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The Soccer Academy returns to the Cate School in Carpinteria, CA for another year of camp! 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 48 years in Southern California and Arizona. Players are grouped by age and ability into teams, under the supervision of our professional staff of college coaches and professional players.

Highlights Include
  • Unique & structured curriculum
  • Low camper to coach ratio
  • Nike Soccer Camp T-shirt & camp prizes
  • Elite technical training & game knowledge development
  • Position specific training
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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 Wes Wade

    Coach Wade played professionally for over 15 years and has been on our camp staff for the last 17 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 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
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    Assistant Coach Zack Soufl

    Zach Soufl is excited to join The Soccer Academy California coaching staff in the summer of 2018.

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Camp Details


You can expect high demand on these first-come-first-serve camper spots, so please be sure to register early.


  • Camp Dates: 2024 Dates Coming Soon. Join Priority List!

  • Ages: 8-17

  • Gender: Coed

  • Options: Day, Extended Day & Overnight**

  • Day Hours: 9:00am-4:00pm (Last day concludes at 12:00pm)

  • Extended-Day Hours: 9:00am-8:00pm* (Last day concludes at 12:00pm)

  • Check-in & out locations: First day between 1:00-2:00pm for all campers at the Cate School residence hall

  • Meals: See meal breakdown below

  • Location: Cate School

*Daily check-in starts 15 minutes before camp start time

**View Overnight camp information below


This program is geared towards Player Development & High-Performance campers. Players will work on mastering the proper fundamentals, techniques and advancing their overall skills and knowledge of the game. A great opportunity for players to learn through a mix of drills, games, and competitive play. With a number of different camp options for all to enjoy!


Player Development is for campers ages 11 and under of all skill levels. These camps are designed to maximize player participation and ensure each camper develops in all aspects of the game in a fun and engaging environment. Coaches will implement a wide range of technical, physical, and tactical activities with a focus on fun so campers get to improve with a smile on their faces.

High Performance is for campers ages 12+ looking to improve their game in a fun and fast-paced environment. These camps are designed so players leave the camp week more prepared for their club and high school seasons. Experienced coaches will provide campers with a fresh perspective and challenge them to develop technical, tactical, physical, and psychological aspects of their game through a progressive curriculum.

*NOTE: If you believe your camper should be in a different skill level than the age requirement listed, please add a note at check-out and mention it to the camp director on day 1.

The information below is based on previous years and is subject to change each year.


The information below is based on previous years and is subject to change each year. Final housing information for this camp will be provided in the Information Packet, emailed to all campers closer to the camp’s start date.

  • Number of Campers Per Room: 2

  • Roommates: Rooms are assigned by age & roommate requests. Roommate requests must be mutual, If you don't have a roommate request, you will be placed in a room with someone near your age. It will be a great opportunity to meet someone new!

  • Linens: Not provided. Bring linens or sleeping bag, pillow, pillowcase, and a towel

  • Air Conditioning: No, AC is not available. Campers may bring fans


  • Check-in: First Day from 1:00-2:00pm at the Cate School residence hall

  • Check out: Last day 12:00pm at the Cate School residence hall

  • Meals: Day 1: Dinner | Days 2-5: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner | Day 6: Breakfast

  • A closing ceremony will take place approximately 30 minutes prior to camp check-out on the last day. Parents are invited to attend! Departure immediately follows the closing ceremony.


  • First Day Hours: 1:00pm-8:00pm (Day and Extended Day campers)

  • Daily Hours:

    • Day Campers: 9:00am-4:00pm

    • Extended Day: 9:00am-8:00pm

  • Final Day check-out: 12:00pm

  • Meals: Lunch is provided for Day Campers. Lunch & Dinner is provided for Extended Day Campers

  • A closing ceremony will take place approximately 30 minutes prior to camp check-out on the last day. Parents are invited to attend! Departure immediately follows the closing ceremony


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.


Below is a suggested list of clothes, equipment, and personal items. US Sports Camps is NOT responsible for lost or stolen articles or money.


  • Athletic clothing (1-2 pairs/day)
  • Soccer Cleats (no metal studs)
  • Shin guards
  • Water bottle
  • Sunblock
  • Comfortable off-court clothing (pants/shorts, shirts, sweatshirts, 1 pair/day)
  • Undergarments (1-2 pair/day)
  • Pajamas
  • Bathrobe
  • Flip flops
  • Laundry bag
  • Toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, bodywash, facewash, hairbrush, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.)
  • Personal items & medications
  • Eye mask, ear plugs (optional)
  • Washcloth and bath towel
  • Alarm clock
  • Fan (optional)
  • Bedsheets
  • Comforter or sleeping bag
  • Pillow and pillowcase


  • Athletic clothing
  • Soccer Cleats (no metal studs)
  • Shin guards
  • Water bottle
  • Sunblock
  • Small gym bag/backpack


  • Instruction: Training from Coach Tabrizi and his coaching staff

  • 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, Nike soccer ball, and prizes


  • Ratio: Low camper-to-coach ratio

  • Groupings: Campers are grouped by age, ability, and experience

  • Equipment Needed: All campers must bring soccer cleats, shin guards, athletic shoes, and a water bottle.

  • Facility: Cate School

  • 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


If you have a group of 4 or more campers registering for the same camp, each camper is eligible for a $25 discount. If you have a group of 8 or more campers registering for the same camp, each camper is eligible for a $30 discount. Please fill out the Team Discount - Soccer form with the name of your group and the names of each camper enrolling in the camp and we will create a unique discount code for your group.


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.


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

  • 7:45 am Breakfast
  • 9:00-11:00 am Field session 1
  • 11:00 am Free/rest time
  • 12:00pm Lunch
  • 1:30 -3:00 pm Field session 2
  • 3:00-4:00 pm Free Time
  • 4:00 pm Day Campers Depart
  • 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

Cate School Field

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".

Camp Reviews

Overall Average Rating 4.71 / 5 Stars
    • 5/5.
    Making new friends.​

    — Anonymous

    • 5/5.

    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

    • 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.

    — Alanna M., Camper 2013

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    • 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!

    — Liz M., Parent 2014

    • 5/5.
    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

    • 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!

    — Patrick P., Parent 2014

    • 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.

    — Jill N., Parent 2014

    • 5/5.
    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

    • 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!

    — Laura W., Parent 2015

    • 5/5.
    Wonderful Experience!

    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

    • 5/5.
    Happy Camper

    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

    • 5/5.
    Highly Recommended

    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

    • 5/5.
    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

    • 5/5.
    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

    • 5/5.
    Really Great!

    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

    • 5/5.
    Loved camp

    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

    • 5/5.
    Loved this camp!

    August 2, 2021: She felt the instructors were incredibly knowledgeable. She loved the setting of Cates school. Overall she simply “loved this camp”! Thank you!

    — Tesha V. Parent

    • 5/5.
    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

    • 5/5.
    Great Camp

    August 1, 2018: My son had fun and made a lot of new friends. This is a great camp and he learned to play better defense.

    — Tracy B. Parent

    • 5/5.
    This was Sebastian's 2nd year and he would like to go back next summer!

    August 17, 2018: Independence, confidence, endurance! Sebastian had a lot of fun at camp. He learned more about playing in the middle of the field and some defense strategies. Overall, camp has been a great experience! This was Sebastian's 2nd year and he would like to go back next summer! Thank you!!!

    — Chris E. Parent

    • 5/5.
    Camp was really fun

    July 27, 2018: My highlights were the games, futsol, swimming ,and playing in the lounge with friends. I also learned that stretching is really important before exercising.

    — Chris K. Camper

    • 5/5.
    He really grew as a player

    July 26, 2018: My son learned about work ethic and ball skills while continuing to have fun! He really grew as a player and it helped him to be around other players with passion. He improved all aspects of his game from shooting to control.

    — Josh D. Parent

    • 5/5.
    Meeting new people

    July 27, 2019: Davida loved staying in the dorm rooms and having fun with the other campers her age. She said the best part of the camp for her were the training sessions that focused on goalkeeping skills, however she said everything was valuable to her and she enjoyed all of it.

    — Pat B. Parent

    • 5/5.
    Amazing Time

    August 11, 2019: Christian had an amazing time at the camp he woke up every morning ready to go back. He will be back next year.

    — Alex G. Parent

    • 5/5.
    Positive Experience

    August 20, 2019: Everyone was very positive and friendly.

    — Elizabeth H. Parent

    • 5/5.
    Wouldn't stop raving

    August 4, 2021: He wouldn’t stop raving about it. He loved the staff, coach Hormoz, the food, the activities and the facilities. It was his second sleepaway camp of the summer and this one blew the other one away. Thank you!

    — Maz J. Parent

    • 5/5.
    The time of her life

    August 3, 2021: This was Davida's fourth year attending the Nike Soccer Camp at the Cate School. Every year she has the time of her life, and she comes home a better soccer player.

    — Pat B. Parent

    • 5/5.
    Fun training and great meals

    August 3, 2021: It was really fun to be able to be on my own without my parents and hang out with the other boys in the camp. The soccer training was fun and the meals were great. The one v ones were great and helped me to think fast.

    — Dominic C. Camper

    • 5/5.
    Really nice facilities

    August 3, 2021: Jacob enjoyed getting to know different kids and learning new moves. The facilities were really nice and the food was very good. Goalie coach was very nice and helpful.

    — Sherri H. Parent

    • 5/5.
    Loved every part

    August 2, 2021: Reagan loved every part of camp but if she has to pick a highlight, it would be the scrimmages and her coaches.

    — Rachel M. Parent

    • 5/5.
    I will definitely be coming next year

    August 2, 2021: I attended the camp and I thought it was very exciting and fun and I will definitely be coming next year the camp is very safe and organized and I'm sure your kid will have a blast! The dorms are very clean and quite spacious too! If you're looking for a fun, good soccer training, great food(lots of varieties), and good coaches this is the place for you.

    — Hailey W. Camper

Nike Soccer Camp at Cate School - Academy

Hormoz Tabrizi, Camp Director
Cate School - 1960 Cate Mesa Road
Carpinteria, California 93013
Questions? Call 1-800-645-3226
Hours: 8:00am-5:00pm PST


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.

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