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2018 PSV Union FC Summer Camps


The 2018 PSV Union FC Summer Camps & Trainings will be managed and run by our staff through Soccerbook Player Development Academy (SPDA).

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Trainings will be held from early June through early August.  These trainings are open to all boys and girls players, including PSV players ages 6-18 who are seeking a competitive yet fun, learning environment. Players are grouped according to age, experience and level of play. PSV trainings are ideal for players wanting to continue working on their game and stay in shape during the summer season when players can focus on various aspects of their own development and improve and learn new skills. Our flexible program allows players to sign up for single or multiple training days so that players can design a program that fits their needs and schedules.

Sun July 15 11 am- 1 pm WORLD CUP FINAL


Summer Training Schedule

6/4-8 n/a 3:45-5:15pm $40 per session --
6/11-15 8:00-10:00am 3:45-5:15pm $50 (a.m.) or $40 (p.m.) $85 per day
6/18-22 8:00-10:00am 3:45-5:15pm $50 (a.m.) or $40 (p.m.) $85 per day
6/25-29 8:00-10:00am 3:45-5:15pm $50 (a.m.) or $40 (p.m.) $85 per day
7/2-6 8:00-10:00am 4:00-6:00pm $50 per session $90 per day
7/9-13 8:00-10:00am 4:00-6:00pm $50 per session $90 per day
7/16-20 8:00-10:00am 4:00-6:00pm $50 per session $90 per day
7/23-27 8:00-10:00am 4:00-6:00pm $50 per session $90 per day
7/30-8/3 8:00-10:00am 4:00-6:00pm $50 per session $90 per day
8/6-10 8:00-10:00am 4:00-6:00pm $50 per session $90 per day


CHECK IN: Arrive 10 minutes before session

CHECK OUT: Session will end promptly 

NO DROP-INS: Deadline for Summer Camps is 9 pm the day before. 

LOCATION: Jordan Middle School, 750 N California Ave, Palo Alto.


* No refunds unless doctors note provided or agreed on by Director

* PSV Academy players must prioritize pre-arranged/scheduled club practices over summer camps and trainings. note, Academy practice sessions will be completed by end of June

* Players attening double sessions receive free world cup game

* No morning sessions on dates noted below)

* Session including game price-$75 per day

*Only registered players participating in trainings are permitted to watch games


Our staff are highly qualified, with European A licenses, US NSCAA National Diplomas, US Soccer B License, and many years of experience coaching all ages and levels. Our coaches have played at pro, semi-pro, national and collegiate levels, and provide high level visual demonstrations of exercises and techniques that are a critical element of the curriculum and essential for youth development


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Suggestions on How to Improve as a Soccer player- (Gary Ireland)

Every season break we are asked questions how players are to improve. The answer is always simply. "Make sure your first touch improves". Its universally known that the best players in the world have the best first touch, best dribbling and passing. They also have better movement (i.e getting into positions to optimize touch). We dont talk about them being big, strong, fast, tough etc. Its always "he/she has a great first touch" or "he/she is a great dribbler" or "he/she passes the ball really well with the outside of their foot" or "they have great vision" and "they have great movement". All of these are derivatives of technique, not physical fitness. Summer is a terrific time to develop a players individual skill. Because skill takes longer to develop than other aspects of the game we always recommend players spending as much time with the ball as possible. 

We have formatted specific exercises that are challenging to the most advanced professional players but simple enough to start learning when a player is as young as 5 years of age. The exercises have been standardized in order for players to progressively learn these exercises and self teach so that progress occurs more rapidly. When a player takes responsibility for their own progress they always improve much more rapidly than players who don't. Even a few additional hours a week over the course of a season can make a huge difference. Most of a players improvement will come from practicing away from the field. Team practices are always beneficial and critical for team coordination and cohesiveness. Team practice or small group practice is where the coaches can train the team correct errors and make demands of the players. 

Even if a player is practicing 4 x 1.5 hours a week with their team, not including weekend games/s, the most common mistake that people make is that they feel as though they are doing ‘4 days a week’ soccer. The myth of  ‘4 days a week’ actually amounts to less than 7.5 hours a week if you include games and which is enough for semi-comp. soccer but not close enough to being enough for a competitive soccer player. So how much and what should a player be practicing? This depends on age and level but generally speaking every day a player should spend a significant amount of time (mostly alone) with the ball except for match days or the day before (e.g Friday morning) or the morning after a late game. While there is not standard formula, to put it in perspective, the average player in a professional match touches the ball less than 2.5 mins per game and this isn't in spurts of more than 3-4 seconds and usually requires 1-5 touches. It means that a players 'touch' needs to be 'magic' when you do get the ball. First touch is CRITICAL and takes the longest to develop. The biggest, fastest, fittest and strongest kids always dominate  the youngest ages because there are so many mistakes that they just prey on the errors of others and 'clean up'. At approx.15-16 years of age when the technical proficiency of players improves (everyone can become athletic in time- granted there are 'athletes' who have an easier time of it but their dominance is vastly reduced when they have to chase around a ball they cant win for more than a few seconds) athletes' physical dominance fades and becomes less relevant as the technical and tactical aspect of the game become paramount.

Some helpful pointers

Watch and discuss the game with teammates or others interested in the game. You need to have an interest in order to excel. Watching a favorite player or team always helps. If a player cant name their favorite 11 players then they might not be headed in the right direction. Try to find out who is the best soccer player and get to know the history of the game. Who were the legends and why were they good- What set these players apart from others- If you find out what qualities these players possessed then a player will start to understand what made them stand apart from the pack. You may even start to learn how famous teams played. Trivia: did you know that zidane names his son enzo after his favorite player uruguayan francescoli? Watching the game stimulates your imagination. It makes you want to play and eager to go and practice what you saw.

1 v 1 & Small Sided

Passing with a friend or striking/bending/chipping long balls in the park or driveway. Put a small goal down and see what you can make up. do one vs one to two goals or do ‘half court’. 


(click on this link to learn more

A fun way to gain confidence with the ball. Juggling improves balance and coordination., esp when Juggling with variation (all parts of body) or while in motion (for distance)  or with a partner and in a group. "Vogelsingers" are a type of juggling exercises. Players who spend time juggling have an interest in the the soccer ball which is THE most important thing. The better the player is on the ball, the more tactical options. Simple! You can incorporate juggling with Aerial/hard/soft control, Coervers, "V's", Turns and running with the ball. 

Dribbling through Cones

Set several cones or rocks/objects several feet apart in different configurations. Straight lines 'zig zags'; circle:  make up an obstacle course! The best training with cones is the "Skill Ladder" where you make all of the movements. Too many to mention here. All of the older players know this drill. There are over 100 exercises in this drill alone. 

  • 2 cones with figure 8’s. place 2 cones 1 yard apart. 
  • in threes. 

Soccer Tennis a form of juggling and one of the single best ways to improve touch using all parts of the body and the foot. Its especially beneficial for judging bounce of the ball too. Professional players around the world play this several times per week. Its a favorite of our coaches who swear by it. The game can be played with 2 players or more and restrictions can be applied: one/two/unlimited touches or each teammates must touch the ball at least once before playing back to opponent or allowing one bounce per side...


....for developing quick feet (incorporate turns with shuffles etc), balance, coordination, speed on the ball, refining your touch and developing harmonious (smooth movement) on the ball nothing comes close to working on 'Coerver' skills. Every serious player should work on 'Coervers' every day. Its impossible to play at a higher level with at least mastering the most rudimentary 'Coervers'. All of the top clubs and players in the world have had at least some Coerver training and everyone at the highest levels have heard or seen the material. At PSV Union you happen to have 2 former assistants of the great man himself. There have only been a few; one being the current Assistant coach at Manchester United, responsible for the youth Academy for many years. 

'Coervers' are categorized in the following way: 

    1    speed of footwork

    2    frontal moves  (30+ of these alone- more if you count combination)

    3    chinese coervers

i would do dozens of lengths of the field making Stepovers, Scissors, Matthews, Dragging the ball, combination movements.....sometimes I'd go with Carine for a 30 min. run in the streets 'weaving' with the ball. Its a amazing how comfortable you can get with/on the ball. 


20 years ago I coined the phrase 'vitamins' suggesting that players should do these exercises ever day with a partner. They require service from the ground and the air and in all directions- fwds, backwards and sideways. Vitamins come in 3 forms 1) passing on the ground with feet 2) volleys served from hands 3) headers served from hands. 

Figure 8's 

There are a series of 30+ exercises. Most of the older players have done these. Done alone or with partner. 

Hard and Soft control

These routines are part of PSV Union curriculum. All players should know these exercises. "Hard Control' includes all parts of the foot; sole, inside, outside while "Soft Control" includes all parts of the surface of the foot, for example. 

V's and 180 degree turns 

I coined the phrase "V's" 25 years ago and have since varied the input/outcome of the movement. 5 V's include pulling ball with sole of foot and pushing in a 90 degree direction. Turns include Step-On; Step-Over; Cruyff; Topping; Inside; Outside; Scissor; Rivelino etc). Combine them (e.g 1 + 5) and do them with a partner in motion. Incorporate ‘frontal’ moves (e.g scissor, stepover).  Do the V’s in a 3 x 3 square (magic square) with a partner or in the ‘skill ladder’ format

Receiving & Turning: 

Wall Training: 

One of the best and fastest ways to improve a players touch, passing and receiving as well as all parts of the body is playing against a wall. You have been shown many of these in previous practices. There are hundreds of exercises, too many to list here. If you dont have a wall at your house find one near your house in a safe location. Go with a teammate and see what you can make up if you aren't sure. 


* Into a trash can or through an old tire hanging from tree or over a tennis net or simply with a training partner. 

Basketball Backboard/Net: 

Excellent way to develop lobbing & all forms of kicking techniques. Extremely valuable. 


* With partner/friend back and forth, using all forms & variation:  Driving, Bending, Striking, Clipping, Punch passing. 


You dont need a goal or a goalkeeper or a net to shoot but it is more fun. Find a local field with a net. Far too many drills to mention here. Take a soccer ball/s and make things up. Have fun!