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Feeling That World Cup Fever? Try These Three Soccer Programs for Beginners

June 25, 2014 at 11:56 AM | by | ()

Now that we're just about halfway through the World Cup, the excitement of the matches combined with the culture and energy of Brazil has us thinking about strapping on a pair of soccer cleats. With Team U.S.A faring better than expected, the country is enjoying a similar frenzy and soccer is finally getting a bit of the attention enjoyed by baseball.

Feeling the fever as well? Include a beginner soccer program in your next vacation:

Arsenal Soccer School:

This school carries the name of one of the best soccer clubs on the planet, and hosts camps on the East Coast to help develop skills and learn to play the "Arsenal Way." Day camps are available in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Boston, with intensive overnight camps in Connecticut and Boston for those who want to eat, breathe and sleep soccer. Head on over their website for more info or to enroll.

FC Barcelona Academy:

Four years ago Spain took home the Cup, so some of that success could rub off on your efforts. The Club has its original American academy in Fort Lauderdale, but also hosts camps in Miami, Tampa, Orlando, Chicago, Atlanta and Maryland. If you're really keen to get better at dribbling, they also host an academy in their hometown of Barcelona. These weekend camps are filling up quickly, so check them out here.

Los Angeles Galaxy:

For those who want to walk in the footsteps of Beckham, his old team offers up some camps for the kiddies to test their footwork and ball handling. Their week-long clinics are available for commuters to come and go each day or to stay with fellow players for the more serious. For the big kids, the club hosts an adult fantasy camp where the big kids can take away their own customized Galaxy uniform along with the chance to meet past and present players. To enroll, head to their site.

[Photo: FIFA World Cup Facebook]

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