for Coppell High School girls soccer, leading the squad to a 15-5-2 record and a third-place finish in Region 3 6-6A during the 2021-22 season. The team advanced to the first-round playoff game.
While at Coppell, Benatar was an assistant coach for the NPSL Denton Diablos, who won the 2021 National Championship.
In 2015, Benatar joined North Texas as an associate head coach. In her first season, the Mean Green won a program-best 19 games and shut out a program-record 15 opponents. They won the C-USA regular-season and tournament championships to earn an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. During her time with North Texas, she helped guide the Mean Green to four consecutive C-USA titles and three regular-season titles.
In 2001, Benatar was named as the first women's soccer head coach for Texas Woman's University. She led 47 women to All-Conference honors and six to All-Region Honors.
Prior to her tenure with the Pioneers, Benatar began her collegiate coaching journey as an assistant coach for North Texas in 2000, when the program captured its first conference title as it won the Sun Belt Conference regular-season crown.
Benatar has more than 25 years of experience coaching club soccer, working with Liberty FC, Sting Soccer Club, Solar Soccer Club and Liverpool FC America. She previously served as a coach for Region III of the Olympic Development Program, where she evaluated, coached and mentored top soccer players in the region.
Benatar has coaching experience across Texas at the club level, with the Olympic Development Program (ODP) and with U.S. Soccer. She also served as youth national team training coach at U.S. Soccer's Training Center in Dallas.
She is currently a U.S. Soccer National Talent ID Scout, holds a U.S.S.F. National "A" coaching license and is a state-level course instructor. Benatar has also attended U.S. Soccer National Team camps and is also a U.S. Soccer "C" course instructor.
A graduate of Richardson High School, Benatar played college soccer for two seasons at Arkansas before transferring to North Texas in 1996. She received her undergraduate degree in kinesiology from North Texas in 1999 and her master's degree in exercise science in May 2002.
Benatar and her husband, Will, have a daughter, Gabrielle and two sons, Fletcher and Phillip.
Head Coach Jaime Frias
Jaime Frias was named Houston Soccer's head coach on Feb. 16, 2022. The 2022 season will be his first at Houston.View Jaime's Bio ⟩
Frias arrives at Houston from Virginia where he served as an assistant coach since Jan. 2019. During two stints at UVA, Frias helped the Cavaliers to four ACC titles (2012, 2013, 2015, 2021) and three College Cups (2013, 2014, 2020).
Prior to his second stint at the University of Virginia Frias worked exclusively with the United States Soccer Federation. He served as head coach of the U18 Women's National Team and assistant coach with the U20 Women's National Team from April of 2017 through January of 2019. He was the head coach of the U16 Youth National team prior to assuming his duties with the U18 and U20 teams. In addition to his national team head coach experience, Jaime participated in three U20 World Cups including the Under 20 World Cup Championship in 2012.
Frias served as head coach at the University of Nevada for the 2008-09 seasons, leading the program to the finals of the 2009 WAC Tournament and the most conference wins in school history.
He also spent three seasons as head coach at Stephen F. Austin (2005-2007) including being named the 2005 Southland Conference Coach of the Year. In six total seasons with the Lumberjacks, including three as an assistant, the program won four Southland Conference titles and advanced to two NCAA Tournaments.
Frias earned his Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education from the Centenary College of Louisiana where he played soccer four seasons and was a two-time team captain. Centenary was also the first stop on his coaching career, serving as an assistant coach from 2000-02.
He and his wife, Ta, have two children, Azari, and Jaime Dhani.
Assistant Coach Jaelyn Cunningham
Jaelyn Cunningham was named Houston Soccer's assistant coach on January 9, 2022. The 2023 season will be her first at HoustonView Jaelyn's Bio ⟩
Cunningham joins the Cougars after spending two seasons as an assistant coach at Toledo. During her first season, Cunningham helped Toledo to a 10-6-4 overall record, its best since 2017. The Rockets finished sixth in the MAC with a 5-4-2 mark and reached the MAC Tournament for the first time since winning the championship in 2017.
She worked primarily with goalkeepers, including Emma Boutorwick, who recorded nine solo shutouts and one combined shutout with Adrianna Brewer, good for the second most shutouts in a single season by a Toledo team.
Prior to Toledo, Cunningham served as an assistant coach at NCAA Division II Queens (N.C.) University. During her time with the Royals, sophomore Erica Turner earned first-team all-conference honors after posting a 5-1-1 record and a .903 save percentage. Turner also was named the conference's Defensive Player of the Week on three occasions.
Cunningham also worked with goalkeepers at the Charlotte Soccer Academy and the No. 1-ranked Providence Day High School's girls' soccer team during her time in Charlotte, N.C.
The Reynoldsburg, Ohio, native played collegiately at Illinois (2016-19) where she earned second-team All-Big 10 honors as a junior. During that season, she posted an 11-7-1 mark, a 1.02 goals-against average and career-best .772 save percentage en route to posting six shutouts. Cunningham was also named Illinois' Team MVP in 2017 and 2018 and ranks second in Fighting Illini history with 106 saves.
Cunningham spent two years in the Women's Premier Soccer League. She played for two league champions, the Seattle Sounders (2018) and the Chicago Red Stars (2019); and won the WPSL's Golden Glove award in 2019.
A Columbus, Ohio native, Cunningham graduated with her bachelor's degree in marketing from Illinois in 2019.
Volunteer Assistant Coach Andrea Casella
Andrea Casella was named Houston Soccer's volunteer assistant coach on January 20, 2022.View Andrea's Bio ⟩
Casella joins the Cougars after spending one season as an assistant coach for Texas Southern women's soccer and brings a wealth of experience both internationally and locally.
During his time with the Tigers, Casella was in charge of performance analysis for the program and conducted research with the coaching staff before applying the results to the team's training both in practice and during matches. He also gathered information and analyzed upcoming opponents and recruits for the program to determine strategy with the coaching staff.
Casella moved to Houston in 2021 and began working with the RISE Soccer Club as the boys ECNL head coach, before becoming the U19 and U15 Girls Academy head coach.
Casella began his coaching career in Europe before moving to the United States where he started coaching at Real Colorado as he worked directly with the club's developmental academy while also serving as the boys ECNL head coach in addition to coordinating events for the U13-14 competitive teams.
As an athlete, Casella played for nearly 20 years throughout Europe including mainly in Italy and England. Casella holds a USSF and a UEFA license, a game analysis soccer hub license, a performance analysis level II license, and a sports psychology and individual mental skills license.
A native of Turin, Italy, Casella lives in Houston with his partner, Maggie and their cat, Oliver.
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SECURE YOUR SPOT!
Due to local and state regulations, we anticipate having to reduce our enrollment numbers significantly this year. You can expect high demand on these first-come-first-serve camper spots, so please be sure to register early.
June 10-14, 2024 (Mon-Fri)
June 17-21, 2024 (Mon-Fri)
Half-Day Hours: 9:00am-12:00pm*
Full-Day Hours: 9:00am-3:00pm*
- Meals: Lunch is NOT provided
- Check-in location: Tom Tellez Track at the Carl Lewis International Complex
- Check-out location: Indoor Practice Facility
- HIGH HEAT CAMP PLAN:
- 9:00am-11:30am: Held outdoors with plenty of shade/tents available. Sprinklers will be activated and one morning session will be an indoor rest station
- 11:30am-3:00pm Held indoors at the AC'd Indoor Practice Facility on the corner of Scott & Holman St.
Camp ends at 12pm on Friday
*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 University of Houston Women's Soccer 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.
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.
- 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
July 17, 2023: All the coaches and players/helpers greeted my daughters by name every morning, my daughter LOVED the camp and was very excited to go everyday.
July 16, 2023: When Jace was recognized on the third day by the head coach. He was so excited that the coaches knew his name.
We’d definitely recommend the camp
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.