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SP ELITE Program Details

The SP ELITE Program is a program for high level players wanting to train in a highly-focused, professional-style, Academy environment. High School players looking for opportunities to continue playing soccer, either professionally, collegiately, or otherwise, will have the opportunity to train with SP Soccer Academy Director Gino Padula and his qualified staff to prepare for the next level. Built upon the highly successful SP Soccer Academy foundation, the ELITE program will incorporate high-level elements of training from his 15-year professional career spanning five countries on three continents. Gino’s vast experience, long career, and his passion for the game of soccer have instilled many philosophies and ethics into his coaching style and he is excited to bring these elements to dedicated players.
The inaugural year of the SP Elite program was a great success. Starting at the beginning of November, the players jumped right in and got to work after their high school seasons ended. With a focus on player development and preparing  the players for the next level of soccer, the team fared well against typically older, more physically mature teams. The players all benefited greatly from our partnership with Next Level Fitness  to increase their strength, speed, and agility throughout the winter. Not only have our players performed well at college showcases and tournaments, but many are gaining attention through the college id camps they have been attending. We are proud of the progress these players have made and the commitment they have shown to Become Better.


The SP ELITE Program has been developed for highly skilled players U15 and up who are looking to continue playing soccer at the next level. In coordination with the high school soccer season, the ELITE Program offers year-round soccer training and development. Players will return to SP immediately following their high school seasons to resume the ELITE Player Development Program.

Program training philosophies are based on Gino’s lifelong experiences playing youth and professional soccer. Through training, players will be prepared physically, mentally, technically, and tactically to compete at collegiate or professional levels.

SP ELITE Program will strive to compete in the highest level tournaments against top competition. Understanding that true Player Development occurs in the training environment, playing top level competition is vital to the growth of the players. SP ELITE Program will travel to compete against the best teams in the best tournaments.

Gino will work with SP ELITE Program players individually to pursue each player’s appropriate path to the next level. Gino’s experiences and network will help to guide players and create opportunities for them to meet their potential as well as personal goals and objectives.


The ELITE Program has been created for players committed to reaching their full potential in soccer. The commitment level expected from these players is 100%. Players will be expected at all trainings and all tournaments. This is a year round commitment, while the players are with their high school teams they are expected to continue to improve and work at the same level as when they are training with SP. We expect players to return to SP ELITE fit and ready to train and compete at the highest level.

The ELITE teams will travel. It is expected that players will travel to every tournament regardless of dates or distances. While SP Elite administration will attempt to make travel expenses as reasonable as possible, there will be travel expenses involved in the program.



Gino earned his National “A” coaching license in 2010, while still playing for the Columbus Crew MLS team. After building SP Soccer Academy to 25 teams in just four years and creating a supportive community for Central Ohio youth to learn and enjoy soccer, Gino looks forward to continue his passion for developing high level players. His knowledge and passion have attracted players looking to prepare for top level tryouts and Gino has successfully placed several players in international tryout opportunities. This is the expertise SP ELITE Program will bring to Central Ohio.



Focused primarily on training, as this is where players will become better, the ELITE program will follow an approximate schedule of:
   Training Tournaments
November/December  2-3/week 2
 January  1-2/week 0
February  2-3/week 1
March-June  3-4/week 4
July-October  High School  


Through our partnership with NEXT LEVEL FITNESS, the Elite teams will have access to professional strength and fitness trainers and professionally run training sessions. The Elite program includes winter training sessions. During the spring and summer players will have the option of additional sessions with the trainers at special group rates. In our first year with Next Level we saw great improvement in the overall strength of the players and the work in the gym was on display on the field.

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