Cal Soccer Academy & Camps
Improve Your Skills And Have Fun at Cal Soccer Camp
Train like a Cal Bear at Cal Soccer Camps! Coach Grimes believes 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
Per NCAA rules, Cal Soccer Academy & 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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- Players grouped and taught based on age and ability
- Team play, skill development, games and tournaments
- Specialized goalkeeping training
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Camp Director Kevin Grimes
Head coach Kevin Grimes is entering his 18th season as the leader of the California men's soccer program after multiple recent years of great success including an unprecedented five Pac-10 Coach of the Year awards (2002, 2005-07 and 2010).View Kevin Grimes's Bio ⟩
Grimes has a career record of 173-105-38 in 16 seasons at Cal after coaching the Golden Bears to an 9-6-2 in 2015. He led the Bears to the NCAA Tournament Round of 16 in 2014 as the tournament's 15th overall seed and the team finished with an overall record of 11-7-1. He also led the Bears in arguably their best season in program history in 2013, when they were ranked number one by the NSCAA poll for six consecutive weeks for the first time in program history, finishing the season with a 14-5-2 record and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals. The Bears were the fourth overall seed, also the highest seed ever in school history. Grimes was also named NSCAA Far West Region Coach of the Year
Four Golden Bears were selected in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft, including three first round choices. Defender Steve Birnbaum was selected second overall by D.C. United, defender Christian Dean was the third overall pick by Vancouver Whitecaps FC, midfielder/defender Ryan Neil was the 18th selection by Real Salt Lake and midfielder Alec Sundly was a second round choice by the New England Revolution.
2010 was another banner year for Grimes and the program.. He earned the NSCAA Far West Region Coach of the Year award and the conference coaching honor after his team produced a 14-2-4 record, a .750 winning percentage, what turned out to be the last Pac-10 championship and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament elite eight that season.
His 2010 Golden Bears also featured three All-Americans - A.J. Soares, Davis Paul and David Bingham - as well as the Pac-10 Player of the Year (Soares) and six All-Pac-10 players (Soares, Bingham, Paul, Servando Carrasco, Hector Jimenez and Birnbaum).
Six starters moved on to the professional ranks after the 2010 season, with Soares (New England), Paul (Chicago), Bingham (San Jose), Carrasco (Seattle), Jimenez (Los Angeles) and Demitrius Omphroy (Toronto) heading to Major League Soccer.
The Cal coach led the Bears to a 9-8-1 record in 2009. In 2008, Grimes led the Bears to their eighth straight NCAA Tournament appearance and along the way achieved his 100th career victory. Cal reached the third round of the NCAA College Cup after a stunning double-overtime victory at UC Santa Barbara in the second round. The Bears compiled a final record of 12-4-5 and finished second in the Pac-10 standings.
In 2007, Grimes coached the Bears to their second straight conference title. Collecting a record of 12-6-2 (6-3-1 in the Pac-10), Cal reached the second round of the NCAA College Cup.
Cal reached the sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in 2006, and the Bears compiled a 13-6-1 overall record and a 7-3-0 conference mark. Among the big wins during the regular season were upsets of ninth-ranked UCLA, 3-1, and of ninth-ranked Washington, 2-0, in Seattle.
Prior to 2010, the 2005 season featured Cal's best postseason campaign in school history and at the time resulted in Cal's best winning percentage (.738, 14-4-3 record) since 1985 (.750, 16-5-1). The Bears reached the elite eight of the NCAA Tournament, surpassing the 2002 and 2006 Grimes-led squads that reached the tournament's sweet 16. Cal played another slate of nationally ranked teams, beating fourth-ranked UC Santa Barbara, 2-0, seventh-ranked Santa Clara, 1-0, and 16th-ranked San Diego State, 2-1.
The 2004 season featured an overtime victory over No. 17 Santa Clara to advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Cal finished the season at 13-4-3 and tied for second in the Pac-10 at 4-3-1. The Bears matched a program-high nine-game unbeaten streak to start the season. Late in the season Cal had two exciting double-overtime victories, beating Stanford, 3-2, and edging No. 5 Washington, 1-0.
In 2003, Grimes led the Bears to their third consecutive NCAA Tournament, beating San Jose State, 2-0, to advance to the second round of the tournament. Cal finished the season 11-9-2 (5-4-1, tied for 3rd Pac-10). Highlights from the season included a two-game sweep of rival Stanford and a four-game winning streak that included two wins over 2003 WAC champion San Jose State.
Grimes led the Bears squad to a 14-6-2 mark in 2002. He was rewarded by being named the NSCAA/adidas Division I Far West Region Coach of the Year, becoming only the third Bears coach, after DiGrazia (1977) and Bill Coupe (1983), to receive the award. Regular-season highlights in 2002 included a nine-match winning streak and 1-0 regular-season wins over eventual NCAA finalists UCLA and Stanford. More remarkable was Cal's 10-1-0 home record, serving notice to the country that Goldman Field was not a welcome place to play.
Cal's first postseason victory in school history came in 2002 over UC Santa Barbara, 2-1, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Bears finished the season ranked No. 14 in the country, and Grimes had Cal on its way to becoming one of the premier programs in the nation.
Grimes had bright moments in his first season as coach, among them leading the Bears to a 1-0 victory over No. 7 UCLA. Grimes guided his team to the biggest win of 2000 when it toppled No. 3 Indiana, 2-1.
Grimes, came to Cal after serving as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Southern Methodist, for three seasons. During his tenure at SMU, the Mustangs recorded a 50-11-2 record and earned three NCAA tournament bids.
Before joining the SMU coaching staff, Grimes spent three seasons (1995-97) as coach of the Mission Viejo (Calif.) Pateadores Soccer Club, which is one of the nation's premier soccer clubs with numerous players competing at Division I programs across the country. He also coached the Irvine (Calif.) High School girls' varsity team from 1995-97 and the San Juan (Calif.) Soccer Club from 1993-94.
Originally from St. Louis, Mo., Grimes was a stellar high school player. As a member of the Scott Gallagher Soccer Club, he won the 1984 Under-19 McGuire Cup National Championship. In 1986, he was named a Parade All-American and Parade's National Defender of the Year as a senior at Rosary High School.
As a collegiate athlete, Grimes helped build the SMU program into one of the nation's perennial soccer powers from 1986-89. A two-year team captain, he was a two-time NSCAA First-Team All-American and a two-time finalist for the Hermann Award, which is given annually to the best collegiate men's and women's soccer players. Grimes graduated from SMU in 1990 with a bachelor's degree in economics.
Grimes played with the U.S. National Team from 1988-91, acquiring five full international caps and appearing in more than 30 matches. He went on to play professional soccer for eight years, most recently with the Orange County Zodiac of the A-League in 1997, when he was selected to the A-League All-Star Game in Rochester, N.Y. Grimes spent the early part of 1996 with the former San Jose Clash of Major League Soccer.
Grimes' coaching credentials also include both the U.S. Soccer Federation "A" license and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's Advanced National license.
Grimes, his wife, Nori, their son, Emerson, and their daughter, Kenzie, reside in the East Bay.
Coach Jacob Wilson
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 meansView 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 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 13th season as the goalkeeper coach. A three-time All-Pacific Conference selection, FoulkView Henry Foulk's Bio ⟩
Henry Foulk, a nationally regarded goalkeeper at California from 1981-83, returns to his alma mater for a 13th season as the goalkeeper coach.
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.
Cal continues to be one of the nation’s top programs for developing talent to play professionally. We share training techniques and methods that helped the Cal men's soccer team win the Pac-12 Championship in 2006, 2007 & 2010! Cal continues to be one of the nation’s top programs for developing talent to play professionally. In 2013, Cal had 18 players in the pro ranks including 13 in the MLS and three in Europe. In the 2014 MLS Superdraft, Cal had 3 players selected in the first round, including the 2nd & 3rd picks overall. The three first round selections were the most of any university in the country! Click more details to learn more about program specifics.Show Less See More Camp Details
2018 Session Information
Junior and Premier ID Academy
Camp Dates: June 25-28 and July 7-10
Junior: Ages 10-13
Premier: Ages 14-18
The Cal Men's Soccer program offers two weeks of Junior Premier & Premier Academy each summer. 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.
Premier and Junior ID Academy: Check-In will take place between 12-1:30 pm (location TBA)
Extended Day Camper Schedule: First Day 1:30 pm-8:30 pm, Day 2 & 3 9:00 am-8:30 pm, Last Day 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Awards Presentation at Witter Field at 11:15am. Parents are invited! Check out is at 12:00pm from the dorms.
Overnight campers reside at the Stern Residence Hall location a few blocks down from Witter Field.
Dorm: Stern Residence Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720. Campers stay 2 per room. Roommates are guaranteed if requested 14 days prior to camp Bathrooms: Shared on floor Linens: Please bring your own linens, pillow and towel. Air Conditioning: No Meals: All meals will be provided in the Crossroads Dining Hall Suggested spending money: $40 Key Deposit: Not required Lost Keys: For lost keys you will be responsible for a $50 charge for regular rooms/$75 for suites Medical facility: a certified trainer will be on staff during all field sessions
We recommend extra spending money for optional pizza at night after the evening training session. An assigned coaching staff member helps order the pizza for the campers. No other food is ordered. There are multiple vending and soft drink machines in the dorm complex for additional snacks if needed.
Dates: June 18-22 and July 16-20
Full Day Camp - Ages: 8-13
Half Day Camp - Ages: 5-10
This camp is designed for beginner through advanced level soccer players ages 5-13. Individuals are placed in groups with participants of similar age, size and ability to ensure a beneficial training environment. We offer special goalkeeper sessions within each camp. Come join Coach Grimes and the CAL staff for lots of soccer and great fun!
Full Day Campers: 4pm daily, except Friday pick-up which is at noon.
Half Day Campers: Noon each day. Full day campers, camp ends at 12 noon on Friday.
For an additional $50 (collected at the time of registration), campers can stay from 12:00pm-4:00pm on Friday. To add this afternoon session, call our offices at 800-645-3226.
Full Day & Half Day Camp: On Monday, June 18th and Monday July, 16th between 8:30am-9:00am (Location TBA)
Full Day and Half Day Camp: Check out is at Noon on Friday (Location TBA)
Players are grouped by age and ability
Facility: Turf and grass fields
Refer a Friend Discount
Camp is always more fun with friends! Bring a new friend to our youth full & half day camps and receive $30 off your and your friend's camp tuition. Please call 1-800-645-3226 to receive this offer.
*excludes Junior & Premier Academies
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.
A detailed registration packet containing check-in location, health/release forms, emergency contact info, and a list of things to bring will be emailed to all registered campers prior to camp. Our health and release forms do not require a doctor's signature and they will be collected on the first day of camp.
ATC are on staff and they stay on campus in the dorms along with our coaching staff members.
Due to University and NCAA Policies, we are not allowed to offer any transportation to and from camps. The airport closest to the Berkeley campus is Oakland International Airport; San Francisco International Airport is also within a reasonable distance. There are several options that we suggest.
There are a few shuttle services that offer transportation to and from Oakland & San Francisco International Airports. Reservations must be made at least a few days in advance, you can make reservations over the phone or online.
Phone: 1-877-467-1800 (Local, Bay Area) 1-415-467-1800 (Long Distance, Outside Bay Area)
Pricing: (All Prices are Approximate)
To/From Oakland International Airport/Campus $25.00 (One Way)
To/From San Francisco International Airport/Campus $29.00 (One Way)
Pricing: (All Prices are Approximate)
To/From Oakland International Airport/Campus $32.00 (One Way)
To/From San Francisco International Airport/Campus $35.00 (One Way)
Sample Daily Schedule
- For Premier ID and Junior ID Academy
- 7:15am Wake up & breakfast
- 8:30am Depart for training with coaches, commuters meet on field
- 9am-11am Training
- 11:30pm Lunch
- 12:30pm Rest
- 1:30pm Depart for training with coaches
- 2:00pm-3:30pm Training
- 5:00pm Dinner
- 6:30pm Depart for training with coaches
- 6:45pm-8:30pm Evening games
- 8:30pm Resident players return to dorm, commuter players depart from the fields
- 9:30pm Snacks, optional pizza
- 10:30pm Return to rooms
- 11:00pm Lights out
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.
Camp ReviewsSubmit a review
I would highly recommend this camp to others of any skill level. After spending the week with this organization I feel more confident in my skills and abilities. This camp allowed me to grow and test my skills against older kids in the advanced session versus the beginner due to my age.
— Thomas W., Camper 2016
Overall great camp
Our kids have attended Soccer Camps in Southern California. The location of the camp at CSUCI was a perfect location with perfect weather. The college during the Summer is empty and the only group of people were the soccer camp kids. Parking was ample for parents. Our kids were very, very happy with the food! They now want to go and play at the college level because soccer is fun and the food in the cafeteria is great! The coaches provide positive feedback and the group of coaches are well rounded individuals with rich and unique soccer personal experiences at the many different levels.
— Kristin G, Parent 2016
It's my son's third year attending the camp. It doesn't get any better than this camp. My son is a gold player and every year he gets better after attending camp but more importantly he meets new kids and has a blast! The coaches are top-notch!
— Helen M., Parent 2016
I just wanted to say thank you for providing a positive, high quality camp for my son, during your July 11-14 camp. It was his first time to your camp and we came from Seattle really not knowing what to expect. Quality goalkeeping sessions are hard to come by in our area and I had to email and let you know what a positive impact your team of goalkeeping coaches had on my son. Your coaches not only gave him great technical training, but inspired him to come home and work hard on the new things he learned. I want to add that your speech about the importance of academics was priceless. My son really heard you and although he is a good student already, it helps to re-affirm everything he hears from me about how hard he has to work to achieve his goals. I now have an aspiring Cal Bear on my hands, which was is great! Please let your staff know what a great job they did and what an impact he is having on kids at such an important age. We will definitely be back next year! Thanks again to you and your team.
— Abraham L., Parent 2016
Experience was exceptional
Nike Soccer Camp was a great experience for our son. He was really motivated to learn and to improve, even after his week at camp. He was exposed to a great ambiance, with participants coming from all over the country. Some campers even traveled here from outside of the US. The camp also provided a safe atmosphere for the participants to learn, and the college/dorm experience was a plus because it gave our teenager something more to strive for in the years to come. Being coached by a collegiate staff and players gave the boys something to emulate for their upcoming college years. All in all the experience was exceptional, even the food was great!
— Lindsey S., Parent 2015
Learned how to be accountable
The Nike Soccer Camp at Berkeley is outstanding. We have our son playing at the Gold Level in club and we feel this camp offers outstanding coaching and overall training. The location is unparalleled and the housing fantastic. This is the second year our oldest son has attended and our younger so will be attending next year as well. The boys are well supervised but also expected to manage their time properly, get to the cafeteria on time, be prepared in a timely manner for the group departure to the fields, and very importantly, how to be accountable for their kit and gear at all times. My son has made friends from New York, Los Angeles, Australia and the Philippines while attending. I enthusiastically recommend this camp.
— Ronald H., Parent 2015
Boosted his Confidence
My son is 11 years old and this was his first "sleep away" camp. He didn't know anyone else going to camp that week, but made so many new friends by the time he left. He is a very picky eater, and so we were worried about that, but he ended up really liking the food and it wasn't an issue at all. He had so much fun and learned a lot. His coach for the week was one of the keepers on the UC Berkeley team and he was so amazed by that and really admired him. I would highly recommend this camp to others, and I will certainly send my son again next year. It was a great experience for him in both improving his soccer skills and in boosting his confidence. He can't wait to go again next summer.
— Joy M., Parent 2015
Venue is a plus
My 10 year-old son has been going to Nike California Soccer Academy at UC Berkeley for the last three years and he looks forward to returning each year. It's a great mix of fun, athletic intensity, soccer skills and friends. The coaches are great and the UC Berkeley venue is a plus! Highly recommended.
— Jodi W., Parent 2014
Cool to train to CAL players and coaches
Awesome camp that helped me focus on the goalkeeping techniques I needed to improve on and so cool to train with CAL Bear players and coaches! Go Bears!
— Ryan P., Camper 2014
Camp home pumped up
Overall this camp was a positive experience for our son. He enjoyed the coaches and the kids and the food! He came home pumped up and really excited about soccer. He liked the camp because he was able to work on basic skills and therefore improved on his first touch and ball control.
— Janett B., Parent 2014
This is a very intense 4 day camp for elite players or those wanting to bring their game to the next level. You son will enjoy the personal attention they receive.
— Karissa O., Parent 2014
Full soccer immersion
I loved the value offered by this camp. It offered full immersion in a soccer experience with excellent coaching and lots of intensity.
— Theo F., Camper 2014
Intense soccer experience
Nike Cal camp gives players an intense soccer experience on a college campus. It a great way to inspire players and get a great soccer experience.
— Logan B., Camper 2013
Should focus on Nutrition
I think a sports camp should have a clear vision about nutrition. There was too much sugary drinks and sodas. A camp like this has an opportunity to demonstrate sporting as a lifestyle ... not just a game. What does it take to be an athlete and what does that mean. I saw a lot of great sportsmanship which I think is great.
— Sheldon K., Camper 2016
Pushed me to do my best
The Nike Cal Soccer Camp was a great all around experience. I felt really accepted, even though I did not do the overnight. The staff there was great, and the facilities were amazing as well. The intensity was great, and the coaches made sure to push all the players to their bests.
— Cedric W., Camper 2013
Educational and challenging
I found this experience educational and challenging and would highly recommend to others. I am looking forward to attending next year and will also do overnight.
— Anthony F., Camper 2013
Needs better feedback
Feedback about my children's performance from the coaches. One doesn't write feedback so I had to get it verbally in broken English. My other child's coach said the written feedback was 'thrown away' when he didn't pick it up first thing in the morning. When pushed for verbal feedback it was very generic which made me feel that she didn't really take an active interest in my son's coaching. I doubt she knew his name after a week.
— Molly B., Parent
Challenging skills development
My son loved Nike Soccer Camp at Cal. He enjoyed everything from the challenging skills development to staying in the dorms. Watching the World Cup on the big screen at the Cal stadium during practice was an added bonus!
— Patty F., Parent 2013
Nike Berkeley camp was perfect
The level of instruction was phenomenal. For our 10 year old son, who was experiencing his first overnight camp the Nike Berkeley camp was perfect. He felt safe and secure. The dorms were safe and well supervised. As an advanced Club Soccer Player he was challenged by the coaches. In particular he loved the competitive and well organized scrimmages at the end of each training session. He is returning next year, with his 9 year old brother too!
— Lucia B., Parent 2013
Promotes team building
The coaches handled the campers in a professional way as opposed to just recreational. It gives the recreational player a real view of what is required to play in a professional league. The campers learn independence within safety guidelines. The program promotes team building. It is just an overall great opportunity and program for children of various ages.
— Conrad M., Camper 2013