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2018 Summer Programs

Monday and Wednesday  w/ 1 Friday
Session Dates @ Dwight Merkel:

June 18,20,22,25,27
July 2,9,11,16*,18,23,25

*we may change Monday July 16 to Friday July 20. We are waiting on field confirmations*

Tuesday and Thursday w/ 1Friday
Session Dates @ Plantes Ferry Park:

June 19,21,26,28,29
July 3,10,12,17,19,24,26

We reserve the right to make adjustments to the schedule and staff up until May 31.

First Time Training - DMC 
Mondays / Wednesdays & 1 Friday
2010-11 Age Groups
@ Dwight Merkel  | 9:00-10:15am | $275
Annie Clark & Shirley Chandler

Technical Foundations - DMC
Mondays / Wednesdays & 1 Friday
2007-09 Age Groups
@ Dwight Merkel  | 9:00-10:30am | $295
Ali McCready, Russ Carder & Jesse Retan

Junior Academy - DMC
S E S S I O N    F U L L 
2004-06 Age Groups
@ Dwight Merkel  | 9:00-10:30am | $295


Advanced Academy - DMC
S E S S I O N    F U L L 
2003-00 Age Groups
@ Dwight Merkel  | 10:30am-Noon | $295


Junior Goalkeeping - DMC
Mondays / Wednesdays & 1 Friday
2004-06 Age Groups
@ Dwight Merkel  9:00-10:30am PLUS | $295
Coach: Vito Higgins & Russ Carder
*Please read description of session below!
Advanced Goalkeeping II- DMC
Mondays / Wednesdays & 1 Friday
2003-1999 Age Groups
@ Dwight Merkel  10:30-Noon PLUS | $295
Coach: Vito Higgins & Russ Carder
*Please read description of session below!

First Time Training - Plantes Ferry
S E S S I O N    F U L L 
2010-11 Age Groups
@Plantes Ferry | 9:00-10:15am | $275


Technical Foundations - Plantes Ferry
S E S S I O N    F U L L 
2007-09 Age Groups
@Plantes Ferry| 9:00-10:30am | $295


Junior Academy - Plantes Ferry
S E S S I O N    F U L L 
2004-06 Age Groups
@Plantes Ferry | 9:00-10:30am$295


Striking & Finishing - Plantes Ferry
S E S S I O N    F U L L 
2004-00 Age Groups
@Plantes Ferry | 10:30-Noon | $295


Goalkeeper Training Information: You will train with Vito or Russ for the first hour on technical training specific to goalkeeping. Shot stopping, catching, dealing with crosses / balls in the air, punching / boxing, jumping, diving, distribution and more. The last 30 minutes will have you rejoining field players to play in small sided game. This can be in goal or can be as a field player when we play to small goals.  Coach update May 7, 2018.

  • Vito will train goalkeepers on June 25,27 July 2,11,16,18,25
  • Russ will train goalkeepers on June 18,20,22 July 9 & 23

Advanced Goalkeeping participants: You have the option to come and train with the Striking & Finishing session on Tuesdays and Thursdays for additional reps in goal during our striking activities. Completely optional but a good way to get your reps in!

High School Girls Preseason Clinic
August 13,14,15,16

9:00-11:00am @ Dwight Merkel Soccer Complex
($130 using OLR)

Session Fees: 
1st Child - $295 (+$5 if you use the online registration system $300 total)
2nd Child - $270 (+$5 if you use the online registration system $275 total) - $25 discount
3rd+ Child - $245 each (+$5 if you use the online registration system $250) - $50 discount
If you need to make payments we can make arrangements for that as well. Just contact Kevin at
Please be sure to let us know which session and location you are registering for if you mail in your registration. We also need to know what grade your player will be entering next year.


To receive the early registration discount you must use the online payment system (credit or debit card) and we are waiving the service fee. Starting on April 28 you have the option of paying by using the online registration system ($5 service fee by our provider) or sending in a check and the waivers.


    Register using our online system, and select the VISA, MasterCard or Discover option.  There is a $5 processing fee added to the Academy deposit to use a credit or debit card.  
  1. CHECK OPTION (only available starting May 1):
    Please mail all the waiver forms and your check (made out to the Spokane Soccer Academy) to:

    The Spokane Soccer Academy
    12128 N Division Street
    PMB #204
    Spokane, WA 99218

    Any check payment must be include both of these waivers for each player:
    Liability / Hold Harmless Release
    Medical Waiver / Permission to Treat

Please direct all questions to Kevin at


First Time Training:


This "camp" environment introduces young players to a slightly more structured training environment. It will involve an INTRODUCTION to basic skill sets but also be designed around allowing time for the kids to play fun games related to the skills that they learn.  This is a CHALLENGING but FUN FILLED session that kids absolutely LOVE!

Laying the Foundation / Technical Foundation sessions: 

This structured training environment helps young players coordinate their movement in a soccer specific fashion.  We also introduce players to the skills necessary to advance their skill in the following areas:

  • Passing & receiving
  • Striking balls over distance
  • Dribbling & cutting (emphasis on BOTH feet)
  • Footwork combinations
  • Dynamic juggling patterns

Our goal is to build each players confidence in this session and to encourage players to take risks without fear of failure.  Players should be free to create and take chances to see what they can do while receiving many repititions and lots of encouragement. All sessions end with small sided game play of "flying changes"!


In this session we build on the skills learned in our Foundation program and continue to encourage players to take risks without fear of failure.  We also spend a little more time in perfecting the ability to receive balls out of the air as well as polish the player’s ability to knock balls with different techniques over distance. Confidence and composure in tight spaces is another area of focus in our skills training.  We follow this up by playing a series of 1 v 1 and 2 v 2 games to allow them to practice what they learn in game related activities and always try to end each sessions with 3 v 3 or 4 v 4 games to large goals.

Striking & Finishing: 

Our striking and finishing session will cover striking a ball well over distance, finishing for power, shooting within different rythems, vollies, finishing off the dribble, serving and finishing off of crosses and more! We will warm-up in a circut for 20-25 minutes to ensure players are ready to strike balls in a station rotation for the final hour.

Advanced Academy / GK Academy: 

Advanced Academy will cover everything from next level fitness training, core strengthening and a focus on more advanced tecnical activities. This session is not for the beginning player as we challenge each participant at an advanced level in all aspects. Each session will end with either small sided games or finishing.

We are pleased to announce that Vito Higgins are returning this summer to work with our Goalkeepers! 

Vito will be working on all aspects of goalkeeping with goalkeepers that register this summer (footwork, GK specific agility, shot stopping, distribution and more!). GOALKEEPER BONUS! All goalkeepers that register for our summer sessions will be invited to get additional reps in goal for FREE during our striking and finishing sessions at Plantes Ferry Park on Tuesdays & Thursdays!

The last 45 minutes of each session will be a mix of technical training and small sided games.  The best possible mix of soccer and athletic training rolled into one summer session! This session is for competitively advanced players that are preparing for their sophomore through senior year in high school or are training over the summer to return to their collegiate program.  If you have questions specifically about this session you can contact Kevin Moon at:  

High School Girl’s Clinic

This week long clinic will send you into your high school tryouts with confidence and having spent a good deal of time on the ball!  Each day will involve a foot skill related warm-up followed by training in the areas of Striking & Finishing, small sided games and full 11 v 11 play (if numbers allow).

This is a great way to get a little jump on the fall season by having been in a structured training environment before entering tryouts.  Come train with your team before tryouts start to get a little bonding going before the season starts!

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