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College Soccer Training Center: 

July 6-9 is now the ID Sports Midwest ID Camp

"Four Days That Will Change Your Life"
This year's camp will be held at beautiful Lake Forest Academy, Lake Forest, IL

Grades 8 - 12+     Cost: $695 

NU Employee Discount                 $25 off
Multi-Session Discount                $25 off
Multi-Camper Discount              $25 off

CSTC Staff who have worked the camp in the past

For more information about the College Soccer Training Center/Midwest ID Camps please head to our Midwest ID Website:

Midwest Summer ID Camp

For over 20+ years, the College Soccer Training Center has been the standard for College ID Camps. This year we have partnered with our friends at ID Sports USA to run the Midwest Summer ID Camp. This camp brings to the Chicagoland area some of the nation’s top college coaches from Division I, II, III to provide maximum exposure while still creating that social environment for developing as a better teammate and players. Over the past 21 years, thousands of players have gone on to play in college with many of them talking about our camp as a turning point in their development and recruitment. More information about the Midwest ID Camp can be found at

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Tentative Schedule

College Soccer Training Center (CSTC) Schedule
(Midwest ID Camp)

                         Day 1 - July 6
12:00PM      2:00PM Check-In
12:30PM Shuttle Leaves O’Hare
2:15PM        2:45PM Camp Meeting
3:00PM        6:00PM Team Training
3:30PM         5:30PM Goalkeeper Training               
4:30PM         6:00PM Dinner
6:15PM         8:30PM Friendly Matches
9:00PM         10:00PM Guest Speaker             
11:00PM Lights Out

                         Day 2 - July 7
7:00AM        8:00AM Morning Stretch
7:00AM        9:00AM Goalkeeper Training             
7:00AM        8:30AM Breakfast             
9:00AM        11:30AM League Matches
12:00PM       1:00PM Lunch
1:00PM         4:00PM Team Training
1:00PM         4:00PM Goalkeeper Training             
4:30PM         6:00PM Dinner             
6:00PM         8:15PM League Matches            
9:00PM         10:00PM Guest Speaker            
11:00PM Lights Out

                         Day 3 - July 8
7:00AM        8:00AM Speed Training
7:00AM        9:00AM Goalkeeper Training             
7:00AM        8:30AM Breakfast             
9:00AM        11:30AM League Matches
12:00PM       1:00PM Lunch
1:30PM         4:00PM League Playoff Matches
1:00PM         4:00PM Goalkeeper Training             
5:00PM         6:00PM Dinner             
6:00PM         9:00PM All Star Games            
9:00PM         10:00PM Guest Speaker            
11:00PM Lights Out

                         Day 4 - July  9
7:00AM        8:00AM Breakfast
8:30AM Room Check                 
9:00AM        10:15AM 2nd Chance 7v7 Tournament         
9:00AM        10:15AM Championship Matches
10:30AM      11:10AM Closing Ceremonies
11:10AM       12:00PM Checkout
12:30PM         Shuttle Leaves to O'Hare & Midway           

Frequently asked questions About the CSTC

Q: Is attending a high level camp important in the recruiting process?
A: College coaches are using camps as a primary recruiting tool.  Many of the top players at many schools found their way on to the roster via camp. Coach Lenahan discovered some of his best players though the CSTC  including MLS Draft Picks Tyler Miller, Dave Roth, Brad North and Oliver Kupe, Cole Missimo and Chicago Fire Homegrown signees, Chris Ritter and Joey Calistri attended the CSTC.  Often times when playing for your club team, a college coach will only get to see half of a game and maybe won't get to see you at your best. The CSTC allows for multiple days of exposure allowing a coach to get a feel for your work ethic, personality, and coachability - often times the things that are the best indicators of success at the college level.

Q:  Who are your coaches ?  Do you employ all Divsion I coaches?
A:  We bring in some of the best coaches in the country to work the CSTC.  Many of them come back each year because they have used the CSTC as a primary recruiting tool to build their program.   Since not every player will be a Division I player, we provide a great cross section of Division I, II, and Division III coaches.  While some camps may bring in assistant coaches from the bigger schools for name recognition, at the CSTC we bring in mostly head coaches that are carefully selected because of their passion for coaching, their interest in recruiting players attending the camp, and their success in college coaching.  There is a reason that most coaches find the CSTC to be their favorite camp to work.   At least 1/2 of the up to 20 coaches will represent Division I schools.  Intense training, highly competitive  and with a goal of getting a high number of players in their program brings coaches back year after year.   We have a wait list of coaches who want to work the camp! Camp Director Soccer, Tim Lenahan, the Camp Director, has been an 8-time Coach of the Year Award Winner and is one of only three  Big Ten Coach to have won Back to Back Big Ten Championships.  He has produced 17 Head Coaches at the intercollegiate level from his "coaching tree" and one Bundesliga Coach, Jesse Marsch at Red Bull Leipzig, and a La Liga Coach, Santiago Solari (now with Club America)

Q:What is the principle philosophy of the College Soccer Training Center/Midwest ID Camp? 
A: Most importantly, it is to expose participants to what a genuine College preseason is like. Some of the participants are incoming college freshman, so those who attend will be able to see how they “match up” with Division I scholarship players. You’ll be treated like a college player from the moment you arrive and are expected to embrace this opportunity.   We want your performance at the CSTC to lead to an opportunity to play soccer in college whether it be locally or for one of the dozens of college coaches working or observing at the camp.

Q: What do players do with their spare time?
A: Just like a college preseason, there is little spare time. Between speed training, fitness work, field training, eating and guest speakers in the evening, there is no trouble getting players to lights out by 11:00PM. We have access if time allows to the pool.  Post training cool downs in the pool (only up to the waist for those can't swim) provide a welcome relief from the tough training.

Q: How about gluten free or meals for campers with peanut allergies?
A: Allergy-friendly menus are available for Residential, Commuter, and CSTC camps in the design hall. Please contact us in advance at so we can make arrangements with the chef and dining hall.

Q: Will the CSTC/Midwest ID Camp provide advice on the recruiting process?
A: Our coaches will provide a detailed seminar on the recruiting process. In addition, the CSTC coaching staff will serve as references for you. Since, we provide a detailed and honest evaluation of your performance, attitude, and work ethic, college coaches are going to be more likely to listen to our recommendations for their program.   Your coach at camp is on call throughout the year to provide honest feedback if a coach should call our office for information.  We keep a copy of the evaluation on file for three years such that we can help you play in college someday.  If you list the CSTC as one of the camps you have attended, we encourage coaches to call our office for an evaluation.  We will share your evaluation and put the college in direct contact with your CSTC coach who can share things about your work ethic, team commitment and other intangibles that may not show up in an evaluation.  In addition, we are working with Hive Skills to create a mental training platform for you as you move forward in your career.   Think of us as your own personal recruiting service. :-)