We are committed to providing a positive growth experience for your child using our expert-approved curriculum to teach new character words and skills each week while having fun!
Programs are offered in childcare centers, preschools and schools, as well as public locations. Our standard programs are outlined below. Watch each short video to learn more about that specific program.
Every child is different, so the ages listed are suggestions. We are happy to work with you to figure out the right program for your child.
2 to 3 year olds
3 to 5 year olds (Pre-k)
5 to 8 year olds (K-2nd)
Designed specifically for children with special needs!
The Soccer Shots Empower program provides children an opportunity for social development, participation, confidence, and fun through the game of soccer. The curriculum is focused on breaking down new skills, and encourages growth with balance, movement, and basic soccer concepts. It is supported with visuals and parent and/or participant helpers and can be altered to accommodate children’s needs. We celebrate growth, confidence, and participation in our Empower classes!
Program Descriptions, Ages, & Recommendations
Mini (ages 2 to YOUNG 3)
Soccer Shots Mini is a high-energy program introducing children to fundamental soccer principles, such as using your feet, dribbling and the basic rules of the game. Through fun games, songs and positive reinforcement, children will begin to experience the joy of playing soccer and being active.
Parental participation is required for this age group. We require parental involvement for the Mini sessions so as to help the little ones feel comfortable in a new environment with new people. We ask that parents come into the playing field and walk through the games and drills. This helps the players get the most out of our sessions and helps to avoid distractions and loss of focus. This makes for a great learning experience for our Mini players!
Coaches will be engaging Soccer Shots players in games and activities. Our program and curriculum have enjoyed much success with young children, but the first few classes can be a bit of an adjustment period for the little ones. Please keep this in mind and encourage them to participate, even if you have to hold their hand or even carry them through it! It is age appropriate for kids (especially in the Mini group) to be distracted and to need extra encouragement from parents and family members in order to participate and to listen to the coach. We also request parents’ /guardians’ assistance in helping child(ren) respect and preserve Soccer Shots equipment such as cones, goals, and rings.
Classic (ages OLDER 3 to 4, OR OLDER 3 to 5, OR 4 to YOUNG 6) – dependent upon location
As indicated above, we offer several age variations of the Classic program in an effort to provide safe and appropriate programming for our players and families as the development, size, demeanor, motor skills, and overall physical ability of children in this age range can vary significantly. If a child is 6 years of age and is ready for more technical foot skill training and an introduction to game play, we suggest that they “graduate” from Classic and participate in our “Premier” or “Premier PLUS” program (please see below for more information on Premier and Premier PLUS).
Soccer Shots Classic utilizes creative and imaginative games to focus on basic soccer skills like dribbling, passing and shooting. We also highlight a positive character trait each session such as respect, teamwork and appreciation.
For Classic-level sessions, we ask that parents / guardians be involved to the extent that their child is comfortably able to engage in the session. This often takes the form of holding your child’s hand during the session if he/she is hesitant, or walking through the games if that is what they need to give soccer a try! That being said, some children do not require much assistance from parents to play the games, listen to the coach, stay on the field, etc., but we do find that parental involvement is helpful in instances where a child may need help staying engaged, following directions, etc. With patience and encouragement from everyone, it will help to create a positive experience for the players and their families. For the Classic age group, we also request parents’ /guardians’ assistance in helping child(ren) respect and preserve Soccer Shots equipment such as cones, goals, and rings.
Premier (ages 6-8)
Soccer Shots Premier focuses on individual skill, fitness and sportsmanship, providing an opportunity for children to be challenged through fun games and team interaction. Children will also be introduced to competition in a developmentally appropriate manner. Soccer Shots Premier programs typically run for 45 minutes and are more technically advanced than our Classic-level programs. We put a larger focus on foot skill development and growing a basic understanding of real game play.
Premier PLUS (ages 6-8) – A Game Play Experience!
Premier Plus is a step up from our regular Premier-level programming but is still suitable for all players, whether it is their first season or their fifth. The hour long format allows for 15 minutes of warm ups and skills training, while the the remaining 45 minutes is focused on traditional game play with introduction of kick-offs, throw-ins, corner kicks, goal kicks, etc.!
For now, Premier PLUS is offered during select seasons and is not a year-round program.
Empower – Designed for children with special needs!
The Empower program provides children an opportunity for social development, participation, confidence, and fun through the game of soccer. The curriculum is focused on breaking down new skills, and encourages growth with balance, movement, and basic soccer concepts. It is supported with visuals and parent and/or participant helpers and can be altered to accommodate children’s needs. We celebrate growth, confidence, and participation in our Empower classes!
Empower sessions are typically offered for children ages 3-6 and/or 5-8, but we can be flexible. Please send us an email at [email protected] to inquire about our Empower Program!
Neighborhood Programs / Camps
Bring Soccer Shots to your neighborhood with personalized sessions!
Help your kid(s) stay active while staying in the comfort of your home (or a local park / approved space) by hosting a Soccer Shots Neighborhood Camp! A Soccer Shots coach will come to your home and run a private session for your child(ren) and friends in the privacy of your backyard. All of our camps feature low coach-to-player ratios, professional staff, and an age-appropriate curriculum.
Camp Features: Individual soccer development, team-building, fun fitness activities, character development, coordination/balance/agility development
Ages: Mini (2-3), Classic (3-5), Premier (6-9) **Exceptions can be made at the discretion of Soccer Shots**
Location Requirements: A safe green space. A minimum of 1 adult, 18 years or older, must stay with the children for the duration of the class. Our coach will provide all other necessary equipment.
**Please check our safety protocols for added information regarding sanitation.**
- Warm Up Activity
- Soccer Skill
- Fun Game w/ skill learned
- Goal Scoring
- Day’s Review
We offer 1, 2, 3, and 4 day Neighborhood camps; price ranges from $35 to $70 per player depending upon length of camp and age group. Want something different? We’re flexible and can make custom arrangements – please contact us at [email protected] to discuss!
View more Neighborhood Camp info and register to be a Camp Host HERE!
Soccer Shots LIVE Distance Learning Classes
Live, virtual Soccer Shots classes with Pittsburgh-area coaches!
Soccer Shots Live uses our expert-approved curriculum and engaging coaches to bring the Soccer Shots experience to your child through a live video session. Your child will participate in a secure, private video session with other children from Soccer Shots. The program will focus on teaching soccer skills, character development, and gross motor movements in a fun and interactive way! Live sessions will be conducted via Zoom.
What is Soccer Shots Live?
Soccer Shots Live uses our expert-approved curriculum and engaging coaches to bring the Soccer Shots experience to your child through a live video session. Each week, your child will participate in a secure, private Zoom session with a trained Soccer Shots coach and other children their age. Sessions will focus on teaching soccer skills, character development, and gross motor movements -just like our in-person sessions, but from the comfort of your own home.
What You Can Expect:
Each week, you will receive an email with a link to our private Zoom. When you join the session, your child will be greeted by his or her coach and get a virtual high-five before the fun begins! Just like our on-field programming, each session includes character concepts, skill development, goal-scoring, silly games and more. Your child will experience 1-on-1 interaction and instruction from his or her coach as well as encouragement from their soccer friends. Families will also receive a weekly activity guide which reinforces the lessons taught during our time together and provides fun activities to do at home.
What You Will Need:
To join our weekly session via your computer, tablet or smartphone, you will need to download Zoom (Client for Meetings). We recommend having a soccer ball (or any playball) and up to seven toys or stuffed animals readily available. Your child can join us inside or outside as long as they have a 5ft by 8ft safe space to play and have fun!
How do I join the session?
Download Zoom (Client for Meetings)to join your session on a computer, tablet or smartphone. You can also easily stream the session from your device to your TV. Once enrolled, you will receive a link to join the session to your provided email address one day before your scheduled session. Please note, the Zoom session is password protected. The password will be included in the same email as the Zoom link
Birthday fun for children ages 3-8!
Soccer Shots Birthday Parties
The fun and excitement of Soccer Shots is available for your child’s birthday party! Parties are available for children ages 3-8.
An energetic and enthusiastic Soccer Shots coach will lead the birthday child and his/her friends through an extended Soccer Shots session concluding with a scrimmage.
Soccer Shots Party Package:
- 45 minutes to include a “best of the best” Soccer Shots session. Coaches can stay to sing “Happy Birthday” if it is desired by the family (cake not included as part of party package).
- An energetic and enthusiastic coach will come to the location of your choice, including your home, a local park, etc.
- Parties are designed for children ages 3-8.
- We provide all soccer equipment.
- A Soccer Shots prize is given to each child.
- An official Soccer Shots soccer ball is gifted to the birthday boy/girl.
1 to 15 Kids: $150
16 to 25 Kids: $175
Additional Soccer Shots soccer balls (Size 3) can be purchased for $15 each.
Two-week advance reservation is preferred.
Scheduling is based on availability of coaches.
Please give us a call at 412-615-5003 or email [email protected] for additional info.
“Hi Anthony, the birthday party went very well. Coach Matt was awesome, and all the kids had a great time. He had a really nice rapport with the kids and got them all to participate. There was a variety of ages and skill levels but everyone got to play. All of the parents who stayed were impressed. Nicholas had a great time, and he loves his soccer ball!”
– Heather Zaffuta
“Good Morning. I wanted to Thank you and your staff for yesterday. My birthday boys absolutly loved their soccer party! Everything went off with out a single problem. I can’t thank you enough!”
– Soccer Shots mom
“I’m writing to tell you about a birthday party we attended today with my 4 year old son. It was a soccer theme party at Blueberry Park in Sewickley PA. Coach Kevin was hired through Soccer Shots to give a little lesson and support the kids in a game type activity. My son has autism, and sports are tricky for him. I was really apprehensive about the party because I didn’t want him to distract everyone with poor behavior. I was ready to let him just leave the party area and do his own thing. However, Coach Kevin started off the instruction with loads of enthusiasm and immediately learned the kids names. It was just amazing. He worked so hard during that party and gave each child participating a positive experience at their own level- truly, it was amazing to watch! I felt so much pride and happiness for my son watching as Kevin and all the other party attendees cheered him on as he made a goal. This was a wonderful memory for our whole family. I just felt compelled to send a note and hopefully you can extend our gratitude to Kevin, who went far above and beyond to make this party a huge success!
Thank you so much! We’re checking out the site now to see if lessons in Cranberry might be an option for us! Our son had such a wonderful introduction to the sport today!”
“Hello! Just wanted to drop you a quick note to tell you how AMAZING Coach Kevin was at Aila’s party. It was a diverse group of kids and I didn’t have very high expectations of them engaging for very long! I could not believe how great Kevin was keeping all of the kids interested, engaged, and actually trying to play soccer! There were probably like 8 elementary school teachers there and everyone was in awe of how well Coach Kevin could manage this group of kids! He was really enthusiastic, kind, patient, and fun. The kids had an amazing time and all of the adults kept saying that it was one of the best birthday parties they had ever been to. Thank you again!”
– Natasha, AJ, and Aila!