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It's always soccer season at The St. James Center for Soccer Excellence - The only place to compete, learn and socialize under one roof, any time of the day, seven days a week.

Our Philosophy

The St. James Center for Soccer Excellence is soccer heaven. Just ask DC United—our official training partner. Here, novice players can start at our Emerging Talent Center, where they'll master the basics and fall in love with the game. Intermediate players can join our Intensive Development Player Program, where they'll train hard and compete even harder. Advanced players will file into camps, clinics, or leagues, depending on individual talents. And elite players will get a golden opportunity to play for The St. James FC Virginia.

The St. James Difference

Deft footwork. Exceptional agility. A true championship mindset. Acquire it all at The St. James, where we cover soccer from every angle for both newcomers and elite players of all ages. The St. James features the greater Washington area's only full-size FIFA-regulation indoor soccer pitch. Within our world-class training complex, we offer:

  • Private and semi-private coaching customized to every age, position and skill level
  • Developmental programs focused on teaching soccer technical skills, agility and focus
  • Camps and clinics targeting specific skill development, winning tactics and competitive scenarios
  • Intensive pre- and off-season academies for advanced athletes seeking an edge
  • Holistic training with sports medicine, science, nutrition, and psychology
  • Professional exposure to US Soccer scouts and professional clubs

Training & Instruction

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Ages 8 - 9

IPDP Soccer Program (U9) Monday & Thursday

Starts on June 7
Ages 7 - 8

IPDP Soccer Program (U8) Monday & Thursday

Starts on June 7
Ages 9 - 11

IPDP Soccer Program (U10/11) Monday & Thursday

Starts on June 7
Ages 8 - 16

Soccer Goalkeeper & Striker Training - Travel ONLY (11-16) - Fridays

Starts on June 11
Ages 16 - 19

Goalkeeper Soccer Institute - Academy & College Bound (16-19) - Mondays

Starts on July 19
Ages 11 - 16

Soccer Goalkeeper & Striker Training - Travel ONLY (11-16) - Fridays

Starts on July 23
Ages 8 - 12

Soccer Goalkeeper & Striker Training - BEG & REC ONLY (8-12) - Fridays

Starts on July 23
Ages 9 - 12

Learn to Play Soccer 5v5 - Fall Rec Program (9-12) Wednesday & Saturday

Starts on September 1
Ages 5 - 8

Learn to Play Soccer 4v4 - Fall Rec Program (5-8) Wednesday & Saturday

Starts on September 1
Ages 2 - 4

Discover Soccer - Fall Recreation Program (2-4) Wednesday & Saturday

Starts on September 1

Meet Our Coaches

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Doug Homer

Director of Soccer & Futsal

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Christian Cziommer

Technical Director of Elite Player Development

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Bobby Puppione

Academy Director of The St. James FC Virginia Girls’ Development Academy Program

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Kurt Gordon

Director, The St. James Futsal Academy

Private Lessons

One-on-One Attention

Hands-down, we have the best skill development training in the area. Whether you're a newcomer or an elite player, we'll help your game from every angle. Our program is designed to help soccer players become competent people on-and-off the pitch. Our expert coaches will monitor your progress and provide performance analysis. They'll also design training and rest and recovery plans for each individual player. Private lessons are also available, starting at $80/hr. To book a lesson, please contact a Sales Ambassador.

Train like the Pros

The St. James is the official training partner of DC United, D.C.'s Major League Soccer organization. With a suggested schedule of nutritious breakfasts at Vim & Victor, drills on the turf in the Field House, lifting weights in the Strength & Conditioning House, cross-training in the Pool House and recovery services like sports massages and cryotherapy at Courted, athletes of all stripes can train like the pros at The St. James.

Our main goal in preseason was to get our players physically and mentally prepared for a rigorous MLS season. It's a lot of toll on the body and having access to a facility like the St. James makes my job as head of sports science and fitness, an easy one. In sports, people tend to look at what happens on the pitch but there are so many other factors that go into preparing a player for performing at their peak ability.

The indoor field was a great way to shield the players from the unpredictable weather elements in D.C. and it made sure they had a controlled environment to build up their fitness. But, the facilities outside of the field were tremendous. The ability to use the pool and gym gave us an extra element of control in terms of building up their fitness and helping them recover. I also look at what the players are consuming on a daily basis and how they can feed their body with the right food and supplements. The restaurant at the St. James catered wholesome and healthy food for our players so they could appropriately fuel and help their body recover after training sessions.

Jonny Northeast, Former Director of Sports Performance, DC United


The St. James Center for Soccer Excellence offers soccer leagues for a variety of levels, with curated competition to suit players' needs. The St. James Field House is a climate-controlled venue with state-of-the-art locker rooms and stadium seating - making it ideal to run soccer leagues year-round. Plus, the complex's restaurant Vim & Victor gives league participants the opportunity to purchase food and drink and socialize after matches.

The St. James FC Virginia Soccer Academy

The St. James FC Virginia offers competitive travel teams for boys and girls in the U9-U19 age groups that will compete for regional and national titles.

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