Callaghan’s English Soccer Camps were founded in 1993 when
Englishman Ed Callaghan produced his first summer soccer camps in
Colorado. Having just completed our 20th summer of camps, we believe we have a fantastic
camp program which is second to none! We are firmly committed to
producing work of a top-class standard and we strive to make every camp a positive, rewarding and enjoyable experience for all our
Ed Callaghan with German World
Cup Star and US men's national team Head Coach, Jurgen Klinsmann!
Our coaching philosophy is based around the simple
premise that you should always
"cherish possession of the ball
above all else"
From our unique "guided discovery" philosophy for
youngsters and beginners, to our "total soccer" philosophy
for club and select players, we will teach ALL our players the value of good control, passing and
decision making. Our goal is to make them become complete players
over a long period. We do not have a win at all costs attitude! But
one that believes in sound fundamental coaching in technique and
tactics, which will produce a greater talent in players, as they get
The most vital aspect of our summer camp
program is of course our coaching staff!
We are now lucky enough to have an extensive
backdrop of coaches to choose from, who are all fully qualified (UEFA
B license minimum) and practice their art during the winter months,
both here in the USA and in
England with professional clubs "soccer in the community schemes".
During the summer we hand-select some of
these coaches to travel around the States and coach for us in the many
different communities that we visit.
Ed Callaghan Owner & Founder
Ed heralds from Stockton-on-Tees, England.
English F.A. licensed coach.
coach (Current up to January 2016).
U.S.S.F. National Youth License.
Former semi-professional player, England.
Member British Colleges National
& 1989 (Borough Road College F.C. London).
B.A. (Hons.) Sports Studies, Borough Road
coaching experience in the U.S.A.
Director of Coaching Arizona Soccer Club 2004-2007 (Gilbert, AZ).
AZFC Hammers coaching staff Sept. 2007-2009 (Tempe, AZ).
San Tan Soccer Club coaching staff 2010-present (Chandler, AZ).
UEFA "B" coaching license
13th year coaching for C.E.S.C.
Head Coach London's Glebe FC Under 16's (U-16 Boys London Cup winners 2011!)
Former Youth Academy coach for Wimbledon F.C. and Millwall F.C. (English Pro
Gerry Dolan's Glebe FC 96's recently won the highly prestigious London Cup and
beat the visiting Kansas state cup winning side 6v2! Glebe F.C. have won the
Cup 6 times and been finalists 9 times in the last 15 years. (Come and see what
difference our staff can make to your club or state league side!)
English FA Level 2 coaching license
Former Semi-pro player, England
Certified fitness trainer, Bristol, England
English F.A. level 2 coaching license
Semi-pro player Bexhill, England
Our camp directors and coaches all
possess an outstanding ability to inspire each and every player they
come across. Through their charisma and personality they can make each
child’s camp experience one that they will remember for the rest of
What Can I Expect At Camp?
For many potential campers, picking a soccer
camp to attend in the summer is a tough process. One question that
always goes unanswered beforehand is:
"What can I expect during the camp
We have put together a typical session at
our half-day camps.
skills, ball familiarity and improving control and confidence.
skills, learn to master the art of soccer’s essentials. Control,
passing, dribbling, and shooting, and most importantly how and when
to use them.
10.15-10.45am: Micro soccer,
small space practices, games with more emphasis on decision-making
and tactical awareness.
the week we introduce our "stand-up spotlight" and week
long "off the ball" competition.
games; the progression of how soccer’s individual skills need to
be translated into full game type situations.
Cup Final; the culmination of the day’s work and how everything
fits together in a competitive full game.
We have a wide variety of
different programs we can offer each community - from 3 hour half
day camps (mainly for beginners and intermediate players) to full
day programs, designed for players looking to enhance and improve
their technical and tactical ability. We help players focus on
mental preparedness, and increase their understanding of playing in
and against different systems of play!
WHAT THEY SAID:
Here are a few emails and quotes from camp
participants, parents and coordinators from our recent camps.
I just wanted to drop you a quick note to let you know that my son had an amazing
week at your soccer camp last week, he came home every day smiling with great
stories and eager to go out in the backyard and keep practicing. The staff
you had there were excellent with the kids as well, coach Michael was
great and my son really enjoyed working with him. His skills have definitely
improved from the week he spent with you all.
look forward to future camps with you and your crew and I appreciate your work
and dedication to these young kids.
We hope your camps are continuing to be successful.
Sorry we are so slow in thanking you for the great experience you gave our kids
this year. We do hope to make it bigger and better (well, I'm not sure you could
get much better) each year. We really enjoyed getting to know you and feel
grateful to include you in our list of friends. Thanks again so much for all you
did not only for the soccer kids, but for your great example to my sons. It is
always a great help to parents to have someone like you to add to their list of
heroes and people to admire. Since this camp our son hardly leaves a soccer
ball alone. He is constantly rolling it around the house, etc. Even at meal time
we sometimes have to remind him that he can eat without a ball. And our older
to pass up playing high school football (thank goodness) to play one more year
of city league soccer since our recreation director has sort of messed soccer up
this year. We are still fighting an uphill battle to keep soccer alive and
growing here in Salina, but it is a fight worth fighting. Anyway we are all well
and healthy and we hope and pray you are all well and healthy. Give our love to
the family. And tell Gerry (and Craig if you hear from him) hi from all of us.
Love, Jan and family