June 22,23,24th 2018
11v11 games all three days, maximum one field per event
Richmond, VA June 22-23-24
$225.00 – $574.00
The professional soccer trial/tryout is aimed at players who wish to be selected for:
- Signing or trialing with professional European and American teams in attendance.
- PSC Agency recommendation to clubs across Europe, America and Asia.
- Upcoming PSC Professional Showcase Tours and Residential Program.
Attending Coaches and Scouts:
IFK Norrkoping: Sweden, Premier League
IFK Norrkoping is a top tier Swedish professional football club based in Norrköping which is 1 hour south of the Capital city, Stockholm. The club plays their home games at Östgötaporten. Formed on 29 May 1897, they have won thirteen national championship titles and six national cup titles.The club currently plays in the Allsvenskan, where the season lasts from April to October. They first won Allsvenskan in 1943 and were most successful during the 1940s, when they won five Swedish championships and two Svenska Cupen titles. IFK Norrköping won the 2015 Allsvenskan, their first win since 1989, which also gave them a spot in the second qualification round of 2016–17 UEFA Champions League. They will be scouting at all PSC’s combines this June to view potential talent.
Richmond Kickers: USA, USL
Richmond Kickers Soccer club Head Coach Leigh Cowlishaw will be attending PSC combines this Winter ahead fo the 2018 USL Season. Coach Cowlishaw is a two-time USL2 Coach of the Year nominee and helped guide the organization to four USL Organization of the Year awards (1995, 2000, 2006 and 2007). Over the last few years, the club has played a number of PSC tour teams such as Swansea City of the English Premier League during the 2017 campaign.
FK Tukum: Latvia, Division 1
FK Tuku is a Division One side in Latvia who have provided PSC with a mandate to scout and recruit on their behalf from our winter events. The club have trialed 6 PSC players from PSC in the last 3 months and are hoping to bring in more talent during the summer window from PSC’s recommendations.
FK Jurnieks: Latvia, Division 2
FK Jurnieks is a newly formed club playing in the desirable capital city of Latvia, Riga. The club will be scouting from all our events this summer and is based in a prime location with access and exposure to many clubs at the higher levels in Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia. Jurnieks offers players the chance to compete in Division 2 football in Latvia and provides many PSC players with a full-time professional environment to develop and expose themselves to a higher level. In the last 12 months, it has seen 10 PSC players sign with the club and is an excellent first step for an aspiring player looking to break into European soccer. The club does not have a limit on foreign players and is a realistic pathway into the system. 2018 players that have signed from PSC Include; Carl Rodriguez, Kevin Sanchez, Jefferson, Oscar Aragon, Justin Jennings and Oscar Velasquez.
Bodens BK: Sweden Divison 2
Bodens BK will be looking for potential players at all PSC summer combine and sending representatives to each combine location. They play home games at their soccer-specific stadium that holds over 5000 fans. Over the last 5 years, Bodens BK has signed and trialed over 16 PSC players and have established a long-term co-operation with PSC. Many successful combine and tour players have benefited from this relationship such as Matt Sanner (Princeton), Eddy Prugh (Marshall University) who scored 21 goals for the club and earned a move to Colorado Switchbacks in the USL and Andy Lorei (Rochester Rhinos) who scored 15 goals for the club and earned a move to the Tulsa Roughnecks of the USL. Recent 2018 players that have signed with the club from PSC includes, Willie Clemons, John Quintanilla.
Martin O’Connor – PSC UK Team & Bristol City Scout (England Championship)
Martin is a former English Premier League player who played and captained English teams including Birmingham City, Crystal Palace, and Walsall FC, among others. He is currently a scout for English Championship club Bristol City, and represented the Cayman Islands at international level, before becoming Assistant Head Coach at Walsall FC from 2009 2011. While playing for Birmingham City, Martin captained the side that reached the League Cup final against Liverpool FC in 2001 – a contest that they narrowly lost following a penalty shootout. He has been involved with PSC for a number of years offering expert coaching and guidance to players and assisting with the placement of players into England. He also currently runs the Martin O’Connor Soccer Academy in the United Kingdom which provides players aged 16-19 with full-time football and education.
Patrick Walker: PSC Scandinavian Recruitment Director (Sweden, All Divisions)
Patrick Walker has been a Head Coach in the Premier League in Sweden and Norway for the last 30 years and has an extensive network throughout Scandinavia. He is currently the director of PSCs program in Sweden and has been responsible for the majority of PSCs success stories in Scandinavia, placing players from the United States into clubs from the Premier League to the 3rd Division in Sweden and Finland. Patrick also runs PSCs Residential program which has seen 9 players move onto professional contracts in the last 2 years and is chairman for Division 3 side, Scandinavia Football Club based in Orebro, Sweden. The club offers a route for players looking to get into full time football in Europe and offers excellent competition and exposure to players form North American who need a pathway into the game overseas.
David Irving: Fresno FC: USA, USL
The former Everton striker is attending PSC Combines on behalf of Fresno FC in the USL. Irving, who is in the USL Hall of Fame, has a real eye for talent and knows what it takes to be in the league after being involved in the USL as a Head Coach since 1996. He has a reputation of picking players out of obscurity and putting them on the path to bigger things such as Glenn Murray who now plays in the EPL with Brighton and Hove Albion (read story here), and Luke Mulholland, who was scouted at a combine and risen all the way to the MLS (read story here).
PSC Agency Staff: Worldwide Recruitment
Over the last 4 years PSC Agency staff have facilitated over 300 players receiving contract or trial offers in Europe, America, and Asia. Our staff keeps contact with any club who attends a PSC combine throughout the years, plus many more, and we are constantly reaching out to these clubs to find out their player needs. Our first success story of 2018 was Dante Leverock, who signed with a club who did not attend any combines, and signed the central defender based on PSC’s recommendation. If you are a strong enough player, we will look to place you within any of the clubs within our network.
Plus more to be confirmed shortly
What the Coaches have to say
What PSC are doing here in Orebro, Sweden is great. It’s a chance for American players to be seen by great coaches and scouts. As a coach its always fun to come out and see new players, even more to see players from a new country and different culture”
Axel Kjell, Orebro SK Coach (Swedish Allsvenskan)
I have had a great relationship with Tom Taylor PSC for 5 years now. At combines I get to work with players directly and learn their character which is important. I also trust PSC’s judgement of players even if I have not seen the play directly as they have a great reputation in the professional game
Christian Samuelsson, BK Boden Sporting Director (Sweden)
I’ve been working with PSC since they began in 2010 and these events are great for players and for coaches. I get to see a large number of players all at one time playing in a high level, professional environment that PSC create for the players.
Dave Irving, USL Hall of Famer, Tulsa Roughnecks (USL Pro)
What the players have to say
“PSC helped me showcase my skills for five weeks in Europe, and earning a trial with a club in the Championship is something I never thought was possible for me. I feel ready, especially after training hard every day with PSC’s professional coaches for the last five weeks.
Stevie Manios (CSU Northridge) trialed with Brentford FC (England)
“The Showcase tour was a great experience! I discovered that coaching staff of Danish Super League side HB Koge were watching. Talks between Mark Taylor (PSC CEO and Agent) and HB Koge progressed over the coming weeks and I ended up signing a two year contract!”
Shawn Nicklaw (UConn), signed with HB Koge (Denmark)
“The coaches and staff were exceptional in creating a comfortable, non-stressful environment where the players could be free to play. Since then, there’s been a lot of consistent communication and it has made this process easy to follow. I really appreciate everything that PSC and Simon Deeley (PSC Director) has done for me.”
Tori Ornela (CSU Bakersfield) signed with Haukar FC (Women’s Icelandic Premier League)
“It was surreal as I had to phone my parents and explain that I wouldn’t be back for three months. I had never done anything like this but I am glad I did it with PSC and please trust me, it’s worth it. It’s an amazing opportunity and I am very thankful to PSC, Tom and Simon (PSC Directors) for making it happen.”
Gary Cennerazzo, signed with Melleruds IF (Sweden), Tulsa Roughnecks (USL Pro) and FK Varnsdorf (Czech Republic)
“Your past accomplishments don’t really matter during the tryouts; I feel that if you play well over the three days, you’ll get a chance. There are so many coaches at the combines, and even if they don’t offer you an opportunity, the guys from PSC will work hard to help you organise a tryout, which is what happened in my case”
Steffen Kraus (George Mason University) signed with Karlslunds IF (Sweden)
PSC is offering a discounted hotel package for Combine players to take advantage of as follows:
Check in: June 21st 2018
Check out: June 24th 2018
Cost: $225 per person.
Room: Shared with another Combine player
Included: Wifi, Free Breakfast, Free Parking
Hotel Address: Best Western Plus Richmond Airport Hotel, 5300 Airport Square Ln, Sandston, VA 23150
Nearest Airport(s): Richmond International Airport (RIC) – 1.9 Miles
*Hotel is located 20 miles from Combine field.
*This is a shared hotel room with another Combine player. If you wish to have a single room or share with a family member you will need to cover the additional costs.
*Only 16 hotel spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
If you are unable to attend due to injury, emergency, or any other reason, we will be able to offer you a 12 month credit for any of our future combines. Credits are only valid for 12 months.
Within 5 days of the event finishing we will contact all players via email to inform you if you have been offered a contract or a trial with one of the professional clubs in attendance, been recommended to a club within our network, or been selected for one of our further programs.
Players are responsible for their own transport to and from the airport and fields. PSC has partnered with Uber to offer our Combine participants the cheapest transportation available. All first-time users of the app will receive $15 towards their first ride to reduce costs. Download the app today and use promo code ‘uberPSCSOCCER’ to redeem your free $15 ride.