Nike Cal Soccer Academy & Camps

Nike Cal Soccer Academy & Camps
Nike Cal Soccer Academy & Camps

Directed by Men’s Head Coach Kevin Grimes, we offer two weeks of outstanding Premier ID and Junior ID Academy soccer training and two sessions of day camp training on the beautiful campus of the University of California, Berkeley.

We believe in providing the opportunity for players to reach their greatest potential by challenging them technically and tactically, in a fun and encouraging environment. The California Soccer Academy and Camps’ curriculum has been developed to offer modern and successful training methods used throughout the United States and Europe. Be part of a tradition of excellence!

Our camp is open to any and all entrants, only restricted by age, capacity and gender.

Highlights Include

  • Nike Camp T-shirt
  • Premier ID Academy specifically designed for players ages 14-18
  • Junior ID Academy specifically designed for players 10-13
  • Full Day options for players ages 8-13
  • Half Day options for players ages 5-10
  • Players grouped and taught based on age and ability
  • Team play, skill development, games and tournaments
  • Specialized goalkeeping training
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Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Kevin Grimes
Camp Director

Kevin Grimes

Head coach Kevin Grimes is in his 16th season as the leader of the California men's soccer program after multiple recent years of great success including an unprecedented five Pac-10 Coach of the Year awards (2002, 2005-07 and 2010).

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  • 16th season, Cal head coach and Pac-10 Coach of the Year, '02, '05, '06, '07, '10.
  • 2005, 2010 & 2013 NCAA Tournament Elite 8.
  • NCAA postseason appearance ten out of last thirteen years ('01- '08, '10, '13).
  • Division I, Far West Region Coach of the Year, '02, '10, '13.
  • 20 players drafted in MLS in the last five years.
  • 18 players currently playing in MLS from CAL.
  • Three years, assistant coach at SMU
  • Eight years professional soccer experience.
  • Previous member US National Team
  • Two-time, First Team NSCAA All-American.
  • NSCAA Advanced National License
  • USSF National "A" Coaching License.
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Javier Ayala-Hill

Javier Ayala-Hill

The former Golden Bear forward (2004-07) joined the Cal coaching staff as a volunteer assistant coach in early 2013, after playing professionally for FSV 63 Luckenwalde (2010-11) in...

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The former Golden Bear forward (2004-07) joined the Cal coaching staff as a volunteer assistant coach in early 2013, after playing professionally for FSV 63 Luckenwalde (2010-11) in Germany and Bayamon FC in Puerto Rico (2008-09). He was promoted to assistant coach on May 1, 2014 and enters his third season on Kevin Grimes' staff.

  • Played professionally at  FSV 63 Luckenwalde (2010-11) in Germany and Bayamon FC in Puerto Rico (2008-09).
  • Co-captain at Cal and finished his career as the team's second-leading scorer (15 points) and goalscorer (5) of the season.
  • Drafted in the 2008 MLS Supplemental Draft by Chivas USA in the second round.
  • All-Pac-10 first-team selection.

Camp Details

Cal continues to be one of the nation’s top programs for developing talent to play professionally.  We share training techniques and methods that helped the Cal men's soccer team win the Pac-12 Championship in 2006, 2007 & 2010!  Cal continues to be one of the nation’s top programs for developing talent to play professionally.  In 2013, Cal had 18 players in the pro ranks including 13 in the MLS and three in Europe. In the 2014 MLS Superdraft, Cal had 3 players selected in the first round, including the 2nd & 3rd picks overall. The three first round selections were the most of any university in the country!  Click more details to learn more about program specifics.

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2016 Session Information

Premier ID Academy
Session 1:  June 27-30
Session 2:  July 11-14
Ages 14-18

Specifically designed to meet the demands of the US Soccer Academy, Super “Y” League and Club Soccer schedules.  Suggested for advanced, select players who aspire to play in college and beyond.  Outstanding collegiate and professional coaches from the United States assist Coach Grimes in this camp.  Players are grouped and taught based on age and ability throughout the camp.  In addition, specific Goalkeeper Training is offered to all interested campers.  Field players and goalkeepers alike have a fun and challenging week!  A special classroom session is presented to help players prepare themselves for the college recruiting process. 

Coaches attending in 2015 - Session I - Cal Berkeley, UC Irvine, Occidental College, University of Denver, William Jessup University, Academy of Art University, Whitman College, Holy Names University, Washington University (St. Louis).

Coaches attending in 2015 - Session II - Cal Berkeley, UC Irvine, University of San Francisco, Occidental College, Loyola Marymount University.

Junior ID Academy
Session 1:  June 27-30
Session 2:  July 11-14
Ages 10-13

Our traditional California Soccer Advanced Camp has been in place for the past ten years and is designed for advanced level individual players and teams!  We offer a rigorous training regimen designed to identify, evaluate, and prepare players seeking to compete at the elite level in a fun and enjoyable atmosphere.  Technical development with the ball is a major focus of the camp to ensure all of our players leave at the end of the week as more refined and developed players.  Specific Goalkeeper Training is offered to all interested players.

Full Day Camp - Ages:  8-13
Half Day Camp - Ages:  5-10
Session 1: June 20-24
Session 2: July 18-22

Our camp is designed for beginner through advanced level soccer players.  Individuals are placed in groups with participants of similar age, size and ability to ensure a beneficial training environment. We offer special goalkeeper sessions within each camp.  Come join Coach Grimes and the CAL staff for lots of soccer and great fun! 

Daily pick-up:

Full Day Campers:  4pm.  Half Day Campers:  noon each day. Full day campers, camp ends at 12 noon on Friday.  For an additional $50 (collected at the time of registration), campers can stay from 12:00pm-4:00pm on Friday.  To add this afternoon session, call our offices at 800-645-3226.

Additional Staff

Camp staff includes college coaches, current and former CAL players, All-Americans, professional players, and top coaches from around the region. Some of the outstanding staff who may participate in one or more of our camps include:

Joe Clarke, Head Coach - Washington University (St. Louis)
USSF "A" License
Former professional player (NASL & MISL)
All-American defender at St. Louis University
Former head coach, St. Louis University

Larry Nees, Head Coach - Butte Junior College Men's Soccer
Former SMU assistant coach, nine years
Former Chico St. assistant coach, five years
Former professional player (NASL)
USSF "A" License

Devin Rensing, Head Coach - Stevens Institute of Technology 
Former assistant coach - Colgate University
Former assistant coach - Central Arkansas University
Two year starter & captain at Eastern Illinois University
Played youth soccer in St. Louis with Busch Soccer Club

Deejae Johnson, Director of Soccer at University High School, San Francisco
Currently coaching club soccer at Marin FC
Four year starter at University of Vermont
USSF "A" License


Ratio:  1:10
Players are grouped by age and ability
Facility:  Turf and grass fields

Check in

Premier and Junior ID Academy: Overnight and Extended Day campers check in between 12-1:30pm at the Foothill Residence Hall.
Extended Day Camper Schedule: First Day 1:30pm-8:30pm, Day 2 & 3 9:00am-8:30pm, Last Day 9:00am-12:00pm

Full Day & Half Day Camp: On Monday, July 13th at Memorial Stadium and Monday July, 20th between 8:30am-9:00am at Maxwell Family Field.  

Check out

Premier and Junior ID Academy: Awards Presentation at Witter Field at 11:15am. Parents are invited! Check out is at 12:00pm from the dorms.

Full Day and Half Day Camp:  Noon on Friday at Maxwell Family Field.


Foothill Residence Hall, 2700 Hearst Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94720.
Campers stay 2 per room. Roommates are guaranteed if requested 14 days prior to camp
Bathrooms:  Shared on floor.


Nike Soccer Camps does not provide any transportation to/from camp from airport, train stations or bus depots. If you fly into camp, we recommend that you fly into the Oakland International Airport or San Francisco International and schedule a taxi or shuttle from the airport to camp.  We recommend BayPorter or Super Shuttle for transportation from the airport to camp. 

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.

Spending Money

We recommend extra spending money 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. 


ATC are on staff and they stay on campus in the dorms along with our coaching staff members.

Travel Info

Transporation is not provided.  Below are suggestions on which shuttle services to use.

Phone: 1-877-467-1800 (Local, Bay Area) 1-415-467-1800 (Long Distance, Outside Bay Area)
Pricing: (All Prices are Approximate)
To/From Oakland International Airport/Campus $25.00 (One Way)
To/From San Francisco International Airport/Campus $29.00 (One Way)

Phone: 1-800-258-3826
Pricing: (All Prices are Approximate)
To/From Oakland International Airport/Campus $32.00 (One Way)
To/From San Francisco International Airport/Campus $35.00 (One Way)


The University of California was chartered in 1868 and its flagship was established at Berkeley, on San Francisco Bay. Today the world's premier public university, UC Berkeley occupies a 1,232 acre campus with a beautiful 178-acre central core.

Boys attending the Premier ID and Junior ID Academy play on newly renovated Memorial Stadium and on Witter Field, nestled in Strawberry Canyon.  Full Day and Half Day Session I campers train at Memorial Stadium.  Full Day and Half Day Session II camper train at Maxwell Field.

Sample Daily Schedule

  • For Premier ID and Junior ID Academy
  • 7:15am Wake up & breakfast
  • 8:30am Depart for training with coaches, commuters meet on field
  • 9am-11am Training
  • 11:30pm Lunch
  • 12:30pm Rest
  • 1:30pm Depart for training with coaches
  • 2:00pm-3:30pm Training
  • 5:00pm Dinner
  • 6:30pm Depart for training with coaches
  • 6:45pm-8:30pm Evening games
  • 8:30pm Resident players return to dorm, commuter players depart from the fields
  • 9:30pm Snacks, optional pizza
  • 10:30pm Return to rooms
  • 11:00pm Lights out

Camper Reviews

Parent of Camper, 2016

  • 5/5.
Top-notch camp!

It's my son's third year attending the camp. It doesn't get any better than this camp. My son is a gold player and every year he gets better after attending camp but more importantly he meets new kids and has a blast! The coaches are top-notch!

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Parent of UC Berkely Camper '16.

  • 5/5.
Inspiring Experience!

I just wanted to say thank you for providing a positive, high quality camp for my son, during your July 11-14 camp.  It was his first time to your camp and we came from Seattle really not knowing what to expect.  Quality goalkeeping sessions are hard to come by in our area and I had to email and let you know what a positive impact your team of goalkeeping coaches had on my son. Your coaches not only gave him great technical training, but inspired him to come home and work hard on the new things he learned. 

I want to add that your speech about the importance of academics was priceless. My son really heard you and although he is a good student already, it helps to re-affirm everything he hears from me about how hard he has to work to achieve his goals. I now have an aspiring Cal Bear on my hands, which was is great!

Please let your staff know what a great job they did and what an impact he is having on kids at such an important age. We will definitely be back next year!  Thanks again to you and your team. 

Parent of UC Berkeley Camper '15

  • 5/5.
Experience was exceptional

Nike Soccer Camp was a great experience for our son.  He was really motivated to learn and to improve, even after his week at camp.  He was exposed to a great ambiance, with participants coming from all over the country. Some campers even traveled here from outside of the US.  The camp also provided a safe atmosphere for the participants to learn, and the college/dorm experience was a plus because it gave our teenager something more to strive for in the years to come.  Being coached by a collegiate staff and players gave the boys something to emulate for their upcoming college years.  All in all the experience was exceptional, even the food was great!

Parent of UC Berkeley Camper '15

  • 5/5.
Learned how to be accountable

The Nike Soccer Camp at Berkeley is outstanding. We have our son playing at the Gold Level in club and we feel this camp offers outstanding coaching and overall training. The location is unparalleled and the housing fantastic. This is the second year our oldest son has attended and our younger so will be attending next year as well. The boys are well supervised but also expected to manage their time properly, get to the cafeteria on time, be prepared in a timely manner for the group departure to the fields, and very importantly, how to be accountable for their kit and gear at all times. My son has made friends from New York, Los Angeles, Australia and the Philippines while attending.  I enthusiastically recommend this camp. 

Parent of UC Berkeley Camper '15

  • 5/5.
Boosted his Confidence

My son is 11 years old and this was his first "sleep away" camp.  He didn't know anyone else going to camp that week, but made so many new friends by the time he left.  He is a very picky eater, and so we were worried about that, but he ended up really liking the food and it wasn't an issue at all.  He had so much fun and learned a lot.  His coach for the week was one of the keepers on the UC Berkeley team and he was so amazed by that and really admired him.  I would highly recommend this camp to others, and I will certainly send my son again next year.  It was a great experience for him in both improving his soccer skills and in boosting his confidence.  He can't wait to go again next summer.  

Parent of UC Berkeley Camper '14

  • 5/5.
Venue is a plus

My 10 year-old son has been going to Nike California Soccer Academy at UC Berkeley for the last three years and he looks forward to returning each year.  It's a great mix of fun, athletic intensity, soccer skills and friends.  The coaches are great and the UC Berkeley venue is a plus!  Highly recommended.

UC Berkeley Camper '14

  • 4/5.
Cool to train to CAL players and coaches

Awesome camp that helped me focus on the goalkeeping techniques I needed to improve on and so cool to train with CAL Bear players and coaches! Go Bears!

Parent of UC Berkeley Camper '14

  • 5/5.
Camp home pumped up

Overall this camp was a positive experience for our son.  He enjoyed the coaches and the kids and the food!  He came home pumped up and really excited about soccer.  He liked the camp because he was able to work on basic skills and therefore improved on his first touch and ball control.

Parent of UC Berkeley Camper '14

  • 5/5.
Personal attention

This is a very intense 4 day camp for elite players or those wanting to bring their game to the next level.  You son will enjoy the personal attention they receive.

UC Berkeley Camper '14

  • 5/5.
Full soccer immersion

I loved the value offered by this camp. It offered full immersion in a soccer experience with excellent coaching and lots of intensity. 

UC Berkeley Camper '13

  • 4/5.
Intense soccer experience

Nike Cal camp gives players an intense soccer experience on a college campus. It a great way to inspire players and get a great soccer experience. 

UC Berkeley Camper '13

  • 4/5.
Pushed me to do my best

The Nike Cal Soccer Camp was a great all around experience. I felt really accepted, even though I did not do the overnight. The staff there was great, and the facilities were amazing as well. The intensity was great, and the coaches made sure to push all the players to their bests. 

UC Berkeley Camper '13

  • 5/5.
Educational and challenging

I found this experience educational and challenging and would highly recommend to others. I am looking forward to attending next year and will also do overnight. 

Parent of UC Berkeley Camper '13

  • 5/5.
Challenging skills development

My son loved Nike Soccer Camp at Cal. He enjoyed everything from the challenging skills development to staying in the dorms. Watching the World Cup on the big screen at the Cal stadium during practice was an added bonus!

Parent of UC Berkeley Camper '13

  • 5/5.
Nike Berkeley camp was perfect

The level of instruction was phenomenal. For our 10 year old son, who was experiencing his first overnight camp the Nike Berkeley camp was perfect. He felt safe and secure. The dorms were safe and well supervised. As an advanced Club Soccer Player he was challenged by the coaches. In particular he loved the competitive and well organized scrimmages at the end of each training session. He is returning next year, with his 9 year old brother too! 

UC Berkeley Camper '13

  • 4/5.
Promotes team building

The coaches handled the campers in a professional way as opposed to just recreational. It gives the recreational player a real view of what is required to play in a professional league. The campers learn independence within safety guidelines. The program promotes team building. It is just an overall great opportunity and program for children of various ages. 

Camp Dates & Prices

2017 Dates and Prices Coming Soon! Join our email list to be notified when the program is available.

For additional camp information and dates call us at 1-800-NIKE-CAMP we would be happy to help you.