- N.Y.C. Soccer Academy
Columbia University, Baker Field, 212-502-3451; nycsocceracademy.com
In New York, soccer can be cutthroat; fortunately, folks at the N.Y.C. Soccer Academy never forget why kids play. Founded by the head coaches of Columbia’s soccer teams, this summer day camp for kids from 6 to 17 is known for the first-rate instruction—schools like Bronx Science, Riverdale, and Horace Mann use the camp for preseason training. But the emphasis is on having fun: Most of the teaching is done in scrimmages instead of drills. Four weeklong sessions (each costs $275 and accommodates up to 200 kids) are held between June 16 and August 20.
Best Soccer Camp
From the 2003 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).