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The Kevin Anderson Elite Academic & Athletic College ID Camp is continuing to monitor the lates developments regarding the  COVID-19 pandemic. We are committed to keeping our players, coaches, and staff safe. CLICK HERE for the latest information regarding our 2020 Offerings.


April 22, 2023

July 14 & 15, 2023*

Aug 11 & 12, 2023*

*Registration opening soon - 1 or 2 Day Attendance Available

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The Kevin Anderson Elite Academic & Athletic College ID Camp provides aspiring Collegiate Student-Athletes with the opportunity to showcase their abilities at Columbia University in the City of New York. If you have the talent on the field and the aptitude in the classroom, you don't want to miss out.

The Elite College ID Camps are a collegiate showcase and competitive training program for the student-athlete, both aspiring high school and collegiate prospects, who plan to play at the college level. Camps are open to boys entering 8th grade and beyond.


All NCAA rules and guidelines are applicable regarding evaluation and continued eligibility. Staffed by the Columbia Men's Soccer program, and various other high academic and athletic programs ranging from Div 1 to Div 3, this camp is multi-faceted in that it gives top players: 1) the opportunity to be seen by top college coaches 2) a better understanding of the college soccer environment and 3) the skills they need to become even better players, taught by some of the very best coaches of the game.


$225 (includes T-shirt)

*Schedule subject to change


11:00 AM - 11:45 AM – BREAK FOR LUNCH (Lunch will not be provided)
12:00 PM – Columbia vs. Delaware GAME
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM – Small Group Camp Meeting 
11:45 PM –  Pregame tactics w/ in game review & tactical discussion
12:45 PM – Half Time Review
1:45PM –  End of game wrap up 


The Columbia University Men's Soccer Elite Academic & Athletic College ID Camp will be held at Columbia University's Baker Athletics Complex at 533 West 218th Street, New York, NY 10034.  


Facilities include the "Bubble" over the Rocco B. Commisso Soccer Stadium.


In accordance with NYC Health Code and Columbia University Policy, we require all campers to have an approved physical examination form on file before they can play. 


Acceptable forms must be signed by a physician and dated to reflect a physical examination completed within a year of the last day your child plan's to attend camp.


The NYC Physical Examination form is available for download HERE.


As an alternative to the NYC Physical Examination form, we will happily accept a comparable form from your child's pediatrician. Please note that a full physical examination form is required, and we cannot accept a note from your doctor indicating that your camper is cleared to play. The NYC Soccer Academy is required to adhere to this New York City Health Code and Columbia University guideline in order to hold our camp, and NO exceptions can be permitted. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.


  • All players must be fully vaccinated with an FDA or WHO authorized vaccine in order to participate. “Fully vaccinated” means at least 14 days after the second dose of a two dose COVID-19 vaccine OR at least 14 days after a single dose of an approved single dose COVID-19 vaccine. 

  • Proof of vaccination is required and must be uploaded prior to camp.

  • Please note, camps will need to implement and follow all NY State, New York City & Columbia University policies and protocols. If there are additional requirements, we will be sure to get you that information immediately. All guidelines will need to be 100% followed in order to participate.




Head Coach

Kevin Anderson is entering his 14th season as head coach of the Columbia men's soccer program. A five-year veteran of Major League Soccer and former top assistant at Boston College, Anderson took the helm of Columbia men's soccer program in January of 2009.


With Anderson at the helm, Columbia returned to the NCAA Tournament in 2017 for the first time since 1990. The Lions were victorious in their opening round match, defeating William & Mary 2-1 in a double overtime thriller that saw Kynan Rocks net the game-winner. In the second round, Anderson and the Lions took No. 1 Wake Forest to the brink, before an 88th minute score helped the home team moved on. Columbia was led by MAC-Hermann Trophy Semifinalist and All-American Arthur Bosua, while he, defender Alex Bangerl, goalkeeper Dylan Castanheira, and midfielder Vana Markarian all earned All-Region honors. The quartet were among seven All-Ivy League selections for Columbia. 


Anderson joined the Lions after serving as the Eagles assistant coach for three years, earning accolades as one of the nation's Top Assistant Coaches by College Soccer News in in 2007 and 2008. In 2008, he helped guide Boston College to a 15-5-1 record, ACC regular-season and tournament titles and a berth into the NCAA Tournament.

Individual accolades such as Top Drawer Soccers Best XI, MAC Hermann Trophy Semi-Finalist, MLS Combine, All-American, Academic All-American, All-Region, All-Ivy and Academic All-Ivy decorate the trophy case, next to the Lions 2016 IVY League Champions and Coaching Staff of the Year. The veteran of Major League Soccer states, "Having the great fortune of being a part of 3X National Championship teams only makes you hungry for the ultimate prize every season. We are not here to participate, we are here to take over. Our goal(s) are simple and straight to the point. We are here to establishing Ivy League Dominance and are aiming to be the first Ivy League Men’s Soccer program to win the National Championship.”


Anderson earned his bachelor's degree in liberal studies from Southern Connecticut State University in 1992. He also holds a USSF National "A" Coaching License. For his full bio, click here.

"We are not here to participate, we are here to take over.” — Slick's Corner


Associate Head Coach

Kenneth Pollard joined the Columbia men's soccer program in March 2012 as an Assistant Coach. Pollard, a Wales, Great Britain, native, was a two-time Division II National Champion as a player at Southern Connecticut State University in 1990 and 1992. He served as an assistant coach at his alma matter from 1997-2001, capturing back-to-back national championships in 1998 and 1999. In 1999 he aided SCSU to a perfect season of 20-0-0. Following his five-year stint in New Haven, Conn., Pollard joined the men's soccer program at Duke University as an assistant coach for the 2002-2003 season. In 2004, he served on the staff of the, bronze medal winning, women's U-19 National Team in the 2004 FIFA World Cup Championships. He made his professional coaching debut in 2000 as an assistant coach of the New York/ New Jersey Metro Stars in the MLS. In 2003, he joined the staff of the Philadelphia Charge as an assistant coach in the WPL. Pollard comes to Columbia after serving a year as head coach of the Purchase College women's soccer program from May 2009-2010. As a first-year head coach, he led Purchase to a 6-2-1 conference record, a 100% improvement from the previous year. Pollard posts an impressive 158-34-14 record in his 11 years in coaching and playing collegiate soccer. He graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a bachelor's degree in Human Performance in 1994 and masters in exercise science in 2001.


Assistant Coach

Kevin Valdovinos is in his first season as an assistant coach on the Columbia men's soccer staff. Valdovinos was hired in April of 2022 after serving as the Director of Player Performance at Manhattanville College during the 2021 season.

While at Manhattanville, Valdovinos oversaw all areas of data and analytics for the men’s soccer program. He monitored, managed and drove the performance of its players, working closely with all staff members to present daily player reports prior to each training session and match. His other duties also included assisting coaching sessions and training activities, contributing to recruitment and the talent identification processes and assisting with player video analysis.

Valdovinos’ experience also branches to the club level as the Director of Player Development at White Plains Youth Soccer Club. There, he worked across various age groups (U10-U18), contributing to the player development process. He was also responsible for the planning, delivery and evaluation of age-appropriate coaching and training sessions, placing emphasis on each player’s technical development. Valdovinos is also a coach and trainer for Warrior Sports Academy in Port Chester. Additionally, he is the founder of his own business, Valdovinos Performance, which aims to work with clients across various sporting disciplines to enhance their athletic performance.

Valdovinos was a two-time NJCAA Academic All-American at Herkimer County Community College in upstate New York. After earning his associate’s degree, he went on to play for Pfeiffer University from 2017-19, earning a Bachelor of Science in health & exercise science in May of 2019. He is currently working toward his US Soccer National Coaching License.


Assistant Coach

Joey Blasetti is in his first year as an assistant coach on the Columbia men's soccer staff. Blasetti was hired in August of 2022 after serving as the assistant and goalkeeper coach at the College of Mount Saint Vincent since January of 2021.

Blasetti helped coach Mount Saint Vincent to the 2021 Skyline Conference Championship. On the way to the title, the Dolphins posted a record of 14-2-2, 9-1-1 Skyline, winning the school’s first conference title in men’s soccer. The Mount defeated No. 1 seed Manhattanville, 2-0, in the championship game, rolling into the NCAA Tournament with nine consecutive wins.

Blasetti brings coaching experience from multiple NCAA levels, the semi-pro ranks, club and high school. He has served as the assistant for the Westchester Flames in USL 2, Iona College, NY Cosmos Academy and Rye Country Day School. At all of those stops, Blasetti specialized with goalkeepers, overseeing tactical and technical development, conducting daily training sessions, breaking down film and teaching the physical and mental skills to succeed.

On the playing circuit, Blasetti was a collegiate goalkeeper for Adelphi University in 2016. He went on to play semi-professionally for FC Bruchsal in Germany. Those experiences took him on to Westchester United in the UPSL and the aforementioned Westchester Flames.

Blasetti holds a Bachelor of Science in recreation education from Lehman College. He currently resides in Yonkers.


Players interested in visiting the Columbia University Morningside Campus can see the Columbia University Visitors Center website for details on campus tours and information sessions.  We recommend that you browse the Visitors Center website in advance of your travels to ensure that you plan your visit accordingly.  You will find answers to many of your questions on the Travel Portal (including hotels, transit & airport information) and the Visitors Center FAQ page.


Due to limited space for ID camp, if you do not request a cancellation, in writing, 2 weeks prior, this camp is non-refundable. However, if you do not request a cancellation in that time frame,  your full payment will be transferable to a future college ID camp. 

NYC Soccer Academy and our Elite Academic & Athletic College ID Camps reserve the right to cancel, postpone or reschedule any camp or clinic because of low enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. In the unfortunate case a camp or clinic is canceled, we will issue a credit for a future ID Camp.

NYC Soccer Academy and our Elite Academic & Athletic College ID Camps cannot be held responsible for any related costs, charges or expenses, including but not limited to; cancellation/change fees assessed by airlines, hotels, car services or travel agencies.

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