Congratulations to Cal North ODP U17 Girls and their head coach, Jeff Wilson of the San Francisco Elite Academy on their runner-up finish at the 2018 West Regional Championships in Arizona.
The Cal North 01 Girls finished second in group play with a 2 win (wins over Idaho and Colorado) and 1 draw performance (against Eastern Washington), and then advanced to the final after beating Eastern Washington 2-1 via penalty kicks in what amounted to a rematch.
Beyond Jeff Wilson, the Cal North ODP U17 Girls also featured San Francisco Elite Players Lucinda Anderson, Brittney Righetti, and Gabrielle Garland (pictured left).
Other SFEA players participating in the West Regional Championships included Veronica Zeidman and Maggie Altman (2002 Girls), Noelle Namba (2003 Girls), and Max Lau (2001 Boys)
Congratulations to our SFEA coach and his team, as well as all our players, on a fantastic accomplishment!
The San Francisco Elite Academy sent 7 teams to this year's premier national showcase, the Surf College Cup Showcase, and several made a statement about the quality of their team, players and coaches with terrific performances.
Leading the way was the 2001 Boys, which recently qualified for the spring NPL Champions League. The 2001 Boys won two matches and tied one at Surf, meaning they finished first in their group of six teams. During the showcase, seven different players claimed goals and the 2001 boys scored 9 goals over their three matches. Also, doing well in San Diego were the 99/00 Boys and 2002 Girls. Both teams finished third in their groups. The 99/00 boys went 1-1-1 to finish third among six teams, and the 2002 Girls went 2-1 to finish third among eight teams.
Best of all, each of SFEA's seven participating teams (99/00, 01, and 02 Boys, and 01, 02, 03, 04 Girls) got to play in a pristine playing setting that included over 500 participating college coaches. College coaches were regular fixtures along the sidelines of SFEA games and were introduced to SFEA players with team rosters with player information. Congratulations to all our SFEA teams for what was yet another good year at Surf College Cup.
This fall the San Francisco Elite Academy unveiled several new programs to support the soccer and overall development of its youth athletes. SAQ+ and Peak Performance are two such programs and they are already in full swing and having a positive impact on SFEA players.
SAQ+ stands for strength, agility, quickness plus injury prevention. It’s a program that SFEA developed in partnership with Pro Performance Sports, a San Francisco-based strength and conditioning company that works with top athletes and was founded by Barry McCabe. Barry has joined SFEA’s coaching staff as lead coach for athletic development and injury prevention, and can already be seen working with SFEA teams out on the fields across the city.
"Our SAQ+ program is unique on a number of levels," said Chris Flanagan, SFEA Director of Soccer Operations. "Fundamentally it's about strength, speed and injury prevention. But the way the curriculum has been developed makes it also about improving performance at just the right time during the playing season.
Through SAQ+, SFEA teams work with Coach McCabe several times a season with customized exercises focussed on specific results and tailored to generate a varied workload. The goal is to help players become more fit while making them less susceptible to injury and more likely to be working with high energy levels at the end of the season for showcases and cup finals.
“In addition, we avoided a silo approach with this program where a specialized trainer just takes over for a couple of sessions here and there and the ideas all disappear in between. Coach McCabe is not only leading our players but he's leading our coaches, teaching them core exercises that they will run with their team on their own. And best of all we're testing players so that we can see the results and so our players can both push themselves and have important data points to share with college coaches and recruiters."
The other major program SFEA developed for this season is Peak Performance, a unique program that helps SFEA players develop the mental fortitude required to be a top athlete. Led by Yvonne Gomez, a former Olympic athlete and recognized leader in sports psychology, this program helps SFEA athletes develop confidence, game routines, focussing techniques an effective goal setting. Players meet as a team in private sessions with Coach Gomez, who beyond working with SFEA is also the mental performance coach for the University of San Francisco. Several SFEA teams have already had their first sessions with "Gogo" (as Yvonne is affectionately called) and all SFEA players have come away from their sessions with tools on how to better mentally prepare themselves for the long playing year ahead.
“The benefits of a program like Peak Performance are part of what separates great athletes from top athletes, said, Tom Atencio, SFEA Director of Coaching and Player Development. “The mental aspect of soccer becomes more and more important as players progress. And the best part is that the lessons they are receiving with this program carry over to all aspects of their lives. We are helping our players become more focussed, resilient, and goal-oriented.”
Both the SAQ+ and Peak Performance programs support SFEA's commitment to offering San Francisco's top youth soccer players a development pathway to next level soccer––whether college or professional play. To learn more about the San Francisco Elite Academy or these programs please feel free to call the office or send email to email@example.com
San Francisco Elite Academy teams completed their pre-season preparations this past Sunday and are looking forward to the league and cup season just ahead. Over the summer, all the teams were given a customized training program and as pre-season training sessions began in late July (varied by team) the players were hard at work reconnecting as team.
As part of SFEA's pre-season program, all our teams participated in various highly competitive tournaments in order to work on fitness, team chemistry, and to provide the coaches with a roadmap for team and individual development goals.
The 2001 Girls NPL team got things started with a successful trip to San Diego to play in the Summer Surf Cup. The team finished the weekend with a 2-1-1 record and their only loss, a 1-0 setback, coming to eventual tournament champion and number one ranked team from Oregon, Crossfire United ECNL.
In their other games, SFEA 01G team earned a 2-2 tie vs Los Angeles' CDA Slammers FC EGSL, the #8 ranked team in Southern California and grabbed a convincing 2-0 win of San Diego's own Force Ocampo, ranked #25 in So Cal. In the final game on Monday, labeled as "showcase A" because it featured the top two teams not to make the semifinals, Slammers and SFEA were matched up for the 3rd time in the last 7 months. The previous 2 games ended in ties but this time SFEA came out the victor after breaking a 1-1 halftime deadlock with a stunning upper corner free kick by with just 8 minutes left in the match.
Back in the Bay Area, multiple SFEA teams participated in the Mustang Stampede tournaments, and the SFEA 99/00 Norcal Boys went to the Stanford Summer Classic and returned as champions of the top division for U19.
The tournament play was a culminating activity for pre-season calendars that saw teams get back together on July 31st and begin regular three-times-a-week trainings with some teams putting extra days for fitness and team building. We're proud of all our teams and their hard work and wish them the very best for the fall season.
This summer they took #SurfCup by storm, coming home with the trophy. And, now, this fall it was the #NPL.
Congratulations to the Academy's 2001 Girls who will represent San Francisco in the new NorCal Premier Champions League at U16 this spring! "Everyone involved with this team is proud of all they've accomplished," said Jeff Wilson, head coach of the Academy's 2001 Girls (as well as Sacred Heart Varisty Boys and City College of San Francisco Women's Varisty), "representing San Francisco in the NPL Champions League is both an honor and the next step in these player's development toward becoming college-level soccer players."
The NPL Champions League will kick off on March 18th and conclude at the NPL Spring Showcase on April 30th. The division winner is the NorCal NPL Champion and will represent NorCal Premier Soccer at the 2017 NPL National Finals in Indiana.
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