My son attended camp at the Derek Marinatos Soccer Academy for the first time this summer (2014). We live in Idaho and consequently, he has participated in many soccer camps in the states of Oregon, Utah, and Idaho over the last few years. His experience at the Derek Marinatos Soccer Academy was one of his best. Not only did he enjoy himself but he got an opportunity to learn new strategies, forms of play and time to practice and refine his technical skills. As a parent, I found this camp to be very well organized and the staff to be friendly, knowledgeable, and committed to providing a one of a kind learning opportunity for our soccer players. I would highly recommend this camp and we plan on coming back again next year.
- Caroline G
The camp was very well organized and it was obvious that a lot of work went into the details. My granddaughters, 9-year-old twins Erin and Reagan from Northern Virginia, loved being at the co-ed session July 28-Aug. 1. Every morning they were excited to be on their way. When they would tell me their favorite parts of the day, their voices were full of excitement, as they told me about the fun of learning new moves or perfecting their skills with Diogo and Megan. And when they scored goals, they were thrilled. They loved meeting new friends, especially the 11- and 12-year-old girls who were so nice to them. Good job, everyone!
- Susan Garvey
We love DMSA. Our son has not only learned a lot, he has had a blast. On DMSA mornings, he hops out of bed eager to get to camp — I’ve even found him completely dressed and ready to go when I went to wake him up. This year, he has particularly enjoyed the “World Cup” and “Power Finesse" games and Coach Jay. We love the good influences that Jay, his teammates and Coach Derek are for our young athlete. And Britt keeps the administrative side running smoothly with great organization, communication and responsiveness. We are so glad we found DMSA and will be back again and again.
We could not be more thrilled with the program provided at the Derek Marinatos Soccer Academy. Our boys participate in four different soccer camps each summer, and they continue to say that DMSA is the most technical and by far their favorite. We actually build our summer vacation plans around the DMSA camp each year! Thanks, Derek and Britt, for your commitment to our children and for continuing to foster their love of the game. See you this summer!
- Brandon and Deanna Cope
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I Register?
A: To register for DMSA please click on the registration button in the above navigation bar. You will be asked several questions and will need to pay the full tuition balance by credit or debit card. If you do not wish to enter your information online, you may download a registration form in the downloads section of this website.
Q: How do I Pay?
A: Secure online payments are available via Credit Card or E-Check (an E-Check allows you to register online using your checking account by simply typing in your Account Number and Routing Number from the bottom of your check). If you do not wish to enter your information online, you may download a registration form in the downloads section of this website.
Q: Is there a Refund Policy?
A: If you are unable to attend camp and give at least 10 days notice prior to the start of that camp, we will refund your payment less a $50 service fee. There are NO EXCEPTIONS to this policy.
Q: How do I know if I'm confirmed for camp?
A: Upon completing registration you'll receive a confirmation email with important camp information and a receipt of your purchase. If you mail in your registration form we will email a confirmation when we receive your completed form, camp waiver, and payment.
Q: Where is Check In/Out?
A: Overnight Academy (Senior Elite) - Check in on the first day of camp is between Noon and 2pm. Check out on the last morning of camp is at noon. Day Academy - Check in on the first day of camp is between 8am to 9am. Closing ceremonies on the last day is at 3pm. ALL ACADEMIES - Once on campus, DMSA signs will direct you to Check-in. For a more detailed schedule please click on Dates & Details and look for a daily schedule link.
Q: Do players receive an evaluation of their performance?
A: Only players who participate in the Overnight Academy (Senior Elite) will be given a written evaluation of their performances.
Q: Where will housing be located for the Overnight Academy?
A: Housing will be in the air conditioned UNF Dorms. Campers are assigned two to a room. (You may choose to designate a roommate on your registration form). Please bring single bed sheets, pillow and blanket. You will be charged $25.00 for a lost room key and will be held responsible for any damage done to your room.
Q: What meals are covered under my tuition for the Senior Elite Academy?
A: The first meal covered will be dinner on the first day and the last meal covered will be breakfast on the final day of camp. If you have any food allergies please email us with the following information: Name of camper, type of allergy, special diet or instructions, physician contact information.
Q: Do I need to bring money?
A: Overnight Academy (Senior Elite) - You may wish to bring extra money for the camp snack bar, UNF Bookstore and The Derek Marinatos Soccer Academy Store. Some campers may wish to order pizza for a late night snack. Day Academy - You may wish to bring extra money for the camp snack bar.
Q: What should I do if I am commuting to an Overnight Academy?
A: Any commuters should arrive each morning at the UNF Dorms by 8:30 am. You will stay on campus until the evening session is over at 9pm.
Q: What if I need transportation to camp?
A: The Jacksonville Airport is located 25 minutes from the UNF Campus. Shuttle Service can be purchased through camp for $10.00 each way ($20 round trip). Please email us if shuttle service is required and include your itinerary. Best flight times for all overnight academies are arriving by 11:00am on the first day and departing after 2pm on the last day of camp.
Q: What do I need to bring?
A: Overnight Academy (Senior Elite) - You need to bring an adequate amount of soccer clothes (shorts, shirts, socks, indoor & outdoor shoes, and shin guards) for the week. Also bring a soccer ball, alarm clock, towels, single sheets, blanket, pillow, personal toiletries, sunscreen, and leisure clothes. Laundry facilities are available. Day Academy - You need to come dressed and ready to play with shin guards, socks, cleats or outdoor shoes, and a soccer ball. You will also need to bring a bathing suit, towel and slip-on shoes for daily pool sessions.
Q: What type of supervision do you provide?
A: Campers are supervised by staff members during the entire camp. No one is allowed to leave campus. Dorms are supervised 24 hours a day.
Q: Can parents or coaches watch the sessions?
A: Yes! All sessions are open to parents and coaches.
Q: What equipment does the Camp provide?
A: Every camper will receive a DMSA t-shirt and water bottle.
Q: Where is the University of North Florida located?
A: The University of North Florida is located at 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32224. The Jacksonville Airport (JAX) is 25 minutes from campus. Shuttle service can be purchased through the camp ($10 each way). Please email us if shuttle service is required and include your itinerary.
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