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Skills Institute at Arena Sports Issaquah

Skills Institute at Arena Sports is where soccer takes center stage.  Rooted in child development theory, kids have a blast learning and improving technical and tactical soccer skills.  Players will walk away more confident, equipped for their next right step, and ready for life’s challenges on and off the field.  Players enjoy 30 minutes of age-appropriate instruction and 20 minutes of small-sided scrimmaging. Classes meet weekly for 50-minutes.

Arena Sports Locations

Available Year-Round – Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer

Indoor Satellite Locations

Avaiable Fall, Winter & Spring Only

Free Open House – Fall 2019

September 14-15 & 21-22 from 2pm-4pm

Come play with us!  Kids ages 18 months to 12 years will have a blast experiencing Lil’ Kickers and Skills Institute first-hand when they take part in our sample classes run by our talented, high-energy coaches!  You can also check out other soccer activities and learn more about the nation’s largest child development soccer program.

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Try a Class For Free

At Arena Sports, we want to ensure that Skills Institute is the right fit for your child. For first time customers, you can sign up for a 50-minute free trial class to check out the program firsthand!

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With open enrollment, you can register at any time through our convenient online process!

Fall Session: September 3 – December 1

Fall Schedule
Fall Registration

Summer Session: June 10 – August 30

Summer Schedule
Summer Registration
Make-Up a Class

You are able to make up any missed classes within the session in which you are enrolled. When scheduling your make-up class, select your class type, preferred location, and date/time that is available.

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Class Descriptions

Level 1

Focus is on basic fundamentals of player development: dribbling, passing, shooting, trapping and how to use these skills effectively in a game. Level 1 takes players through fundamental skill building, competitive drills and games to develop self-confidence in practice and game situations. Player to coach ratio is 8:1.

Skills Institute Boy Dribbling a Red Soccer Ball

Level 2

By recommendation only. Level 1 grads or those with competitive soccer experience. Focus is on continual development of individual technique, field awareness, and combination play. Level 2 will further develop fundamentals, define positions, develop personal strengths and demonstrate how those strengths can be utilized to enhance team play. Player to coach ratio is 8:1.

Level 3

Skills Camps girl dribbling ball

Skills Institute FAQ’s

Participants should wear comfortable clothes and athletic shoes (no outdoor cleats). Shinguards are recommended for Skills Institute classes. A Skills Institute jersey is given to first-time customers for free, and can thereafter be purchased at a low cost. Outfitting your child in Skills Institute garb is a fun way to make your child feel part of a team.  Kids naturally appreciate looking like older uniformed kids and role models.  

Each of our classes lasts 50 minutes with a water break halfway through.  Between classes, there is a 10-minute break.

We offer four sessions a year (fall, winter, spring, summer) that break down into approximately 10-13 week cycles.

No, classes are 50 minutes and require a parent or guardian to be on-site at all times

Yes! We offer open enrollment so that you can join anytime and have your class fees prorated. This means that you pay only for the remaining class and not the full session fee.

The session needs to be paid in full at the time of registration to reserve your child’s spot. Please note that we offer open enrollment, we do prorate class fees.

You are able to make up any missed classes within the session in which you are enrolled. When scheduling your make-up class, select your class type, preferred location, and date/time that is available. Schedule a make-up class here!

Yes! We offer a sibling discount of $15.00 for each additional child registered as long as the children are registered at the same time.

No, in order to maintain class ratios and consistency within the program, we schedule children for specific times and days. When registering, be sure to first determine which day best suits your schedule. If your schedule changes during the session and you need to switch days, we will try to accommodate your needs to the best of our ability. However, changes cannot be guaranteed and are based on space availability.

To allow for quality instruction, Skills Institute provides a low player-to-coach ratio – 8:1.

Lil’ Kickers is a child development soccer program that teaches basic skills through fun, creative, and energetic games. Skills Institute also encourages age-appropriate child development and focuses on teaching more technical and tactical skills through various fast-paced, challenging and structured drills.

A higher level of specialized technical instruction is provided in Skills Institute classes, and the value of this instruction is priced accordingly.

Skills Institute Soccer Leauge

Skills Institute Soccer Leagues at Arena Sports are a scream. With a focus on development, teamwork and sportsmanship players have a blast improving in ability while playing the game they love.  Weekly games are refereed by Skills Institute Instructors who guide individual and team play and offer coaching tips to help build soccer intelligence. Players can join as a team or as an individual on one of our house teams.  SISL comes complete with a coaching and spectator guide to further enhance the experience and encourage the next generation of soccer enthusiasts.

Register a whole team or as an individual and we’ll find a team for your child. Don’t miss sign-ups!

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Skills Institute Camp

The perfect week-long camp for kids 5-12 who want to up their game.  Each morning coaches guide players in building technical and tactical fundamentals.  This daily practice increases performance by leaps and bounds. By the end of the week, they will come away with improved skills, a better understanding of the game and a nose for the ball.

Campers will receive a Skills Institute backpack and training top!

Ages & Time

Boys & Girls, Ages 5-6, 7-8, 9-12
Half-Day, 9am – 12pm


June 24th – 28th
July 22nd – 26th
August 19th – 23rd


  • Wear athletic clothes, indoor shoes (no cleats), & shinguards are recommended
  • Bring a water bottle
  • Snack is provided
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