Nike Soccer Camp UC Santa Cruz

Nike Soccer Camp UC Santa Cruz
Nike Soccer Camp UC Santa Cruz

Join us at the NIKE Soccer Camp at UC Santa Cruz. Our goal at this co-ed camp is to stimulate a love for the game in young athletes by showing them how to accelerate their own progress and success.

This camp provides a fun and competitive environment for players of all ability levels. Join us for an excellent opportunity to interact with high-level coaches and collegiate players.  By working with the head coaches at UC Santa Cruz, we are able to offer an unforgettable growth experience no matter what your age or skill level.

Highlights Include

  • Team play, skill development, games and tournaments
  • Nike Soccer Camp t-shirt
  • Post camp evaluation and completion certificate
  • Players are grouped by age and ability
  • Six hours of daily instruction

Dates & Prices

Camp Details

Our camp directors are among the finest coaches in America. They have a major stake in providing camps of the highest quality: camps that are fun, that improve the skills of the campers, and that provide the campers with the opportunity to make new, life-long friends. The best place to become a better soccer player is in the company of coaches and players who share your passion. Their program at UC Santa Cruz emphasizes small group tactics within the framework of team strategy and game play, and campers leave with a deeper and more improved understanding of the game. Specialized goalkeeper instruction is available but will not be the primary focus of the camp. 

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What's included in the fee?

Overnight Campers: Professional coaching and instruction on grass fields, all meals, on-campus housing, supervision and evening activities.
Extended Day Campers (varies with location) 9am-9pm: Professional coaching and instruction, lunch, dinner and evening activities.

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: between 12:30-1:30pm on the first day at Stevenson Residence hall.  Dinner is the first meal.
Check out: final games are from 9:30-11:30am at the soccer fields. Parents are invited to attend. Check out from the dorms follows at 12:00pm. 


Ratio: 1:10
Players Grouped by: skill, age, years of experience
Evaluation: Written by coaching staff
Facility:  Grass fields


Dorm:  Stevenson Residence Hall
Campers Per Room:  2
Roommates: guaranteed if requested 14 days prior to camp
Bathrooms:  shared by floor
Linens: Not provided
Air Conditioning: NO
Key Deposit:  $75 for the room key.  $10 for the meal card.  Payable to US Sports
Spending Money: $40
Medical Facility: an athletic trainer is on-site


Nearest Airport:  San Jose International Airport approximately 30 miles, San Francisco International airport approximately 70 miles
Transportation:  Not provided.


If five or more campers register together, as a group by mail or fax, each camper will receive a $25 discount. Click “Get Brochure” above and print the application. All applications must be received at the same time via mail or fax. If all members of your group pay with a Visa or MasterCard, feel free to fax your applications to 415-479-6061 to expedite processing. Late or individual registrations are not eligible to receive the group discount. 


The University of California - Santa Cruz is located 35 miles from San Jose, on a beautiful coastal campus overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Surrounded by gorgeous views and towering redwoods, campers are inspired to develop their love of the game and improve their individual and team skills.

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 7:30am Run/Breakfast
  • 8:30am Video/Lecture
  • 9:30am Field Session (Technical Skills Development)
  • 12:00pm Lunch
  • 2:00pm Field Session (Tactical Training)
  • 4:00pm Pool
  • 5:00pm Dinner
  • 6:30pm Field Session (Tournament Games)
  • 9:00pm In dorms - evening activities
  • 10:30pm Lights out

Meet Camp Coaches

Michael Runeare

Michael Runeare

• UC Santa Cruz Head Men’s Soccer Coach • 2009- Present UC Santa Cruz Men’s Soccer Head Coach

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• 2003-2009 UC Santa Cruz Women’s Soccer Head Coach
• Overall win-loss record at UCSC 80-31-17
• 2006,2007,2008 & 2009 NCAA DIII National Tournament Participants
• USSF A License
• NSCAA Premier Diploma
• 2010/11Head Coach Santa Cruz County Breakers U18 Academy Team
• 2009/10 Asst. Coach Santa Cruz County Breakers U16 Academy Team
• 2006,2007 Head Coach Santa Cruz County Breakers NPSL Head Coach
• 2010 ODP Region 4 Regional Staff Coach 96’s U14

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Emily Scheese

Emily Scheese

• UC Santa Cruz Head Women’s Soccer Coach • 2009-2011 UC Santa Cruz Women’s Soccer Assistant Coach  

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• USSF D License
• Head Coach for Harbor High School Girls Varsity Team, SCCAL
• Head Coach for Aptos Soccer Club U15 Team
• Breakaway College Access Project Assistant Coach
• Former Player at UC San Diego
• NCAA DIII National Champion as a player at UC San Diego 1996, 1997, 1999 with record of 72-7-3

Camper Reviews

Parent of Camper

  • 5/5.
First 2014 Review!

"My daughter attended soccer camp at UC Santa Cruz during the week of July 20-23.  I wanted to thank you for all you did to make her experience a great one!  She has never been to "sleep away camp" before, so we were a little worried about having her 4 hours away from us, but she says she never even felt a pang of homesickness.  She loved the busy schedule, the experience of living in a college dorm, and the soccer skills she was able to learn and reinforce. She also had lots of fun with the other campers.   She came home confident and bubbling with plans to return next year.  Whatever you are doing, keep up the good work -- she had a blast!  Thanks again for taking care of our precious budding athlete!"

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Parent of UC Santa Cruz Camper

  • 5/5.
Kudos to Coach Scheese

"My daughter loved everything about the camp:  training, coaches, other campers, location, meals, dorms, schedule, etc.  She'd stay for a month if she could.  Kudos to Emily and her team for equipping her with new skills, encouraging her game, and giving her a great week."

Parent of UC Santa Cruz Camper

  • 5/5.
Awesome Camp!

"Great instruction, connection with the kids, effective blending of ages and abilities. Realistic and on-target advice for those really ambitious to play after high school. Good mix of individual and group attention."

Parent of UC Santa Cruz Camper

  • 5/5.
Detailed Player Evaluation

"My son had a great experience in the Nike soccer camp at UC Santa Cruz for the second time. He was very happy with the overall quality of the camp and would definitely consider returning next summer. I am impressed with the detailed player evaluation provided to each camper. I would highly recommend to motivated players."

UC Santa Cruz Camper

  • 5/5.
Increased skill level

"I had a great time at camp and my skill level increased drastically!!!"

Parent of UC Santa Cruz Camper

  • 5/5.
Excellent Experience

"My daughter had an excellent experience at the Nike Soccer Camp. It was her first sleep over camp and she enjoyed it immensely. The staff was excellent."

UC Santa Cruz Camper

  • 4/5.
High level of training

"The level of training is very high and very well done."

UC Santa Cruz Camper

  • 5/5.
Experience living in dorms

"Lots of soccer, making friends, and experiencing living in the dorm."

Parent of UC Santa Cruz Camper

  • 5/5.
Loved the camp!

"My son loved the camp! He came home asking if he can go back next year."

Past Camper

  • 4/5.
All Around Good Camp

"Good at dividing teams. Goalie training was good. Stretching/warm ups good. Games were fun. The coaches were very fair in watching games and assigning positions."

Parent of UC Santa Cruz Camper

  • 5/5.
Can I come back next year?

"My 10-year old son Daniel attended Nike Soccer Camp for the first time this year. He loved the goalie training that he received and he felt that he really benefited by playing soccer with the older and more experienced teenage boys. Daniel's first words when we came to pick him up were "can I go again next summer?" Daniel's goalkeeping skills improved so much from his week at camp that his coach and other team parents inquired more about the Nike Camp. We are sending Daniel back again next summer. He had fun and learned a lot during his week."

Past Camper

  • 4/5.
Improved Skills!

"Nike Soccer Camp was a great way to improve your skills, ability, and meet new friends. Every thing about the camp was great."

Past Camper

  • 5/5.
Great Goalie Training

"Nike Soccer Camp helped better prepare me for high school soccer. I learned new dives and techniques and how to keep people safe as a goalkeeper."

Parent of UC Santa Cruz Camper

  • 5/5.
Ready to go Back!

"Very good system and schedule, appropriate instruction levels, great personnel! Well done and the kids had a great time and are ready to go back."

Parent of UC Santa Cruz Camper

  • 5/5.
Take it to the Next Level!

"The Nike Soccer Camp was just what my son needed. After several years of AYSO Summer camps and club soccer during the spring, the Nike Camp kicked up the intensity, allowed him to play with boys of greater and equal skill, and gave me individual feedback on what he needed to work on to make it to the next level."

UC Santa Cruz Camper

  • 4/5.
Improve Skills

"UC Santa Cruz Soccer Camp was fun and helped improve my skills in a very safe environment."

Parent of UC Santa Cruz Camper

  • 5/5.
Very Pleased!

"The campers were very pleased with the dorms, very pleased with the food and pleased with the fact that they were always busy with activity. Well done and organized."

Parent of UC Santa Cruz Camper

  • 4/5.
Excellent Training

"My daughter was one of the youngest campers during her week at camp, and I was a little worried about that, but she had a fantastic time.  Great coaching, excellent training, and well run.  She came home with some new tricks and new friends."

Parent of UC Santa Cruz Camper

  • 4/5.
Knowledgeable and Encouraging Staff

"I have two teens, it was their second time at Nike Soccer Camp. They both enjoy staying on campus, it's beautiful. The coaching staff are knowledgeable and encouraging."

Camp Dates & Prices

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