About John Amaral – Camp Director


John Amaral – Camp Director

Coach Amaral, is one of the premier coaches in the country. He has over 40 years of playing and coaching experience at the club, high school, collegiate and professional levels. He has recently been a guest coach Ole Brasil FC one of the premier clubs in Brazil.

Coach Amaral played soccer professionally for 12 years for the Castelobranco-Benefica Soccer Club of Portugal, the New Britain Falcons, Hartford United, Gremio Lusitano of the Connecticut Soccer League, and Lowell United in the L.A.S.A. League of Massachusetts. He has served as a soccer analyst for ESPN, a consultant to Spalding soccer, and coach of the Springfield Sirens women’s professional soccer club.

A Message From The Director

As Director of the Amaral Soccer Academy, it is my goal to ensure that each camper uses their natural instincts and ability to reach their maximum potential. I will personally identify your strengths and weaknesses and put you in a position where you will be able to maximize your abilities on the soccer field. I will help you improve in the technical, tactical, and mental aspects of soccer and I will help you gain confidence so that you have the tools necessary to get to the next level. Throughout the course of the week I will teach you the fundamentals of soccer using “The Natural Soccer Training Method”, a unique approach to learning the game. You will be taught through imitation so you learn to play with fluidity and simplicity. I believe the best players develop when no one is watching, therefore, we will provide you with self-help drills so you will have the tools necessary to continue to learn and develop on your own after camp has ended.

Our soccer curriculum is designed in such a way that technical skills and tactical play build on one another. Through this disciplined step by step “Natural” approach to teaching the game of soccer we guarantee that you will be doing things at the end of the week that you never thought you would be able to do. You will learn in game like conditions with an emphasis on competition so that you will be prepared to use your skills on the field when the game is on the line. You will learn how to play your best, with confidence and poise, when it matters most! You will not only learn the game of soccer, but you will learn life lessons that can be taught through the game of soccer. Our guest speakers, skits, and college recruiting seminar will give you the edge you are looking for to succeed on and off the soccer field. You will be ready for prime time and for the next level as long as you come prepared!


I am coaching a high school team in England and taking my 3rd coaching license. I have to tell you that if I was to analyze my own coaching style and techniques then I would be delighted to say that I put myself across with style and grace that have reflected on me from you!
I have worked with many coaches around the world and have been coached even more and I would like you to know that I have learned the most from yourself. Even in the short amount of time I have spent with you in the last 4 summers, I have taken every single conversation we have had into account and you have definitely shaped me up to be not just the coach I am aspiring to be but also the man I am with the views you have enlightened me with on both Soccer and life.
– Message from Alex Clapham (England) to Coach Amaral