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BOB SMITH SOCCER ACADEMY
153 W. Manor Way, Robbinsville
Kids ages 5-12 can choose recreation league sessions in January-March (the first winter session is already underway) and play 40-minute games with teams of seven players. Kids ages 5-6 can play five-on-five without a goalkeeper. $85-175 per session.
COASTAL SPORTS NJ
22 Madison Rd. and 5 Gardner Rd., Fairfield
Your mini-kickers ages 4-6 can learn the fundamentals of soccer through skill drills and weekly competition. Kids ages 7-13 will get a lesson in correct technique and ball placement in Super Strikers. Goalkeepers ages 9-11 can hone their shot-stopping skills in a focused clinic. Clinics run November-February. $219-249/player.
2903 Rte. 138 E., Wall
Try a youth instructional clinic for ages 4-10 to improve beginner skills. Kids ages 3-5 can work on passing, dribbling and teamwork in Munchkin Soccer. Kids ages 8-12 can try Soccer Academy, where groups based on age and skill will rotate through multiple stations and work on technique. Strikers and goalkeepers can sign up for Go For The Goal for specialized training over winter break. Camps run December-March (some have multiple sessions). Instructional Clinic and Munchkins $135/player per session, Soccer Academy $250, Go For The Goal $150.
ISP EVENT CENTER
16 W. Hanover Ave., Randolph
ISP’s Little Kickers offers clinics for young players who want to master the basics and have fun on the field all at once. Sessions for older kids are tailored toward developing technique, improving players’ game and maintaining control of the ball. Clinics are on Fridays and run December-March. $150-190/player.
RED BULLS ACADEMY
Red Bulls skills clinics are offered throughout
NJ and run December-March. Clinics focus on the development of dribbling, shooting, passing, receiving and other techniques. Competitive kids ages 7-14 can join a six-week RDS program (they’ll have to tryout) to improve their goalkeeping or individual and technical game skills. Prices vary by location and program.
SPORTS DOMAIN ACADEMY CLIFTON
1075 US Hwy. 46 E., Clifton
Young players can hone skills in seven-week sessions this winter. Classes run December- January for peanuts (3-4 years), scamps (5-6 years) and ball masters (7-11 years). Sessions in advanced training and physical conditioning are also available for preteens and teens. $105/player.
SOCCER CENTERS: DUTCH TOTAL SOCCER
300 Memorial Dr., Somerset
Improve their footwork with smaller-sized games, either four-on-four or seven-on-seven, which will help your mini-Messi improve her skill set under pressure. Kids ages 3-16 can take age-specific winter classes December-January. $185-305, price varies by class.
THE SOCCER COLISEUM
1799 Teaneck Rd., Teaneck
Winter Academy is already underway, but don’t worry; kids ages 7 through high school can still sign up with a team for the winter five-on-five league that runs January-March. Play seven 40-minute games and register by January 21. $695/team.
With training for ages 3-12, Soccer Palace has your athletes covered. On Thursdays for seven weeks (multiple sessions starting December 1), the First Touch and Second Touch programs will instill passion for the sport and improve dribbling, ball control and confidence. $195/player.
2 Palmer Ter., Carlstadt
Want to plan a little friendly competition this winter? Sign up with a team to try five-on-five games. The league hosts a division for each age group (7-18) every week. Sessions run December 1-January 26 and February 2-March 30. $695/team.
4 Farrington Blvd., Monroe
Your 4- to 10-year-old can spend ten weeks in four-on-four games on Saturdays in a winter rec league. For your high schoolers, Sunday seven-on-seven games last for eight weeks, culminating in playoffs. Games begin in January. $115/player for rec, $1,050/high school team.
UNITED SOCCER ACADEMY
12 Maiden Ln., Bound Brook
Various locations across NJ
Whether you have a preschooler or a teen, United Soccer Academy has options for every level. Parent & Me classes are designed for you and your toddler, while Soccer Squirts classes teach your little ones ages 3-5 the fundamentals. Senior Squirts, ages 5-8, can study ball skills while big kids ages 7-19 can seriously improve their game in Skills School. Kids ages 5-14 can join Soccer Series and play weekly games for fun. Call for pricing.