Cal Boys Soccer Camp
Improve Your Skills And Have Fun at Cal Soccer Camp
Train like a Cal Bear at Cal Soccer Camps & Academies in Berkeley, CA this summer! 2023 Pac-12 Coach of the Year Leonard Griffin and his staff believe in providing the opportunity for players to reach their greatest potential by challenging them technically and tactically, in a fun and encouraging environment. The California Soccer Academy & Camps' curriculum has been developed to offer modern and successful training methods used throughout the United States and Europe.
All Cal Sports Camps are open to any and all entrants. For your safety and benefit, we recommend you choose a camp that fits your level of development. All events are subject to change based on NCAA and Covid-19 restrictions. Due to high demand and limited capacity, prices are subject to increase as the camp exceeds 25%/50%/75% capacity.
- Position-specific training
- Unique & structured curriculum
- Low camper to coach ratio
- Cal Soccer Camp T-shirt & camp prizes
- Elite technical training & game knowledge development
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Head Coach - Cal Men's Soccer Leonard Griffin
Leonard Griffin, a former California men’s soccer assistant with more than a decade of collegiate coaching experience, was named the head coach of the Cal men’s soccer program of March 31, 2022.View Leonard's Bio ⟩
A talented recruiter and coach who has sent more than 30 student-athletes to the professional ranks, Griffin served as head coach at Grand Canyon for the 2021 season and previously was the head coach at San Francisco from 2019 through the 2021 spring season. He led Grand Canyon to a 15-4-1 overall record and to the WAC’s regular-season title with a 9-2 conference mark. The Antelopes – whose RPI was ranked as high as No. 1 last season – earned an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament.
His Lopes finished the season ranked 25th in the country and had eight players earn WAC honors, including WAC Defender of the Year Esai Easley and Justin Rasmussen, an All-WAC midfielder. Easley and Rasmussen became the first Grand Canyon players chosen in the first round of the MLS SuperDraft when Sporting Kansas City selected Easley at No. 22 and the Portland Timbers picked Rasmussen at No. 27. Griffin has now coached 35 players who have gone on to play professional soccer.
At USF from 2019-21, Griffin led the Dons to a third-place finish in 2021 after the WCC coaches picked his team to finish last in the preseason poll. He coached the WCC Freshman of the Year and All-WCC first-team selection Nonso Adimabua, as the Dons finished with a 5-4-2 record in the truncated spring season due to the pandemic.
Griffin started his coaching career as an assistant coach with the Cal State San Bernardino’s women’s team from 2009-11, and from 2011-13, he was an assistant on the Saint Mary’s men’s staff. The Gaels won the WCC championship and reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament in 2011 and then placed third in the WCC in 2012. Griffin coached and developed 2012 WCC Defender of the Year Trevor Newquist.
Griffin served as an assistant coach at Cal from 2013-14. In 2013, he worked closely with a Golden Bear squad that was ranked No. 1 in the nation for six weeks, earned the No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament and produced numerous future pros, including defenders Steven Birnbaum, chosen No. 2 by D.C. United in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft, and Christian Dean, who was drafted right behind Birnbaum at No. 3 by the Vancouver Whitecaps.
The UCLA alum returned to his alma mater as an assistant coach from 2014-16 and helped lead the Bruins to a 25-13-6 record during his tenure. UCLA produced the top recruiting classes in the country in 2014 and 2015. The 2014 squad finished as the national runner-up, while in 2015 nine UCLA players earned All-Pac-12 honors. Griffin coached several talented Bruins, including 2014 MAC Hermann National Player of the Year Leo Stolz and 2015 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Jose Hernandez.
Griffin was an assistant coach and the recruiting coordinator at Portland from 2016-19. He helped the team to the 2016 WCC title, which was Portland’s first conference championship since 2002. He also coached several of the talented Pilots in 2016, including WCC Player of the Year Eddie Sanchez and WCC Freshman of the Year Benji Michel. Griffin worked to bring in a top-20 recruiting class in 2016 and top-five classes in 2017 and 2018.
Griffin, who played professionally for several years, was drafted by the Chicago Fire in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft and played for the Fire through 2006. He also played for the Los Angeles Galaxy (2009) and the USL’s Portland Timbers (2007-08) and Austin Aztex (2010).
Griffin played at UCLA from 2000-03, winning the national championship with the Bruins in 2002 and earning All-America honors in 2003.
Griffin replaced Kevin Grimes, who retired in February 2022 after leading the program for 22 seasons.
Assistant Coach Jacob Wilson
Jacob Wilson returned to his alma mater when he joined the Cal men’s soccer coaching staff in 2016 as an assistant coach under former Cal head coach Kevin Grimes - who mentored Wilson when the latter was a Golden Bears player.View Jacob Wilson's Bio ⟩
Jake has played in all levels of soccer (Recreational, competitive club, high school, Division 1 college--Cal, semi-pro--PDL and NPSL, and professionally) He has a great understanding of what it means.
Jake has played in all levels of soccer: Recreational, competitive club, high school, Division 1 college--Cal, semi-pro--PDL and NPSL, and professionally) He has a great understanding of what it means to be successful in the soccer world. He is passionate about raising the level of soccer in the bay area and around the US, and that starts with the youth and getting involved in the community. He is coaching a U11 boys team at Lamorinda Soccer Club as well as being the Head Assistant Coach at Cal.
2004-2009: Cal Men’s Soccer
2 time pac-10 champions, 3 NCAA tournament appearances
Team captain 2008 and 2009 seasons
2010-2014: Professional Soccer Player
2014 spVgg Bayern Hof, Germany
2013-2014: Vasas FC Budapest, Hungary - Leading goal scorer
2012-2013: C.D. Feirense, Portugal
2010-2012: SV Germania 90 Schoeneiche, Germany-Leading goal scorer
Coach Henry Foulk
Henry Foulk, a nationally regarded goalkeeper at California from 1981-83, returns to his alma mater for a 19th season as the goalkeeper coach.View Henry Foulk's Bio ⟩
A three-time All-Pacific Conference selection, Foulk ranks third in Cal history with a lifetime 0.90 goals-against average and tied for fourth with 20 career shutouts. He also ranks among the school's all-time best in the season record books with a 0.74 GAA in 1981 (fourth) and eight shutouts in both 1981 and '83 (fourth).
Foulk was a member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic soccer team, which did not compete in Moscow due to the U.S. boycott of the Games.
After graduating from Cal in 1984, Foulk gained many years of professional playing experience, including with the NASL's Los Angeles Aztecs, the ASL's Sacramento Gold and with teams in Switzerland and Germany.
Raised in Europe and now a resident of Walnut Creek, Foulk also has several years of coaching experience in the Bay Area. He spent two years as the head boys' varsity coach at De La Salle High School in Concord and the last five and a half years as coach of the Diablo Futbol Club, formerly the Diablo Valley Soccer Club.
SECURE YOUR SPOT!
Due to local and state regulations, we anticipate having to reduce our enrollment numbers significantly this year. You can expect a high demand on these first-come-first-serve camper spots, so please be sure to register early.
YOUTH DAY CAMPS:
- February 24-25, 2024 (Sat-Sun)
- Ages: 6-13
- Gender: Boys
- Options: Full Day 9am-4pm. & Half Day 9am-12pm
- General field info including directions and parking can be found here: https://recsports.berkeley.edu...
*Last day ends at 12pm
PREMIER ID ACADEMY:
- 2024 Dates Coming Soon. Join Priority List!
- Premier ID Academy Ages: 14-18
- Gender: Boys
- Hours: 9am-3:30pm: Campers will have a break in between the two sessions. there will be supervision during the break
- Session 1 will be 9:00am - 11:30am
- Session 2 will be 1:00pm - 3:30pm
- Fields: July 17-19: Goldman Field - Edwards Stadium
WINTER ID CLINICS:
- January 14-15, 2023 (Sat-Sun)
- February 25-26, 2023 (Sat-Sun)
- Register Here: Cal Soccer Winter ID Clinics
Please note that all Cal Sports Camps are subject to change or cancellation as a result of NCAA and Covid-19 related restrictions.
Our goal at these academies is the same as it has been for the past ten years and is designed for advanced-level individual players and teams! We offer a rigorous training regimen designed to identify, evaluate, and prepare players seeking to compete at the elite level in a fun and enjoyable atmosphere. Technical development with the ball is a major focus of the camp to ensure all of our players leave at the end of the week as more refined and developed players. Specific Goalkeeper Training is offered to all interested players.
PREPARE FOR CAMP: COMPLETE YOUR PRE-CAMP CHECKLIST
To view your customer account, complete your mandatory forms, pay balance dues, and review important camp information, visit Pre-Camp Checklist.
All necessary camp information is on this page. If there are any imperative changes prior to camp start, registered campers will be notified via email and this webpage will be updated!
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE FEE?
- Instruction: Training from the Cal Soccer coaching staff
- Day campers: Lunch is NOT provided
- Supervision: Staff members are strategically placed throughout the camp to provide optimal supervision and participate in all activities
- Camp T-shirt & Prizes: All campers receive a Nike Soccer Camps t-shirt and prizes
INSTRUCTION, EQUIPMENT, & FACILITY
- Ratio: Low camper to coach ratio
- Groupings: Campers are grouped by age, ability, and experience
- Equipment Needed: All campers must bring soccer ball, cleats, shin guards, athletic shoes, and a water bottle.
- Facility: Either/or Maxwell Family Field, Whitter & Underhill.
- Medical Protocol: Most camps have an athletic trainer on-site to help with illness or injury. In case of an emergency, campers will be transported to the nearest hospital
Coaches That Attended in Past
In addition to the Cal Men's Soccer Staff
- Boston College - DI
- Cal State Fullerton - DI
- San Francisco State - DII
- USF - DI
- Missouri State - DI
- Humboldt State University - DII
- Pomona-Pitzer College - DIII
- Whitman College - DIII
- Occidental College - DIII
- Harvard University - DI
- University of Pacific - DI
- UC Davis- DI
- Cal State East Bay - DII
- Cal State Monterey Bay - DII
- Washington University - DIII
- Whitworth University - DIII
- Dominican University - DIII
- *Coaches from these universities are scheduled to attend at least one session.
Please bring a ball, if you don't have a ball one will be provided.
Transportation is not provided. Campers are responsible for getting to and from camp on their own. There is no supervision before or after camp hours so please make arrangements to pick up your child on time.
Most camps have an athletic trainer on-site to help with illness or injury. In case of an emergency, campers will be transported to the nearest hospital.
For information regarding our cancellation policy and all other company policies, please visit USSC Policies.
NIKE SOCCER CAMP FAQ
For general questions about our soccer camps please see our FAQ page.
***Camps are open to any and all entrants. Enrollment in our camps is limited only by age, gender, and capacity restrictions as specified by each camp.
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Sample Daily Schedule
- For Premier ID and Junior ID Academy
- 9am-11am Training
- 11:30pm Lunch
- 12:30pm Rest
- 1:30pm Depart for training with coaches
- 2:00pm-3:30pm Training
- 4:00pm Campers Departure
The University of California was chartered in 1868 and its flagship was established at Berkeley, on San Francisco Bay. Today the world's premier public university, UC Berkeley occupies a 1,232 acre campus with a beautiful 178-acre central core.
Boys attending the Premier ID and Junior ID Academy play on newly renovated Memorial Stadium and on Witter Field, nestled in Strawberry Canyon. Full Day and Half Day Session I campers train at Memorial Stadium. Full Day and Half Day Session II camper train at Maxwell Field.
June 30, 2023: My son stuck with it and enjoyed the game on the last day.
June 8, 2023: Talking with coaches
July 4, 2023: Seeing my sons confidence
June 30, 2023: the focus on technical skills
June 13, 2023: learning how to do the marodona
June 8, 2023: level of support and knowledge
July 1, 2023: Allen, the coach from Guatemala
June 29, 2023: Interacting with the Cal coaches
June 12, 2023: play with players from the different clubs
July 1, 2023: The scrimmages were really fun for my child.
June 29, 2023: Playing with other players I haven't met before
July 22, 2023: Kids had good things to say when they came home
July 3, 2023: Staff was very friendly and receptive to my son.
July 1, 2023: The Cal players and young coaches whom my son loved
July 1, 2023: Luke loved the themes: dye hair, face paint, etc
July 4, 2023: games, team work, chemistry, penalties and world cup
July 25, 2022: Showing your best skills to scouts from different states of the country.
June 10, 2023: Kids had a really fun time. The daily character trait focus was amazing.
July 8, 2023: The first day he came home and said "I loved it!". - this was true the entire week
June 10, 2023: My child really connected with his coaches. They inspired him to keep playing soccer.
June 25, 2022: My boys meeting other peers in competing clubs. My boys excited to return all week for more.
July 14, 2023: The coaching staff was fantastic and very knowledgeable. Each day, the coaches were buzzing at camp!
July 23, 2023: Attentive coaching. My son came away feeling recognized by all the coaches, even ones who he did not play for.
June 25, 2022: My son really enjoyed this camp. He always talked about the scrimmages, the joke game and capture the flag.
June 10, 2023: My son Michael really enjoyed the camp and was able to try different positions, and play 11 side games on the last day.
June 13, 2022: My 13 year old son flying solo and making new friends, engaged coaches, and expanding his world view beyond middle school and local club.
June 11, 2023: My son met new friends, some of which will be going to his new middle school. He also loved the World Cup tournament at the end of camp.
July 24, 2023: This is Will's third summer doing Cal Soccer Camp and he enjoys working with the coaches and the team. He also enjoys meeting new friends and exchanging experiences.
July 13, 2023: Being able to meet new people. Realizing that we travel 4 hrs by car and people are willing to book a flight to attend the camp. I noticed that being able to attend the camp was appreciated by our camper.
July 24, 2022: Will continues to have fun and learn from the coaches. He also continues to make new friends from different clubs and areas of the country. His favorite part of the camps have been working with members of the Men's Soccer team. As a parent of someone who is just getting started, it's really wonderful to know that these young men remember their journey as well. Thank you!
I would highly recommend the camp
SECURE YOUR SPOT – CAMPS SELL OUT!
Last year over 650 Sports Camps sold out, leaving 7,000+ campers on the waitlist. Due to high demand, early registration for our first-come-first-serve camps is strongly recommended.