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Global Apr 13, 2012

FASA to partner with eight area universities for innovative summer camp

By Charles Boehm

Many youth players interested in continuing their careers at the collegiate level are accustomed to the summer ritual of taking part in one or more college soccer camps in order to catch coaches’ attention at the schools of their choice.

But this year the Fredericksburg Area Soccer Association is turning the tables a bit.

FASA prides itself on an active college prep program, having helped many of its players move on to matriculate and compete at a wide range of institutions. This summer, the Virginia club will look to kick those efforts up another notch with a new girls’ day camp featuring coaches from eight college programs across the region.

George Mason, William & Mary, Marshall, Maryland, Youngstown State, Longwood, Richmond and Towson have all committed to take part in the 2012 FASA Girls Collegiate Soccer Camp, where each coach will spend a day in Fredericksburg running a 90-minute training session, answering questions about the recruiting process in a lunchtime Q&A session and supervising a scrimmage in the afternoon.

The plan is for two coaches to visit per day, not only giving potential recruits a glimpse of their coaching and playing styles, but also offering informative insight into the application process, life on campus and their respective programs’ ways of doing things.

FASA general manager Pete Cinalli, who also heads the club’s college prep program, calls it “an incredible learning experience where players will be exposed to Division 1 college coaches” and “an outstanding opportunity for players to improve technical and tactical skills, and experience various college-level training and tactical techniques.”

Open to female players at Under-15 age level and older, this four-day camp runs from June 18-21, is limited to 40 slots and costs $275. Field sessions are scheduled for Dixon Park in Fredericksburg and the midday Q&A will take place at the FASA offices inside the Fredericksburg Field House.

[ +Find more details more about the camp on FASA’s website ]

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