Copa America breezing through Soldier Field in June seems to have left behind a bit of soccer fever in the Windy City. Pro United Soccer has the cure with their camp led by visiting Manchester United coaches and, lucky you, it’s not too late to register your future futbol stars! Read on to get all the details on this can’t-miss experience your kids won’t soon forget.

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Who is Manchester United?
If you’re new to the world of soccer, you may not be aware of who Manchester United is and why this camp should be high on the summer agenda. The week-long Manchester United Camp provides an opportunity for your athletes to developmentally flourish in the same training environment that shaped world-renowned players, such as David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Marcus Rashford (who has recently burst onto the world scene). Your kids will train with coaches who have worked with the best young prospects in the world.

What will they work on?
Over the course of the week, the Manchester United coaches will focus on technical development under progressively intense situations, ball mastery and they’ll implement position-specific coaching that aims to educate players on their roles and responsibilities. While all this is obviously important, they’ll also incorporate free play and place emphasis on the pure enjoyment of the game.

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Sounds great! When and how much is camp?
Camp is being held for boys and girls, ages 8-18, July 5-8 in three different locations around Chicagoland. Bonus: Cost includes a t-shirt for each participant.

Hours: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Cost: $150
Nike Park, 288 W. Diehl Rd., Naperville
Register: prounitedsoccer.com

Hours: 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Cost: $250
Soccer City, 545 S. Consumers Rd., Palatine
Register: prounitedsoccer.com

Hours: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Cost: $200
Quad Indoor Sports, 2454 Oakton St., Evanston
Register: prounitedsoccer.com

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What do your athlete’s need to bring?
Campers should come with all the usual gear — soccer ball, shinguards, cleats, tennis shoes and water bottle, as well as a notepad and pen so they can jot down all the cool new things they’re learning.

Just as a side, the coaches don’t mind if you creep on the training sessions, so feel free to bring a chair and hang back to watch the fun.

If you attend the Manchester U. Camp, we’d love to hear about it in the Comments below!

— Maria Chambers

Photos courtesy of Pro United Soccer