Soccer camps near you
You can find camps in cities across the country, in the lists that are linked to below.
Soccer camp comes in different forms
For those who really love soccer you can explore this through a variety of different camp types. Consider the following:
Soccer clinics for kids, aka after-school soccer lessons or training, gives kids a structured forum that helps develop skills throughout the school year.
Soccer day camps dominate the listings above as the most popular alternative in kids' soccer development.
Overnight soccer camps, quite often referred to as soccer academies, offer an intensive week-long experience that allows teen boys and girls to focus their attention on the sport they love and discover new dimensions to their passion.
Girls' soccer camp offers young women a particularly enriching, rewarding experience where some girls flourish.
Some related camps
Kids who love soccer might also be interested in stretching themselves in other areas. Here’s a brief look at camps that will add some variety to the lives of young soccer fans:
Kids' sports camp offers a broad exposure to a variety of athletics. If you want a break from intense soccer training programs like those above, this kind of camp can help create a nice balance.
Fitness camp offers instruction in nutrition and personal health care that benefits kids and teens who love sports and want to optimize their performance.
Benefits of soccer camps
Soccer is a great activity for kids. Through practice, coaching, and clinics, your child can learn the fundamentals of soccer and improve their skill level. Soccer schools and programs also encourage your child to improve their fitness level, and, through social activities, team work, and competition, build their confidence and self-esteem.
For teens and older kids at a more advanced level, there are a variety of improvements that can be made to take their game to another level. Consider:
- Position-specific skills development. Advanced soccer training camps help kids progress in run-making, space-clearing, through play, defensive play, and usage of angles.
- Tactical play. Camps and soccer lessons providers offer dedicated teaching in things like one-on-one and two-on-two situations that helps kids and teens think the game more thoroughly, and develop a deeper soccer sense.
- Performance improvement. Soccer training at advanced camps or programs includes focused workouts. Kids and teens use these to maximize their speed and agility, increase their stamina, and reduce potential injuries.
- Professional instruction. A number of camps listed with ourkids.net have featured instruction from professional soccer players, or are associated with professional soccer clubs.
Most soccer camps (and schools) offer individual classes and soccer lessons for kids, tailored to each child's skill level. Some also offer competitive soccer, where your child will play in games with high-level players, as part of a league or club.
Other skills development and benefits gained
Beyond any focus on soccer skills, the discipline and even the competitive nature of soccer camp offers benefits for other areas of life. Take a brief glimpse at these:
Reinforced commitment to health and fitness. Granted that not every aspiring athlete carves out a professional career, like Dwayne De Rosario. However, the disciplined physical activity propagated in sports camp has clear personal health benefits. Simply participating is beneficial, since many kids (61% according to ParticipACTION Canada) are not getting their prescribed 60 minutes of daily exercise.
Development of physical literacy fundamentals. Many soccer camps for teens and kids will include an educational component that drives home the benefits of exercise and physical fitness.
Enhanced self-confidence and independence. Time away from parents, interacting with peers, helps kids develop a deeper self-understanding. They also learn or strengthen their understanding of goal-setting and other personal development fundamentals, through the camp experience.
Strengthened work ethic. The commitment and dedication that kids exercise when they commit to a soccer camp, and the curriculum taught there, will help them mature faster and develop personal discipline skills. These will carry over into their later work and academic life.
Improved mental and psychological well-being. Studies show that regular, disciplined physical activity results in improved cognition and memory. Some kids and teens who struggle with mood disorders gain a respite from these through physical activity, as has been shown in some studies.
The above are just a few of the many benefits kids can gain from attending sports camp.
Find the right soccer camp or program for your child
When considering the best kind of camp for your child, be sure to think about their overall needs and interests. You should also consider other important factors, such as location and cost.
Specific questions you may want to ask a camp include:
- Does my child need previous soccer training to attend this camp?
- Do you offer soccer programs for kids of different ages and levels, such as beginners, advanced players, toddlers, and teenagers?
- Do you offer individual soccer classes or lessons?
- Do you offer competitive games, as part of a soccer league or club?
- What qualifications do instructors or coaches have?
- Do pro players visit the camp? If so, how often and how long do they visit with the kids?
- What safety regulations are in place and how does the camp address injuries?
Whether your son or daughter decides to attend a day camp or fully immerse themselves in an overnight experience, they’ll be surrounded by other children who share their passion for the sport and gain valuable life skills like confidence, teamwork, and leadership.
Consult more information in the rest of our guide:
Frequently Asked Questions
How many Soccer summer camps in Canada are there?
There are 8 programs specializing in Soccer. In addition, there are 35 programs offering soccer as an activity. Use the filters to narrow by age and program type, then click on matched programs to see daily activities, dates, rates and registration information.
What are the fees to attend Soccer summer camps in Canada?
Fees for Soccer summer camps in Canada range from FREE to $600 per program (program types and lengths vary). Use the filters here to narrow programs by age and type.
What age do Soccer summer camps in Canada start at?
There are programs available for children aged 4 through 19.
Where can parents meet with Soccer summer camps in Canada?
Meet with program directors and staff at the Our Kids Camp & Program Expo. The Expo is held annually in February, and is a fun and informative day for parents, kids, and teens. Find event details and free tickets here.