FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SAN FRANCISCO, CA, April 3, 2019—The San Francisco Elite Academy has become the newest community partner of San Francisco City FC. The two organizations will work together to advance their common goals of growing soccer in San Francisco and bringing people together to aid the health and wellness of local kids through the beautiful game.
This new partnership has several important features:
SF Elite Academy and SF City will be reaching out to each other's memberships to share information. The two organizations will promote their activities, events, and initiatives through their various communications channels to their thousands of followers.
By being a partner club of SF City FC, SF Elite Academy players will now enjoy the opportunity to represent San Francisco at the top amateur level. Beginning this year, SF City will be running a month-long training and game program for aspiring USL League Two players and high school seniors in need of preparation for college soccer. This program will give members needed exposure to a high level of play and coaching, and a chance for local players to benefit from guidance and mentorship from college players and coaches.
SF City FC is also pleased to offer discounted 2019 membership plans and single game tickets to the families of San Francisco Elite Academy.
SF Elite and SF City will also host joint volunteer and social events during the course of the year. Members of both organizations will be able to have fun together and give back to the community. We will be announcing these events very shortly.
About San Francisco City Football Club
San Francisco City Football Club is a supporter-owned soccer club competing in USL League 2. The team is committed to its goals of representing San Francisco on the national stage and giving back to our community by aiding local charitable groups.
About the San Francisco Elite Academy
The San Francisco Elite Academy (SFEA) is the top college placement youth soccer program in San Francisco, having over 30 former players now competing in college soccer. SFEA is developing the next generation of local soccer players by holding them to the highest standards, ensuring they receive the necessary training and support to successfully represent San Francisco at the highest levels of play in our community and country.
The San Francisco Elite Academy is pleased to announced a partnership agreement with College Fit Finder to help SFEA’s college-bound players with the college soccer recruiting process. College Fit Finder provides players with a competitive advantage over the typical student-athlete navigating the recruiting process. It’s a comprehensive web-based tool that allows individuals to take ownership of their college-play interest and to help them possibly find a home at the college level.
As a club, SFEA is committed to both player development and helping our players fulfill their dreams of playing collegiate athletics and accessing higher education. College Fit Finder provides a consistent launching point to our club's support of its players in the recruiting process, and it will allow our coaching staff to take a more customized, personal approach in helping our athletes navigate the process from start to finish.
Over the course of the next several weeks, SFEA will be providing the College Fit Finder tool to EVERY one of its high school-aged players FREE OF CHARGE. This week, our 2001 and 2002 Girls teams will receive an email via their TeamSnap accounts with important College Fit Finer sign up and next steps' information. In conjunction with this new partnership, SFEA will hold a College Night Meeting for these 2001 and 2002 girls players (and parents) on Wednesday, March 6th at 6pm to review the College Fit Finder tool and answer any questions they may have. Again, details will be posted via TeamSnap.
The upcoming meeting will include both a representative from College Fit Finder as well as our new SFEA College Guidance Coach, Jeff Wilson. Having served as an academic and college counselor at the high school level for nearly 20 years, Jeff Wilson will now be leading our club as a college liaison to support our players’ interest, questions and journey toward possible college-level soccer play. Jeff’s experience and intimate knowledge on the process from both a student prospective and a college soccer coach should prove an invaluable asset to SFEA college-bound student athletes.
On behalf of the SFEA board and coaching staff, we look forward to working with our high school aged players to help facilitate recruiting and in finding a good college match for those seeking to play at the next level.
About College Fit Finder:
The College Fit Finder platform allows players to create a profile, add video, and search for colleges that fit their academic and athletic aspirations. It also provides and maintains a database of up-to-date academic and soccer program information. This platform represents an asset for those pursuing college soccer, and it also assists those players seeking colleges for specific academic interests. Players will have the opportunity to build a list of favorite schools and contact those coaches directly from the platform. The ability to search, create, share, and access information on colleges and their soccer programs with help all college-bound athletes in their individual path to higher education.
On Saturday, a large number of SFEA players--boys and girls--will be playing for their respective high schools in sectional finals. In fact, over 30 San Francisco players from SFEA's senior boys and girls teams will be playing tomorrow to bring their high school championship glory.
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, Lowell makes another late season run at championship glory by playing in the San Francisco Section final tomorrow versus Mission at 1.30pm at Boxer Stadium. The Lowell girls are 13-2-1 and feature a host of SFEA players--including Hannah McCord, Mariko Hokamura, Kalea Papandrew, Shannon Li, Camila Bodden, Sarah Ginsburg, Simone Wesley, Natalia Potente. On the 8-2-1 Mission side of the championship tilt is SFEA player Raquel Lau.
In addition, 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.
The SF Elite Academy
Our mission is to provide an elite level program for soccer players in San Francisco.