The California Soccer Academy and Language Camp Camarillo, California
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US Sports is thrilled to host The Soccer Academy at CSU Channel Islands. International campers looking to combine language classes with their Soccer Academy program may add a two or three week ELS language course prior to their soccer camp program. Come experience a combined ELS and Soccer camp!
For the past 22 years, ELS has been perfecting the language camp experience in one of their most popular programs – the Malibu Youth Camp! The camp is held at Pepperdine University, located in the coastal resort community of Malibu in Southern California. (This is just a short 30 minute drive from our California Soccer Academy. ) The goal of the joint program is to provide a safe and positive environment, where children from around the world can interact, get better at the sport they love and improve their English all at the same time! See video below for more information on this exciting offering.
The start date for the combined language and sport program is June 29, 2014. Language classes would run from June 29 through July 18 and then the campers would transfer to the California Soccer Academy at CSU Channel Island for their one week soccer program. The Soccer Academy begins on July 20 and runs to Friday July 25.
Language campers receive three morning lessons (each lesson is 50-minutes) each day. This is followed by lunch and supervised on-campus activities which include sports, games and events with American teens. Students also participate in late afternoon and evening activities which include shopping, bowling and scavenger hunts. Supervised full-day excursions on the weekends include a Los Angeles City Tour, trips to Six Flags magic Mountain - voted best roller coaster park in the world, and the ever popular Universal Studios Holloywood with its awe-inspiring rides, shows and a real working movie studio.
After the language program, campers are transfered to the California Soccer Academy camp located at Cal State Channel Islands. There, players are grouped by age and ability into teams that are under the supervision of our professional staff of college coaches and professional players. Besides the twice a day technical training, campers also participate in scrimmages each evening to integrate their newly learned skills into real game situations. This camp session is geared toward High school age players from age 14-17.
There are also penalty kick competitions, Soccer Olympics, Super Soccer, and the Styro Cup Challenge. At the end of the week, each camper sits down with their coach and receives a full written evaluation to help prepare for the new season. No other camp has developed such a complete program or can match over 30 years of excellence.
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- Professional coaching staff
- Written evaluations for each camper
- 15:1 Camper to staff ratio
- Team play, skill development and scrimmages
- Supervised evening activities
- Players are grouped by age and ability
- Opportunity to add a comprehensive 2-3 week ELS language and adventure program prior to CA Soccer Academy program
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.
Meet your coaching staff
- Director The Soccer Academy location.
- Hormoz has been a senior staff coach at The Soccer Academy for over twenty years.
- Named to the Iranian Junior National Team.
- High School All-American, drafted by the New York Cosmos who had Pele on their roster.
- Only College All-American player that year from New England in his senior year.
- Twelve year professional career in San Diego, Philadelphia and Detroit.
- MVP in World Indoor Championships in Mexico City that included players like Diego Maradona.
- Personal trainer for many outstanding young players in Southern California.
The ELS language program would run before the start of soccer camp. The students will participate in their language course at the ELS malibu Camp at Pepperdine University.
ELS Language Program at Malibu (Pepperdine University) Ages 10-17
Language Dates: June 29-July 18
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.
Soccer dates: Check-in July 20 (Campers will be transported from ELS Language Camp at Pepperdine to Soccer Academy camp location.)
- Session I: July 20 through July 25 (Campers will depart 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 from LAX and to the Soccer Academy At CSU-Channel Islands from Pepperdine University after the language program has been completed.
Designated airport is Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Campers need to complete the travel form and send it email@example.com 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.
When you are at least 10 years old and have learned the basics, then you are ready for the Advanced Session. Some of the best junior players from California and other states will be there and you can be part of the action. Advanced sessions continue the process of skill development. Tactical awareness is also taught to help players increase their speed of play and vision. This session has often been sold out, so get your application in early! 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.
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. The week ends when we bring in a DJ and have a camp dance and pizza party. 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.
The Soccer Academy offers total keeper coaching that includes the technical, tactical, and psychological training you need. Demonstrations and drills are used to reinforce skills; but the real benefits come from the competitions, small sided scrimmages, and full games against field players. There are separate groups for 10-13 year olds and high school players. Keepers and field players train in their specialty during the day and scrimmage together in the evening. By the end of the week our coaches will have you getting to crosses that you couldn’t touch before and saving shots that you thought were unstoppable.
Can parents visit during the camp week?
Some parents visit their children during the week. If you visit, make sure to check with a camp staff member to let someone know that you are on the campus. The staff person can tell you where the campers are on campus at any given time. After dark, visitors will be stopped by campus security and will have to show identification.
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
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 Saturday 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
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 parents eat meals with their kids? Visiting parents can eat with the campers but they will need to check with the cafeteria staff to pay for their own meals.
10. Can parents visit during the camp week? Some parents visit their children during the week. If you visit, make sure to check with a camp staff member to let someone know that you are on the campus. The staff person can tell you where the campers are on campus at any given time. After dark, visitors will be stopped by campus security and will have to show identification.
11. 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.
12. Where can family and friends stay? We recommend the Hampton Inn & Suites in Camarillo, only a couple miles from campus. To make a reservation, call 805-389-9898 or Click Here.Read camper reviews