PSC is delighted to announce that one of our five Professional Soccer Combines this winter will be held in Washington, D.C. on November 20, 21 and 22, 2016. The professional soccer trial/tryout is aimed at players who wish to be selected for:
- Signing or trialling 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 Programme.
Long Bridge Park (Turf Fields)
475 Long Bridge Dr
Arlington, VA 22202
2016 Combine Success Stories
PSC Soccer Academy is the most successful North American-based soccer combine company for placing players in Europe, America and Asia. Since our inception, we have announced over 200 success stories, including over 60 success stories since January 2016 in the men’s and women’s game. Clubs we have placed players with this year include: RoPS FC (Finnish Premier League), Samut Sakhon (Thailand), Cork City, Waterford United, Drogheda United, Shamrock Rovers, Sligo Rovers, Finn Harps (Irish Premier League), Orebro Syrianska, Karlslunds IF, Bodens BK (Swedish Second Division), AC Kajaani (Finnish Second Division), Wilmington Hammerheads, Tulsa Roughnecks, Charleston Battery (USL Pro), Jacksonville Armada (NASL) and many more…Here is a small sample of our most recent success stories:
- 2014 World Cup Goalkeeper Sammy N’Djock signs with Minnesota United (NASL) Press Release
- Stevie Manios trials with Brentford FC (English Championship) Press Release
- Ben Everson signs with Samut Sakhon (Thailand) Press Release
- Logan Miller signs with Wilmington Hammerheads (USL Pro) Press Release
- Devin Morgan signs with Tulsa Roughnecks (USL Pro) Press Release
- Tyler Back signs with RoPS (Finnish Premier League) Press Release
- Chris Suta signs with AC Kajaani (Finnish Second Division) Press Release
Registration and Cost
PSC’s Pro Soccer Combine costs $320. This price covers entrance to the Combine, the opportunity to play in front of the attending coaches, and access to video footage from the Combine. Spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Our Combines almost always sell out up to three weeks before the event’s opening day. Players are responsible for both their own transport to the Combine’s location and accommodation. A discounted hotel package is detailed further below.
Scouts and Coaches Confirmed
PSC Company Directors hand-pick attending Combine scouts and coaches for PSC events, bringing together a group of experienced individuals who can offer their wealth of elite knowledge and expertise to players present at Combines – potentially leading to trial and contract opportunities. Coaches we have confirmed so far are as follows, more will be announced in the coming weeks.
Jacksonville Armada: USA, NASL
Jacksonville Armada of the NASL are attending our winter Combines, and have signed two players from PSC in the past 12 months. The Armada have trialled and signed a number of players after attending PSC’s Combines; standout signings include Shawn Nicklaw, 16-year-old Chaim Roserie and 17-year-old Uday Arora. They play their home games at the ‘Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville’ which has a capacity of 11,000.
IFK Kumla: Sweden, Division Two
Ted Waltersson-Larsson, Head Coach of Swedish Division Two club IFK Kumla, will be attending PSC’s Pro Soccer Combines for the second time this winter. At 29 years of age, Ted is a promising young coach and recently earned a UEFA Certificate in Football Management from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. Kumla, with recommendation from Ted, will be looking to recruit players from PSC’s tryout events for their 2017/18 campaign.
Tulsa Roughnecks: USA, USL Pro
Tulsa Roughnecks are led by USL Hall of Famer David Irving, who knows PSC Combines well having signed over 20 players from PSC events during the last three years. The Roughnecks roster currently boasts nine players signed from PSC events – including Brady Ballew, Iarfhlaith Davoren, Gus Villalobos, and Devin Morgan.
FC Linköping City: Sweden, Division Two
FC Linköping City will be attending PSC’s Combines this winter looking to strengthen their side for the 2016/17 season. The Swedish outfit, who play their home games in a state-of-the-art 8,500-capacity stadium, recently secured the signing of 2016 Fort Lauderdale Combine attendee and PSC Elite Tour player Shane McInerney. Depending on results in the two final games of their current campaign, Linköping could secure promotion to the Swedish First Division.
Cork City FC: Ireland, Premier Division
Cork City will be attending PSC’s Combines this winter for the second time, having attended last year’s Salinas tryout events. The club currently compete in the League of Ireland Premier Division and narrowly missed out on qualification for this season’s UEFA Europa League tournament. City, who play their home games within a 7,400 all-seater stadium, will be recruiting for their 2017 campaign during PSC’s upcoming winter Combines.
Declan Roche: Ireland Recruitment, European College Placement Director
Declan is a former professional player and spent six years with Scottish Premier League giants Celtic FC between 1985-91 as well as plying his trade in the Irish Premier League. He is a UEFA A License Head Coach at Dublin University and has many close contacts within Irish professional football. Declan won three Irish Premier League titles and a number of domestic trophies during his playing career. He has assisted PSC in a number of signings and trials in Ireland including Wilfried Tagbo and Ata Ozbay to Finn Harps, Zac Lubin to Cork City, Aaron Horton’s trial with Bray Wanderers and Shane McInerney’s contract offer from Cork City.
PSC Agency Staff: Worldwide Recruitment
Since 2002 PSC have forged a respectable reputation in the professional game – working with players, coaches and teams from Europe’s top leagues including the English Premier League and American leagues such as the MLS, NASL and USL Pro. This long-standing reputation within the professional game has led to a number of former Combine participants both signing and trialling with clubs around the world, who trust the recommendations of PSC Agency staff.
Professional clubs trust our recommendations, and after an event our Agency staff will look to recommend players that have proven they are capable of playing professionally. The following list highlights players who attended a PSC Combine or Tour and received no interest from attending coaches, but trialled or signed with a non-attending club following a recommendation from PSC Agency staff. This recommendation can come days, weeks or months after the conclusion of an event. Please see list below:
- – Brett Croft (2015 San Diego Combine) SIGNED with Swedish Division Three side Melleruds IF in 2015;
- – Jason Sangha (2015 Ft Lauderdale Combine) SIGNED with Swedish Division Two side Gallivare Malmbergets FF in 2015;
- – Dominic Adams (2013 Jacksonville Combine) SIGNED with Icelandic Premier League side IBV in 2014;
- – Andy Lorei (2013 Malaysia Showcase Tour) SIGNED with Swedish Division Two side Bodens BK in 2013;
- – Zac Lubin (2013 California Combine) SIGNED with Swedish Division Two side IFK Luleå in 2014;
- – Jonathan Glenn (2013 Jacksonville Combine) SIGNED with Icelandic Premier League side IBV in 2014.
PSC Professional Showcase Tours
Players who perform well but are not selected to sign with professional clubs will be invited on a PSC Professional Showcase Tour. On our tours, players have the chance to showcase their skills against professional opposition in the presence of professional coaches and earn a contract or an Agency recommendation. The following players proved during Showcase Tours that they were capable of playing with and against professional teams:
- Taylor Morgan: Showcase Tour – signed with Ostersund FK (Swedish Superatten)
- Henry Booth: U23 Showcase Tour – training stint with Wolverhampton Wanderers FC (English League One)
- Wilfried Tagbo: Development Tour – signed with Finn Harps (Ireland Airtricity League Division One)
- Lewis Ellis: Showcase Tour – signed with Bodens BK (Sweden Second Division)
- Shawn Nicklaw: Showcase Tour – signed with HB Koge (Danish Premier League)
- Chuck Chijindu: Showcase Tour – signed with Thor Akuyeri (Icelandic Premier League)
- Arron Patrick: Showcase Tour – signed with Wilmington Hammerheads (USL Pro)
2013 Showcase Player Arron Patrick discusses how the tour resulted in him signing his first ever professional contract
PSC is offering a discounted hotel package for Combine players to take advantage of as follows:
Check in: November 19, 2016.
Check out: November 22, 2016.
Cost: $210 per person.
Room: Shared with another Combine player.
Included: Breakfast, internet.
Hampton Inn & Suites Reagan National Airport, Crystal City Shops, 2000 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Arlington, VA 22202.
Washington National Airport (DCA) – 1 mile, Washington Dulles (IAD) – 25 miles, Baltimore/Washington International (BWI) – 40 miles.
*Hotel is located 1.5 miles from Combine field.
* There is a free shuttle from the airport to the hotel.
*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 20 hotel spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
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. uberX is now 30% cheaper than a taxi and will take all of the stress out of travelling during the Combine at the lowest possible price. Download the app today and use promo code ‘uberPSCSOCCER’ to redeem your free $15 ride.
Following the Combine we will e-mail all players within five days. If you have been selected to trial or sign with a professional club, or selected for a Showcase Tour you will be notified in the aforementioned e-mail.