About Us

As the premier Children’s Soccer Experience, our mission is clear – we aim to positively impact children’s lives.

Local Information

carly mondschean NEWCarly Mondschean, Owner & Director of Soccer Shots of DuPage County
[email protected] / 331-725-PLAY

Carly’s passion is helping young children experience the benefits and excitement of athletics. She has more than 15 years of experience teaching and coaching a variety of youth sports. Carly served as the director of Soccer Shots Harrisburg/York, PA, where she also formed Capital Area Girls on the Run, a non-profit, confidence-building running program for preteen girls. For her leadership of these two organizations that make such a difference in the lives of children, Carly was a recipient of Central Pennsylvania Business Journal’s Women of Influence award. Carly opened Soccer Shots of DuPage County in 2012. She and her husband live in Westmont with their two young sons and two dogs.

 

trisha_carly MTrisha Gondek, Area Director – Naperville, Lisle, Woodridge, Aurora & Oswego Areas
[email protected] / 773-914-3013

I was pleased to join the Soccer Shots organization as a coach during its inaugural season in DuPage County in 2012. Physical fitness has always been important to me and a part of my lifestyle from a young age. As a mother to two active boys, I have enjoyed introducing them to the sport of soccer, the concept of teamwork and how important physical activity is for all ages.

As an adult, I’ve had many opportunities to volunteer with children, from teaching Sunday school class, volunteering for the school literacy program, coordinating after school enrichment activities and more.

Prior to joining Soccer Shots, I had enjoyed the previous five years as a stay-at-home mother to my boys. Before having my family, my professional career included eight years with Disney Channel in Chicago as a Regional Director and additional marketing and sales management positions locally.

It’s been great to get back into the workplace in a different capacity, get physical activity while teaching and work with our local partners to positively impact our youth. My time with Soccer Shots has been very rewarding, as I’ve watched the kids grow in terms of their confidence and retention of the skills they have learned. I also love to see their smiling faces and excitement when they have scored a goal!

Emma DeCarlo, Director- Addison, Burr Ridge, Darien, Downers Grove, Glen Ellyn, Westmont & Wheaton areas
[email protected] / 708-571-0128

 

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The “Three C's” – Coaching, Communication and Curriculum

The foundation of Soccer Shots is our relentless commitment to providing best-in-class coaching, communication and curriculum.

The best coaches in the business

  1. Every Soccer Shots coach must complete our comprehensive training program to receive certification.
  2. All Soccer Shots coaches are trained in the use of developmentally appropriate techniques.
  3. Coaches are routinely evaluated and undergo ongoing training.
  4. Our coach selection process evaluates not only the ability to coach soccer, but also the ability to engage and inspire children.

An exceptional customer experience with ongoing communication

  1. You will receive a weekly summary of what your child is learning at Soccer Shots.
  2. We proactively communicate cancellations due to weather or other circumstances.
  3. Our staff understands the importance of timely, responsive communication.

Expert-approved curriculum that aligns with early childhood education standards

  1. Our developmentally appropriate curriculum places an emphasis on character development and skill building.
  2. Our program is created under the guidance of childhood education specialists, professional soccer players and experienced and licensed soccer coaches.
  3. We constantly re-evaluate and update our curriculum to stay current with childhood education standards.

 

The History of Soccer Shots

Our founding partners, Jeremy Sorzano and Jason Webb, were soccer teammates both in college and professionally. They formed Soccer Shots® in 1998 after recognizing a lack of quality soccer programs for children under age 8. They shared an entrepreneurial spirit, a deep love of soccer, and a passion to inspire children to live fit and healthy lives.

The success of Soccer Shots in Charlotte, NC and Harrisburg, PA, where Sorzano and Webb first launched their businesses, led to several of their friends and former teammates wanting to get involved. In 2005, Soccer Shots began franchising and opened its first four franchises in OH, DE, FL, and PA. The business opportunity began to attract more soccer entrepreneurs, and Soccer Shots has enjoyed growing around the country and into Canada.

In May of 2009, Justin Bredeman, another former college soccer teammate, became the third Soccer Shots partner. Justin brought with him eight years of experience from Auntie Anne’s, Inc., a pretzel franchising company, where he led a team that supported nearly 800 franchise units. His deep understanding of the franchise business model also comes from the knowledge gained from his five years of owning and running a Soccer Shots business of his own.

In August of 2009, the Soccer Shots partners founded the Soccer Shots Foundation, the non-profit arm of Soccer Shots. The Soccer Shots Foundation provides opportunities to economically challenged children within the U.S. and around the world through the game of soccer.

From its humble beginnings, Soccer Shots has grown beyond Jeremy and Jason’s biggest dreams, with over 180 territories across 37 states and Canada. In 2016, more than 335,000 children participated in Soccer Shots.

The business is consistently recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine as the #1 Children’s Fitness Franchise in the U.S. And today, Soccer Shots is positioned as the best-in-class children’s soccer program with a focus on character development.

And while the accolades are appreciated, our mission remains focused – positively impacting children’s lives.

Soccer Shots Franchising, LLC is based in central Pennsylvania, just east of Harrisburg.

Stronger Youth. Beyond the Game.

We believe that soccer is a powerful vehicle for positively impacting youth. Through our partnership with the U.S. Soccer Foundation, we aim to impact children who live in underserved communities throughout the U.S. through quality soccer programs that support their physical and personal development.