Soave to hold soccer clinic at BC PDF Print
Friday, 24 April 2009

It is becoming more and more evident that Benedictine College got a lot more than just an executive director of its newly-founded business school when Antonio Soave was hired in October of last year.

While Soave has brought numerous educational and networking opportunities to the BC School of Business (see the International Business Advisory Council, Global Financial Summit and the Journal of International Business) his latest venture delves into two of his loves that fall somewhat outside of the financial realm: soccer and spirituality.

From July 12-17 and July 19-24, male and female soccer players ages 8 to 17 will participate in Soave’s “Catholic Soccer Camps.” Soave brought the clinic with him from Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he was the head men’s soccer coach. The inaugural camps were held last July.

“The objective of Catholic Soccer Camps was to somehow integrate faith at a very high level while teaching soccer at a very high level,” said the former coach and manager of the United States Interregional Soccer League’s Detroit Wheels. “I really wanted to provide youth soccer players with positive role models and let them know that it’s OK to be a great athlete and be very serious about your faith.”

Working alongside Soave at this year’s camps will be two Italian amateur soccer instructors. Massimo Carli, from Verona, is the head coach of Castelnuovo in the Italian Serie D, the top level of amateur soccer in Italy.

Joining Carli is former Serie D player Luigi Dusatti. Dusatti coaches youth program Trento Calcio and formerly coached Rovereto in Serie D and worked at junior camps for AC Milan of the Italian Serie A, the highest-rated league overall in the country.

Both Carli and Dusatti work as pro scouts for Verona Calcio and Soccer Management International, a FIFA-sanctioned sports agency in the Veneto Region. Two junior professional players from Chievo Verona in the Serie A are expected to work Catholic Soccer Camps as well.

According to Soave, Carli and Dusatti plan to share their own Catholic faith with those they instruct. Catholicism is an integral aspect of Catholic Soccer Camps.

“The objective is to grow in our faith while growing in our skill level,” Soave said.

Soave said prayer is the key element in achieving the former goal.

“The other primary element is that we don’t want to stop the action, we don’t want to stop the training session for that long so we’ll do short intervals of prayer during practice,” he said. “It helps keep us focused. And I also think it provides motivation to players and the coaches.”

Mass and praise-and-worship featuring Catholic singer-songwriter Bob Rice will be incorporated as well.

According to an April 16 press release, the camp will be operated under the collaboration of the college, Catholic Athletes for Christ, Varsity Catholic (a division of FOCUS), the Verona Calcio program in Italy and the World Youth Soccer Academy, where Soave directed camps from 1999 to 2003.

In addition to his involvement with the WYSA, the Wheels and Franciscan, Soave’s soccer background includes high-school All-America honors and a NCAA Div. I scholarship offer. He played for the Detroit Express in the old North American Soccer League and later went on to train with Lazio in the Italian Serie A.

Soave hopes his soccer connections and Catholic zeal will help Catholic Soccer Camps’ participants spread their faith.

“Catholics can make great evangelists, and athletes can make some great Catholics,” he said. “They’re used to persevering. Sports is all about perseverance-getting knocked down and getting back up. It’s the same with faith. So if an athlete is given the proper catechetical training, an athlete can actually become one of your more faithful and devout Catholics.”

Sign-up information can be found by calling 913-360-7302 or e-mailing Soave at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it The camps also have a website:

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