FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
ABOUT THE U.S. SOCCER GIRLS FANTASY CAMP
+ WHAT IS THE U.S. SOCCER GIRLS FANTASY CAMP?
The Girls Fantasy Camp is the most exclusive fan-player opportunity offered by U.S. Soccer. Led by U.S. Soccer staff and former Women’s National Team players, Linsday Tarpley and Lori Lindsey, this Fantasy Camp provides young players with VIP behind-the-scenes experiences and an environment that mirrors a Youth National Team Camp. They will also attend the Tournament of Nations doubleheader, U.S. WNT vs. Japan and Australia vs. Brazil matches on Thursday, July 26th.
+ WHEN AND WHERE WILL THE U.S. SOCCER GIRLS FANTASY CAMP BE HELD?
The U.S. Soccer Fantasy Camp will be hosted at the U.S. Soccer Coaching Development Center in Kansas City, Kansas from 2:00 pm on Tuesday, July 24th through 1:00 pm on Friday, July 27th, 2018.
+ WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN THE CAMP?
To participate in the U.S. Soccer Girls Fantasy Camp, a player must have been born in the years 2004, 2005 or 2006. U.S. Soccer has limited the age groups to ensure the safety of all players and to create an age-appropriate playing environment.
+ ARE THERE ANY SKILL-LEVEL REQUIREMENTS?
No. Players of all skill levels are welcome at the U.S. Soccer Girls Fantasy Camp.
+ MY DAUGHTER WAS NOT BORN IN 2004, 2005 OR 2006. CAN SHE STILL PARTICIPATE IN CAMP?
No. In order to ensure the safety of the players and to create an age-appropriate playing environment, all campers must be born in the years indicated. The Fantasy Camp is a very small program – the size of a National Team camp roster. The age range allows U.S. Soccer staff and Camp Coaches to provide the best developmental experience possible for all participants.
+ WILL THE CAMPERS MEET ANY OF THE CURRENT NATIONAL TEAM PLAYERS?
While there may be some informal opportunities to interact with the senior team, please know that U.S. Soccer CANNOT guarantee any meetings or autographs as part of the Girls Fantasy Camp experience.
+ HOW DOES A PARTICIPANT RESERVE A SPOT?
Space is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. U.S. Soccer encourages you to reserve your place as soon as possible. To reserve a spot, please complete the online registration form (right click to open in new window). For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 312-528-1220.
+ WE LIVE IN THE AREA. CAN MY DAUGHTER JUST PARTICIPATE IN THE TRAINING AND ATTEND THE MATCH?
The U.S. Soccer Girls Fantasy Camp is meant to mirror a Youth National Team Camp training environment. Campers will train together, eat together, and stay in the hotel together. In order to keep this experience as authentic as possible and provide the best experience for all participants, Camp opportunities cannot be broken out into different parts.
+ MY DAUGHTER IS ATTENDING ALONE; WILL THIS AFFECT HER EXPERIENCE? WHO WILL SHE ROOM WITH?
No. Similar to Youth National Team Camps, campers will be traveling alone from all over the country. The majority of past campers from all U.S. Soccer Girls Fantasy Camps have attended the camp on her own.
Just as at Youth National Team Camps, each player is assigned a roommate. U.S. Soccer attempts to match campers from the same state or area, and of roughly the same age. Should your daughter be attending camp with a friend or another family member, we can attempt to accommodate rooming requests. However, this is not guaranteed. Please speak with U.S. Soccer staff ahead of the trip to review options.
A quote from a past camper who attended on her own: "The fantasy camp helped me to re-gain my confidence as a player, while meeting wonderful people along the way.”
A quote from a past parent of a Camper who travelled alone: “When people ask us about her experience we can honestly say we're not sure we've ever seen her happier in her entire life than she was when she was at Camp. And you're welcome to quote us on that”.
+ MY DAUGHTER IS TRAVELING TO THE CAMP ON HER OWN. WHO WILL PICK HER UP AND DROP HER OFF AT THE AIRPORT?
Just as at Youth National Team Camps, transportation will be provided to and from the airport by U.S. Soccer staff. A staff member will be located at the closest waiting area holding a welcome sign with the campers’ name to clearly identify themselves. At the end of Camp, U.S. Soccer staff will walk the player into the airport, help check them in, and wait until they are through security.
Please note U.S. Soccer highly discourages registering your daughter as an unaccompanied minor for her travel.
+ WILL THERE BE CAMP COUNSELORS, OR PEOPLE TO LOOK AFTER THE PARTICIPANTS DURING CAMP?
Yes. U.S. Soccer staff and former Women’s National Team players will manage the campers while they are not at training.
Outside of trainings and the WNT match, campers will have scheduled activities including meals, leadership seminars with former WNT players, a pre-game party and more. Campers will be asked to adhere to a strict professional code of conduct that is in line with a Youth National Team Camp environment. Campers who cannot adhere to U.S. Soccer guidelines during Camp will be asked to leave at their own expense.
ABOUT YOUR DONATION
+ WHAT IS THE DONATION PER PARTICIPANT TO REGISTER?
Participation in the Girls Fantasy Camp is made possible through a $3,495 donation to the U.S. Soccer Federation. This amount covers all camp costs, as well as a tax-deductible gift to support the growth of soccer in the United States.
+ WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE DONATION?
The donation amount covers hotel accommodations, all meals, a premium ticket to attend the Tournament of Nations doubleheader on July 26th featuring U.S.WNT vs. Japan and Australia v. Brazil, ground transportation (including airport transfers), a personalized U.S. Soccer jersey, U.S. Soccer training gear, an honorary one-year membership in the Supporters Circle of the Development Fund, and more.
+ DOES THE DONATION INCLUDE AIRFARE?
The Girls Fantasy Camp donation does not include airfare to/from Kansas City. Campers are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from Camp.
+ I HAVE MULTIPLE PLAYERS INTERESTED IN ATTENDING. ARE THERE ANY GROUP DISCOUNTS?
Groups of four or more may qualify for a discount. Contact email@example.com or call 312-528-1220, to discuss your group.
+ HOW MUCH OF THE DONATION IS TAX-DEDUCTIBLE?
For a donation to be considered tax-deductible, no goods or services can be received in exchange for the donation. U.S. Soccer will provide documentation prior to the event outlining what portion of your donation is considered tax deductible based on Fantasy Camp expenses. Currently, U.S Soccer estimates that approximately $1,800 will be tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Some of the major Camp expenses per player are outlined below.
+ IS THERE A PAYMENT PLAN OR SCHEDULE?
The preferred payment method for U.S. Soccer's planning purposes is for participants to make the entire donation immediately upon registration. Should you have any questions about this, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
+ HOW DO I MAKE MY DONATION?
All donations can be made via credit card through the online registration form or call U.S. Soccer at 312-528-1220 to provide your credit card details by telephone.
+ WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY?
For any camper who cancels before July 3rd (three weeks prior to Camp), U.S. Soccer will refund 50% of the payment. For any cancellation after July 3rd, U.S. Soccer will refund 25% of the payment in recognition of the costs related to reserving your player’s space. Should your participant need to cancel, all payments made will automatically be recognized as tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Campers who need to cancel their registration for the Girls Fantasy Camp in Kansas City also have the option to use their payment as a credit for a future Fantasy Camp with U.S. Soccer. If this occurs, U.S. Soccer will notify the participant of future Camp opportunities as soon as they are made available. If there is a difference in price in the two Camps, the participant will be appropriately refunded or responsible for making up the difference.
Should U.S. Soccer cancel the Camp for any reason, we will provide a full refund and complimentary tickets to the U.S. WNT vs. Japan match on July 26th.
PREPARING FOR CAMP
+ WHAT MEDICAL FORMS DOES THE CAMPER NEED TO PROVIDE?
U.S. Soccer will provide campers with a medical form to complete based off of similar forms used for National Team Camps. The forms are meant to ensure U.S. Soccer staff can best support the participants at camp. They are informational and do not need to be signed by a doctor. U.S. Soccer staff will not share these forms outside of necessary medical staff.
+ WHAT TRAINING GEAR WILL THE CAMPERS RECEIVE?
Campers will receive some official U.S. Soccer Nike gear as well as a personalized U.S. Women’s National Team jersey. Training gear will be provided to campers on a daily basis during the Girls Fantasy Camp. Campers must bring their own cleats and footwear.
+ WILL THE CAMPERS NEED MONEY WHILE THEY ARE IN KANSAS CITY?
All meals and accommodations are included while the campers are in Kansas City. However, campers are responsible for any incidental purchases, such as snacks or souvenirs.
+ HOW MANY TRAINING DAYS WILL THE PARTICIPANTS HAVE?
The U.S. Soccer Fantasy Camp will include four days of a mix of trainings, regen sessions, professionally led meetings and other activities that will mirror the National Training Camp environment.
+ THERE BE A TRAINER ON-SITE?
Yes. U.S. Soccer will ensure a trainer is available for the duration of camp. Participants will have access to treatment and take part in regen sessions throughout the week.
+ WHAT SERVICES WILL PARENTS HAVE ACCESS TO?
All parents who opt to utilize U.S. Soccer’s support with their travel arrangements will have access to the following:
- Hotel room block code to purchase accommodations directly with the hotel
- U.S. Soccer transportation to attend one Girls Fantasy Camp training on Friday, July 27th.
Parents are welcome to accompany their daughter to and from Kansas City on their own as well. Parents who do not select the services offered by U.S. Soccer will be responsible for their own accommodations, match tickets and transportation.
+ CAN MY DAUGHTER STAY IN THE HOTEL WITH ME IF I COME TO KANSAS CITY?
The Girls Fantasy Camp is meant to mirror the environment of a Youth National Team Camp. Campers will share rooms with other participants. Parents can purchase rooms at the Girls Fantasy Camp hotel, but they will be separate from their daughter. In order to ensure that no camper is left on her own overnight, staff strictly enforces this policy.
+ CAN MY DAUGHTER SIT WITH ME AT THE MATCH?
U.S. Soccer can assist parents with purchasing tickets to attend the Tournament of Nations doubleheader, but they will not be seated with the participants.
+ CAN I WATCH A GIRLS FANTASY CAMP TRAINING?
U.S. Soccer will provide transportation for parents to attend one Girls Fantasy Camp training session on Friday, July 27th. The Girls Fantasy Camp is meant to mirror a Youth National Team Camp environment so other training sessions will be closed.
+ HOW CAN I GET MORE INVOLVED WITH U.S. SOCCER?
As part of your donation, you receive an honorary one-year membership in the Supporters Circle of the U.S. Soccer Development Fund. Learn more about your Circle member level and the Development Fund here.