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The Soccer Academy returns for its second summer to the Cate School in Carpinteria, CA! 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, Alan Meeder. 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.
- Written evaluations for each camper
- 15:1 Camper to staff ratio
- Team play, skill development and scrimmages
- New, fun evening activities!
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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.View Hormoz Tabrizi's Bio ⟩
- 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.
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.View Kristy Walker's Bio ⟩
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.View Chris Sydney's Bio ⟩
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.
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.View Mary Jo Soufl's Bio ⟩
Soufl is licensed 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.
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.View Wes Wade's Bio ⟩
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 that won a NCAA national championship.View Omid Azminijad's Bio ⟩
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.
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.View Jorge Coch's Bio ⟩
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.
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.View Robin Kobayshi's Bio ⟩
Her college coaching credits also include Rancho Santiago College. Her club teams have won the Surf Cup, Celtic Cup, and Coast League Championship.
Assistant Coach Zack Soufl
Zach Soufl is excited to join The Soccer Academy California coaching staff in the summer of 2018.View Zack's Bio ⟩
Soful is an All-American on the men's soccer team at the University of Tampa, currently in his senior year.
Last soccer season, Soufl made the SSC All-Championship team, the SSC Commissioner's Honor Roll, and appeared in 21 games, starting in 17. As a sophomore, Zack played 1,108 minutes of action for UT on the season and stated 13 games of the season. Prior to this, during his freshman year at Humboldt State University, Soufl played in 17 games for the Lumberjacks at the center back position.
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 45th year of 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.Show Less See More Camp Details
With twice a day technical training, the 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 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.
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.
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. Day campers arrive at 8:30am and leave at 4pm each day. First day arrival is noon.
Week 1: July 21-26
Week 2: July 26-31
Week 3: Aug 1-6
Check-in: At NOON on first day of camp for July 21, and August 1st. Check in at 2PM for July 26th.
Check-out: Styro-Cup competition starts at 10:45 am, followed by awards presentation. Check out at NOON on last day of camp.
Dorm: Cook House
Campers Per Room: 1
Roommates: By request
Linens: Not provided. Bring linens or sleeping bag, pillow, pillowcase and a towel.
Air Conditioning: No
Spending Money: $50 per week
Evening activities and games are included in the price of camp - evening activities schedule TBA.
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 campus. The staff person can direct you to the camper at any given time. After dark, visitors are stopped by campus security and are required to show identification.
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.out!
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What happens after I enroll? Within 24-48 hours of enrollment you receive an email confirmation containing your session details, payment information, and confirmation number. As we get closer to the start date of camp, we send you another email with a detailed registration packet. The registration packet contains all the information you 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?
Our staff is composed of college coaches and players and pro players who are recommended by current or former staff. They are experienced coaches with outstanding playing and coaching credentials. Most are teachers who have extensive background checks by their state department of education.
3. How are training groups selected? On Sunday afternoon we divide the camp by gender and age. The coaches evaluate and assign players about your age and ability. Any questions about the groups are answered by the director. If you came with a team, you stay together to train, except your keeper who practices 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 try to place you near your friends. The dorms are also split by age, 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 from your room. The camp coaches also 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 are there to help you. You can also go to the director who makes 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 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 need to meet with the cafeteria staff to pay for their own meals.
10. Can campers call home and can I call my son or daughter? Some of the campers come with cell phones. Campers are free to use them at any time, except during training sessions. Campers have to limit use late in the evening to prevent keeping others awake after lights out. At check in parents receive the camp number for emergency contact. If parents need to get in touch with their child, they can leave a message on that phone.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:45 am Breakfast
- 9:00-11:00 am Field session 1
- 11:00 am Free/rest time
- 12:00pm Lunch
- 2:00 -4:00 pm Field session 2
- 4:00 pm Day campers depart
- 4:00-5:00 pm Swimming
- 5:15 pm Dinner
- 6:30-8:00 pm Competitions and games (field session 3)
- 8:00 pm Extended day campers depart
- 8:00-9:00 pm Indoor soccer, game room activities
- 10:00 pm Dorm meeting, lights out
Founded in 1910 and located in Carpenteria, the Cate School offers a 150 acre campus, complete with great fields, dorms and recreational facilities. Just 15 minutes from Santa Barbara and 90 minutes from LA, the Academy is easily accessible for all. Campers eat in Raymond Commons and stay in the dorms on campus. As the Cate School proclaims, "Let the ocean sing you to sleep".
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A lot of fun!
My daughter had a lot of fun at camp. She really felt like she had good trainers to help her. She was very comfortable.
— Sarah P., Parent 2017
This was my son's first time to be an overnight camper and he loved it! The bonding aspect was great. These are lifelong friends he's making year over year. Keep location at the beautiful Cate School. And keep the current leadership. Hormoz does a great job and has the kids' interests at heart. Wonderful experience.
— Seana D., Parent 2017
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.
— Adriana G., Parent 2016
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!
— Thomas L., Camper, 2016
Should focus more 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.
— Jenna N., Parent 2016
Needs better meal plans
The afternoon/evening sessions and dinner schedule. The dinner is too early, and eating dinner before playing the evening soccer doesn't always feel so good. And, the snack in the evening is not much or very healthy. Maybe camp can have a light snack in the late afternoon, before the evening session (small sandwich, yogurt, granola bar, etc fruit and drink) and then dinner after the evening session.
— Tammy M., Parent 2016
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.
— Makenzie B., Camper 2016
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!
— Josh L., Camper 2015
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.
— Tim L., Parent 2015
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!
— Laura W., Parent 2015
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!
— John M., Parent 2015
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.
— Jill N., Parent 2014
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!
— Patrick P., Parent 2014
Better medical personnel
I would like to see a nurse or dr on staff. My daughter hurt her wrist the first day and she relayed to me that a dr looked at it and said sprained but she hurt it again the next day and they told her it was just still sprained. When I picked her up a few days later (overnight camper) I took her straight to the dr as she said it was still sore and it was broken. Come to find out the 'dr' who looked at was a parent not a staff member. Other than this I think she had a great experience.
— Jessica P., Parent
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!
— Liz M., Parent 2014
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.
— Alanna M., Camper 2013