EDUKICK USA FOOTBALL ACADEMY
Welcome to EduKick USA – PIA! EduKick International announces new partnership with Pennsylvania International Academy (PIA) and Mercyhurst Preparatory School to open US based Soccer Boarding School in Erie, Pennsylvania, one of the United States most attractive cities on the east coast which is nestled along the American southern shores of Lake Erie.
EduKick and Pennsylvania International Academy (PIA) have combined strengths in soccer and education to offer “EduKick USA – PIA Soccer Boarding School,” an English language academic year soccer academy located in the Pennsylvanian hotbed of soccer…Erie, Pennsylvania. Starting in September 2019, EduKick will offer their newest venue, PIA Soccer Boarding School to international student-soccer players worldwide.
EduKick has well established soccer schools in Europe (Spain, Italy, France, Germany and England) and Mexico but the Erie, Pennsylvania campus will be the first ever on United States soil. The new EduKick campus will be located on the PIA grounds, which is adjacent to Erie Bank Sports Park – the area’s largest athletic training facility. The sports park features 12 outdoor natural grass soccer pitches, an indoor Dome pitch with artificial turf.
The soccer curriculum includes training five day per week Monday – Friday under EduKick’s USA Course Director, Mike Pfister, a highly experienced, licensed youth soccer coach with a focus on exposing his soccer players to US Colleges and Universities. Mike serves as the Technical Director for the International Soccer Academy of Erie and serves also as the Technical Soccer Director for EduKick USA.
We believe that in order to be a complete soccer player, one has to learn all the technical, tactical, physical, and mental components of the game. We facilitate this through daily training sessions (practice), as well as classroom sessions, and coaching during regularly scheduled football (soccer) matches.
Our EduKick USA academy players are inserted into our affiliated soccer club, International Soccer Academy of Erie (ISA), the club soccer teams participate in PAWest sanctioned leagues, compete for the Pennsylvania State Cup, the President’s Cup and we seek opportunities to refer players to the Olympic Development Program (ODP). Along with participating in the top sanctioned local, regional, & national competitions, we run local in-house youth futsal leagues in the winter months and we anticipate competing for the Futsal State Cup. ISA Erie are affiliated with PAWest, US Youth Soccer, USSF, and FIFA.
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EduKick President, Joey Bilotta
Coach Mike is a licensed coach as well as a licensed referee with the US Soccer Federation. He will coordinate the EduKick USA student athlete’s soccer, strength, fitness, and dietary programming. In addition to regular soccer academy group training, the International Soccer Academy of Erie and/or the Erie Admirals will insert EduKick players into their youth squads depending on the age and level of the players for an additional two (2) or three (3) training per week in the evening and play a weekend match (when scheduled). Additionally, each EduKick player will have the opportunity to try out for the Olympic Development Program (ODP), which will provide EduKick players with additional avenues to grow in the game of soccer and train with the best of the best in the area. To round out the soccer development experience, players will also undergo a rigorous core fitness training program.
For the fall season, Edukick players will train and play with their age appropriate International Soccer Academy of Erie club team. The team will compete in the State Soccer Association’s travel league facing top level club teams from all over the state.
Typical EduKick USA soccer training week in the fall:
Monday – RECOVERY DAY
Tuesday – PM CLUB TEAM TRAINING
Wednesday – AM Individual training
Thursday – PM Individual training
Friday – PM CLUB TEAM TRAINING
Saturday – Match preparation & classroom sessions
Sunday – GAME DAY