Top 10 Soccer Camps in California

Top 10 Soccer Camps in California

The offseason is when athletes elevate their game to the next level, the best way to do this is through effective training and studying film. California is a hotbed for soccer games running May through September. We will highlight some of the top camps and academies the golden state has to offer for the youth and high school levels.

Nike Aztec Soccer Academy & Camps San Diego State University – San Diego

The Aztec soccer camps are hosted by Men’s Head Coach Lev Kirshner. Workouts are taken directly from Aztec regimens and are meant to fully develop each player’s potential. Current and former members of SDSU’s men’s soccer team assist Coach Kirshner. Programs include field player and goalkeeper training, with full day sessions (9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) costing $250.

Age Group: 6 – 12

July 5th – July 8th at San Diego State University

Half Day Session, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. $175

Full Day Session, 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) $250

July 11th – July 14th at San Diego State University

Half Day Session, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. $175

Full Day Session, 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) $250

Nike Soccer Sports Academy at the Cate School – Carpinteria

Andres Castillo, who hosts the camp at the Cate School, has years of experience running Nike Camps as well as one-on-one training with youth prospects. In 2015, Andres coached Spanish midfielder Sergio Royo who became an All-American in the PDL for Mississippi Barilla FC. The camp hosts athletes from grades 6 through 12. Emphasis is placed on both athletic and personal advancement. Athletes will work on body and ball control, as well as fundamentals of defending and attacking. The camp also boats a 10 to 1 camper to coach ratio.

Age Group: 11 – 17

July 4th – July 8th at Cate School

Overnight: $700

Day: 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. : $400

Extended day: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. : $475

Stanford Soccer Camps: Junior Elite Academy – Stanford

Stanford Men’s Head Coach Jeremy Gunn heads the camp. He was hired in 2012 and brought Stanford their first national championship in 2015. Current and former Stanford soccer players also assist Coach Gunn. The focus of the camp is strictly on development. The staff combines technical skill with tactical decision. Players also train specifically by position and are also split among age group and talent level.

Age Group: 10 – 16

July 10th – July 13th at Stanford University

Residential – $825

Day/Commuter – $685

July 14th – July 17th at Stanford University

Residential – $825

Day/Commuter – $685


No. 1 Soccer Camps – Carson

The camp is hosted by Joe Matchnik who has seen major success coaching at the NCAA Division One level. He took LIU to the National Championship Game at the age of 23 and won. Joe brings current and former MLS players to assist in workouts and coaching at his camps. No. 1 Goalkeeper Camp and No. 1 Striker Camp are the two options, multiple camps are held in California, visit

Camps for all age groups

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Nike Vogelsinger Soccer Academy – Santa Barbara

This elite camp is headed by Doug Parra who was coached by Hubert Vogelsinger himself, and then worked alongside him for 25 years. The camp has a strong staff of professional international coaches who aim to improve every camper who attends. The camp focuses on not being another training camp, but rather being a technical teaching camp. The staff looks to pick out bad habits they observe from the campers and replace them with useful skills. Scrimmages are played each evening.

Dates: TBA

Age Group: TBA

The camp is held at UC-Santa Barbara


Northridge Soccer Academy – Northridge

The Northridge Soccer Academy is hosted by Men’s Head Coach Terry Davila who has been coaching the Matadors the past fifteen seasons. The staff is dedicated to the development and growth of the soccer players who attend. Coaches work with the campers to develop the skills they already possess as well as teaching new skills to better their all around game. The staff prides themselves on being enthusiastic to create a fun atmosphere for the campers.

Age Group: 5 – 14

July 5th – July 9th at Northridge University



Nike Soccer Camp Irvine Valley College – Irvine

Coach Graeme Jennings has been hosting camps in the United States, Europe, and Africa for over ten years. He brings his knowledge of international training methods and infiltrates it into his workouts with campers in order to create challenging drills. Each day brings a new “Skill of the Day” and a low camper to coach ratio is another strong point at Irvine Valley.

Age Group: 6 – 16

July 11th – July 15th at Irvine Valley College

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – $315

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – $185

August 1st – August 5th at Irvine Valley College

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – $315

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – $185


LA Galaxy Attacking and Defending Principles Camp – Los Angeles

This camp is hosted by assistant coaches from the LA Galaxy staff. Each day an appearance will be made by a current LA Galaxy player who will assist in workouts and talk with campers. This camp runs four days and is for athletes who are very serious about elevating their game to the next level. Each camper will do workouts for multiple positions to create a better overall game. Scrimmages take place at the end of the day and each player is given a full written evaluation at the end of camp. Campers also get a free ticket to a future LA Galaxy game.

Age Group: 8 – 16

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July 11th – July 14th at StubHub Center

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – $595

Lancer Soccer Camps at California Baptist – Riverside

Lancer camps are hosted by Men’s coaching staff members Coe Michaelson, Jeff Redinger, and Stephen Marshall. A limited numbers of spots are available for each camp, ensuring each camper gets one-on-one training unlike other camps which look to bring in large amounts of athletes. Position specific training that is applicable to game situations is a main focus among the coaching staff. Current and former members of the California Baptist Men’s soccer team also assist in coaching/workouts.

Age Group: 9 – 18

July 11th – July 14th at California Baptist

9:00 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. – $95


Nike Soccer Camp William Jessup University – Rocklin

Jamie Howard heads the camp at William Jessup University. She has led the Lady Warriors to five conference championships in the past seven seasons. The staff lists “developing the youth’s love for the game” as a key. Many former campers have left reviews listing this as one of their favorite camps due to the fun atmosphere as well as quality skill training.

Age Group: 8 – 18

July 18th – July 21st at William Jessup University

8:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. – $365

Overnight – $515


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