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Strike with POWER!

There is nothing more discouraging for a young (or old) player than failing to strike the ball with power. Yes, aim is critical--but face it, the ego wants POWER. Don't leave camp without getting a clue! Poor power may be due to:
1) Foot position at time of impact (see photo above with support foot properly beside the ball and body weight moving through ball at impact, see photos below. If your body weight remains behind the ball on impact, you will not hit the ball with enough mass to generate power), 2) Weak, unstable foot and lousy shoes (your shoes should support foot structure and arch shape; shoes should not have room to grow, if you wear shoes larger than size 8-1/2, then point toe slightly inward to prevent toe scraping), 3) Tense versus relaxed body (a relaxed body facilitates smooth weight transfer from the supporting side of the body to the dynamic, kicking side--develop your form to land naturally on your kicking foot), 4) Long, slow strike versus shorter, sharp strike (a big windup doesn't necessarily impart sufficient kinetic energy--kinetic energy is mass x velocity squared divided by 2, which explains why short, stocky players can generate power--a fast strike with weight behind it generates kinetic energy exponentially, 5) Head comes up--don't watch the ball leave your foot, because your weight will go up rather than through the ball. Here's more soccer physics.

Good follow thru--
toe is still pointed

Natural landing:

Bad form--foot and body too far behind: 

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(We keep info from prior years to give you an idea of camps in your area not yet listed this year)

-For camp Reviews
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Guides for June| early July| late July| Aug| Others
-For tips on selecting a camp, click: Get the most out of camp
-For info on camps for girls, camps for adults, ODP and college recruiting, boarding schools, overseas camps, and more, click: Answers

Soccer Camp at Colby College, MA
Quickfeet Soccer Training, DC
Ferdies Soccer Magic, TX Soccer Camp, TN
International School of Tucson, AZ
California Univ. of PA HS Camps, PA
Academy of Dutch Soccer Camps, PA
Berkshire Soccer Academy for Girls, MA
Corpus Christi Soccer Academy, TX
Brazilian Skills Soccer Camp, TX
First Touch Soccer Camp, OH
Chelsea FC Soccer Camp, AZ
Catalyst Camp-Strength, Speed Agility, Skill, CA

Meanwhile, we keep links from prior years so you get an idea
of camps in your area.

RESERVE IT NOW: "Corrective Soccer Coaching"--the book for soccer camp directors, youth coaches, and improving players of all ages

As an independent guide, this site depends on a few great sponsors and many helpers--you, our readers and users. This means the info is subject to change. Contact the camp directly for the latest details. Then contact us with any corrections. I do keep old links in case the camp doesn't renew, you still have information to see if they're still operating.

* To help you find camps by state or name:

Since this site began in 1999 to help me and other parents, coaches, and players find better info on camps, it has really grown--thanks to our many readers. Now each Directory page has at least 250 camps per page, so be prepared for a long loading time! (A large print listing is published at the end of March by Soccer America--but they have NO camper reviews and are not affiliated with the Guide. Unfortunately, this is no longer available online.) Use your browser's "view" button to increase the type size. For other lists, try: a listing of keeper camps
for about a
100 college camps order April issue for women's focused camps
for a few overseas camps

* To help you evaluate camps by reviews:,
The Review categorizes camps by type, plus player and parent reviews and comments.
* To help you schedule camps by date or place:
The Guides are very detailed and are sorted by month or by camp name with information on date, location, age, type, and cost.

This is a reader-developed site to help other campers. Add your review here or camp here! Of course, player/parent-contributed reviews aren't the ideal form of evaluation. Camp personnel and quality can change yearly. But it's a start--especially check out getting the most from camp

As an independent guide, this site depends on a few great sponsors and many helpers. It also means this info is subject to change. Contact the camp directly for the latest details. Then contact us with any corrections.

Special Notes:
The "soccer tour" trend has been growing in recent years, so in upcoming months the Guide will be starting a new category for tours.
In the meantime, check out Soccer Camps International with options in England (The Bobby Charlton Soccer Camp, Arsenal United Camp, and Manchester United Camp--girls only), Italy (AC Milan Junior Soccer Camps and Juventus Soccer Schools), France (Paris Saint Germain, Bordeux, and SEJ Soccer Camp in Vichy), and Spain (Real Madrid and Barcelona). Another tour is ATI Soccer Tours, with events in Brazil and San Diego.

NSCAA Coaching Academy

For an application or additional information, visit their web site at or call the National office at 800-458-0678.

Coerver camps are run as franchises in different states, so there is no central 800 phone number, but there is a general website ( Or for contact information, please go here.

MLS camps: NASC changed its name to MLS camps in 1996 when the MLS began. In 1999 they had 1100 communities run camps with over 60,000 players  participating.--Patricia Danoli)

* Understanding U.S.  soccer camps and this guide
* A kid's view of camp
* Get the most out of camp
* What camp directors can learn from players and parents

* A brief history of the U.S. soccer camp phenomenon

Still to Come:
-Tactics--what camps don't teach, but you need to know
-Growth in camps for girls
-Promoting camps
-Camps vs. professional youth soccer coaches

Soccer Blogette 06-24-12:
Sorry guide readers --major database issues have again held up updates. Short of resources have held me up again this year. Fortunately, I have a good redesign in the works. Thanks for your patience!

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