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Camps

The Shakopee Soccer Association offers a wide array of summer camps and training/development opportunities for all ages and level of players. Learn from the S.H.S. Boys Varsity Coach, and SSA’s Camp Director Jon Poppen (U.S.S.F. Nationally Certified Youth License Holder) and his staff of current/former high school and college players.

Questions: please email coachingdirector@shakopeesoccer.com

U8-U14 ATTACKING & DEFENDING CAMP

Become tactically aware of how to effectively play on both sides of the ball. Soccer is a player’s game where they are left to make the attacking and defending decisions.  Learn how to handle attacking and defending situations with success.  U8-U14 players are ready to understand these strategies and are at the perfect age to learn how to properly attack and defend.      

Each day players will compete in a 6v6 Tournament, where teams compete to be crowned World Cup Champions.  Players will also further their juggling skills, work on their footwork, and improve their touch on the ball.  Camps are led by SSA’s Camp Director, Jon Poppen and his staff.  Jon is the boy’s high school coach and a director at SSA.  He holds numerous USSF and NSCAA Coaching Licenses.  

Day 1: An attacking 1st touch to commit defenders
Day 2: Finding an advantage and combining with teammates
Day 3: Defending with discipline as an individual
Day 4: Understanding how to defend as a team

When: June 24-27, 2019 (June 28 rain make-up day)
Who: U8-U14 Boys and Girls
Times: U8 & U9 - 8:15-10:00a; U10-U14 - 10:00a-12:00p
Where: 17th Avenue Sports Complex
Cost: $95 for SSA registered players; $110 for non-registered
Go HERE to register

U5-U7 KICKS CAMP

SSA’s Kicks Camp is perfect for both beginning and experienced 5, 6, & 7 year old players. The focus is on individual skill development, enjoyment for the game, and learning!  Each day starts with a themed game where every player has a ball and works on their skill development in a fun and imaginative way.  Next, kids have skill time where they learn a new move or dribbling pattern.  To finish the day, kids play 1v1, 2v2, and 3v3. 

Camps are led by SSA’s Camp Director, Jon Poppen.  Jon is the boy’s high school coach and a second grade teacher here in Shakopee.  He holds a National Youth Coaching License and makes every camp a fun experience.  

Themed Days for Camp
Monday: Soccer Through the Jungle!
Tuesday: Star Wars Soccer!
Wednesday: Soccer Pirates on a Treasure Hunt!
Thursday: The Ultimate Obstacle Course!
Friday: Make-up Rain Day if Needed

When:  July 22-25, 2019 (July 26 rain make-up day), 8:30-9:45a
Who: U5-U7 Boys and Girls
Where: 17th Avenue Sports Complex
Cost: $45
Go HERE to register

SSA's U8-U14 Saber Skills Camp

At camp, players will improve their skills and learn how to best apply them in game like activities. Players are divided into age and level appropriate groups so they are challenged and met developmentally where they are. Both rec. and competitive players are encouraged to attend. To finish each day, players compete in a World Cup Tournament! Current Saber Soccer players play with each team and coach players as they play. Championship medals and Team MVP Awards are given at Thursday’s Award Ceremony. 

When:  July 22-25, 2019 (July 26 rain make-up day), 10:00a-12:00p
Who: U8-U14 Boys & Girls
Where: 17th Avenue Sports Complex
Cost: $95
Go HERE to register

SSA High School Prep Camp

Set up for incoming 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students, this camp’s focus is to prepare players for high school tryouts in the following weeks. 

Current and former college soccer players will be leading the week. Learn from players who have reached the next level and know what it takes to have a successful season.


When: August 5-8, 2019, 6:00-8:00p
Who: Incoming 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, & 12th Grade Boys & Girls
Where: Either HS grass fields or 17th Ave Sports Complex
Cost: $45 (camp profits are donated to SHS’s boys and girls programs)
Go HERE to register