For more info call: (571) 428-8387 or write an email:

What Makes No. 1 Soccer Camps Number 1?

It’s not just a name. No. 1 Soccer Camps is #No1ForAReason. Several reasons in fact. Our players, staff and training are just a few things that have made our soccer camps a leader in the soccer industry for over 40 years.


In the 41+ years of being the most trusted name in soccer camps, over 80,000 players have come through our system. Some have signed professional contracts as players and coaches others have played for National teams or won the NCAA title.  Our players are the driving force behind our camps and have set the high standard!

OUR STAFF IS NO. 1 No. 1 Soccer Camps No1ForAReason

At any of our sites you will find the highest quality staff alongside current college players, A-licensed coaches and coaches of current National Team players.  Each week our staff coaches complete a 75-point evaluation and personal development plan for each player at camp. You will not find this evaluation or this level of quality coaching anywhere else!


If you have ever wondered about the roots of No. 1 Soccer Camps, you need to start with Dr. Joe Machnik. Since 1977,  the “Machnik Method”, a distinctive soccer training method that is universally recognized and used today.  Our unique “Go to Goal” curriculum with modern methodologies, we offer five distinct training levels and programs for a unique week of soccer education for field players and goalkeepers of every age and ability level.


At No. 1 Soccer Camps, our mission is to provide the most valuable experience possible using instruction and positive reinforcement in match related games and situations regardless of which side of the ball the camper plays on in a mutually satisfying atmosphere where learning takes place in a spirit of camaraderie; goalkeeper and striker, boy and girl, staff coach and camper, fostering soccer development and the encouragement of an appreciation of soccer’s intrinsic values.

For more information on any of our camp locations from Connecticut to California, please visit our website at

Chad Liddle US Paralympic Team GK Coach

No. 1 Soccer Camps Regional Director Chad Liddle named Assistant Coach with the US Soccer Paralympic Team

Chad Liddle, longtime Regional Director for No.1 Soccer Camps at Darlington and No. 1 Soccer Camps at Baylor School, has been with No. 1 since 2003.

PNT GK Coach Chad LiddleLast summer, Darlington School hosted two weeks of training camp for the U.S. Paralympic National Team for their preparations for the Rio Para Olympics. In between his two No. 1 Soccer Camps at Darlington, Liddle was pulled to Atlanta to train the PNT’s two goalkeepers.

As of the first of the year, the team gathered at three training camps: Tampa, Lakewood Ranch, and then the Olympic Training Facility at Chula Vista.  Liddle has coached the goalkeepers during the past two camps in Lakewood Ranch and Chula Vista.

During the last camp, the PNT played a team comprised of San Diego Sockers players as well as 3 members of the US Soccer National Beach Soccer Team. With 16 minutes to go in the game the PNT goalkeeper went down with an injury, and Liddle had to step in and play the rest of the game. The US was under a tremendous amount of pressure in the last 15 minutes, but held on to win 6-5. After the game, the team awarded Liddle his first US “Cap.”

Chad Liddle PNT GK Coach Cap

The U.S. Paralympic Soccer Team is an elite level program that selects players from across the United States in preparation for International standard competition. The National Team, in addition to friendly matches and invitational tournaments, competes in the Intercontinental Cup, Copa America, World Championships, Parapan American Games, and Paralympic Games.

For players to be eligible, they must be ambulant (no requirement for assistive walking aids) and have a one of the following neurological conditions:

Have had a Stroke

Have Cerebral Palsy

Have had a Traumatic Brain Injury / Acquired Brain Injury

For more information on the PNT, visit their page at

This summer, Coach Liddle will be directing No. 1 Soccer Camps at Baylor School June 18th-22nd and No. 1 Soccer Camps at Darlington School Session 1 July 15 -19 and Session 2 July 19th – 23rd.

Team Camp at No. 1 Soccer Camps

Get the Preseason Advantage at No. 1 Soccer Camps Team Camp

Did you know No. 1 Soccer Camps offers a team camp for high school and club teams looking for a preseason edge? Our staff will work directly with your team to ensure a valuable and enriching team training experience.  In addition to the positive camaraderie gained by living and playing together, we will also deliver rigorous team competition and training, all while developing the modern skills of attacking with speed and going for goal! Each individual player will receive our extensive 75 point personal evaluation for their personal use and future development. 

“As a soccer coach and soccer parent, I haven’t found a better soccer camp experience than No. 1 Soccer Camps.  My kids and players can’t wait each summer to attend.” – Marc Hatam Port Washington Cobras 

No. 1 Soccer Camps offer exceptional opportunities for teams to attend the camp at a significant discount. For more information, contact the camp office at or call 571-428-8387.  

No. 1 Soccer Camps, the first national camp of it’s kind, was founded by Dr. Joseph Machnik in 1977. Since then, over 80,000 soccer players and coaches have attended No. 1 Soccer Camps and become part of the No. Family. Our tradition of excellence, professional coaches and world class facilities have made No. 1 the industry leader for US soccer camps for over 40 years.

Tony Pierce Inducted Into Wisconsin Soccer HOF

No. 1 Regional Director Tony Pierce Inducted Into Wisconsin Soccer Hall Of Fame

No. 1 Soccer Camps Tony PierceNo. 1 RD and seventh-year Wisconsin Lutheran College head women’s soccer coach Tony Pierce was inducted into the Wisconsin Soccer Hall of Fame on Saturday, March 11, 2017.

Pierce, a longtime member of the No.1 Soccer Camps family, has coached collegiate soccer for nearly 30 years.

Tony Pierce Hall OF FameOne of the winningest goalkeepers in the history of the former National Professional Soccer League (NPSL), Pierce was a goalkeeper for the Milwaukee Wave for eight years and one with the Chicago Power, appearing in 195 games, posting 75 wins and making 2608 saves. The three-time All-Pro also served as the Wave’s Director of Community Relations for six years. He was inducted into the Milwaukee Wave Hall of Fame in 2010.

Tony Pierce Hall Of FamePierce was a member of the University of Connecticut’s 1981 NCAA Division I Championship soccer squad. He also returned with the Huskies in national semifinal appearances in 1982 and 1983. In 1983 Pierce was a co-captain with Jim D’Orsaneo.

Pierce also has one National Team cap versus Portugal for the US Men’s National Futsal Team.

No. 1 Soccer Camps at Wayland Academy in Beaver Falls, WI is under the direction of Tony Pierce who has been with No. 1 Soccer Camps for 36 years.  This unique specialty camp blends the best of No. 1 Soccer Camps with its partner in Germany the Fussball Ferienschulen. The camp runs July 16-20th. For more information, visit

No. 1 Goalkeepers Top MLS 50 Greatest

Earlier this month, Everybody Soccer, a website dedicated to following American goalkeepers, published an article ranking the 50 Greatest MLS Goalkeepers of All Time.

No. 1 Soccer Camps was pleased to find SIX of the top TEN MLS goalkeepers are part of the No. 1 Soccer Camps family as former campers and/or coaches, and and four others round out the 50.

Top 10 GKs of All Time by Everybody Soccer

 1 Kevin Hartman (416 Games, 1997-2012)***

 2 Nick Rimando (424 Games, 2000-present)***

 3 Jon Busch (309 Games, 2002-2015)***

 4 Pat Onstad (223 Games, 2003-2011)

 5  Matt Reis (293 Games, 1998-2013)***

 6 Joe Cannon (342 Games, 1999-2013)***

 7 Zach Thornton (282 Games, 1996-2011)

 8 Tony Meola (250 Games, 1996-2006)***

 9 Scott Garlick (237 Games, 1997-2006)

 10 Tim Howard (102 Games, 1998-2003, 2016-present)


16. Bo Oshoniyi (109 Games, 1996, 2000-2006)***

20. Kasey Keller (93 Games, 2009-2011)***

23. Brad Friedel (38 Games, 1996-1997)***

30. Mark Dougherty (123 Games, 1996-2001)***

***Denotes No. 1 GK

No. 1 SOccer Camps History Goalkeepers
Brad Friedel with Dr. Joe Machnik circa 1993

No. 1 Soccer Camps has a long history with the MLS and US Soccer. No. 1 Soccer Camps founder Joe Machnik was an Assistant Coach for the U.S. National Team 1990 World Cup team as well as being a FIFA/CONCACAF Match Commissioner and being inducted into six Soccer Halls of Fames.

No. 1 Soccer Camps Regional Director Greg Andrulis is the former head coach of MLS’ Columbus Crew.

Our coaching staff has experience at every level of American soccer from high school to collegiate D1, 2, and 3, to Major League Soccer and the US National teams.  For over 40 years, No. 1 Soccer Camps has been training generations of quality goalkeepers and field players across the United States.

To learn more about No. 1 Soccer Camps and to locate a site near you, visit our website at


No. 1 Staff Collegiate Season Highlights

It was a record breaking collegiate season for several No. 1 Soccer Camps Regional Directors and Staff Coaches. Read on to hear about a few honors and achievements our staff made in the 2016 season.

Nick Roberts No. 1 Soccer Camps Regional Director and Staff Coach Nathan Jones – Urbana University

Nick Robertsroberts, who finished his ninth season guiding the Urbana University Men’s Soccer Team and was recently named Mountain East Conference Coach of the Year, has built an impressive program in Urbana. In 2016, the Blue Knights tied the school record for most wins after finishing 14-5-1 and made the team’s second-straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament, where they advanced to the round of 16.

UU spent the majority of the season ranked in the national polls and received the program’s highest ranking ever at No. 12 earlier in the year. The Blue Knights outscored opponents 48-17 this season, averaging nearly three goals per game.

In addition, several Blue Knights thrived under the UU coaching staff in 2016. Eight total student-athletes were voted all-conference performers, including the league’s Defensive Player of the Year (and No. 1 Soccer Camps Staff Coach) Nathan Jones.

Nick DeMarsh No. 1 Soccer Camps Regional Director – Buffalo State

No. 1 Soccer Camps Collegiate Season Updates DeMarshNicholas DeMarsh concluded his 15th season as the head coach of the Buffalo State women’s soccer program in 2016, leading the Bengals to its first ever SUNYAC Championship and NCAA Championship appearance.

DeMarsh’s 2016 Bengals set a school-record for wins in a season, finishing 17-1-3 and winning the program’s first conference championship.  In doing so, DeMarsh was named the SUNYAC coach of the year for the second consecutive season, and third time overall.

DeMarsh saw his team sweep the SUNYAC awards in 2016, winning the Offensive, Defensive, Rookie and Coach of the Year honors and is now the all-time winningest coach at Buffalo State with 134 victories and a .537 winning-percentage.

No. 1 Soccer Camps Staff Coach Lyndse Hokanse – Georgetown University

No. 1 Soccer Camps Collegiate Season Updates HokansonLyndse Hokanse, First Assistant Coach helped lead the Georgetown University women’s soccer team to its most successful year in program history. Head Coach Dave Nolan and his staff were recognized by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) as the recipient of the NCAA Division I Women’s Coaching Staff of the Year, as voted on the by coaches in that division.

Georgetown advanced to the NCAA College Cup for the first time in program history and lost to eventual national champion Southern California. The Hoyas finished the season with a 20-3-3 overall record, ranked No. 3 in the country by the NSCAA and Soccer America and won the BIG EAST Tournament Championship for the first time in program history.

No. 1 Soccer Camps Regional Director John Adams and Staff Coaches Danielle Polvan, Angelina Piccirillo, Lexi Mack, Bridget Judd, and Lexi Fenn – Albertus Magnus College

No. 1 Soccer Camps Staff Coaches Collegiate Honors
No. 1 Staff Coaches Danielle Polvan, Lexi Fenn, Angelina Piccirillo , Lexi Mack

John Adams, Albertus Magnus Women’s Soccer Assistant Coach, and his Falcons also had a record-breaking year in 2016. New program-bests were set and the team earned its first-ever berth in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Championship. The team ended the fall with an 11-8-1 overall record and were the No. 3 seed in the GNAC Tournament thanks to posting a 7-3-1 mark in league play.

Following the year, four Falcons received All-GNAC honors – three of whom are No. 1 Soccer Camps Staff Coaches. Junior midfielder Angelina Piccirillo had a breakout season and landed on the first team, while seniors Danielle Polvan, and Alexis Mack  received second-team distinction.

In addition, Piccirillo earned a spot on the 2016 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-New England Team. She becomes the fifth player in program history to earn NSCAA All-New England. Piccirillo was one of just five GNAC players to earn regional recognition this autumn. Piccirillo had a breakout year for the Falcons, scoring six goals to go along with two assists for 14 points.

Polvan, a four time All-GNAC recipient, became the school’s all-time leader in goals in 2016. During her senior season, She also became the program’s all-time leader in points with 85. Polvan led the team this fall in goals (10), points (23), shots (66) and shots on goal (39).

Defensively, Bridget Judd along with Piccirillo anchored the Falcon backline this year. The Albertus Magnus defense ranked third in the conference in goals-against average and recorded nine shutouts. The team was one of three in the league that allowed less than one goal per game.

In net, GK Lexi Fenn had a solid 2016 season. In her first season as a starter, Fenn has posted a 1.31 goals-against average with 82 saves, a .788 save percentage, five shutouts and a 9-8-1 record. She currently ranks fourth in program history in shutouts and sixth in saves.






12 Questions To Ask A Potential Soccer Camp

Choosing a summer soccer camp can be a difficult decision. With so many options, how do you know which one is the right fit for your child? No. 1 Soccer Camps Regional Director Christine Huber asks the twelve vital questions parents should pose to potential camps to ensure a rewarding and safe soccer camp experience.


1) How many years has the camp been in the business?

Experience matters. While it is not always a guarantee of a superior camp, this can be an excellent indicator of the caliber of the camp experience, its management, and its coaches. No. 1 Soccer Camps has been in continuous operation for over 40 years. VERY few camps can make this claim, and we are proud of our tradition and history.


2) Is the camp a soccer specific camp or a camp that offers soccer?  Which is best for your child? 

A camp that offers soccer may have different activities and may not be focused on just on soccer. Dances, plays, and skits may be incorporated into the camp day which limits the amount of time spent on soccer.  No. 1 Soccer Camps is a specific soccer camp geared towards the player who loves the game.  We offer on and off the field soccer specific training, films, and lectures to make sure the camper gets the most comprehensive soccer experience. Each session we see amazing improvements in the campers’ skills in a relatively short amount of time.


3) How does a camp facilitate maximum amount of touches on the ball to foster the most positive results over a short period of time?

Many camps play 11 vs 11 games which means some players are only getting a few touches a game.  In these camps you will also see drills with long lines and campers waiting to shoot or touch a ball due to limited equipment and staff.  With well thought out and designed lesson plans, No. 1 Soccer Camps plays small sided tactical games based on a recently broken down technical skill. This not only increases the amount of touches on the ball but also mentally prepares players for tight situations in the final third of the field.  Field players are preparing and taking more shots while goalkeepers continuously have shots coming at them.  We bring in full sized official goals to mimic the real game.


4) How does the camp challenge its players? Will the camp allow the player to “play up” if warranted?
Every player needs to be challenged physically and mentally in order to improve.  A good camp will be flexible enough to adjust to the needs of every camper.  During the first session of camp, our staff evaluates the campers and makes any necessary adjustments under the direction of the Camp Director and Striker/ Goalkeeper Director. This ensures each camper receives a tailored experience geared toward his/her current level of play.


5) What is the average number of training hours per day? How many hours of your camper’s day are actually spent working on the field getting better?

A good camp like No. 1 Soccer Camps will have perfected the proper balance between training, recovery, and free time.  We offer evening lectures, group discussions as well as the on the field training to create a comprehensive program geared to the mental and physical needs of the player.


6) What is the staff to camper ratio?  Is it 1:8 or less?

This ratio is required legally by many states.  A smaller staff to camper ratio will ensure your player receives the individual attention necessary to improve. No. 1 Soccer Camp aims to have a 1:6 or less ratio at all of our locations.


7) How many years has the Camp Director been running the camp and how extensive are the staff coaches backgrounds in coaching younger players?

Not all professional coaches are capable of coaching youth players. Your camp director and staff coaches should have many years of experience in the camp industry along with coaching the specific age groups.  Our No. 1 Soccer Camps Directors are leaders in the soccer community and have been an integral part of our company for many years. Several are even former campers themselves! Our Staff coaches are selected and matched based on coaching experience with a particular age group in mind for maximum success.


8) Does the camp perform background checks on all staff?

Most state legislation requires criminal background checks and SORI checks for ANYBODY around children. Be sure any camp under consideration meets these requirements and thoroughly checks its staff. No. 1 Soccer Camps uses a national company to perform background checks on all staff regardless of state requirements.


9) What kind of access do campers have to the camp site’s facilities besides the fields ie. indoor spaces for inclement weather, dorms, cafeterias, pool, lounges etc?
The access to and quality of these amenities are important to a camper’s overall experience.  No. 1 Soccer Camps chooses its locations based on the excellence of the facilities and the needs of our campers. The quality and stellar reputation of No. 1 Soccer Camps allows us to secure some of the most coveted university and private schools locations in the nation.


10)  How is the camp supervised? Do coaches, directors, and medical staff stay on campus?  Is there adequate staff coverage in the dorms?

Safety is a paramount parental concern and proper staff supervision is necessary to make sure campers are well cared for on and off the pitch. At No. 1 Soccer Camps our directors, coaches and camp nurse are on campus throughout out the day and night to provide supervision and assistance 24 hours a day.


11)  How does the camp prepare it’s players for the collegiate experience?
Only a few camps address the many issues the college-bound player faces. Collegiate level training, recruitment, and application processes are just a few of the areas our College Showcase ID, College Prep and Sr. Academy programs address both on and off the field.


12) How are players evaluated?

Camp is over.  Now what? At many camps, once the last session is played, you are on your own. On the final day of No. 1 Soccer Camps, each camper receives a written 75 point evaluation, the most in depth detailed soccer camp evaluation in the industry. Our staff takes great pride in the quality of each camper’s evaluation and the Personal Development Plan which offers a post camp game plan for the further enhancement of each camper’s abilities. Campers and parents have the opportunity to review and discuss the evaluation with the camper’s staff coach at the end of camp creating a positive conclusion to camp’s training.


Regional Director Christine Huber has been with No. 1 Soccer Camps since 1996. A former four year starter and Hall of Fame Player for the University of New Haven, Huber is now the head coach at Hamden Hall Country Day School and Assistant Coach at the University of New Haven. The following No. 1 Soccer Camp locations are under her direction: Brewster AcademyNorthfield Mount HermonPomfret SchoolCFC Arena, and Hamden.

Get Packing: Preparing For No. 1 Soccer Camps


Your time at No. 1 Soccer Camps is going to be one of the most memorable of your soccer career. You’ll work hard, learn from professional coaches, improve your game, and meet like-minded soccer players. In order to maximize your time at camp, we have put together some pertinent information to help you prepare and pack for your No. 1 Soccer Camps experience.

Preparing for Camp

Prior to the start of your camp you will receive a detailed information sheet from your Regional Director that is specific to the site that you are attending. If for some reason you do not receive this information within two weeks of the start of camp, please contact your regional director directly. Their phone numbers and email addresses are listed on our website and individual site pages. Please also note that the contact number on our website (571-428-8387) is for our national office in Virginia and can be used if you are unable to reach your RD directly. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

Youth Academy Camps

Your Regional Director will provide you with detailed information concerning the specifics regarding the Youth Academy Camp schedule, check in, location and other important information.

Residential Camps

Your Regional Director will provide you with the time and location for the first day of camp check in prior to the start of camp.

Medical and Camper Profile Forms

The Medical Form must be completed by a parent and your physician. Physical exams conducted for the 2016/17 school year may be attached to our Medical Form provided all necessary information is provided. It is imperative that you remember to bring your medical form to camp. Please note that you cannot participate at camp without a completed Medical Form.

The Camper Profile Form must be completed by the player and/or a parent. The picture is important and will help us to get to know the campers quickly at camp. The camp directors and staff coaches will use the Camper Profile Form as an aid in placing the camper in the right group and in maximizing their camp experience. Please bring the Camper Profile Form along with your Medical Form to camp. For all camper forms, go to our website at, click on FYI, Players, then click on Prepare For Camp or simply click the links above.

Roommate Requests

All roommate requests will be honored to the best of our ability. Be sure to list your roommate choice during the registration process. If for whatever reason the roommate dynamics are not working out between campers, it is important that campers let our staff know. If a camper is uncomfortable telling someone, then they should have their parents call. Things are sometimes simple to fix.

Packing List:blog_westconngroup

• Soccer Ball
• Soccer Socks
• T-Shirts (NO tank tops)
• Soccer Shoes – it is NOT a good idea to bring new shoes to camp.
• Indoor Training Shoes (Sneakers)
• Shin Guards
• Warm Up
• Bathing Suit
• Equipment Bag
• Water Bottle
• Sun Screen and Bug Spray
• Note Book and Pen
* Personal Items
• Sandals/Flip Flops
• Towels
• Pillow and Bed Sheets – for twin size bed – residents only
• Blanket/Sleeping Bag – residents only
• Toiletries
• Goalkeeping gear including gloves

Commuters – First Day of Camp

Campers who are not staying overnight should arrive at the assigned time provided to them by the Regional Director. Dinner will be the first meal. The regional director will provide you with the time and location that your commuter should be dropped off and then picked up at the conclusion of the day. Lunch and dinner will be provided daily. We will have a location in the dorm where our commuters can relax between sessions and store their belongings.

Residents – First Day of Camp

Registration is generally between 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm on opening day at a specified location. Your Regional Director will send you exact times and locations. Once on campus, signs will direct you to the exact location for registration. The first field session is scheduled for early afternoon. Dinner is the first meal of the day, followed by a second field session. The evening lecture concludes the day’s events followed by lights out.

Room Key Deposits

Most residential campers are required to submit a key deposit at the time of check-in. Deposits can be made in the form of cash or checks and will be returned to campers on the last day of camp at check out when the room keys are returned to us. Please make checks payable to No. 1 Soccer Camps. It will save you time during check-in if you have a check ready.

Creating Groups

blog_soccer_girlsCampers will be initially placed into groups based on the program that they have enrolled during registration. During the sessions on the first day, campers will evaluated on their ability, throughout the week there will be continued evaluation as the program progresses.

Please know that the staff is very aware that friends come together and want to stay together in the same group. Groups and teams that signed up together will work together. As other groups are established, the staff may not know exactly which campers are friends and want to train together.

Campers will be asked several times – “Is there anyone who has been separated from their friends – does anyone want to move for any reason?” This is an important question, and we take it seriously. Groups can be adjusted – friends can and should play together – this is part of the whole camp experience. If a camper does not feel right in his group for whatever reason, please let us know. PLEASE tell your camper to speak up – we want to hear what they have to say. Sometimes they need to call home and have their parents contact us for them…that’s okay too.

Last Day of Camp

Camp will conclude after the morning field session on the last date of camp. Specific times will be provided by your regional director. At that time, campers will receive their personal detailed evaluation forms from our coaches. Lunch will not be served. Campers can be met on the field or at their dormitory. There is no formal closing meeting with parents. Parents wishing to do so may meet with the Directors, Staff Coaches, and Trainers on the field at the end of the last session. All campers must be promptly picked up at the conclusion of camp. We will have them as ready as possible for you. Due to our national sites, many of our staff are moving onto another site and will also need to depart camp promptly.

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact your Regional Director directly. We look forward to seeing you in a few weeks!

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No. 1 Soccer Camps was founded by Dr. Joseph Machnik in 1977. Since then, over 100,000 soccer players and coaches have attended No. 1 Soccer Camps and countless alumni have gone on to playing and coaching careers throughout the national and international soccer ranks. No. 1 Soccer Camps currently offers programs for every level of field players and goalkeepers with residential and day camps at twenty-five locations across the country.