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at Nike Vogelsinger Soccer Academy

The Nike Vogelsinger Soccer Academy at the University of California, Santa Barbara, has been teaching soccer players and goalkeepers of all ability levels since 1982. Celebrating our 53rd year of outstanding technical soccer training.

Our professional staff consists of master teachers whose demonstrations include demanding instruction, step-by-step clarification, and playful joking to bring out the most sensitive technical points for you to grasp and imitate.  Join us at this great Southern California location. 

Highlights Include
  • Our international, professional coaching staff is selected for their passion for the game and ability to teach. The ratio of coaches to players in the Academy is 1:8 and in the All-Star programs 1:10.
  • Players receive a complete Nike uniform and Nike soccer ball.
  • Self-evaluation at the beginning of the program and oral and written evaluations at the conclusion.
  • Soccerobics offered each morning at 6:45am.
  • Special goalkeeping training is offered each week.
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Camp Coaches

  • Doug1

    Camp Director Doug Parra

    Coach Parra has been with Vogelsinger Soccer Academy for over 36 years and is a valuable mentor to young athletes. Coach Parra was coached by Hubert Vogelsinger and then worked alongside him for 25 years.

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  • Graziano Baldanzi 1

    Coach Graziano Baldanzi, Keeper Coach

    Italy Professional player from 1972 to 1982 Diploma Italian Committee Olympic Games 1994 Diploma B UEFA  1999 Professional goalkeeper Diploma 2011 Former Italian Professional Player

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Camp Details

We have designed a coed soccer camp program for serious players, those with a strong motivation to be their best! Our objective is to help you reach your highest potential. We start you on the right path, set your dream in motion, fire up your imagination, and leave you empowered to reach those goals.

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Our goal is to create an environment—a GAME-LIKE ATMOSPHERE—through dynamic teaching and coaching by explanation, demonstration and participation to assist each player in creating a METHOD TO SELF-TEACH.

It is a painstaking STEP-BY-STEP method. We must create for you a crystal-clear picture of what we are trying to teach through demonstration and explanation. You must understand clearly and be able to picture every little detail in your MIND’S EYE. Moreover, you then have to see yourself performing it successfully, and physically feel it and emotionally experience it.

The ultimate goal of self-teaching is INTERNALIZING MOTIVATION and knowing where you are, where you want to be, and how to get there step-by-step. We say you “FAIL YOUR WAY TO SUCCESS” because with this method, mistakes become your guidelines.

You will become a BETTER PLAYER. You will become a BETTER PERSON, as you will learn how to work toward the goals that you set for yourself.

How is the Vogelsinger Soccer program different?

  • It’s not a training camp, it’s a technical teaching camp
  • Students change bad habits and create new habits
  • Coaches give a step-by-step dissection of the mechanics of soccer – students are taught to have a full body experience - to feel, see, and do things the correct way so that they can continue to self-teach when camp is over
  • Students are pushed out of their comfort zone to try/experience techniques/skills they never have before
  • Practice in game like atmosphere to experience that same passion, pressure, and desire that is needed to improve and compete with the best
  • Unique and unmatched coaching method leaves students with a renewed motivation and passion for the game
  • Program has been compared to outward bound for soccer – students really need to want to improve to benefit



This is a program you cannot afford to miss. Coach Vogelsinger has distinguished himself as THE soccer educator. His passionate unwavering philosophy over the years is that a good technical foundation is the best tactical preparation. We offer a modern teaching method, uniquely innovative and highly motivational. It is the main reason for the program’s incomparable success.

—TECHNICAL SKILLS: The sessions are dynamic, taught in realistic technical skill sequences in ball control, passing, dribbling and striking with their correct tactical applications. Young professionals provide realistic game-like demonstrations. With uncanny perception and ability, Coach Vogelsinger has broken down the most sophisticated technical skills with clear step-by-step explanations. With on-going dialogue, the staff keeps you focused with reminders such as “happy feet,” “magic hop,” and “get out of your comfort zone.”

---EVENING GAMES: In our evening games you can test what you have learned that day. Games, mainly 4v4 or 5v5, as well as 11v11, with two goals and goalkeepers, give you the opportunity to maximize touches on the ball and your chances to finish on a real goal.

Beginners to Advanced. Coed.
Ages 9 and up. Players are grouped first by age and then by ability.


What makes this program so special and exciting is that you are taught by coaches who have played your position at a very high level and are able to provide you with depth and insight into the technical, tactical, and intellectual aspects of each position.

—ADVANCED FUNCTIONAL SKILL SEQUENCES: We instruct you to better understand and perform your position of choice with special attention paid in highlighting the defensive and attacking skills needed in all positions.

—EVENING GAMES: Evening games of 4v4, 5v5, as well as 11v11, with two goals and goalkeepers, are designed to give you as many touches on the ball as possible and the chance to practice what you have learned during the day.

Intermediate to Advanced. Coed. Ages 10 and up.
Players are grouped by position, then age, and then re-evaluated by ability.


We assume you already have a fundamental skill repertoire and a basic understanding of your position. Techniques and tactics are reviewed in this program but now with the emphasis on playing at a higher pace and under realistic pressure.

The way the game is played is a direct reflection of a nation’s character. You are coached by someone from  Sweden, Brazil, Holland, Uruguay, England, Denmark, Mexico, Italy, Spain or Morocco. You will get their views on how to play, and their passion for the game is quite evident.

—EVENING GAMES: Evening games are 11-a-side so that you can test your progress under intense realistic competition.

Intermediate to Advanced. Coed.
Ages 12 and up. Players enroll as a team or as individuals who are assigned to a team of comparable ability or age.



Soccer Academy (3 weeks) and Mini Soccer Academy (2 weeks) Ages 12 +
Field players experience dramatic improvement in their coordination, harmony, and touch with the ball. The unique distraction free environment allows them to completely immerse themselves in the challenges, demands, and technicalities of the sport. Expectations run high and each player leaves with the necessary tools to continue to become the best athlete they can be.

Academy  (Sunday, June 17 - Friday, July 6): Individual Skills and Techniques; Positional Techniques/ Technical Progression and Tactical Concepts/ Positional Progression

Mini Academy 1 (Sunday, June 17 - Saturday, June 30): Individual Skills and Techniques & Positional Techniques/ Technical Progression
Mini Academy 2 (Sunday, June 24 - Friday, July 6): Positional Techniques/ Technical Progression and Tactical Concepts/ Positional Progression

All Star Soccer Schools (1 week) 
We offer more specialized training in a shorter period of time. Each week of our school offers a different program and athletes can choose to work on anything from their individual player skills to those needed as a member of a dynamic team preparing for the fall season.

All Star School 1 (Sunday, June 17 - Friday, June 22): Individual Skills and Techniques

All Star School 2 (Sunday, June 24 - Friday, June 29): Positional Techniques/ Technical Progression 

All Star School 3 (Sunday, July 1 - Friday, July 6): Tactical Concepts/ Positional Progression


Academy (3 weeks) and Mini Academy (2 weeks)
Goalkeeping programs provide an ideal environment for goalkeepers of high caliber and extraordinary commitment to challenge each other to be the very best. Goalkeepers experience the specific physical pressure of match play and are taught the benefits of visualization as a method of reaching an even higher level of performance.

All Star Goalkeeping Schools (1 week, Sunday to Friday) 
We offer more focused training so that individuals of the same skill level can learn and grow together. There are programs for the beginner, intermediate, and advanced skill level players. Professional coaches from all over the world help hone and perfect players’ tactical awareness and understanding of this important position.

Celebrating our 53rd year of soccer education.

Attend one, two or three weeks. We offer a variety of programs:

The 3-week Academy (20 days) is the most unique and advanced soccer education for the serious player.

The "Mini" Academy (13 days) is a condensed alternative to the 3-week Academy program.

The Vogelsinger All Star Soccer Schools are the only one-week schools that offer 6 action packed days.

We encourage all campers to attend our early morning Soccerobics session which is part of our conditioning and fitness program to prepare you for the day ahead. (6:45 a.m. daily) Created by Master Coach Hubert Vogelsinger, Soccerobics is a system of carefully designed exercises with the ball, incorporating soccer skills with aerobic and physical conditioning. With Soccerobics, you will develop your natural rhythm through muscle memory and visualization while learning the essentials of proper foot work as well.  Mandatory Monday - Wednesday for ages 13 and up.

Check in:

  • Overnight Campers: Sunday between 12:30-2pm
  • Extended Day and Day Campers: Sunday 1:30pm

Uniform distribution at 2:15pm.

A TOTAL PACKAGE: All Vogelsinger Soccer students receive, as part of their tuition, Nike gear and a Nike match ball. Academy players receive two complete sets of Nike uniforms and two pairs of socks. All Star players receive two jerseys, one pair of socks and shorts. Players are required to wear the official uniforms and socks at every field session. You may order extra uniforms from the office (888-780-CAMP), camp store or on-line.
Jersey: $15 Shorts: $15 Socks: $12.

Check out: Parents are invited to attend skills review session on Friday from 9:00-11:00 am. Departure is at 11:30 am. Last meal is breakfast.

FOURTH OF JULY:  All students and staff attend the Goleta fireworks display.  The bus to Gersh Park and entry fee is included in the price of camp. Must have permission slip signed.

Spending Money: For pizza, subs, sodas – suggested amount is $30 a week. We order pizza for late evening snacks, delivered at 8:30pm.

Room Key Deposit: Tropicana Gardens requires a room key deposit of $50. Please bring a check made out to “USSC” for that amount and we will hold it for you until the key is returned on the last day of camp.

Dorms are not air conditioned.  Bring linens or sleeping bag.  Mornings and evenings are chilly. Please bring sweatshirts.

A certified athletic trainer is on full time staff. 

Group Discounts:

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.
To register a group via mail/fax: Please have each camper fill out our registration form.  Click “Get Brochure” above and print the application.  All registration forms must be received at the same time via mail or fax. Fax registrations to 415.526.5945. Mail registrations to Nike Soccer Camps 1010 B Street, Suite 450, San Rafael, CA 94901.

Early arrival: For students traveling from far distances may arrive a night early for an extra fee of $75.

Weekend Stay-over for Academy and Mini Academy students: The weekends are “rest time” for multiple week students. There is a required schedule of non-physical activities on both Saturday afternoon and Sunday.

Saturday schedule: On field program 9-11:30. Lunch: noon; Free time: 1-4pm; Stretching and Visualization: 4-5pm; Dinner and free time: 5-8pm; Evening meeting and Blockbuster movie: 8pm.

Students can leave UNSUPERVISED but only if they have a signed permission slip. The permission slip is in the registration packet sent to Academy players only.  Isla Vista is a very small village, located four blocks from the dorm.  Shops/restaurants include Starbucks, burrito shop, Subway and small grocery store.  Weekends are also a good time to do laundry (bring detergent and quarters).

Airport: Santa Barbara (10 min. from campus) 

Preferred Airport Arrival: 12:00pm – 1:30 pm

Preferred Airport Departure: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Airport Shuttle from LAX: We recommend using Prime Time Shuttle. Please call 310-862-2391 or email vickim@primetimeshuttle.com for more information. 

Directions/List of Hotels:  For any parents looking to stay in the area during camp we have a list of hotels nearby which can be found at admissions.sa.ucsb.edu/visit-ucsb/directions. We are not affiliated with the UCSB admissions page but this can be used as a resource. 

New Vogelsinger Website: www.vogelsingersoccer.com

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 6:30am Wake-up
  • 6:45am Soccerobics (Mandatory Monday-Wednesday), then voluntary. We strongly encourage participation.
  • 7:15am Breakfast
  • 8:45am On the field - Attendance
  • 9:00am Stretching
  • 9:15am Warm-ups
  • 9:30-10:30am Individual technical skill instruction
  • Advanced technical skill instruction
  • Positional specific technical skill instruction
  • Fast footwork/dribbling and feinting
  • Advanced dribbling and feinting
  • Position specific dribbling and feinting
  • 10:30am Go for Goal: shooting with and without opposition
  • Interpassing and finishing
  • Interpassing, crossing and finishing
  • Finishing 1v1 with keeper
  • 11:00-11:30am Small-sided games (controlled)
  • 11:30am Cool down, recreational activity/swimming(not all sites)
  • Noon Lunch
  • 1:00pm Mandatory rest
  • 1:45pm Stretching and warm up games
  • 2:15-3:30pm Individual tactical instruction
  • Advanced tactical instruction
  • Positional specific tactical instruction
  • Individual functional tactical instruction
  • Group functional tactical instruction
  • Positional specific functional tactical instruction
  • Team functional tactical instruction
  • 3:30-4:30pm Team with Coach
  • Instructional, fun, small-sided games
  • Preparation for evening games
  • 4:30pm Cool down, recreational activity/swimming
  • 5:00pm Dinner
  • 6:00pm Mandatory rest
  • 6:45pm On-field attendance
  • 7:00-8:30pm Evening Games (small sided 11/side)
  • Game preparation, stretching
  • Warm-up and game instructions
  • 8:30pm Cool down
  • 9-9:15pm Evening meetings, ages 9-13. Post day comments, next day planning
  • 9-9:30pm Evening meetings, ages 14-17. Post day comments, next day planning
  • 10:00pm Lights out for ages 13 and under
  • 10:30pm Lights out for ages 14 and over


Located on bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean, sunny U.C. Santa Barbara is a perfect getaway for superior summer training. It provides spacious grassy athletic fields for training, a university stadium for night games, an outdoor swimming pool for recreation, and a great beach for swimming. The campus is located 95 miles from Los Angeles, 215 miles from San Diego, and 320 miles from San Francisco.

Players stay at Tropicana Gardens in suite style rooms. 


Camp Reviews

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Overall Average Rating 4.78 / 5 Stars
    • 5/5.

    This camp is just wonderful! It helps you in every way possible, at first I didn't think that the "kicky kicky" thing with coach Matt wouldn't help a bit but honestly does. This camp is great because it shows great spirit and friendliness. They promise that you'll go home a better player and you honestly do! 

    — Camper, 2016

    • 5/5.
    Camper legacy

    My father went to this camp in 1984,85,and 86. He told me this was an incredible experience. After attending the camp I have to agree. The soccer instruction was great, the intensity was high and the people were all very nice. Next year i want to go for 2 weeks. I would love to bring my friends next year. I had an incredible time.

    — Camper, 2016

    • 5/5.
    Experience of a lifetime

    Volgelsinger Academy was just an awesome experience for my daughter. My daughter is 13 and had the experience of a lifetime.  She got to meet kids across the Globe and to this day she is still talking with these kids. I thought that the safety overall was great and the kids never left without being in groups. The soccer training was exceptional, along with a rigorous soccer training schedule.  My daughter went to the three week Academy and when she got home she was very drained and exhausted. She tells me that she wants to go back next year. 

    — Parent

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    • 5/5.
    Came back with friends!

    I have attended Vogelsinger Soccer Academy for the past 2 years. My best friend and I have enjoyed it so much that we told all of our friends and we were able to fill our suite with our friends. Our friends had a blast, loved the program, and have now told their teammates and it looks like we will be able to fill 2 rooms next year. Now that's the best testimonial you can get!!! I can't say enough about how wonderful the coaches are. The coaches are fun, competent and they work hard on giving us new moves and tips for making us a more complete player. The fields are nice, and close, and the dorm rooms are great. The food is pretty good too! We love to order "take-out" pizza. It makes for a fun night of Pizza. Nothing better than a good giggle with your best friends at camp! And finally, Doug Parra... He has got to be the nicest director ever! He is constantly overseeing everything and making sure that everyone is fine. It's awesome when I show up to the camp the first day and Doug is greeting me and knows my name. I know that if I ever had a challenge or problem at camp, Doug would fix it. He is very approachable and I am comfortable going to him for anything I need. See you next year!   

    — K.F. All Star player

    • 5/5.

    It is really fun, you meet a lot of nice people and you cannot leave without learning a lot. Even if you are already a great soccer player you always come out of there even better, wether you learned moves tactics, or just have a better shot, it is worth it.  

    — Camper

    • 5/5.
    Happy Parent

    Vogelsinger Soccer Academy at UCSB is a wonderful experience, both athletically and socially. The weather is perfect, the coaches are international and quite good. My daughter can't wait to return next year.  

    — Parent of a Camper

    • 5/5.
    International students

    Choosing Vogelsinger was the best decision I made; expectations were exceeded! 2 weeks academy at UCSB Campus were great - and I got in touch with a lot of young people - now friends! Thank you! I will - for sure - return, even if it´s a long trip from Germany!  

    — Kim from Germany Camper

    • 5/5.
    Very happy returner!

    Four years now for my 12 yr. old and she loves it more every year. She even wrote a school essay on Vogelsinger being her favorite week of the year. Next year she goes for two weeks!   

    — Stuart M Parent of a Camper

    • 5/5.
    One on One Time

    Lots of one on one time by very dedicated coaches. I was exhausted by the end but very thankful for the experience. 

    — Camper

    • 5/5.
    Better Player

    Alan is an amazing coach he is really one of a kind. Vogelsinger did a great job of making me a better player and I really could feel myself improving during the week. 

    — Camper

    • 5/5.
    See you Next Year!

    My son had an excellent experience and is looking forward to next year. He stated that he really liked the instruction and said everything was explained, demonstrated and passed on really well. The motivational attitudes of the instructors kept the camp fun and at the same made want to learn. Christian says thanks for everything and he'll see you next year. 

    — Parent of a Camper

    • 5/5.
    Improved Remarkably

    My son has improved remarkably during each of the two years he has attended camp. The coaches and trainers are excellent.

    — Parent of a Camper

    • 5/5.
    Third Time

    This is my third time and my soccer skills have improved every time. I am happy to see old friends every time and to make new ones. I will surely come back.

    — Camper

    • 5/5.

    This camp is sooo good because there are girls at advanced levels and coaches can teach us in a way that's not judgmental or critical but caring   They want us to improve for ourselves and the coaches give great motivational advice that's not BS.  Bottom line, Vogelsinger cares about my improvement in soccer.  That Matters.

    — Camper

    • 5/5.
    Highly recommend this camp

    I am a third year returning camper and I highly recommend this camp to anyone who has the passion to become a better soccer player. I learn so much each year and my game improves every time. The best part about this camp is that I learn to play my personal best! I also like meeting new campers and making lifelong friends!

    — Camper

    • 5/5.
    Disciplined training

    Our son has participated in many soccer programs, and found the Nike Vogelsinger camp at UCSB to be a fantastic experience - disciplined training, a high level of skills, campers from around the globe and a fun campus environment.

    — Parent

    • 5/5.

    The Goalie Camp was amazing. My daughter came home every day wanting to show off something new. Everyday. We will be back for another 3 week's next summer.

    — Parent

    • 5/5.
    Came away with more confidence

    My daughter went to this camp with one of her team mates. She worked very hard and had a wonderful experience. Her coaches provided her with great leadership, and she developed an array of new skills. It was clear she developed and has already told me that she wants to return for at least two weeks next year. She came away with greater confidence in both soccer and with self esteem. She also made some amazing new friends! She said it reaffirmed her love for the game, and instilled more of a personal work ethic in her, as well as taught her to be more coachable. 

    — Parent


Nike Vogelsinger Soccer Academy at University of California, Santa Barbara

Doug Parra, Camp Director
6525 El Colegio Road
Santa Barbara, California 93117


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