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ELS and The Soccer Academy are proud to offer a combined language and sport program at the prestigious Cate School, located just south of Santa Barbara in beautiful Carpinteria, CA. It is an idyllic camp location, surpassed only by the exceptional training and experience participants will receive.

Founded by the head coaches at UCLA and UCSB, The Soccer Academy has been training youth players for 44 years in Southern California and Arizona.  In addition to the twice a day technical training, campers also participate in scrimmages and week-long tournaments designed to integrate their newly learned skills into real game situations.  The ELS program is completely integrated into the camp day offering eight ELS classes each week designed to help campers improve their English conversational skills and speaking confidence. Players are grouped by age and ability into teams that are under the supervision of our professional staff of college coaches and professional players.

We also offer a second language option for those soccer players who are looking for a more intensive ELS language program. In this scenario, campers will first participate in the ELS language camp held at Pepperdine, then transfer to the Cate School to enjoy the remaining two or three weeks of their program with the Soccer Academy.  This option offers 15 language classes each week versus the 8 lessons per week offered with the Cate School program. ELS teachers supervise both language programs. Please see the options listed below.

International campers looking for a multi-week soccer only option at Cate School should click here for available options. 

Highlights Include
  • Professional and international coaching staff
  • Written evaluations for each camper
  • Excellent coaching staff and professional ELS certified teachers
  • ELS Classes designed for beginner through intermediate levels offering eight 50-minute lessons per week (M-TH)
  • 15:1 Camper to staff ratio for language and sport program
  • Tournaments and evening scrimmages
  • Fun, evening and weekend activities - games, movies, visit the beach and Santa Barbara
  • Players are grouped by age and ability in both the sport and language portion of the programs.
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Camp Coaches

  • Camp Director Hormoz Tabrizi

    Coach Tabrizi 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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  • 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 Senior Bowl.

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  • 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.

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  • Staff 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 their third straight national championship.

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  • Staff Wes Wade

    Coach Wade 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 with the Kansas City Comets.

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  • 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 that won a NCAA national championship.

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  • Staff Jorge Coch

    Coach Coch 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.

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  • Staff 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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  • Staff Robin Kobayshi

    Kobayshi 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.

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  • Staff 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 of being named Most Valuable Goalkeeper at the National Tournament in both 1991 and 1992.

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Camp Details

Campers looking for a soccer only program - with no ELS classes, please click here

Celebrating our 44th year, 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.

ELS Language Classes

Gain confidence in your conversational English skills. Classes focus on communication skills with their new friends at camp and on the courts. All levels welcome. Campers are evaluated at the first class and group according to skill. Beginner, and Intermediate levels welcome. General English practice with professional ELS Instructors. Eight 50-minute lessons per week. Monday – Thursday afternoons (see detailed sample schedule under More Details.)

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What's included in the fee? 

Professional coaching and instruction on grass fields, all meals, on-campus housing, supervision, and evening/weekend activities if doing a multiple week program, airport transfers from LAX, linens and weekend stay over in between sessions. Staff members reside in dorms and participate in all activities such as beach days, visiting Santa Barbara, watching movies, and playing games (Dodgeball, Wiffleball, Capture the Flag, and more).  If you are participating in the ELS Youth program at Pepperdine,all activities are also included during this program.  See 2017 ELS youth camp activity calendar.

Session Information

Check-in: Sunday12:00-2:00pm for residential campers and between 

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


Dorm: Cook House
Campers Per Room: 1
Roommates: By request
Bathrooms: Shared
Linens: Provided in fee 
Air Conditioning: No
Spending Money: $50 per week

Weekend Activities:  See attached activity calendar for those campers staying multiple sessions. 

Frequently asked questions

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.

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.  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
  • 1-2:30pm ELS classes (M-TH) Camper join soccer training session at 2:30pm
  • 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

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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


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ELS Language Nike Soccer Academy Cate School

Hormoz Tabrizi, Camp Director
1960 Cate Mesa Rd, Carpinteria, CA
Carpinteria, California 93013


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