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Gordon Hill is well known to soccer fans as ‘Merlin’ because of his jaw-dropping goal-scoring abilities. He cast a spell on fans at Old Trafford scoring 39 goals in 101 appearances for Manchester United between 1975 and 1978. He also represented England’s senior national team six times, playing for the Three Lions at every level including amateur, youth and U-23. Hill played for a total of 14 clubs during his 18-year professional career that also included his days in the old North American Soccer League with the Chicago Sting and the Montreal Manic where he was one of the league’s premier strikers. After his playing days, Hill coached at the professional level with England’s Chester City in 2001 and also with the Nova Scotia Clippers of the Canadian Soccer League. He currently operates The Gordon Hill International Football Academy and is involved in clinics and camps across the United States. Hill recently chronicled an incredible career in his self-titled book Merlin but remains a humble student of the game. “I’m not a legend, I did what I did, I played the game the way I thought it should be played and loved it,” Hill said. “I’m now looking to the next generations and want to give them the skills and equipment to succeed.”



The Center of Excellence program is designed for players who aspire to play soccer and want to take their personal development to the next level. With small group size and all sessions led personally by Gordon Hill, former Manchester United and England player who holds the prestigious UEFA "A" coaching license, the focus will be on the 3 basic elements--Control, Pass and Move--and will consist of one intense fast-paced 1 1/2 hour training session per week.



Location: Central Park #2 (closest to playground) 1907 NE Park Dr, Issaquah 98029

Days:  January 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st,  February 7th & 14th


     Birth year 2017 - 2015 (U7-U9): 4pm-5:25pm

     Birth year 2014-2011 (U10-U13): 5:30pm-6:55pm


Cost: $250


Issaquah FC Spring Academy Individual Development Program is designed for soccer players of all levels. It will prepare the player trying out for Select or Premier Soccer by focusing on skills that will be important in the upcoming tryouts and on improving individual skills. The camp will provide Recreational players the opportunity to polish and renew skills so they are ready for fall soccer. 


Clinics will begin Wednesday, Feb 28th and run for 5 weeks (Wednesday's and Saturday's) completing the Academy on Wednesday, April 3rd (before Spring Break).

Academy Details:


AGE GROUPS & TIMES (subject to change);

  • U6/U7/U8 (2018-2016): Wednesday 4-5:30pm & Saturday 9-10:30am.

  • U9 - U12 (2015-2012): Wednesday 5:30-7pm & Saturday 10:30am-12pm.

  • U13 - U16 (2011-2008): Wednesday 7-8:30pm & Saturday 12-1:30pm.





  • $195/player for U6-U8 (2018-2016)

  • $195/player for U9-U12 (2015-2012)

  • $195/player for U13-U16 (2011-2008)


Please refer to our Age chart for age level based on birth year.

For any questions, please contract Jenny at:

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