In much of the world, soccer is known as "football" and the Canadian prime minister is referred to as "The Canadaking." Embrace cultural differences without using your hands with today's Groupon: for $97, you get a week-long summer-camp session for kids ages 8–16 from World Soccer Academy at Earl Grey Community Centre (a $195 value). Camp instruction is held five days a week from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Session dates are available July 25–29, August 8–12, and August 15–19.
World Soccer Academy trains amateur ballsmiths on the game's essential technical and tactical elements using development modules based on FIFA team standards. Head coach Eduardo Badescu (UEFA pro) teams up with former professional players William Rosales and Constantin Ignat to fine-tune student skills in five-day camp sessions. Licensed coaches teach field survival skills during tight dribbling, ball and body control, and changing directions drills as well as more advanced techniques including feinting, tackling, shielding, receiving, and trapping tricky ground, air, and fire balls. Fitness training instills general agility, effective footwork, and speed, while also instructing students on the finer points of proper nutrition, exercise warm-up and cool down, and injury prevention through cleat-obedience school.
Campers build up cognitive brawn through psychological improvements in awareness, motivation, and discipline, and form alliances based on sports-drink preference during team-building exercises. Over the course of the week, students test their well-drilled developments in one-on-one duels, shooting, and small-team group play. Small camp sizes of 15–18 players per coach enable World Soccer Academy's instructors to bestow regular individual feedback and larger individually framed oil portraits. Students also receive a one-hour lunch break during each day's ball-wrangling activities.
World Soccer Academy
World Soccer Academy's goal is to elevate Canadian soccer to an elite level with training regimens culled from the world's finest soccer programs. The Academy instills sound fundamentals in young trainees with the help of the Coerver Method, a methodology developed by the late Dutch soccer manager Wiel Coerver designed to develop skills in a pyramidal fashion, beginning with individual ball-handling and advancing to more nuanced material, such as group attack tactics and covert hand-balling.
Though committed to fostering young talent, the Academy's seven-stage player development program prescribes proper training methods for players of all ages. The Academy also sponsors WSA Winnipeg, a team of elite players that compete against squads from Toronto, Michigan, and St. Louis in the USL Premier Development League.