On Saturday, a large number of SFEA players--boys and girls--will be playing for their respective high schools in sectional finals. In fact, a whopping 18 players across SFEA's 2002 and 2001 boys teams alone will be competing for sectional titles tomorrow.
The San Francisco Elite Academy wishes all of our players still playing high school and their respective teams the best of luck as they wrap up their seasons. Many will be going on to next week's Norther California Regional Championship and we will keep you posted.
On the boys side, University High School 17-5-2 (featuring 7 SFEA boys players) will be playing Marin Academy 14-4-3 (with 2 SFEA boys) for the North Coast Section, Division IV title at 2pm Saturday at Paul Goode Field in the Presidio. University High School players include Luke Bronson, Henry Gorelik, Max Edelstein, Zeke Ume-Ukeje, Owen Flanagan, Nic Galleno, and Rocky Versace. Marin Academy features SFEA players Eli Swagel and Owen Swagel.
University High School and Marin Academy will be playing for the fourth time this winter, and University will be trying to back up its league season and league tournament championships while Marin Academy looks to avenge a heartbreaking loss on penalties in the league tournament final just two weeks ago.
Mission High School, at 13-1-3 will be playing for the San Francisco Section title against Washington High School 8-7-3 at 11am at Boxer Stadium. Mission features Mak Lau and Mike Larson while Washington has Michael Herrera and team captain Diego Vazquez-Diaz. The teams split their encounters this season and the section final should be a good one.
Additionally, Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep 12-7-3 (with 6 SFEA players) will be playing Wilcox in Santa Clara for the Central Coast Sectional, Division III title. Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep is coming off an impressive 2-0 win over number one seeded Pioneer in the section semi final. SFEA players include Alec Perliss, Eli Streicker-Hirt, Ellis Brenneman, Alex Bonville, Connor Coyle, and Kian Jones.
On the girls side, SFEA players Lucinda Anderson, Grace Grassi and Sydney Ghobadian represent a Marin Academy girls team looking to put yet another feather in their cap. Sitting on a stellar 19-1-1 record, having won league and league tournament titles, Marin Academy will be playing Saturday against Cardinal Newman, the team that handed MA their only loss of the season in what was the very first game of the season. The final will be held at Santa Rosa High School at 7pm.
Since its inception, the San Francisco Elite Academy’s goal has been to raise the bar for San Francisco soccer and celebrate the success of the city’s most talented and dedicated soccer athletes. We are proud to see that goal realized, in part, through the year on year success of not only our club teams but those high school programs featuring our talented players as well. Again, best of luck to these players and their teams.
Tomorrow, Thursday February 7th, NorCal will be conducting the playoff draw for the finals of the 2018-2019 State Cup for U14-U19 Boys and Girls. The San Francisco Elite Academy has all of its 10 age-group teams (across genders) still in the competition, and eight of those teams (U19B, U17B, U16B, U19G, U17G, U16G, U15G, and U14G) will be playing in the final 32, the State Division, the highest division of State Cup play. Our U15B and U14B teams are in the Premier division or second group of 32 teams.
Congratulations to all of our teams on pushing into the elite bracket and good luck in the matches ahead!
The draw can be followed live on NorCal's Youtube page. And you cam read more about the draw on the NorCal website.
US Club Soccer, the sanctioning body for NorCal soccer and top leagues all over the country, has selected the San Francisco Elite Academy as one of just 46 clubs nationwide (and the only in San Francisco) to earn the designation of being a Players First-licensed club.
US Club reviewed clubs nationwide and selected those that met or exceeded rigorous Players First standards related to Club Development, Coaching Development, Player Development, Parent Engagement & Education and Player Health & Safety.
"We're really appreciative of this recognition from US Club," said Joe Dugan, President of the San Francisco Elite Academy. "Our club's core pillars align perfectly with the Player First philosophy. We've always been the San Francisco club trying to raise the bar for a competitive youth soccer experience. We understand that a club isn't only about wins and losses, but it's about creating a holistic environment for growth that benefits young people for the entire lives.
You can read about Players First from US Club here.
Congratulations to the SFEA 2004 Boys for winning the spring 2018 NPL 2 title this past weekend. The boys ended the season with two matches to play on the final weekend, needing good results, and they did not disappoint. On Saturday, at Paul Goode Field, the team won 4-2 versus Star Academy in an exciting match that saw SFEA jump ahead 2-0 only to find themselves 2-2 with just 15 minutes to play. SFEA responded well by returning to its aggressive attacking play and put the match away with two goals to secure the win. On Sunday, SFEA played a great match, defeating third place Sunnyvale 4-0 at Skyline College and sealing their division championship. Congratulations to the entire team and head coach Nick Lusson on a fantastic season!
We are pleased to announce our 2018 Summer Soccer Camps. SFEA has three types of camps this year:
Please visit our website's SFEA Elite Camps page for details and registration links. We hope we have a camp that meets your player's needs or is possibly of interest to a sibling or friend.
In addition, please take a look at and consider the terrific camp offerings at the University of San Francisco this summer. Details and links below.
JIM MILLINDER'S GIRLS SOCCER CAMP
New Camp dates announced for 2018!
Session #1: Jun 4 - Jun 8, 2018 Girls 6 - 13
Session #2: Jun 25 - Jun 29, 2018 Girls 6 - 13
Session #3: Jul 9 - Jul 13, 2018 Girls 6 - 13
Session #4: Jul 23 - Jul 27, 2018 Girls 6 - 13
EDDIE SOTO'S SOCCER ACADEMY
Registration is open! Due to popular demand this year we have added an additional Day Camp.
The camps will be offered to boys only, ages 6-13, all skill levels welcome. We again will be offering before and after care to those who need it.
Session #2: June 11-June 15, 2018
Session #3: June 18-June 22, 2018
Session #4: July 16-July 20, 2018
Session #5: July 30-August 3, 2018
ID Soccer Camp: July 14, 2018
Jr. ID Soccer Camp: July 15, 2018
The SF Elite Academy
Our mission is to provide an elite level program for soccer players in San Francisco.