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.

Mike Stebbins
Flathead Soccer Camp

Flathead Soccer Camp 6v6 California Training Team

California 6v6 training camp Back Row: Sean Connolly, Brady Schultz, Liam Nelson, Coach Billy McNicol, Colter Goss, Conner Heil and Coach Mike Stebbins
Front Row: Tyler Kluesner, Rohit Tappeta, Micah Reason, and Kiegan Snider

A team of eight players from the valley were selected at Flathead Soccer Camp this past summer. These players demonstrated a high level of competitive soccer. With the goal of developing their soccer skills the boys were invited to fly to California in December to play friendly matches against teams from the Mission Viejo and Newport Mesa Soccer Clubs. Director of coaching for Mission Viejo and Flathead Soccer Camp is Billy McNicol. The director of coaching for Newport Mesa is Tamiko Davila who has coached at Flathead Soccer Camp in the past.

The boys played four matches with 2 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss. Playing of grass for the first time since October can always be a challenge for the lads. They lost the first match 3-1 with the single goal scored by Rohit Tappeta. In the second match they won by a score of 6-4. Micah Reason scored two goals, Conner Heil,Tappeta, Tyler Klusener each scored a goal. The goal of the weekend was scored on a header by Colter Goss off an excellent cross by Brady Schultz.

It was a much tougher third match but the boys came out on top 2-1 with Tappeta scoring both goals. The final match, played on Sunday morning, saw the boys drawing 1-1 with the Newport Mesa club. The single goal was scored by Heil. Defensively Kiegan Snider and Kluesner had outstanding matches while on the wing Liam Nelson played well. The first three matches were played in the 6v6 format with the final match 11v11. The boys combined with the Mission Viejo players for this game which allowed them to work with new players as well as the full sided game.

Flathead Soccer Club president, Sean Connolly as well as other parents, accompanied the team to California.

In addition to the games the boys had two training sessions. The first was with former Women’s National team and Galaxy coach Billy McNicol. The second was with former professional player and Saddleback College coach B. J. McNicol. This was the first year that a post-camp program was done and I feel it was very successful. A great opportunity for the young players to learn, improve their skills and enjoy the game. We look forward to seeing them develop their skills at next summer’s camp the last two weeks of July.

For information on next summers camp go to www.fleatheadsoccer.com
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