Just in case you have any doubts, let’s clear this up at the top. If you’re even thinking about the possibility of attending college and playing soccer, you absolutely need to attend some college soccer ID camps.
In attending, you will be giving yourself the opportunity to experience the life of a college soccer student-athlete before committing to anything in full. Also, you can make sure that the coaching style of the coaches is the right fit for you.
Because not all soccer coaches are created equal, you probably know this.
A college soccer ID camp is typically a 1-2 day event, at which you will meet with, train with and generally spend time with a college soccer academy/institution and their coaches.
You will find that you will be training with a bunch of like-minded young soccer players and it will be a great chance to meet new people who have the same goals as you. Which is awesome!
It’s also a fantastic opportunity to showcase your soccer skills and talents to coaches who could potentially be the ones to take your soccer career to the next level. In addition, you’ll probably get the chance to meet some of the staff who you will be seeing each day should you join, particularly on the academic side of things.
So let’s take a look at a typical day at a college soccer ID camp. Well, a well-run college soccer ID camp, anyway:
09:00: Breakfast with the coaches and fellow players.
10:00: De-brief and introduction
10:30: Training session 1
12:30: Lunch break and rest
15:00: Training session 2
16:30: Rest, dinner & free time
19:00: Presentation and Q&A
On the second day, you may only do one session and be finished by the early afternoon.
Each college soccer academy or institution will probably have a different way of going about things. So it’s advisable that you make sure you read the itinerary (or any other paperwork) you receive as this will likely have everything you need to know within it.
However, if things aren’t clear, don’t hesitate to email or call the academy or institution to ask if there’s anything you should specifically prepare for.
In general, you should expect to take:
In terms of kit, that should probably have you covered.
Eventbrite is always a good place to start, but also you could simply ask your coaches or friends for recommendations.
The price can vary but you should expect to pay $100-$500+ for a typical college soccer ID camp. The price usually depends on the length of the camp or even the exclusivity of being involved.
As with any investment of time and money, you often won’t know until the ID camp is over.
However, there are a few things you can do before making the commitment to get an idea of the quality you should expect, such as:
In general, college soccer ID camps are great experiences and you should try your best to get involved with more than one to ensure that you get a well-rounded view of what your next steps could look like.
For one, we run multiple every year.
If you aren’t sure who we are, we are Richmond International Academic & Soccer Academy (RIASA) and we offer our student-athletes a UK/US-accredited degree alongside a pro soccer academy experience in the UK.
We have recently announced our 2019 college soccer ID camps and we can’t wait to meet T the next generation of RIASA student-athletes who want to pursue their dreams of professional soccer in the UK whilst earning their dual-accredited US/UK Bachelor’s degree.
You can sign up to our 2019 college soccer ID camps by clicking the link below.
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