Our programs

Club Travel Soccer

After three years of running training clinics in the Washington area, Benfica Soccer Schools, DC is excited to start travel soccer for the 2019/20 season.

The club will field teams for both girls and boys starting at U9 (2011). Teams will participate in EDP leagues, as well as State Cup and Presidents Cup competitions.

Tryouts will be in April through May with the season starting in August.

Club fees can be found here [link to table for costs] - this will need to be an internal page, we are still finalizing fees.

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Pre-Travel Soccer

Benfica Soccer School’s pre-travel soccer has two programs focused on players aged 5 - 8. Both programs focus on fun and skill development and are overseen by our residential coaches from the Benfica youth academy system and our American based coaches.

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League Benfica

League Benfica runs in the fall (Sept. - Nov.) and spring (Mar. - May). Players will be separated onto internal teams and practice twice a week with S.L. Benfica youth academy coaches and club staff. Each team will play games on Saturday afternoons through each season and local tournaments, if interested.

Practice is from 5:00 - 6:00 on Tuesday and Thursday.

Development focuses on individual ball skills and learning to play as a team.

Open to boys and girls born in 2011 and 2012. All skill levels welcomed.

Fee is $900 to include both the fall and spring season (can be broken into payments). Spring only fee is $450. Fee includes uniform and league fees. Teams playing in tournaments must cover any associated fee.

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The Pequeno program is designed for players playing games for the first time. Players will practice as a group - with a heavy focus on individual skill development (and fun). Each Friday evening, players will be divided into small teams to play a series of short small sided (3v3, 4v4) games, ensuring players get lots of time on the ball.

The Pequeno season runs in the fall (Sept - Nov) and spring (Mar. - May). Pequeno players have two practice options - once a week ($600 per year) or twice a week ($900 per year). Prorated for players who join in the spring. Practice sessions will be on Monday and Wednesday from 5:00 to 6:00 PM. Practices and games will occur at the PG Learning Center.

All practices will be conducted by residential coaches from Benfica’s youth academy program and our American based coaches. The program is open to boys and girls of all skill levels. Fee covers all costs associated with the program and include a uniform.

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First Steps

First steps is a 5 week program designed to introduce soccer to three and four year olds. Based on S.L. Benfica’s program in Portugal, First Steps introduces soccer skills in a fun and relaxed environment. Sessions are led by residential coaches from Benfica’s youth academy program and assisted by our American coaches.

Sessions run once a week (Monday) from 4:00 to 5:00 PM.

There are three sessions each fall, two in the winter, and three in the spring. The fee is $97 for fall and spring sessions (or a season pass for $250). Winter sessions occur at the Capitol Sportsplex and are $150 for a five week program.

Fee includes a uniform.

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Exchange Program

We are excited to offer a unique opportunity for elite players in the DMV. We have been invited to send 25 players to live and practice at S.L. Benfica’s youth academy in July, 2019.

Players will be hosted on Benfica’s academy campus, practicing daily with Benfica youth players under the guidance of Academy coaches in Lisbon, Portugal. The program will run from [dates]. .

Eligible to players born between 2000 and 2006. Players must attend the S.L. Benfica Spring Clinic to be considered (limited scholarships available for the Spring Clinic).

Please register for the Spring Clinic (link) and submit your application to be considered (link)

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