Soccer Camp

It's that time a year again when you're trying to figure out what to do with your kids all summer.  There are over 100 soccer camps in the Chicagoland area.  Since four of my kids have been in travel soccer for a number of years, I've tried dozens of them.  We've experienced both good and bad, but I narrowed our recommendations down to three diverse favorites. 

British Soccer Camp:  They are located in a great number of areas, and it's easy to find a way to fit into one of the camps near you.  Although they market their camp to all ages.  I really think it's more for the novice player.  My kids enjoyed it when they were young and had an amazing time, but the more advanced player would probably be more attracted to the other two camps.
Coerver Coaching:  We ran into some of their representatives at a soccer expo, and one of my kids just loved their coaching style.  We signed up on the spot, and will definitely go back again this summer.  They concentrate mainly on individual skills and small group play.  They teach in a fun and fast moving environment, in multiple locations.
Hansa: This has been one of the best camps my kids have ever attended.  It's all-day and run by an ex-professional player (Thomas Gansauge) that keeps them moving and entertained the entire week.  I signed my 7, 9 and 11 year old up for one week, they all loved it so much that they ended up participating for three additional weeks!  Unlike the other two camps, this one is located in one location (Schwaben), but since it's from 9:30 - 4:00, the drive is worth it. 

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Tags: british, camp, coerver, hansa, soccer

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  • VERY informative and helpful. My oldest will do the high school camp and maybe NIU's 3-4 day camp again this year. Not sure about the others.....so I'll be considering these. It's hard to fit it all in with a summer swim program, vacation, and some down time, but I'm sure that's no news to YOU!!

  • In reply to jtithof:

    there are SO many camps out there, that I'm sure I left out some of the best ones, but I just wanted to include ones that we've done and found success. We've also participated in some clunkers - I decided to be kind and not mention those :)

    We haven't done overnight soccer yet (however have done BB and Swim), but we're attempting a couple this year - one is through ODP and it's at NIU - maybe similar weeks?!?

  • In reply to jtithof:

    You are nice. :) I'm not sure when the NIU session is but none of my kids are in ODP.

  • In reply to jtithof:

    thanks for these tips. we did "soccer camp" through the park district and were disappointed. it seems like there's a big divide between cheap, unorganized camps and good but crazy expensive ones. anyone know of happy mediums?

  • In reply to jtithof:

    What area do you live in? I was trying to recommend general ones that cover a wide area. Also, if you sign up early, most of the camps offer discounts. You're right about most park districts - unless they're affiliated with a travel program, you tend to get instructors that don't specialize in soccer. If you do have travel programs close to you, many of them offer skill sessions that are open to kids outside of their travel programs. I've taken them through Arlington Aces, Grove United and Libertyville even though my kids don't play for any of those clubs.
    Because the better trainers get more $, I'm afraid it is a case of you get what you pay for.

  • In reply to jtithof:

    I'm on the NW side of the city. I agree, that you get what you pay for. I'll keep hunting. Thanks for the starters, though!

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