Winter Academy

Boys and Girls 2010-2016

GKs 2010-2014


Winter Academy Information:

You are never too young to receive the correct teaching, regardless of what subject or sport. Proper foundations put in place at the younger ages can only help in accelerating the development of a child. Our Winter Academy gives players the opportunity to experience high-level professional training and game understanding over a sustained period.

The Club's Coaching Directors are the instructors for this Academy, along with other Full-Time Professional Coaches, who work with a proven curriculum that is age appropriate and challenges the players to progress their skills and understanding of the game. Below are the dates for this years academy.

  • Location: Issaquah Highlands Central Park

  • Times

    • Boys 5:00pm - 6:15pm

    • Girls 6:30pm - 7:45pm

    • Boys & Girls GK Session (2010-2014) - 6:30-7:45pm

  • Dates: December 2nd, 9th, January 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th, February 3rd (potential makeup date)

  • *All dates are subject to change due to limited field availability during the COVID-19 pandemic

  • **Dates in red would be used as make-up dates in the event of cancellation

  • Price: $300 (includes Rain Jacket)

Mask & Spectator Policy: Following the most recent CDC and WA guidelines, masking is not required for outdoor activities but recommended. Accordingly, it is up to each family to decide their comfortability with wearing a mask or not during the camp. Spectators are encouraged to maintain social distancing and mask up when in close proximity with one another. 

Spectators must remain outside the fence at all time. 

About the Winter Academy: The ISC Gunners Winter Academy has been a success since it was first added to our programming in 2013. This Academy runs for 6 weeks, is designed to take the players from the basic fundamental skills and game awareness and progresses them onto advanced ball control and knowledge of the game. This is accomplished by having the highest qualified coaches in the club work with the youngest players laying a strong foundation from which the players can flourish.  Our coaching staff will be following the play-practice-play model that has been implemented by US Soccer over recent years. We feel this training structure will allow for players to have a fun soccer experience while also receiving high quality training that will be in the best interest of player development.

Field Players will be placed in groups based on their age and will all receive training from our directors and our premier coaching staff. Below are some of the topics our staff will cover during the Winter Academy:


  • Ball Control/Manipulation

  • Skill moves, moves to beat defenders, moves to change direction

  • Passing and receiving, chips, crosses, driven balls

  • Shooting, ball striking, volleys, half volleys

  • Principles of attacking and defending

  • Tactical training as a group


Goalkeepers will be placed in groups based on age and will receive training from our goalkeeping director, Anna Miller, as well as our premier coaching staff. Below are some of the topics that will be covered during the Winter Academy: 


  • Basic Ball Handling, footwork/movement, positioning/angle play

  • Shot stopping

  • 1v1's/breakaways

  • Dealing with Crosses

  • Distribution

  • Fun activities such as "goalkeeper wars"!