Nike Vogelsinger Soccer Academy at the Pennington School
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The Vogelsinger Soccer Academy at the Pennington School has been teaching soccer players and goalkeepers of all ability levels since 1975.
We have designed a program for serious players, those with a strong motivation to be their best! Our objective is to help you reach your highest potential. We start you on the right path, set your dream in motion, fire up your imagination, and leave you empowered to reach those goals. Come celebrate with us the 53rd year of running the Vogelsinger Soccer Academies!
- Our international, professional coaching staff is selected for their passion for the game and ability to teach. The ratio of coaches to players in the Academy is 1:8 and in the All-Star programs 1:10.
- Players receive a complete Nike uniform
- Special Yoga for Soccer Players on Saturday for our Academy players.
- Air-conditioned dorms
- Self-evaluation at the beginning of the program and oral and written evaluations at the conclusion.
- Soccerobics, offered each morning at 6:45am, is a system of carefully designed exercises with the ball, incorporating soccer skills with aerobic and physical conditioning.
- Players are on-the-field training for 43 hours each week.
- Special goalkeeping training is offered at each site.
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Camp Director Eddie Pedersen
This is Coach Pedersen's 18th year with Vogelsinger Soccer Academy. He serves as the director at two site locations - Pennington, NJ and Kenosha, WI.View Eddie Pedersen's Bio ⟩
- UEFA A coaching license, Denmark
- Regional coach for Danish Soccer Union
- Coordinator Club Vester Hassing
Coach Mustapha Achab, Keeper Coach
Morocco Professional goalkeeper for 13 years Former Moroccan Olympic and National Team A member Over 400 professional appearances Named best GK in Africa, 1992 & 1999 Named best GK inView Mustapha Achab, Keeper Coach's Bio ⟩
- Professional goalkeeper for 13 years
- Former Moroccan Olympic and National Team A member
- Over 400 professional appearances
- Named best GK in Africa, 1992 & 1999
- Named best GK in Moroccan league 1992-1994, 1997 and 2000
- 14th year with Vogelsinger Soccer Academy
The ultimate goal of self-teaching is internalizing motivation and knowing where you are, where you want to be, and how to get there step-by-step. Our professional staff consists of master teachers whose demonstrations include demanding instruction, step-by-step clarification, and playful joking to bring out the most sensitive technical points for you to grasp and imitate.
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THE VOGELSINGER METHOD
Our goal is to create an environment—a GAME-LIKE ATMOSPHERE—through dynamic teaching and coaching by explanation, demonstration and participation to assist each player in creating a METHOD TO SELF-TEACH.
It is a painstaking STEP-BY-STEP method. We must create for you a crystal-clear picture of what we are trying to teach through demonstration and explanation. You must understand clearly and be able to picture every little detail in your MIND’S EYE. Moreover, you then have to see yourself performing it successfully, and physically feel it and emotionally experience it.
The ultimate goal of self-teaching is INTERNALIZING MOTIVATION and knowing where you are, where you want to be, and how to get there step-by-step. We say you “FAIL YOUR WAY TO SUCCESS” because with this method, mistakes become your guidelines.
You will become a BETTER PLAYER. You will become a BETTER PERSON, as you will learn how to work toward the goals that you set for yourself.
How is the Vogelsinger Soccer program different?
- It’s not a training camp, it’s a technical teaching camp.
- Students change bad habits and create new habits.
- Coaches give a step-by-step dissection of the mechanics of soccer – students are taught to have a full body experience - to feel, see, and do things the correct way so that they can continue to self-teach when camp is over.
- Students are pushed out of their comfort zone to try/experience techniques/skills they never have before.
- Practice in a game-like atmosphere to experience that same passion, pressure, and desire that is needed to improve and compete with the best.
- Unique and unmatched coaching method leaves students with a renewed motivation and passion for the game.
For our 2 week Academy students we offer "Yoga for Soccer Players" on Saturday morning.
EVERY athlete – irrespective of sport or discipline – has the potential to enhance his or her ability by adopting a consistent yoga practice.
Today, yoga is a mainstay for professional athletes and teams. More and more people are discovering the countless ways that yoga can be used to improve athletic performance—from increasing mental concentration and improving flexibility and balance to preventing common injuries and honing skills.
Yoga is a system of exercises for attaining bodily or mental control and well-being. Soccer players can benefit from yoga to help improve flexibility, strength and endurance. Yoga will help soccer players improve agility and concentration. Practicing Yoga will help loosen and prepare muscles for the strenuous exercise of a soccer game, which can prevent muscle strains and joint stress. Soccer players who practice yoga are more likely to be more focused and less likely to be injured during a game.
Here are just a few benefits of yoga for athletes: Improved Strength & Power, Mental Control, Better Balance & Proprioception, Stress Relief, Improved Flexibility, Improved Focus, Breath Control, Greater Endurance, Greater Stability & Injury Protection.
UNDERSTANDING THE PROGRAMS
1. INDIVIDUAL SKILLS AND TECHNIQUES
This is a program you cannot afford to miss. Coach Vogelsinger has distinguished himself as THE soccer educator. His passionate unwavering philosophy over the years is that a good technical foundation is the best tactical preparation. We offer a modern teaching method, uniquely innovative and highly motivational. It is the main reason for the program’s incomparable success.
—TECHNICAL SKILLS: The sessions are dynamic, taught in realistic technical skill sequences in ball control, passing, dribbling and striking with their correct tactical applications. Young professionals provide realistic game-like demonstrations. With uncanny perception and ability, Coach Vogelsinger has broken down the most sophisticated technical skills with clear step-by-step explanations. With ongoing dialogue, the staff keeps you focused with reminders such as “happy feet,” “magic hop,” and “get out of your comfort zone.”
---EVENING GAMES: In our evening games you can test what you have learned that day. Games, mainly 4v4 or 5v5, as well as 11v11, with two goals and goalkeepers, give you the opportunity to maximize touches on the ball and your chances to finish on a real goal.
Beginners to Advanced. Coed. Ages 9 and up. Players are grouped first by age and then by ability.
2. POSITIONAL TECHNIQUES/ TECHNICAL PROGRESSION
What makes this program so special and exciting is that you are taught by coaches who have played your position at a very high level and are able to provide you with depth and insight into the technical, tactical, and intellectual aspects of each position.
—ADVANCED FUNCTIONAL SKILL SEQUENCES: We instruct you to better understand and perform your position of choice with special attention paid in highlighting the defensive and attacking skills needed in all positions.
—EVENING GAMES: Evening games of 4v4, 5v5, as well as 11v11, with two goals and goalkeepers, are designed to give you as many touches on the ball as possible and the chance to practice what you have learned during the day.
Intermediate to Advanced. Coed. Ages 10 and up.
Players are grouped by position, then age, and then re-evaluated by ability.
FIELD PLAYERS AND GOALKEEPERS:
Mini Soccer Academy (2 weeks) Ages 12 +
Field players experience a dramatic improvement in their coordination, harmony, and touch with the ball. The unique distraction free environment allows them to completely immerse themselves in the challenges, demands, and technicalities of the sport. Expectations run high and each player leaves with the necessary tools to continue to become the best athlete they can be.
Mini Academy (Sunday, June 24 - Friday, July 6): Individual Skills and Tactics & Positional Techniques/ Tactical Concepts
Vogelsinger All Star Soccer Schools (1 week)
We offer more specialized training in a shorter period of time. Each week of our school offers a different program and athletes can choose to work on anything from their individual player skills to those needed as a member of a dynamic team preparing for the fall season.
All Star School 1 (Sunday, June 24 - Friday, June 29): Individual Skills and Techniques
All Star School 2 (Sunday, July 1 - Friday, July 6): Positional Techniques/ Technical Progression
Mini Academy (2 weeks)
Goalkeeping programs provide an ideal environment for goalkeepers of high caliber and extraordinary commitment to challenge each other to be the very best. Goalkeepers experience the specific physical pressure of match play and are taught the benefits of visualization as a method of reaching an even higher level of performance.
All Star Goalkeeping Schools (1 week)
We offer more focused training so that individuals of the same skill level can learn and grow together. There are programs for the beginner, intermediate, and advanced skill level players. Professional coaches from all over the world help hone and perfect players’ tactical awareness and understanding of this important position.
Attend one or two weeks. We offer a variety of programs:
The Vogelsinger All Star Soccer Schools are the only one-week schools that offer 6 action packed days.
We encourage all campers to attend our early morning Soccerobics session which is part of our conditioning and fitness program to prepare you for the day ahead. (6:45 a.m. daily) Created by Master Coach Hubert Vogelsinger, Soccerobics is a system of carefully designed exercises with the ball, incorporating soccer skills with aerobic and physical conditioning. With Soccerobics, you will develop your natural rhythm through muscle memory and visualization while learning the essentials of proper foot work as well.
- Overnight Campers: Sunday between 12:30-2pm
- Extended Day and Day Campers: Sunday 1:30pm
- Uniform distribution at 2:15pm.
- First meal is dinner.
A TOTAL PACKAGE: All Vogelsinger Soccer students receive, as part of their tuition, Nike gear and a Nike match ball. Academy players receive two complete sets of Nike uniforms and two pairs of socks. All Star players receive two jerseys, one pair of socks and shorts. Players are required to wear the official uniforms and socks at every field session. You may order extra uniforms from the office (800-645-3226), camp store or online.
Jersey: $15. Shorts: $15. Socks: $12.
Check out: Parents are invited to attend skills review session on Friday at 9:00 am. Deaprture at 11:30 am. Last meal is Friday breakfast.
Spending Money: For pizza, subs, sodas – suggested amount is $30 a week. We order pizza or subs for late evening snacks, delivered at 8:30pm.
The Pennington School dorms are air conditioned.
A certified athletic trainer is on staff.
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.
To register a group via mail/fax: Please have each camper fill out our registration form. Click “Get Brochure” above and print the application. All registration forms must be received at the same time via mail or fax. Fax registrations to 415.526.5945. Mail registrations to Nike Soccer Camps 1010 B Street, Suite 450, San Rafael, CA 94901.
Early arrival: For students traveling from far distances, you may arrive a night early for an extra fee of $75.
MINI ACADEMY DETAILS:
Weekend Stayover for Mini Academy students: The weekends are “rest time” for multiple week students. There is a required schedule of non-physical activities on both Saturday afternoon and Sunday.
Saturday schedule: On field program 9-11:30. Lunch: noon; 1-4 free time. 4-5pm: Stretching and Visualization. 5-7pm: dinner trip to the mall for a movie.
Saturday off-site: For those players staying for both sessions, students travel to a movie at a nearby theater. They will travel by bus and are fully supervised. The cost of the trip is included in the camp tuition. Bring extra money for snacks.
Weekends are also a good time to do laundry (bring detergent and quarters).
Airport: Philadelphia and Newark airports are within a 50-mile radius of the school. Philadelphia Airport is closer than Newark.
- Preferred Airport Arrival: 10:00pm – 1:30 pm
- Preferred Airport Departure: 2:00pm – 4:00pm
- Airport Shuttle: Philadelphia and Newark airports are both app. 50 miles to the School. John F. Kennedy (JFK) Airport is 75 miles from the School. Transportation is available to and from Newark Airport and JFK via Olympic Airporter mini-buses (800-822-9797, www.olympic-limo.com) or via limousine service.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 6:30am Wake-up
- 6:45am Soccerobics (Mandatory Monday-Wednesday, then voluntary. We strongly encourage participation!)
- 7:15am Breakfast
- 8:45am On the field - Attendance
- 9:00am Stretching
- 9:15am Warm-ups
- 9:30-10:30am Inndividual technical skill instruction
- Advanced technical skill instruction
- Positional specific technical skill instruction
- Fast footwork/dribbling and feinting
- Advanced dribbling and feinting
- Position specific dribbling and feinting
- 10:30am Go for Goal: shooting with and without opposition
- Interpassing and finishing
- Interpassing, crossing and finishing
- Finishing 1v1 with keeper
- 11:00-11:30am Small-sided games (controlled)
- 11:30am Cool down, recreational activity/swimming(not all sites)
- Noon Lunch
- 1:00pm Mandatory rest
- 1:45pm On the field - Attendance
- 2:00pm Stretching and warm up games
- 2:15 - 3:30PM Individual tactical instruction
- Advanced tactical instruction
- Positional specific tactical instruction
- Individual functional tactical instruction
- Group functional tactical instruction
- Positional specific functional tactical instruction
- Team functional tactical instruction
- 3:30-4:30pm Instructional, fun, small-sided games
- Preparation for evening games
- 4:30pm Cool down, recreational activity/swimming (not all sites)
- 5:00pm Dinner
- 6:00pm Mandatory rest
- 6:45pm On the field - Attendance
- 7:00-8:30pm Evening Games (small sided 11/side)
- Game preparation, stretching
- Warm-up and game instructions
- 8:30pm Cool down
- 9-9:15pm Evening meetings, ages 9-13. Post day comments, next day planning
- 9-9:30pm Evening meetings, ages 14-17. Post day comments, next day planning
- 10:00pm Lights out for ages 13 and under
- 10:30pm Lights out for ages 14 and over
Located just 10 minutes west of Princeton and about an hour from New York City and Philadelphia, The Pennington School is a prestigious college preparatory school with first-rate athletic facilities. The 54 acre campus and close-knit dormitories provide a secure environment in which to grow and develop as a dedicated soccer player.
The Pennington School is not in any way involved in the ownership or management of the Vogelsinger Soccer Academy.
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Prepared for Upcoming Season
My son learned more strategy, to call for the ball, and his footwork greatly improved. He felt more prepared for his upcoming season. This camp was phenomenal! My son loved the friendly, and yet competitive atmosphere. He learned that he needed to take the feedback from the first week, and how to apply it to improve in week two. The experience was very special, and the experienced coaches made the camp that much better.
— Marcos M., Parent of Camper Lawrenceville '17
Best technical camp in the country
Incredible opportunity for technical training. As a parent, I did the 3 week academy over 25 years ago and noted the same improvements in my younger children (ages 9 and 11) after they did the one week camp this year. For shooting technique and progression, this is the best camp in the country and has been for several decades. Although the focus is all soccer, our children loved it and enjoyed the other kids in camp. - Parent of camper
— Scott P., Parent of Vogelsinger Soccer Academy at Lawrenceville Camper '16
Encouraged me to get out of my comfort zone
Vogelsinger is great experience for kids that are serious about Soccer. The entire coaching staff genuinely cares about our development and encourages us to get out of our comfort zone. I personally felt like I improved tremendously over the course of the 2 weeks and cannot wait to do it again next year. I'll be bringing my teammates too!
— Elijah F., Vogelsinger Soccer Academy at Lawrenceville Camper
I recommend this camp to anyone and everyone!
I really loved Vogelsinger Soccer Academy! The school was beautiful and so were the fields! My coach Eddie was amazing! I couldn't have asked for a better coach. I learned a lot at the camp and I had a lot of fun. I met a ton of new people, who I stay in touch with constantly! Vogelsinger has improved my game and my body! Soccerobics really improved my core and I loved it! I want to thank everyone who helped me at Vogelsinger camp for making me a better player for the season of my junior year! I am forever grateful! I recommend this camp to anyone and everyone who plays soccer, no matter where they are at in their game! Thank you again Vogelsinger!
— Kristen S., Vogelsinger Soccer Academy at Lawrenceville Camper
My son attended for the 1st time for a one week camp this summer. He felt the coaches and staff were exceptional and learned new techniques he plans to use this coming season. As the parent, the staff was more than helpful with any questions I had. Thank you.
— Adrienne R., Parent of Vogelsinger Soccer Academy at Lawrenceville Camper
First time player
My son had a great experience at camp. This was his first time away from home and he loved it and learned a lot on and off the pitch. He made friends from all over. The soccer program was very well taught I already see signs of improvement. Camper's parent.
— Mable B., Parent of Vogelsinger Soccer Academy at Lawrenceville Camper
Soccer filled days
The days are filled with soccer, they are long and intense. That is what I wanted. Eating, drinking, and sleeping soccer. It is great and recommend it to any serious player.
— Vogelsinger Jennifer G., Soccer Academy at Lawrenceville Camper
We loved this camp - the best soccer coaches and environment we have ever experienced. We are so excited and the international flavor was awesome to experience right here in the USA!!! Our soccer player had the time of his life and was missing camp a week after he came home. Hard to top an extraordinary camp like this! Hats off to the coaches! Thank you so much for making this such an awesome experience for Christopher!! He will definitely be back next year! Can't wait!
— Dana C., Parent of Vogelsinger Soccer Academy at Lawrenceville Camper
Vogelsinger has not only improved my skills but the defensive coach taught me how to be a better center defender and how to organize the field and communicate effectively. So I've learned people skills plus playing skills which gives me the confidence of being a total athlete. Thanks!!
— Eva J., Vogelsinger Soccer Academy at Lawrenceville Camper
Vogelsinger is a challenging camp but well worth the challenge. The coaches push you hard and also help you every step of the way. your skill level from when you start to when your finished is much improved. I highly recomend this camp,
— Brad G., Vogelsinger Soccer Academy at Lawrenceville Camper
Competitive training environment
My son enjoyed this camp. Lawrenceville School is a nice campus. School's turf facility is excellent. Coaches are nice and friendly. For kids those who have high skills and looking for competitive training environment, do not miss this camp.
— Preston S., Parent of Vogelsinger Soccer Academy at Lawrenceville Camper
One of the Best Experiences
I recommend this camp to anyone. It was one of the best experiences of my life. The coaches do know what they are doing and it will help you improve a lot in your skills. If you listen to what they have to say and you put it to practice, you will improve like I did.
— Vogelsinger Sarah W., Soccer Academy at Lawrenceville Camper
No interaction parents/coaches
I was surprised there was no interaction parents vs. coach at the end of the week. They did offer however my daughters coach did not seem approachable while other coaches were very friendly. Also I would want to know in advance home many girls will be there from her age group. I'm not sure if it was the week we selected but there were many girls my daughters age. This didn't make it challenging for the girls to play each other every night.
— Parent of Ian P., Vogelsinger Soccer Academy at Lawrenceville Camper '16
Take it to the Next Level
Vogelsinger took my game to the next level. I am not going to lie, it is terribly challenging but the friends you make and the fun you have make up for that. If you are going to go (which you should) I would suggest the two week camp. Not only do you get a week more training at the best soccer camp in America but you also get to create stronger bonds with your friends.
— Vogelsinger Misty R., Soccer Academy at Lawrenceville Camper
Find activities for when it rains
I think you have to figure out something better to do with the kids if it rains- leaving them in their hot rooms for hours seems like a waste. Also, I think you could integrate swimming more often- these are hot hot days and the kids would benefit from that I think. Some of these kids are young- they might need a bit more direction.
— Erika T., Parent of Vogelsinger Soccer Academy at Lawrenceville Camper '16
Attending Again Next Year
My son's skill and confidence level improved noticeably after one week at Vogelsinger. He respected the abilities of his coaches, was comfortable in the dorm and on the fields, and made good friends. He will attend again next year.
— Nathan C., Parent of Vogelsinger Soccer Academy at Lawrenceville Camper
It’s the best camp there is. The coaches are very well qualified and teach very well. It has been one of the best experiences of my life and I would return at any time.
— Vogelsinger Pat S., Soccer Academy at Lawrenceville Camper
Level of participants not high enough
In overall, the level of participants were not high as much as I expected so was not challenged as much as I wish. Also not even sigle laundry machine in my building worked and I am very disappointed that you still assigned kids in the building without fixing them.
— Gregory P., Vogelsinger Soccer Academy at Lawrenceville Camper '16
Lots and lots of soccer! Only dedicated kids and professional coaching. Very impressed.
— Parent of Aaron D., Vogelsinger Soccer Academy at Lawrenceville Camper
Definitely want to return
I really loved the Vogelsinger camp. It was such a great experience meeting people from all over the world - both coaches and players. I have made new friends from all over. I really enjoyed the level of play in the scrimmages and the training. I definitely want to return next year and for more than 1 week. It was a great time!
— Mae B., Vogelsinger Soccer Academy at Lawrenceville Camper
Pushed me every day
Volgelsinger was a great camp. It will make you a better player. I thought the entire coaching staff did an excellent job. Not only did they push me every day but they were also very approachable. It was no walk in the park (beleive me!) but the coaches were very encouraging and inspiring, which isn't the case with a lot of other camps I have attended.
— Gregg C., Vogelsinger Soccer Academy at Lawrenceville Camper
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