The Soccer Academy California

The Soccer Academy California
The Soccer Academy California

US Sports is thrilled to host The Soccer Academy at the Cate School! The Academy offers a unique program of instruction that develops each camper's skills and tactical awareness.

Our soccer camps were founded by the head coaches at UCLA and UCSB in 1973. The Soccer Academy has been training youth players for 44 years in Southern California and Arizona. 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.

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 our years of excellence.

Highlights Include

  • Professional and international coaching staff
  • Written evaluations for each camper
  • 15:1 Camper to staff ratio
  • Team play, skill development and scrimmages
  • New, fun evening activities!
  • Players are grouped by age and ability
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Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Camp Director

Hormoz Tabrizi

Hormoz has been a senior  staff coach at The Soccer Academy for over twenty years and is the Camp Director at the Cate School.  In his playing career, he was named to the Iranian Junior National Team.

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  • 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.
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Staff

Kristy Walker

Kristy Walker was an All-American player at Westmont College and set the school's scoring record. She scored the winning goal for the Western U.S. Team and was the MVP for the 1995...

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Kristy Walker was an All-American player at Westmont College and set the school's scoring record. She scored the winning goal for the Western U.S. Team and was the MVP for the 1995 Senior Bowl. Kristy's California State Team won the USSF National Championship the same year. She was an assistant coach at Pepperdine when they first made the NCAA Division I playoffs. In 2004, Kristy coached an U17 So Cal Team to the USYSA National Championship. She has also served as a member of the USYSA Western Region Staff. 

Staff

Chris Sydney

Chris learned his soccer in Trinidad and Tobago. He holds a USSF A license and a NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and was an ODP Region IV staff coach from 2001-2007. Chris was a coach for...

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Chris learned his soccer in Trinidad and Tobago. He holds a USSF A license and a NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and was an ODP Region IV staff coach from 2001-2007. Chris was a coach for the U.S. U17 and U18 Women's National team from 2007-2008. He helped train, identify, and develop players who would go on to compete in the 2010 U20 Women's World Cup. 

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Mary Jo Soufl

Mary Jo Soufl was a CIF Championship player in High School. She went on to play college soccer at Westmont College which recently won thier third straight National Championship. Mary Jo...

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Mary Jo Soufl was a CIF Championship player in High School. She went on to play college soccer at Westmont College which recently won thier third straight National Championship. Mary Jo has coaching licenses from the USSF and the NSCAA. She has coached the women's team at Cal State San Bernardino and El Camino College and took Bishop Montgomery High School to the CIF Finals in 2000. She is a coach at South Bay Soccer Club. 

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Wes Wade

Wes played professionally for over 15 years and has been on our camp staff for the last 16 summers. He has played outdoor soccer professionally and competed in the Major Indoor Soccer...

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Wes played professionally for over 15 years and has been on our camp staff for the last 16 summers. He has played outdoor soccer professionally and competed in the Major Indoor Soccer League with the Kansas City Comets. He has been on the All Star Team five times and played on the U.S. Indoor Team in the World Championships. In his first season as the head coach at Park University, his women's team won their league championship and appeared in the NAIA National Championship Playoffs. Wes is the Director of the Arizona Soccer Camp. 

Staff

Omid Azminijad

Coach Azminijad played on a youth team that won an Iranian National Championship and was on a High School State Championship team. Omid was an assistant coach for Grand Canyon University...

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Coach Azminijad played on a youth team that won an Iranian National Championship and was on a High School State Championship team. Omid was an assistant coach for Grand Canyon University that won a NCAA National Championship. He holds a USSF A Coaching License. Since 1988, he has been a Staff Coach on Arizona's Olympic Development Program and has coached club teams beginning in 1993. 

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Jorge Coch

Jorge was a professional player for eight years in the First Division of Argentina with Boca Juniors. As a player, his team won both the League and the Argentine Cup. He was also selected...

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Jorge was a professional player for eight years in the First Division of Argentina with Boca Juniors. As a player, his team won both the League and the Argentine Cup. He was also selected as Argentina's Pro Player of the Year. His pro career also included stops in Mexico and Chile. Jorge has also coached professional teams in Argentina and Mexico. 

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Brady Flummer

Brady was All State and an Arizona State ODP player in high school. At Yavapai College he had 11 shutouts during his freshman season. Brady also made two National Championship appearances....

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Brady was All State and an Arizona State ODP player in high school. At Yavapai College he had 11 shutouts during his freshman season. Brady also made two National Championship appearances. As the former goalkeeper coach at Northern Arizona University, his keepers were on the All Conference Tournament Team two years in a row. NAU also won two Conference Championships and made two NCAA Division I appearances. 

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Robin Kobayshi

Robin won a CIF Championship as a players and has helped coach San Clemente High School to three straight Southern California Championships. She was also a player and coach at Long Beach...

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Robin won a CIF Championship as a players and has helped coach San Clemente High School to three straight Southern California Championships. She was also a player and coach at Long Beach State. Her college coaching credits also include Rancho Santiago College. Her club teams have won the Surf Cup, Celtic Cup, and Coast League Championship. 

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Chris Sagar

A native of Trinidad and Tobago, Chris represented his country at the U19 and U23 (Olympic) levels. He won a National Championship with Yavapai College in 1992 and earned the distinction...

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A native of Trinidad and Tobago, Chris represented his country at the U19 and U23 (Olympic) levels. He won a National Championship with Yavapai College in 1992 and earned the distinction of being named Most Valuable Goalkeeper at the National Tournament in both 1991 and 1992. He currently holds the NCAA II National Record for Lowest Goals Against in a career (.32 goals/game) for his play at University of Wisconsin Parkside. Chris played for three professional teams and has coached at Arizona State and Phoenix College. 

Camp Details

Our home is the stunningly beautiful Cate School, located eleven miles east of Santa Barbara.  The soccer fields are in close proximity to the dorms and the cafeteria has lots of healthy options. Cate School also brings many new fun evening activities to our Soccer Academy Campers!

Celebrating our 44th year of running camp, we continue to be leader in youth soccer programs. Our campers have won high school championships, state cups, NCAA, NAIA, and junior college national championships. They have also competed on state select, USYSA regional, U.S. Junior National, and U.S. World Cup teams. Our coaching staff has included 34 college coaches, 23 foreign professional players, and 17 American pros.

More Important Camp Details

What's included in the fee? 

Overnight Campers: Professional coaching and instruction on grass fields, all meals, on-campus housing, supervision and new evening activities. 24-hour supervision is an important feature of every US Sports Camp. Staff members reside in campers’ quarters and participate in all activities.

Extended Day Campers 8:30am-8pm: Professional coaching and instruction, lunch, dinner and evening activities. All sessions are open to day campers. Like the boarders, they attend all five days. Day campers arrive around 8:30am and leave around 8pm each day. Lunch and dinner are included.

Day Campers 8:30am-4pm: Professional coaching and instruction and lunch daily. All sessions are open to day campers. Like the boarders, they attend all five days. Day campers arrive around 8:30am and leave around 4pm each day.

Session Information

Check-in: between 12:00-2:00pm for residential campers and between 1:30-2:00pm for day and extended day campers.

Check-out: Styro Cup starts at 10:45am, followed by awards presentation. Camp ends at 11:45am.

HOUSING

Dorm: Cook House
Campers Per Room: 1
Roommates: By request
Bathrooms: Shared
Linens: Not provided. Bring linens or sleeping bag, pillow, pillowcase and a towel.
Air Conditioning: No
Spending Money: $50 per week

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.

Discounts

Group Discount -

If you have a group of five or more campers registering for the same camp, each camper is eligible for a $30 discount. 

To register a group online: Please have one person contact the USSC office with the names of each camper in the group at 1-800-645-3226 to create a unique discount code. Campers may then register individually through the website at their convenience and apply the offer code during check out.
To register a group via mail/fax: Please have each camper fill out our registration form.  Click “Get Brochure” above and print the application.  All registration forms must be received at the same time via mail or fax. Fax registrations to 415.526.5945. Mail registrations to Nike Soccer Camps 1010 B Street, Suite 450, San Rafael, CA 94901.

Early Bird Offer - Register by January 15th to receive 2016 rates! Enter "SA2016rates" at check-out! 

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?  Most of the dorms at Cate are singles. If we cannot place you in a double, 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.

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 8:00am Breakfast
  • 8:30am Day campers arrive
  • 9:00am Field session
  • 11:00am Free time
  • 12:00pm Lunch
  • 2:00pm Field session
  • 4:00pm Day campers depart
  • 4:05pm Free time - swimming
  • 5:30pm Dinner
  • 6:30pm Competitions and games
  • 8:00pm Extended Day campers depart
  • 9:00pm Indoor soccer, movies, rec room free time
  • 10:00pm Dorm meeting, snacks and lights out

Camper Reviews

Parent of Camper, 2016

  • 5/5.
Loved camp

Although my son did not know anyone going to the camp, he made friends immediately and really enjoyed his week at camp. He loved the soccer lessons and liked making new friends. The coaches were top notch and seemed to really enjoy teaching the kids. 

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Soccer Academy Camper, 2016

  • 5/5.
Really Great!

The camp was really great! I'd recommend it to anyone, even if you've never played before. It's a great learning experience. You can make new friends very easily! 

Soccer Academy Camper-2015

  • 5/5.
Happy Camper

I have attended the camp for six years now and have always found it to be a place where I improve my soccer skills along with it being a bonding experience with both teammates and new friends. It's an amazing experience that I look forward to every summer! 

Parent of a Soccer Academy Camper-2015

  • 4/5.
Wonderful Experience!

The Soccer Academy is a wonderful experience for true lovers of the game. There are players from all over the world who end up here and their common love for the game is a real bonding experience. Returning year after year, the campers establish potential lifelong friendships. And the level of coaching and intensity of play can't be beat. Hormoz and Wes run a great camp. You (and your player) won't be disappointed.

 

Parent of a Soccer Academy Camper-2015

  • 5/5.
Exceeded expectations

My son and I continue to talk about the fantastic experience we had during the program. My son is using many tools he acquired at the camp in his games now. The level of organization and coaching met and exceeded our expectations, and the facilities were great! 

Parent of a Soccer Academy Camper-2015

  • 4/5.
Safe and Fun

The safety was my number one concern, with a young overnight camper. They exceeded my expectations there. My son learned a lot and had a lot of fun!

Parent of a Soccer Academy Camper-2014

  • 5/5.
Gain confidence on and off the field

My son was saying tonight that the camp was a good all around experience. Tim explained to him what he needed to work on and was very positive which gave him the confidence he needed. Tim’s name comes up often when talking about soccer and college. He left a big impression on my son and it shows in his games this year with the high school soccer team. His confidence level is much higher along with his play. Looking forward to seeing next year’s camp schedule.

Parent of a Soccer Academy Camper-2014

  • 5/5.
Can not wait to return!

This summer was my daughter's first year with your camp and she loved it. We really noticed an increased level in her playing. My husband, who coaches her GU10 team is very impressed with her skills. She can not wait to return next summer and wants to do 2 sessions!

Parent of a Soccer Academy Camper-2014

  • 5/5.
Great coaches

I want to thank you and all the coaches that worked so hard with my son. He had so much fun and it was a fantastic opportunity for him to become more independent and more responsible. His passion is soccer and he wants to go back next year. Thank you!

Soccer Academy Camper-2013

  • 5/5.
Academy paid off

I go to the University of Illinois in Champaign and I have played as the starting keeper for the last 2 years (thanks to my summers at the soccer academy!) I have just been offered a Division 1 Varsity Soccer scholarship at U of I so I will be rostered with them starting this fall. I owe a lot of where I am today to the time i spent with you as my coaches.

Camp Dates & Prices

Programs: Goalkeeper, Basic Skills, Advanced Field Player
Age Group: 8 - 17
Gender: Co-Ed
Extended Day (8:30am-8pm) $475.00
Availability: Open

Overnight $715.00
Availability: Open

Day (8:30am-4:00pm) $405.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
Programs: Goalkeeper, Basic Skills, Advanced Field Player
Age Group: 8 - 17
Gender: Co-Ed
Extended Day (8:30am-8pm) $475.00
Availability: Open

Overnight $715.00
Availability: Open

Day (8:30am-4:00pm) $405.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
Programs: Goalkeeper, Basic Skills, Advanced Field Player
Age Group: 8 - 17
Gender: Co-Ed
Extended Day (8:30am-8pm) $475.00
Availability: Open

Overnight $715.00
Availability: Open

Day (8:30am-4:00pm) $405.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
For additional camp information and dates call us at 1-800-NIKE-CAMP we would be happy to help you.