First Steps

First Steps is a 5-week program of 45 minute classes designed to introduce soccer to three and four year olds.

who is it for

Boys and girls, ages 3 and 4.

program focus

  • Introduction to soccer skills
  • Fun and relaxed play


First Steps programs will run throughout the year. Each program is five weeks long.


First Steps programs are available in Fairfax, VA, Takoma Park/Silver Spring, MD, Rockville, MD, Frederick, MD and Washington, DC.

Private group trainings can be arranged; please contact us if interested.


Based on SL Benfica’s program in Portugal, First Steps introduces soccer skills in a fun and relaxed environment.

Sessions are led by Benfica Academy coaches.


Fall and Spring Programs: $135 (for 5 weeks)

Winter Indoor Program: $155 (for 5 weeks)

Fee includes a uniform.

Refunds are not available for training sessions cancelled due to bad weather and due to field constraints cannot be rescheduled.

Parent Reviews

Benfica's summer clinic was a great experience for my son. The coaches were top notch and the sessions intense. He learned so much in one week and really enjoyed it.

George Galdiz

My son said the Benfica clinics were some of the best practices he's ever had! He came away a better and more confident player.

Reme Moya

Our son has attended Benfica DC summer camps the last 3 years and they are excellent. The coaches are great and their training methods have improved our son's play immensely.

Sabrae Derby

My son learned so much at the Benfica clinics. Pedro and the staff really care about helping their players get better.

Laura Stout

With so many options for soccer camps in this area, Benfica stands head and shoulders above the rest. My son has trained at Benfica clinics for two years and particularly likes the work ethic of the coaches.

Jim Rowley

Mis hijas participaron de las clinicas que ofrecieron SL Benfica en el area y fue una de las mejores experiencias que tuvimos, con entrenadores directamente traidos desde Portugal; muy profecionales.

Henry Andrade