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Summer Program 2016

August 1 - August 4 -  2016 
Monday - Thursday 
(Rain-day Friday)

at Ipswich River Park, North Reading MA

Juniors age 5-8 come for the morning.
9-18 year olds choose Goalkeeper or Field player training, Half or Full day.
GK training Half Day will be in the afternoon.
Field Player Half Day will be in the morning.

Ipswich River Park is at 10 Central St, North Reading
 near the junction of Routes 28 and 62


Arthur Dimitrakopoulos - DIRECTOR
President/Director of Coaching - Benfica USA
Seacoast United Academy - BU15/16 Coach
New England Revolution - Former Youth Teams (U16 & U18) Assistant Coach
Mass Youth Soccer - Former Development Coach
Mass ODP - Former GU14, BU12, BU13 and BU15 Coach
USSF Region 1 - Staff Coach

Mario Prata - DIRECTOR
Executive Technical Director - Benfica USA
Former National Team BU14- Assistant Coach
New England Revolution - Former Director of the Youth teams, and head coach for the U16 & U18s
Mass Youth Soccer - Former Development Coach
Mass ODP Boys - Former Head Coach
USSF Region 1 - Former Head Coach
Former Professional Player - S.L. Benfica of Portugal

Dina Gentile - GIRL'S DIRECTOR
Assistant Director of Coaching- Benfica USA
Girls Director- Benfica USA
Professor of Sport Management- Endicott College
Former College Coach at Division II, III colleges
NSCAA Advanced National Diploma
NSCAA GK Level 1 and 2
NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma
Organizer of Soccer Camps for 20 years on the North Shore
Published Author in Camp Business and Coaching Education

Former National Team BU14 - Staff GK coach
Benfica USA - GK Director
ODP Region 1 - Goalkeeper Head Coach
First Team All American 1982 and 1983
Played Pro in Portugal from 1984 to 1987
Previous College Head Coach and GK coach

Dusan Obsajsnik - GOALKEEPER COACH
Benfica USA - GK Coach
Holy Cross - Former Men's and Women's GK Coach
New England Revolution - Former Youth teams GK Coach
Boston University GK Coach - 7 years
Boston College GK Coach - 13 years
ODP Region 1 coach - 6 years
ODP MA - 4 years
Former Professional Player - VSS Kosice - Czechoslovakia Premier League - 9 years

George O'Neill
Region 1 ODP U16 Boys - Head Coach
Benfica USA - Technical Consultant
Turned Pro in 1962 with Celtic, captained Partick Thistle, and played in Scotland until 1973
Came to the Philadelphia Atoms and won the soccer bowl that same year
Played for the National Team on a tour of Haiti, Italy and Israel
Coached Pro Indoor - Philadelphia Fever
Coached many men's amateur teams, youth teams and the University of Penn. College

Efrain "Chico" Chacurian
Member of the National Hall of Fame
Signed first Pro contract at the age of 15, with Racing in Argentina
In the USA, he played on several professional teams and had several tours with the National team
Coached many men's professional, college and youth teams including Yale University
Region 1 ODP - coach and technical director
Benfica USA - Technical Consultant

Alvaro Amaral
Benfica USA - Technical Director and Coach; Sr Teams & Coach
New England Revolution - Former Youth teams conditioning coach
ODP MA - Former BU14 Head Coach
Health and PE teacher - Cambridge Rindge and Latin School
National Academy of Sports Medicine - Certified personal trainer, performance enhancement specialist

Guest Coaches + Benfica USA Coaches
Special Guest appearance from National Team Coaches and Current Benfica USA Coaches


Full Day - 9am - 4pm
   (10-18 year-olds)
Early Bird Price : $295
If registering after 7/15 : $325

Half Day Field Player - 9am - noon   (9-18 year-olds)
Early Bird Price : $165
If registering after 7/15: $195

Half Day Goalkeeper - 1pm-4pm   (9-18 year-olds)
Early Bird Price : $165
If registering after 7/15: $195

Juniors 2.5 hour - 9am - 11.30am  (5-8 year-olds)
Early Bird Price: $115
If registering after 7/15 : $135

Family discounts: $20 off for each additional sibling.
Team Rates: Special rates for team registration available upon request.

Prices include a T-shirt

Payments are non-refundable.
No make-ups or refunds due to weather related cancellations.
We reserve the right to cancel for insufficient number of participants.

Payments can be made online with Visa or Mastercard, or by mailing check or money order (made payable to Benfica USA) to:

Benfica USA
PO Box 2004
Peabody, MA 01960

Questions? Ask [email protected]


Our Summer Program reflects the Benfica USA Club philosophy of creating an atmosphere that is safe, fun and challenging.

This allows for some room for trial and error and decision making which will foster independent creative thinking.

Question: How do you place players?
Answer: We review players on a daily basis and place them in groups of ability level first and age group second.

Question: Is it a soccer program or a fun program playing soccer?
Answer: For our 9-18 year olds, it is an intense soccer clinic.  FUN is the outcome of what we do and NOT the objective.  The only low key portion of the day is the skills competition.  This is intended more of a recovery for the players otherwise they could not keep up for a full day.  The other possibility would be extreme heat.  In this case we incorporate many frequent breaks in the shade and hydration. 


View Photos from our programs.

Camp 2013

Camp 2008

Sample Day

Players are put into a rigorous, demanding training regiment while maintaining a friendly and fun atmosphere

Program Opens (8:30)
Check in and Assembly (9:00)
Dynamic Warm Up (9:15)
Daily Technical/Tactical Topic Box (9:45)
Small-Sided Games (11:00)
Lunch (Please bring your own) (12:00)
Dynamic Warm Up/ stretching (1:00)
Skills Competition (individual and team) with prizes (1:15)
Snack and free time (2:30)
Team Scrimmages (2:45)
Cool-Down/Review (3:45)
Check-out and Pick-up (4:00)

Half Day Players will be combined with the Full Day players until noon/lunch.
Note - GK Training will take place 1-4pm

Junior Players : Fun activities focusing on ball control and mastering a few dribbling moves and passing/receiving, followed by fun but competitive 3v3 and 4v4 small sided games.

To Do:

Please send a copy of a recent doctor's checkup report + complete Immunization list to Registrar:

On the first morning, please check in with us and collect your t-shirt.
  • Remember to bring a ball, shin guards, snack and plenty of water each day.
  • Full Day players must also bring a lunch, and flats/sneakers.

Sign-Up Online

Online Registration - Now Open
1. Click on "register" at top right of this page to begin.

2. If you already have an account, no need to create a new one.

3. The system will show you all programs that are available to your children, depending on their age and gender.

5. Select the "2016 Summer" program, and follow the prompts to the checkout page.

6. Choose payment type. (Visa/Mastercard or Mail-in Check.)

7. Click submit. You will receive a confirmation email.

8. If you don't receive the confirmation email, or have other questions about the registration process, please contact [email protected]

Please make checks payable to Benfica USA,
and mail to PO Box 2004 Peabody, MA 01960

Any Refunds will be minus the website processing fees and credit card processing fees.


This is a reminder to:

Send a copy of a doctor's Medical Check-up Record + list of immunizations if you have not done so already. 
We must have these Medical Check-up forms per North Reading Board of Health

And come prepared with:

Ball - properly inflated, and labeled with name
A Soccer Bag - to keep all your belongings together and avoid misplacing things
Refillable water bottle - very important! And labeled with your name

Lunch - for full day players
Snack – optional but recommended! 
Cleats, flats/sneakers, shinguards and clothing suitable for the weather.

Full day players may also like a change of shoes for lunch time. Sandals would be great so the feet can get some air, rest and avoid blisters

Check in / out procedures:

On day one, parents please check in with administrators to check your enrollment form has all necessary emergency contacts, phone numbers and doctors check up form.

Players can take a t-shirt and head out to field to wait for opening meeting.

Players must check in with the administrators each morning.

At check out time - players must wait with us at the field until their parent/guardian comes to the field to collect them.

Team/Group placements:

We will separate players into groups in the following manner:

  1. First Day, grouped by age (s).  A coach or coaches will be assigned to each group
  2. Second and subsequent days by ability, creating a more challenging environment for all


We have been asked by the Parks Dept. to advise ALL the drivers to proceed slowly and with caution in the parking lots.

If player will be absent from camp, please email that information to [email protected]

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