The Soccer Academy California

The Soccer Academy California
The Soccer Academy California

US Sports is thrilled to host The Soccer Academy for another successful year at CSU Channel Islands. The Academy offers a unique program of instruction that develops each camper's skills and tactical awareness.

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 over 30 years of excellence.

Highlights Include

  • 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

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 CSU Channel Islands location.  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.

Camp Details

Our home is the stunning campus at Cal State Channel Islands located near Camarillo, CA.  The university is surrounded by agricultural land and nestled at the base of the Santa Monica mountains.   It has the most modern facilities of a Cal State school and state of the art soccer fields for our campers.  Now in our 41st year of running camp, we continue to be leader in youth soccer programs.

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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. 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 six days. Day campers arrive around 8:30am and leave around 8pm each day. Lunch and dinner are included.

Basic Session

These sessions are perfect for players, ages 8-10, in their first three years of playing. The emphasis here is fun! Our goal is to have our youngest campers learn to love the game so that they can’t wait for their next practice or game. At this age, players should learn the correct techniques that will serve as a base for the rest of their careers. Skills are taught using fun games, drills, and scrimmages under the supervision of our staff coaches. Young players also get their first taste of living in a dorm with other players. They are supervised by adult counselors who help make sure that week safe and enjoyable

Advanced Sessions

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.

Goalkeeping

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.

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.

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.

Group Discounts

The Academy does give a tuition break of $25.00 for groups of five or more after January 31st.  Groups can enroll together on paper applications. Just get your group’s applications together send them in one envelope, and you get the discount. Remember, you cannot combine the early enrollment discount with the group rate. If you have questions, call 800 NIKE CAMPS (645-3226).

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.

Facilities

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

  • 8:00am 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
  • Indoor soccer, movies, rec room free time
  • 10:00pm Dorm meeting, snacks and lights out

Camper Reviews

Parent of a Soccer Academy Camper

  • 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! 

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Parent of a Soccer Academy Camper

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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, Advanced
Age Group: 10 - 13
Gender: Co-Ed
Advanced Field Players/Advanced Goalkeepers
Extended 8:30am-8pm $450.00
Availability: Open

Overnight $665.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
Programs: Goalkeeper, High School
Age Group: 14 - 17
Gender: Co-Ed
High School Field Player/High School Goalkeepers
Extended 8:30am-8pm $450.00
Availability: Open

Overnight $665.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
Programs: Basic Skills
Age Group: 8 - 13
Gender: Co-Ed
Young players within their first three years of playing
Extended 8:30am-8pm $450.00
Availability: Open

Overnight $665.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
Programs: Goalkeeper, Advanced
Age Group: 10 - 13
Gender: Co-Ed
Advanced Field Players/Advanced Goalkeepers
Extended 8:30am-8pm $450.00
Availability: Open

Overnight $665.00
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.