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Coach Tavani once met the great Pele by being the best juggler in all of Georgia. In 1987, when he was 12 years old, Gregg juggled 987 times and got to meet Pele at Piedmont Park. He has a picture with soccer's greatest player to show for it. Gregg's all-time record is 3,002 consecutive juggles. His little brother, Michael, would know. He counted for him.
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“When my kids come home after running around and being in the hot sun for several hours and DON'T complain. . . that's a good sign. They have learned more in the past two days than they learned in the past two seasons of soccer. Thanks for making this camp both educational and fun. We will be back!”
9am - 12pm. Includes camp t-shirt, leather soccer ball & personal player evaluation. Daily topics include dribbling (Monday), passing (Tuesday), juggling (Wednesday), shooting (Thursday), and tournaments (Wednesday and Friday). Fun and competitive tournaments are a big part of the camp. Ages 6-15. 6 year olds can attend either the full camp or Junior camp.
$170 or $150 for each additional week
9am - 11am. An introduction to soccer for the little ones, the future Messis, Pirlos & Ronaldos of the world. Learn basic soccer skills in a fun camp atmosphere! Includes camp t-shirt and leather soccer ball. Ages 4-6. 6 year olds have the option of attending the Original Camp.
12pm - 1:30pm. Elite sessions immediately follow camp and provide a more challenging environment. Includes video analysis sessions. Ages 8-15, Boys & Girls.
Striker & Keeper Camp
9am - 1:30pm. Want to finish like Christiano Ronaldo? Save shots like Tim Howard? Then our Striker & Goalkeeper Camp is for you. In the Striker Camp, we'll focus on attacking principles of the game such as goal scoring, shooting, crossing, and penetrating passes. In the goalkeeper camp, we'll focus on the technical, tactical, and physical aspects of the game for the goalkeeper position. The two camps will connect with the strikers attacking the goalkeepers in a variety of activities. Includes a performance shirt, entry into the Coppa Tavani Tournament, camp t-shirt, leather soccer ball, personal player evaluation and video analysis. Ages 9-15.
Advanced Tactics Camp
9am - 1:30pm. Advanced, global training led by nationally licensed coaches. Topics include playing out of the back, transition, counter-attack, finishing, combination play and introduction of different styles of play & formations. Includes a performance shirt, entry into the Coppa Tavani Tournament, camp t-shirt, leather soccer ball, personal player evaluation and video analysis. Ages 9-15.
Coppa Tavani Tournament
July 21 (Saturday), 9am - 12pm, Small-sided 3v3 or 4v4 World Cup-style tournament for individuals & teams. It's a yearly small-sided tournament (3v3 or 4v4) that is for all players 7-18. It's World Cup style (lot's of passion and fun) and players can make their own teams or join an existing one. It's $30 per player and parents are encouraged to attend and watch.
$30 per player
A Family Affair
Tavani Soccer was started in 2002 by Georgia Youth Soccer Association Coach of the Year and Atlanta Fire United Academy Director, Gregg Tavani and his family, dad Filiberto, mother Elaine and brother, Michael. Coach Tavani leads the camp as its Camp Director. The staff includes respected college, high school and club coaches as well as college players who lead the morning demonstrations.
Camp Director Gregg Tavani
Gregg Tavani, one of the top youth soccer coaches in Georgia, leads Tavani Soccer as it's camp director. Gregg is a dynamic, motivational coach, who inspires his players to develop their level of passion, skill, and intensity for the most popular sport in the world. Gregg relates to the players with a hands-on coaching style that includes both playing and demonstrating.Gregg is a Georgia Youth Soccer Association Coach of the Year, the Academy Director at Atlanta Fire United Soccer Association, and he holds the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) National 'A' Coaching License, the highest license a coach can attain in the U.S. In the summer of 2005, he earned the USSF National Youth License as well. Overall, Gregg is in his 20th year of coaching at both the club and high school levels. Gregg, a social studies teacher at Duluth High School, also won the Teacher of the Year Award and he holds an M.S. in Education. As a former high school head coach, Tavani led the Duluth H.S. Wildcat Men's Varsity team to three Georgia AAAAA Final Four appearances including advancing to the school's first ever State Championship game in 2003. Gregg's Duluth team finished 2003 as the #2 team in Georgia and the #18 team in the nation, their highest ranking ever at the time. His 2002 team was ranked #3 in Georgia and Top 50 nationally. In 2004, the team was ranked as high as #2 in the U.S. Duluth's nine-year overall record under Coach Tavani stands at 105-55-7. Gregg's overall high school coaching record includes 121 wins. Prior to Duluth, Gregg spent three years as Head Men's Varsity Coach at Redan High School in Stone Mountain, GA , where he guided the team to the state playoffs in 2001 for the first time in five years. Gregg has also served as a Georgia Olympic Development Program (ODP) Assistant Coach and tryout evaluator. Gregg annually produces top youth & high school players who go on to earn college scholarships while also developing several players who have become All-County and All-State. Many of his former players who serve as coaches at the camp are currently playing college soccer, including back-to-back Gwinnett County Players of the Year, and an NSCAA High School Boys All-American. Prior to his coaching career, Gregg was a four-year letterman at Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL, where he was part of teams that were nationally ranked in the NAIA in 1995 and 1996, and Florida Sun Conference Champions in 1994 and 1996. He graduated from Flagler College in 1998 with a BA in Education. Gregg grew up in the Atlanta area, and was an All-State player at Dunwoody High School in 1994. He currently resides in John's Creek with his wife, Tracy and children, Emily and Brian.
Assistant Camp Director
Vince Hayes has been with Tavani Soccer since the first year in 2003. He is the Women’s Varsity Soccer head coach at Mill Creek High School and the Assistant Academy Director at Atlanta Fire United, and he has been a Georgia ODP staff coach. Coach Hayes holds a USSF National 'B' license.
Assistant Camp Director
A former college player, Dane holds a USSF National 'D' license license and has been working with Gregg and coaching AFUSA boys and girls teams for 9 years.
Filiberto does the second most important job at Tavani Soccer, all the "off-the-field" stuff that makes the camp run smooth year after year. He was born in soccer-obsessed Milano, Italy and passed down his love of soccer to Gregg as his first coach.
Gregg's mom does the most important job at Tavani Soccer Camp, pass out the icees! And make sure every camper has water! And that all parents are enjoying watching their kids play the beautiful game! Elaine's been to more soccer games over her 40+ years a soccer mom than maybe any mom in the world.
Frequently Asked Questions
What do campers receive?
All campers receive a leather hand-stitched soccer ball, camp t-shirt, and personal evaluation. Each written evaluation is a valuable tool for your child's development as it is written personally by your child's coach for the week.
How do you divide campers into groups?
Combination of age and skill. Usually the ratio of camper to coach ratio is 8:1, which is one of the best ratios in Atlanta and provides each camper with a personal experience.
What's the best time to watch my child play at camp?
Parents are welcome to attend all sessions but the last hour of camp is the best to watch. We end every camp day with various games and tournaments, including a big tournament on Wednesday and Friday. We also have a brief awards ceremony on Friday at the end of camp that parents are encouraged to attend.
What if it rains?
All sessions will be held rain or shine, Tavani Soccer does not cancel camps due to inclement weather. Campers will be moved for safety and camp will be resumed when appropriate. In the event of thunder, lightning or other serious weather conditions, campers will be moved indoors for safety and camp will be resumed when appropriate. Tavani Soccer Rain Policy: If we have to cancel one or more days for extreme inclement weather, Tavani Soccer Camp lost time will be made up by extending the hours of the regular camps for that week or on Saturday. In case that's not possible, we will offer a voucher for days lost that can be used for future Tavani Soccer Camps.
Can I drop my son/daughter off earlier than 9 am?
Absolutely. The coaching staff will be on the field around 8:30 AM every morning and we would love to have your kid join us "knocking the ball around".
Do you have a goalkeeper coach?
Yes, we have an experienced goalkeeper coach on staff who solely concentrates on goalie training.