It is with very mixed emotions that I want to inform all that Flathead Soccer Camp will not be held this year. As some of you are aware Billy McNicol and I started this camp 22 years ago. Billy has been a mentor and friend for many years. At the time there were little if any summer camps. What we created has been, as Billy said, "I know we did the right thing for players, families and for the sport. We gave a chance for locals to be part of the Worlds Game" No truer words were ever spoken. I had one local parent tell me, "you, meaning FSC, have kept soccer alive in the valley.
Back then I was telling Billy that our kids could not afford to go to upper level training camps out of State. His response was why don't you build your own fields and I will bring top level coaches to Montana. Once I got over the shock I said, "why not", so Billy and I paced off, what was currently an alfalfa field, and the future McNicol Meadows was born. I would like to thank all the players and parents who have supported FSC over the years. An estimated 3000+ campers, from K-12th grades have improved their skills during this time. Many going on to play for their high schools and many also going on to collegiate soccer.
FSC has always been a non-profit camp with monies going to support local soccer. FSC has purchase goal for KidSport, stipends for coaches in the spring, field equipment for high school teams, airfare for kids in need for out of State tournaments, etc.
A heartfelt thanks to all the coaches who have made FCS a success. My first competitive team at U-10 and ending up with U-18 boys traveling team (the first in Montana) with top players from across the State and local. Many of these went on to play at the collegiate level. Coach young ladies for several years and had State wide traveling teams as well.
Plans are to keep fields open for local spring practice until KidSport fields are playable. Also in the fall the local Academy and Christian schools plus unaffiliated teams play their matches on FSC fields. So will continue to irrigate and mow. LOL
Once again I want to thank all of you who have made Billy's and my dream possible. Thank you.
Flathead Soccer Camp
“Our coaches are the backbone of the camp. We get top staff thanks to our spectacular location.” -Mike Stebbins, Camp Director
Our coaches are chosen each year in part by Head Coach/Camp Consultant Billy McNicol. A former Glasgow Rangers player who served many years as Montana state coach before moving to California, he has a vast resource of contacts. He has coached some of biggest names in USMen’s soccer: Cobi Jones, Eric Wynalda and Joe-Max Moore. Previously the assistant coach for the US Women’s National Team, working with Kristine Lilly, Abby Wambach and Aly Wagner.
Billy McNicol (www.mvsoccer.com)
Professional player for the Glasgow Rangers , USSF "A" license
Member of the US Soccer's US Coaching Staff as well as technical director for three different State Youth Associations (Cal South, Utah and Montana). Nine years as Region IV Boy's ODP head coach. Professionally he has coached the LA Galaxy, US Women's National team and helped form the Utah Blitzz of the United Soccer League.
World Cup Legacy
To offer the unique opportunity for K - 12th grade players to improve their skill, conditioning, and tactical knowledge of soccer through instruction by experienced coaches.
We offer actual playing situations which allow analysis of player comprehension in a fun and educational format.
Land is vast and the population is sparse in Montana. Hayfields can be turned into soccer fields. That is exactly what Mike Stebbins did in the spring of 1998. An orthodontist by profession with a son at the U-16 level, he wanted to create more opportunities for the team he had coached since they were U-11. How to get better training, fields and competition in the Big Sky of the Treasure State? Why not take half of your own hayfield and make it into your own soccer field? Make a camp that local kids can afford and bring the training and competition to them.
The first year 40 boys participated. Next, girls were added and the time was shortened to a more manageable two weeks. To help out the younger players, an evening “kids” camp was added in 2001 for elementary age campers, with high school and college players helping out. In past years the camp has had players from as far away as England, Scotland, Russia, Minnesota, and California. A girls team from Seattle has trained at the Flathead Soccer Camp and a U-18 Montana combined team has also attended.
Stebbins’ Flathead Soccer Camp, a non-profit endeavor, is helped by its spectacular location just 30 miles outside of Glacier National Park. Billy McNicol, involved from the beginning, has landed several top staff members for Stebbins, including college coaches, former professional and college players, and ODP coaches. All are attracted by the natural beauty, and the camp’s morning/evening schedule. During their afternoons off they can water ski, golf, ride wave runners, go whitewater rafting, hike or fly fish. It is easy to mix work with play in the beautiful Flathead Valley.