The ELS language program runs priror to the start of CA Soccer Academy camp. Students will live and participate in the language program at the ELS Malibu Camp at Pepperdine University. The combined program is geared to ages 14-17.
Camper who choose to add language to their Soccer Academy program will stay at Pepperdine University, located in Malibu. There will be 15 - 50-minutes lessons offered per week, 3 lessons per day focused on building English language skills in a small class size of no more than 15 students. After instruction, and on the weekends,students will participate in a variety of pre-planned activites that allow them to explore the Greater Los Angeles area and practice their language skills. Click on the link to see a short video about ELS Malibu Language camp at Pepperdine. This is a very exciting adventure and learning program. Schedules and programs are also available by downloading the brochure.
Language Dates: June 29-July 20. Camper will be transferred to CSU Channel Island on July 20 for soccer camp check-in. Camp runs July 20- July 25. Campers will depart on 7/25 and be taken to LAX for departure.
For a detailed PDF of the combined program, please click on download brochure on the camp page under the big photo!
What's included in the fee?
Full-board accomodations throughout the duration of the program, language instruction, professional coaching and instruction on grass fields, activity and excursion fees and 24-hour supervision, plus round trip airport transfer to and from LAX as well as from Pepperdine University to CSU-Channel Islands (for soccer program.)
Designated airport is Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Campers need to complete the travel form and send it firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule pickup. Travel forms must be completed 3 weeks prior to travel. Campers should plan on arriving on June 29 for the combined program. Early arrivals can be accomodated for an additional fee of $125 per night. Campers should schedule departure for the last date of their soccer session, either Saturday July 26 or August 2. No late departures after August 2 can be acccepted.
High School Session
We welcome players who are 14 years old and entering ninth grade. Last year five former pro players on our staff shared their experience with our campers. College counseling sessions are held to help campers gather the information they need to become college soccer players. These sessions include: how to contact coaches, financial aid and scholarships, forum with college coaches, and forum with current college players who are former campers. On Friday morning every camper has a meeting with their camp coach and receives a full written evaluation. This evaluation gives a professional’s view of the camper’s progress and makes suggestions for improvement in technical and tactical areas.
Camp Check and Camp Check out
The ELS Language camp starts on June 29 (campers may arrive anytime on this day), and they will be met at the airport. You will be asked to provide your flight information no later than 3 weeks prior to camp. ELS Language Camp ends on July 18 with a graduation ceremony. Campers continuing on to the Soccer Academy program will stay Friday and Saturday nights at Pepperdine and join the Soccer Academy on Sunday July 20. The Soccer Academy ends on Friday 7/25 with camp check-out (after skills demonstration), between 12-1PM. Campers will be taken back to the LAX airport after their session ends.
Frequently Asked Questions about the CA Soccer Academy Program
1. What happens after I enroll?
Within 24-48 hours of enrollment you will receive an email confirmation containing your session details, payment information, and confirmation number. As we get closer to the start date of camp, we will send you another email with a detailed registration packet attached. The registration packet contains all the information you will need for camp including check-in and check-out information, a full packing list, health forms, campus map, etc.
2. How are the coaches selected?
Every year we turn down nearly a hundred applications from coaches around the world. Our staff is composed of college coaches and players and pro players who are recommended by current or former staff. They are all experienced coaches with outstanding playing and coaching credentials. Most are teachers who have extensive background checks by their state department of education. All the other staff is checked by the camp.
3. How are training groups selected?
On Sunday afternoon we divide the camp by boys and girls and by age. The coaches do an evaluation to help put you in a group of players about your age and ability. Any questions about the groups will be answered by the Director. If you came with a team, you will stay together to train, except your keeper who will practice with the other keepers during the day and scrimmage with you at night.
4. What do the goalkeepers do?
Their training is specific to goalkeepers and totally different than practice for field players.
5. Can I have the roommate of my choice?
Yes, if you two request each other and understand that there are separate dorms for boys and girls. It does get impossible when five campers all want the same person in their room. We will try to put you near your friends. The dorms are also split by age so campers of similar ages are on the same floor.
6. Who looks out for me in the dorms if I need some help?
There are adult counselors on each floor only steps away from your room. Also the camp coaches live in the dorm so there are plenty of adults around.
7. If I have questions during the camp, whom do I see?
Any of the coaches and counselors will be glad to help you. You can also go to the Director who will make every effort to help. There is also a Head Counselor who's full time job is to help campers with their needs and answer their questions.
8. Can I eat anything I want at meals?
Yes, with few exceptions; no sodas at breakfast for example. You are the one who will get VERY sick if you do not eat a balanced diet during the course of the week. You will need protein, carbohydrates, and a lot of water to perform at a high level. This is your chance to show some maturity by choosing those foods that are good and good for you. If you have questions, ask any of the coaches.
9. Can campers call home and can I call my son or daughter?
Some of the campers will come with cell phones. Campers are free to use them at any time. There will be a hassle if campers keep others awake after lights out by using their phones. At check in parents will receive the camp number that goes directly to the Head Counselor. If parents need to get in touch with their child they can leave a message on that phone.
Cal State University Channel Islands is home to The Soccer Academy, three miles from the coast, it stays cool on the warmest days. The Islands Café on campus has undergone a major renovation and now offers even more choices at every meal.
Training is held at the Potrero Field on campus. This complex features space equal to four full size soccer fields. The camp's exclusive use of these fields insures that they are in magnificent condition. Even our professional players on the staff, who expect perfect playing surfaces, appreciate the chance to work on such well-kept fields. Games are also held in the New Arroyo Hall gym next door to the dorms. Playing with tennis shoes and with the smaller indoor ball, campers get the challenge of playing a quicker game with restricted space.
The Santa Cruz dorms at CSUCI were built in 2008. Campers are housed two per room in two bedroom suites that include a bathroom with showers. The dorms on campus also include their own swimming pool so campers enjoy the water after training sessions and in the evening. There are two commons areas. One is a lounge with two flat screen TVs, the other has the latest in exercise equipment. There is also a game room with pool tables, foosball, air hockey, and shuffle board.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 8:00 AM Breakfast
- 8:30 AM Day campers arrive
- 9:00 AM Field session
- 11:00 AM Free time
- 12:00 PM Lunch
- 2:00 PM Field session
- 4:00 PM Day campers depart
- 4:05 PM Free time - swimming
- 5:30 PM Dinner
- 6:30 PM Competitions and games
- 8:00 PM Indoor soccer, movies, rec room free time
- 10:00 PM Dorm meeting, snacks and lights out