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!

Highlights Include

  • Nike Camp T-shirt
  • Premier ID Academy specifically designed for players ages 14-18
  • Junior ID Academy specifically designed for players 10-14
  • 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

Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Kevin Grimes
Camp Director

Kevin Grimes

Head coach Kevin Grimes enters his 16th season as the leader of the California men's soccer program after multiple recent years of great success. Grimes has a career record of 153-92-35 in 14 seasons at Cal after coaching the Golden Bears to arguably their best season in program history in 2013.

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  • 17th 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.
  • 15 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.  ...

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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.

  • Volunteer Assitant Coach since 2013.  He was promoted to assistant coach on May 1, 2014.
  • 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.

2015 Camp Dates have been finialized, but we are waiting on some final details. Registration will be open soon!

  • The Premier and Junior ID Academies will be June 25-28 & July 6-9
  • Full Day & Half Day camps will be July 13-17 & July 20-24
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Premier ID Academy
Session 1:  June 25-28
Session 2:  July 6-9
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 2014 - Session I - UC Berkeley, University of San Francisco, UC Irvine, Occidental, Washington University(St. Louis), Butte Junior College

Coaches attending in 2014 - Session II - UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, University of San Francisco, Stevens Institute of Technology, Occidental, Washington University(St. Louis), Butte Junior College

Junior ID Academy
Session 1:  June 25-28
Session 2:  July 6-9
Ages 10-14

Our traditional California Soccer Advanced Camp that has been in place for the past ten years!  Designed for advanced level individual players and teams.  We offer a rigorous training regime 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 a the end of the week as a more refined and developed player.  Specific Goalkeeper Training is offered to all interested players.

Full Day Camp - Ages:  8-13
Half Day Camp - Ages:  5-10
Session 1: July 13-17
Session 2: July 20-24

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 $30 (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: Between 12-1:30pm at the Foothill Residence Hall.

Full Day & Half Day Camp: On Monday, July 13th 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 on the Underhill Field on Channing Way between Bowditch Street & College Avenue.  Full Day and Half Day Session II camper train on Memorial Stadium.

Sample Daily Schedule

  • For Premier ID and Junior ID Academy
  • 7:15am Wake up
  • 7:30am 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 UC Berkeley Camper

  • 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.

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Parent of UC Berkeley Camper

  • 5/5.
Experience was exceptional

Nike Soccer Camp was a great experience for our son.  He was really motivated to learn and to improve further after his week at camp.  He was exposed to a great ambiance with participants from other areas of the country and some came internationally.  The camp provided a safe atmosphere for the participants to learn in.  The college/dorm experience was also a plus which gave our teenager something more to aspire for in the years to come.  Being coached by collegiate staff and players gave the boys something to emulate for their upcoming college years.  Although the experience was exceptional, our son couldn't stop talking about how good the food was.

UC Berkeley Camper

  • 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

  • 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.

UC Berkeley Camper

  • 4/5.
Great level of competition

My second time attending the camp and I would go again.  Lots of soccer and great level of competition.

Parent of UC Berkeley Camper

  • 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.

Parent of UC Berkeley Camper

  • 4/5.
Appreciative of the evaluation

Overall he had a very positive experience and as parents we were appreciative of the evaluation given at the end of the camp.

UC Berkeley Camper

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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