Craig Mallace • Camps Director
Craig Mallace is the Director of Camps and Youth Development at Minnesota United FC. Whether playing soccer, coaching or implementing elite training programs, Craig loves the sport and enjoys teaching young players how to bring out their best on the field.
Craig began playing soccer as a child in his native Scotland. In the early-mid-2000s, he played Division 1 soccer at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In 2007, he turned pro, playing center midfield for the Minnesota Thunder. But even during college and playing professionally he always found time to help area soccer clubs. “Ever since I was 18, I have been involved with coaching, running youth clubs and my own camp and training program,” said Craig. “I am one of the luckiest people to say I have a job doing the thing I love most, football.”
Whether you call it football or soccer, Craig’s experience leading youth programs is impressive. Over the last 11 years, Craig held Director of Coaching and Player Development positions for the European Soccer Academy in New Jersey, Craig Mallace Soccer Academy, Cottage Grove United Soccer Club, and the Chisago Lakes Soccer Club. He also served as the varsity head coach of the Hill Murray High School girls’ soccer team from 2010-2013.
All of Craig’s rich history in the game has lead him to his current position leading Minnesota United FC’s camp and youth development program. “Our goal is to offer programs for players of all ages and skill levels, by partnering with clubs and city soccer organizations,” said Craig. The high-level training program involves camps and academies for players, with professional coaches and players bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to the practice field each day.
For Craig, it all comes back to soccer. “Not everyone will play soccer professionally – that’s not what this game is about. It’s about kids of all skill levels, loving the game exactly the same,” said Craig. “Football can bring people together and create lifelong friendships. Football has given me a lot and it is great to be able to share the love and passion of the game with others.”