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Summer Soccer Academy



2020 MSYSA

Summer Soccer Academy




The Maryland State Youth Soccer Association (MSYSA) 2020 Summer Soccer Academy is being held at the Saint James School located in beautiful Hagerstown, Maryland and is open to male and female players born in 2004 through 2009.

We are excited to return to this venue for our camp again this year. Saint James combines the scenic location, fantastic facilities and the benefits of a smaller campus that we prefer,” MSYSA President Mark Cantor said. “With the momentum and popularity the camp has earned in the past few years, we are thrilled to be able to return to such a great location that can grow with the camp moving forward!”


Saint James School


Don't miss out on this opportunity to develop technical and tactical ability with an outstanding coaching staff comprised of Olympic Development Program (ODP) coaches (including a dedicated goalkeeper staff). This camp is open to all serious soccer players regardless of ODP participation.

Residential Camps are a wonderful opportunity for your player or team to develop on and off the field in the 'off' season. We are hosting our camp at a beautiful athletic facility with air conditioned dorms, fantastic food and around the clock supervision and security.

While under the experienced supervision of staff with a 5 to 1 ratio, players engage in fun, age-appropriate, tactical and technical activities throughout the week. These include curriculum-based activities and daily contests, full-sided game play and a 4v4 tournament.

Current Olympic Development Program (ODP) coaches staff the camp with former ODP players as counselors, ensuring that campers are receiving the best training environment possible!


Two sessions are being offered; they will begin with check in on Sunday from 2pm-4pm and end with check out from 11am-1pm on Thursday following our 4v4 tournament that morning.



Registration will OPEN in January 2020!

Session 1: 
July 19 - July 23, 2020 (ages 11-14, 2009 – 2006) 

Registration will open January 2020

Session 2: 
July 26 - July 30, 2020 (ages 13-16, 2007 – 2004) 
Registration will open January 2020


Cost: (includes air conditioned room and board, four t-shirts, soccer ball etc.) 

$650 Overnight Camper
$550 Day Camper
$575 Returning Overnight Camper (coupon will be sent via email to returning players)
$575 Per Player, Team Overnight Camper (minimum of 10 players, issued as refund after registration closes)


Note: Roommate requests will be honored in groups of two provided that both players request each other during registration. Please indicate a club team name if you wish multiple players be placed in the same dorm. 


Additional information including a sample daily schedule and topics covered can be found here!

If you have already registered but need to complete your players forms please use these links:
Medication Administration Authorization Form
Medical History Questionnaire

SSA Camper Rules and Expectations


Please contact the MSYSA Summer Soccer Academy Director, Gandalf French ( with any questions.
We look forward to seeing you at camp!




Feedback from previous participants:


I just wanted to reach out and say thank you for the wonderful camp you ran this week. It was not only my son's first time at your camp, but his first sleep-away camp as well. In as few words as I can tell you, HE LOVED IT! He talked nonstop all the way home! And when he found me in the checkout line in the gym after you released all the campers from the field, his first concern was making sure I heard you talking about next summer’s sessions because he is definitely returning! I most sincerely thank you and your staff for making it a great soccer and camp experience for him. See you next summer! - Katie C.

I just wanted to send a quick thank you for all your and your staff's hard work this past week.  My son came home beaming each day and thoroughly enjoyed his week with you and your staff.  He especially enjoyed his Coach as he said she helped and taught him a lot.  He already can't wait to come back next year.  I want to thank you for making it easy to drop-off and pick him up each evening as he was a commuter.  He/We thought your camp was extremely organized and what he learned I know will help him develop as a player.  Thank you again for all your time and effort and I wish you a successful soccer season! - Jeff B.



Cheers and thanks to you and the staff. You assembled another amazing elevated soccer camp experience this summer and my son had a great week with you all! I can't imagine all the extras you put into these events.  Please know and share how much we appreciate the professionalism, organization, extra care, sweat, tears and obvious love for the sport and the kids that you pour into the organization, this camp and the lives of everyone you touch. You should be proud (and happily exhausted)! - Kara V.


I wanted to thank you, your trainer, and the coaches for taking such good care of my daughter, Claudia Lee, with her level of play, and especially the extra attention required after her ankle injury. The intensity level, and knowledge of the coaching staff, seemed to be just the right combination of challenge and education for her. She is recovering well; following her instructions; and heading to the beach for a few days! She came away from the camp motivated, excited, and ready to prepare for the Fall season! - Scott L.


Our daughter's first experience with a sleep over camp was at SSA last year and she loved it so much she wants to go back every year! The campus was beautiful and easy for kids to navigate with their groups to each training session. The ODP coaches and staff challenged the players with group competitions, training sessions and offered detailed individual assessments at the end of the 4 days. We were impressed with the security provided, the efficient check in/out process and the general organization of the camp. Overall it was a fun experience that resulted in new friendships, fierce competition and great memories! - Kim W.


I'm writing to tell you THANK YOU! My son had an amazing time and would've happily stayed another week. He didn't want to leave! We've been home for around 5 hours and he's spent most of that time juggling his new soccer ball. From a parents' perspective, the camp was organized and ran smoothly. And there's nothing better than a happy kid! - Melanie H.


My daughter had a wonderful time at camp. She enjoyed the training sessions, led by world-class coaches, and, because several girls from her team attended, they had the chance to work together on and off the field. Camp offered them a safe bonding/team building environment, and I highly recommend the camp experience. - Sara V.


IT WAS AWESOME! This was my daughters response when asked about her stay at camp (SSA). We can't wait for next summer!  You always worry about food, especially when you have a picky eater. Nope, not this time: my daughter loved it! Being able to attend with her club teammates was a great bonding experience both on and off the field. The knowledgeable and engaged coaches provided excellent training besides making the girls feel comfortable with their abilities. As a mom, a safe, clean environment was essential and I couldn't have been more pleased... thank you to all involved! - Jen B.


Just wanted to send a quick thank you for a great week of camp. My son had a fantastic time! Wonderful counselors, coaches and incredibly organized. Thanks again! - Pam T.


My daughter had an amazing experience at MSYSA Summer Soccer Academy last year. What made the experience particularly special was that her many of her teammates were able to participate together. The training she received taught her new skills and helped develop the team as a whole. She loved building strong friendships and making lasting memories, all on a campus which was beautiful and peaceful. As a parent I was impressed with the structure of the days and quality of the coaching. My daughter can't wait to return again this summer! - Heather L.