Travel Soccer

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

who is it for

Boys and girls, ages U9 and up. Travel soccer is for players and families looking for a competitive and committed soccer environment.

program focus

  • Skill development
  • Tactical development
  • Competitive drive


The travel season begins in late August and usually finishes in June. Top tier teams will train throughout the year.


Montgomery County and Frederick County, MD. Teams will practice exclusively at one of the two locations.


The curriculum and program are designed by SL Benfica's technical staff and mirror the training methods used in the academy in Portugal. Teams are coached by our SL Benfica coaches and professional American assistants.

The travel soccer program is designed to help players develop at every age and focused on the long term development of our players. As appropriate, players will move between age groups and team levels to ensure they are in the right competitive environment.

Age groups may have multiple teams, with players selected by their skill level. The Red team is the top tier team in each age group, followed by White and Yellow teams.

All teams will participate in EDP leagues, State Cup or President Cup competitions, and other domestic and international tournaments (based on coach recommendation and team interest).

Placement on a travel team is competitive. Interested players must participate in Player ID sessions and be selected by the technical staff.


Members of the travel soccer program will pay a program fee to participate. The fee is dependent on the player's age and team level and in line with other clubs in the Washington, DC metro area. Monthly payments are an option and limited scholarships are available.

In addition to the program fee, there is a team fee which will cover individual team costs like tournament fees, coach travel costs, and US Youth Soccer competitions (i.e., State Cup, Regionals, etc.) Prior to the start of the season, Benfica Academy DC staff will work with parents to plan tournament participation and better define the team fee.

Finally, families are required to cover their own individual travel costs and pay for uniform and practice gear for their player.

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