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Our Mission

1st Team Training uses soccer to create safe, fun and competitive environments for children in order to develop age appropriate skills, build confidence and promote values such as teamwork, sportsmanship and perseverance.


We offer weekly classes, summer camps and private training led by licensed, experienced coaches to help athletes fall in love with the game and maximize their full potential on and off the field.

1st Team Training Academy aspires to be a premier training organization that provides impactful coaching experiences and training for every soccer player in the NYC area. Whether a player has the goal of playing competitively in college, or just wants to have fun with friends, we provide an environment where players of all ages and aspirations can reach their goals through soccer. Our strategy is to coach athletes to not only develop essential skills but also adopt necessary attributes needed to become a well rounded athlete. We believe that soccer can be used as the instrument to help children build self-confidence and socialization skills. As we develop our players to become young athletes, we understand that it is equally important that they are good people. Each practice session we focus on 5 core elements that we believe are essential to the game: Technical, Tactical, Physical, Psychological and Personal.

Our team


Christian Smith

Lead Coach

Coach Smith is a passionate coach with an extensive background in the sport. His journey in soccer has been marked by achievements at every level, from being recognized as a High School All-American and earning a coveted spot on the First Team Top 11 in Delaware to representing ODP East overseas.

His collegiate experience as an NCAA Division 1 athlete at St. John's University not only sharpened his skills on the field but helped develop a real dedication to the game. Following College Coach Smith transitioned into the semi-professional ranks, having played for several years.


In the realm of coaching, Coach Smith holds a USSF D License and a US Futsal Level 3 License, which have helped him form a comprehensive coaching philosophy. His coaching journey includes a stint as a Division 2 College Assistant Coach at Goldey Beacom College, where he had the privilege of nurturing young talents and fostering a culture of excellence within the team.


With a deep understanding of the game, a commitment to player development, and a track record of success, Coach Smith is dedicated to helping players reach their full potential and achieve their soccer dreams. Whether you're a beginner, striving to excel at the high school or club level or a professional, Coach Smith is here to guide and support your soccer journey and take your game to the next level. Let's work together to elevate your skills!  

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