Nike Aztec Soccer Academy San Diego State University

Nike Aztec Soccer Academy San Diego State University
Nike Aztec Soccer Academy San Diego State University

Join Head Coach Lev Kirshner and his outstanding staff to increase your soccer knowledge and talents in “AMERICA’S FINEST CITY.”

"The A.Z.T.E.C.S. Way". The Residential and Commuter camps are designed to indoctrinate each camper with the training and philosophies of the Aztec Soccer program. Sessions are taken directly from Aztec practice regimens incorporating technical and tactical, competitive exercises to fully develop each player’s potential.  The primary goal of our Youth Camp is to increase the camper’s love for soccer while increasing the individual’s skill and knowledge of the game.  This will be accomplished using fun exercises that are both challenging and competitive.

Colleges represented at past camps:

Cal Baptist, CSU-Northridge, CSU-San Marcos, LMU, Pacific, Point Loma Nazarene, UCSD, San Diego Christian, USD, and USF.

Highlights Include

  • Resident and Commuter Camp, ages 13 and older
  • Full and Half Day Camps, ages 6-12
  • Players grouped and taught based on age and ability
  • Team play, skill development, games and tournaments
  • Specialized goalkeeping training

Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Lev Kirshner
Camp Director

Lev Kirshner

SDSU Men's Head Coach Entering his 14th season at the helm of the SDSU men's soccer program, Lev Kirshner has brought the Aztecs back into the national spotlight.

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A season ago, Kirshner guided San Diego State to back-to-back 10-win seasons for the first time since 1991 and 1992. The Aztecs finished with an overall record of 10-6-3 after compiling a 10-7-3 record in 2010.  The Aztecs found themselves in the national polls five consecutive weeks in 2011 and were ranked as high as No. 18 in the Soccer America Poll.

Additionally, the fall 2011 was the sixth year out of the prior seven seasons, where the Aztecs broke into the top 25 national rankings, received a All Far West Region selection, as well as had at least one individual selected in the MLS draft.

As a player at Rutgers University, Kirshner was a member of the 1987 NCAA quarterfinal team, the 1989 NCAA semifinal squad that lost to eventual co-champion, University of Virginia, and the national finalist that lost in penalty kicks to eventual winner, UCLA, in the 1990 championship match.

Following his collegiate career, Kirshner represented the United States in 1993, winning a bronze medal for the U.S. national Maccabiah team. In 1997, he returned to Israel as captain of the U.S. team, and led the only squad to defeat eventual gold-medalist Brazil.  In 2005, Kirshner was selected as the head coach and led the United States national Maccabiah team to a silver medal finish and the tournaments Fair Play award.  Kirshner is tied with two others for most soccer medals won in the Maccabiah; the world’s third largest sporting competition.

Kirshner has valuable experience working with all levels of soccer having had stints with the State and Region IV Olympic Development Programs (ODP).  Kirshner served as the interim head coach of the national runner-up Western Region team during the 2001 U.S. Regional Championship and was also as the assistant coach during that team's undefeated April 2002 Australia tour.

At the club level, Kirshner has coached many championship teams and age groups ranging from u-11 to u-19 boys and girls.  His work inside the San Diego County soccer community garnered the recognition of being named one of the 15 most influential people in San Diego soccer.

Kirshner possesses a USSF A-License and has received the NSCAA Premiere Badge with distinguished honors; the highest accolade provided by that organization.

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Matt Hall

Matt Hall

SDSU Mens' Soccer Associate Head Coach Coach Hall is known nationally for producing some of the top goalkeepers in Division I men's soccer. Over his 13 years nearly...

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SDSU Mens' Soccer Associate Head Coach

Coach Hall is known nationally for producing some of the top goalkeepers in Division I men's soccer. Over his 13 years nearly every goalie has earned postseason honors, including Tally Hall, who was a two-time All-American, 2006 M.A.C. Hermann Trophy semifinalist, 2011 MLS all-star and Houston Dynamo's starting keeper in the last two MLS Cups.In addition to tutoring SDSU's goalkeepers, Hall ensures the program runs smoothly as he is the team's lead recruiter, travel and camp coordinator, and training session planner.

On the recruiting front, Hall is responsible for San Diego State's nationally recognized recruiting classes. From 2005-07, Hall inked three top-40 incoming groups, and duplicated his effort the last four seasons, including last year's top-30 class.  For those who have followed San Diego State since the mid-1990s, Hall should be a familiar face as he was an Aztec goalkeeper from 1996-98. Hall is currently ranked third all-time in career saves with 213 behind pupils Brian Barnes (282; 1999-2002) and Tally Hall (256; 2003-06).

Hall, who holds a U.S.S.F. National "A" license, also had a solid professional career, starting for the San Diego Flash, which reached the quarterfinals of the A-League championship in 2001.

Camp Details

“THE A.Z.T.E.C.S. WAY”  

Our Team Philosophy is the foundation that shapes the culture of our squad and program as a whole.  This philosophy is necessary to form the proper characteristics for our soccer ambitions; the Pac-12 and NCAA National Championships. 

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Concentrating on the minute details of a task (all tasks) will eliminate careless mistakes and creates an efficient, organized individual that will, ultimately, separate oneself from the masses.  Focus on the details of any undertaking and watch yourself flourish as others wade in mediocrity.


“Live life to its fullest because it’s the only one you have.”  This type of attitude instills a passion for survival and personal bliss.  Recognize how your energy and happiness creates a magnetism that people are drawn towards.


Place your ego aside for the good of our squad and Aztec Soccer.  No one is bigger than the program and the quicker this is realized the sooner we will become champions…TOGETHER!


When maximum effort becomes habit, there is no other result, but success.  Concurrently, when diligence compels you to complete arduous and tedious tasks, greatness will be at every turn.  Only you know when you are maximizing your effort, so be honest with yourself and give it your all.


Understand that commitment is a huge undertaking that necessitates sacrifice and perseverance.
It is not just about finishing, it is about doing the right things throughout the journey.  When a person embraces their obligation to fulfill a commitment(s) correctly, that individual will discover great gratification in every challenge they complete.


Once the above characteristics are actualized, success is certain.  Although success is relative to each individual, it cannot be disputed that when our A.Z.T.E.C. creed is followed, you will be a successful, proud member of our Aztec Soccer Family.


Residential and commuter camps are designed to introduce campers to the training and philosophies of the Aztec soccer program. Sessions are taken directly from San Diego State practice regimens and incorporate technical, tactical and competitive exercises.  Camp is available to campers ages 14 and over.

Registration Packet:  A detailed camper registration packet containing check in location, health/release forms, emergency contact info, and a list of things to bring will be emailed to all registered campers in the Spring. Our health and release forms do not require a doctor's signature and they will be collected on the first day of camp.

24-hour supervision is an important feature of every NIKE Soccer Camp. Staff members reside in campers’ quarters and participate in all activities.

Check-in: Thursday, July 10th between 1:30 ‐3:30pm at the University Towers Dorm.  Address is 5505 Montezuma Road, San Diego, CA 92115.  Orientation begins at 3:45pm.  First Session begins at 4:30pm.
Check-out: Camp ends on Sunday, July 13th at 11:30 p.m. from University Towers Dorm.  Commuter campers will be released between 11:30am-12:00pm from the field.

Travel:  Nike Soccer Camps does not provide any transportation to/from camp from airport, train stations or bus depots.  

Parking:  Please park in Lot “T” or “U”near Chappy. As I’m sure you’re aware, our parking officers are very good at their job so I’d be sure to have the parents park in the correct areas and use the yellow parking pay stations so that they avoid any possible tickets.

Spending Money:  We recommend extra spending money ($50) for optional pizza at night after the evening training session.  An assigned coaching staff member helps order the pizza for the campers.  No other food is ordered.  There are multiple vending and soft drink machines in the dorm complex for additional snacks if needed.

Trainer:  ATC are on staff.


As for the youth camp (both full and half day), the primary goal is to increase the campers love for the game while enhancing the individual's skill and knowledge of soccer. This will be accomplished by using fun exercises that are both challenging and competitive.  Open to players 7-13. 

Typical Youth Camp Schedule

  • 8:45-9:15        Registration on the first day of camp
  • 9:30-10:30     Technical Training Session
  • 10:30-11:00    Water and Snack
  • 11:00-11:50   Training Session
  • 12:00-1:00      Lunch (included in cost)
  • 1:00-2:30        Small Sided Games
  • 2:30-3:00        Dismissal

Registration Packet:  A detailed camper registration packet containing check in location, health/release forms, emergency contact info, and a list of things to bring will be emailed to all registered campers in the Spring. Our health and release forms do not require a doctor's signature and they will be collected on the first day of camp.  Check in is at the Fowler Athletic Center.  Address is 5302 55th St. San Diego, CA 92182

Trainer:  ATC are on staff along with our coaching staff members.


Schools that have worked with the Nike Aztec Soccer Academy in the past:

  • Loyola Marymount University
  • UC San Diego
  • Point Loma University
  • CSU - San Marcos
  • San Diego Christian College
  • CSU - Northridge
  • University of the Pacific

Additional exposure to other local college coaches will be included during the evening session of the camp.

San Diego State University is the oldest and largest higher education institution in the San Diego region.  Since it was founded in 1897, the university has grown to become a nationally ranked research university.  Campers stay in the dorms on campus, 2 per room, and train on the SDSU soccer turf playing fields.  Aztec Soccer Camps are open to any and all male participants in the respective age range.  

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 7:00am Wake-up
  • 7:15-8:00 Breakfast
  • 8:45-10:45 Training
  • 12:00-1:00pm Lunch
  • 2:30-4:00 Small Sided Tournaments
  • 5:30-6:15 Dinner
  • 6:45-9:00 11v11 LIGHT THE NIGHT
  • 9:30 Pizza, at camper's expense
  • 10:30 Lights out!

Camper Reviews

Parent of a Camper

  • 5/5.
Very Impressed

I can't thank you and your staff of coaches enough for the wonderful session at SDSU. I expected it to be "nice" but I had no idea we would fall in love with the school and be so impressed with you and your assistant coaches. You were dynamic and engaging and informative. What was overwhelmingly obvious is how much you care about your players.  I thank the coaches for speaking to my son and complimenting him on his "composure on the ball" and giving him specific areas to work on (long balls, strength, and speed).

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Parent of a Camper

  • 4/5.
Life as a Student-Athlete

Thank you very much for the time spent with my son during the camp. He really enjoyed himself. I feel it opened his eyes to what college life for a student-athlete will be. He is very determined to make the needed corrections and will work hard to achieve his goals.

Past Camper

  • 5/5.
Professional and informative

The SDS Camp was challenging and well run. We came from Canada to attend and it was worth it. It was professional and informative and we will be back next summer.

Past Camper

  • 4/5.
Fun and entertaining

The camp was fun and entertaining. I learned a lot throughout the week. I felt like staying in the dorm made me get to know my peers and bond on and off the field.

Past Camper

  • 5/5.
Expands the mind and ability

It expands a player's mind and ability on the field, surely making the player even better in all aspects. The camp's safety and intension is very good. Personally I would come back next year if possible.

Past Camper

  • 5/5.
Developed as a player

This soccer camp was very intense and fast paced. I walked away from this camp with more knowledge on the sport then I can even imagine. I can tell I have developed more as a player from just attending this camp.

Parent of past camper

  • 5/5.
Keen to attend again next year

Our son participated in the Nike soccer camp in San Diego from 11-14 July 2013. Both my son and I were very impressed by the excellent guidance of the coaches, the nice and competitive atmosphere and the variety between training for  (learning skills) and playing soccer (football in Europe). We are from The Netherlands and for our son being in San Diego and with so many other gifted players from the US was a nice experience. My son is keen to attend also next year the Nike soccer camp in San Diego. 

Parent of past camper

  • 5/5.
Huge confidence booster

My son received exceptional training at this soccer camp.  He was able to stay in the dorms and bond with the other players.  He made new friends and gained valuable skills in the camp.  He also received some valuable feedback from the coaches and won "keeper of the week" which was a huge confidence booster for him.  Worth the money and time spent here.  We would have him do it again!

Past Camper

  • 4/5.
Very thankful

Nike Soccer Camp at San Diego State was an experience that I have only lived once. I got to learn many things and Im really thankful for that. I would totally recommend it for any soccer player out there that wants to improve on the field.

Parent of past camper

  • 5/5.
Developed his awareness as a teammate

Nike Aztec Soccer Academy did a great job of teaching our son new skills, developing his awareness as a teammate, and illustrating critical accomplishments (like good grades) for the path ahead.

Parent of past camper

  • 5/5.
Made new friends and had a blast

My son went to this camp not knowing anyone so I thought he might not have too much fun. On the contrary, he made a few friends and had a blast!! My husband got the full day camp and I'm glad he did. We will definitely recommend this camp to friends and family next year. Thank you for making my sons first "soccer camp" experience a fun one!! 

Past Camper

  • 4/5.
Must do for the summer

Great experience for beginners, intermediate or advanced players. Get to be on campus and get to be with SDSU players and coaches. A must do for the summer. 

Parent of past camper

  • 5/5.
Loved everything from the coaching to the location

What a great experience for my son! He enjoyed everything from the coaching to the location-even lunch-was awesome. Planning on coming back next year! 

Camp Dates & Prices

Programs: Field Player, Goalkeeper
Age Group: 13 - 21
Gender: Boys
Extended Day 9:30am-9:30pm $505.00
Availability: Open

Overnight $625.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
Programs: Field Player, Goalkeeper
Age Group: 6 - 12
Gender: Boys
Half Day 9:30am-12pm $175.00
Availability: Open

Full Day 9:30am-3:00pm $240.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
For additional camp information and dates call us at 1-800-NIKE-CAMP we would be happy to help you.