For the Love of the Game: NCFC Youth Soccer Summer Camps

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We are a soccer family. We live and breathe all things soccer. Since my boys were around three years old, they have spent their weekends and summers on the pitch (aka soccer field). From learning new soccer skills, meeting players from all over the Triangle area to playing in their own mini World Cup Matches – soccer summer camp has carried a special place in our family. This is where their “Love of the Beautiful Game” (do you remember Pele?) was created and molded.

Our summer soccer camp experiences were not just about the new skills, moves, and tricks my boys learned. These summer camp experiences carried the most impact because with a little creativity from coaches young players learned that beyond the competition, soccer is a fun game that is meant to build strong relationships amongst players on and off the field. As a soccer mom for the last 13 years, I have watched those soccer camp friendships grow from grade school to high school.

When I heard that North Carolina FC (NCFC) Youth was bringing back their soccer summer camp, I was excited to share with our readers a camp whose goal is to keep kids active, boost their confidence, and grow their knowledge of the game.

Are you in search of a summer camp to keep your kiddos moving, learn or brush up on soccer skills, develop a love for the game of soccer, make new friends and just have some good old-fashioned camp fun? Have you been thinking about having your girls or boys give soccer a try or join a sports camp for the first time? NCFC Youth Summer Camps for ages 4-14 years is making it very easy for families to dive into the world of soccer in a supportive atmosphere.

What makes this sports summer camp stand out from other camps around town? Here are a few important things that I discovered from one soccer mama to another:

1. Fun Creative Play + Fundamentals

Soccer Golf, World Cup Games, Capture the Flag- soccer style and more. NCFC Youth summer camps are filling campers days with creative soccer-themed games for campers to practice their skills and basic soccer fundamentals in a fun and supportive soccer atmosphere. Also, each day at camp has a designated theme ranging from Dribbing/Fun Passing Games, Shooting & Finishing/Fun Attacking and Defending Games, Jersey Day, and Coaches/Counselors vs Campers Day.

This creative and purposeful play style of camp not only allows players to develop a more profound love for the game but also can be the spark that will drive young players to want to kick the ball around more after camp, jump into a neighborhood pickup games, watch their favorite soccer teams on tv, or maybe even beg you to attend a couple of local NCFC pro games. (I’m speaking from experience!)

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2. Team Building + Camaraderie

Kids of all skill levels are playing and learning together not only from their coaches but from each other. Throughout NCFC Youth Summer Camps they are learning and building new soccer skills, developing useful communication skills amongst each other and nourishing those healthy social interactions in a safe and supportive camp setting with other players who love the game.

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3. Run by Professional Youth Staff With Personal Attention & Instruction

NCFC Youth Programs carefully select camp coaches and staff who not only enjoy running summer camps, but each camp coach comes in with their own soccer experience as a former soccer player at the high school, college or professional level. Their knowledge and love of soccer shines through and is what makes this summer camp so unique. Campers will also receive personal and specialized instruction from coaches which have always been a camp highlight for my boys leading them to become more confident in the new skills they were learning.

4. More Love for the “Beautiful Game”

With creative soccer play, team building, camaraderie and learning the soccer fundamentals kids will leave wanting to further their love for the game, wanting to play more, touch the ball more, and of course talk more soccer. Over the years I’ve watched with my own boys enjoy meeting and making new friends at camps, wearing their favorite soccer jerseys to school, wanting to get out on the soccer field for pick up games and of course never missing a home NCFC pro soccer game to watch their favorite players hit the pitch. Not to mention when World Cup Season (June 14th – July 15th) rolls around our entire house shuts down and we are on the edge of our seats watching.

5. Camp Guest Appearances by Local Professional Soccer Players

Seeing your favorite sports player face to face can be such a memorable experience for any fan young or old. What makes summer camps at NCFC Youth Programs stand out from the rest is that local NCFC or NC Courage players will make a guest appearance during camp season. For my boys, seeing their favorite players up close and getting their jersey or lucky soccer ball signed means everything!

6. Convenience 

Whether you live in or near Raleigh or out near Western Wake there is an NCFC Camp location that is convenient to get to. Summer camp is held at two locations – WRAL Soccer Park in Raleigh or Thomas Brooks Park in Cary. If your family ranges from preschool to tweens/teens, NCFC Youth Programs has specially designed camps for 4-5 years olds and 6 – 14-year-olds. There are even half day or full day camp options to choose from ranging from $80 – $100. Also, affordable early drop-off or late pick-up packages to add on.

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Learn more about each NCFC Youth Soccer Camp below:

Tiny Tykes Camp

WHO:  Ages 4-5 years old
WHAT:  This program is designed for 4 and 5-year-olds that are beginning their soccer experience for the first time. This camp is designed to teach coordination and techniques in a fun environment. Campers will play indoor and outdoor games such as Monsters & Aliens, Across the River, Spud and more! Meet other young soccer players during snack time and spend your summer mornings kickin’ it with NCFC Youth.
WHEN:  June 11-15 | June 18-22 | July 9-13 | July 16-20
COST:  $80

Half-Day Camp

WHO:  Ages 6-14 years
WHAT:  Half day camps are an excellent option for kids who want a great summer morning activity! Campers will practice their skills by playing games such as World Cup, Soccer Golf, Capture the Flag, and more! To beat the heat, campers will be able to go indoors to our Fitness Center or Clubhouse and enjoy other camp games (indoor space only available at WRAL Soccer Park).
WHEN:  June 11-15 | June 18-22 | July 9-13 | July 16-20
COST:  $100 (Early drop-off at 8:00 a.m. option is convenient. Cost with early drop-off is $120)

Full Day Camp

WHO:  Ages 6-14 years
WHAT:  Campers will practice their skills by playing games such as World Cup, Soccer Golf, Capture the Flag, and more! To beat the heat, campers will be able to go indoors to our Fitness Center or Clubhouse and enjoy other camp games! All campers must bring their own lunch, and a snack will be provided.
WHEN:  June 11-15 | June 18-22 | July 9-13 | July 16-20
COST:  $100 (Early drop-off at 8:00 a.m. and/or Late pick-up at 5:00 p.m. option is convenient. Cost with early drop-off and/or late pick-up is $195))

If you’re thinking of wanting to experience an NCFC Youth program this summer, their summer camp options are an excellent opportunity for kids to learn more about the game of soccer but most importantly to have fun! Tell a neighbor or a friend and start making some summer camp memories that will last a lifetime.


NCFC Soccer - Raleigh Moms BlogNorth Carolina FC Youth, a 501c3 non-profit youth soccer organization, is the product of a collaboration between Capital Area Soccer League, Triangle Futbol Club Alliance, and North Carolina Football Club. NCFC Youth’s mission is to provide positive, high quality soccer opportunities at all levels of play for youth and their families and to serve as a valuable community partner. The youth club’s inaugural season was Fall 2017, when nearly 14,000 youth players (ages 3-18) take the fields. To learn more about NCFC Youth, visit

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