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.
The San Francisco Elite Academy is proud to announce that the 99/00 Boys NPL, 01 Boys NPL, 02 Boys NPL, and the 01 Girls NPL, 02 Girls NPL, 03 Girls NPL, and 04 Girls NPL all have been selected to attend one of the nation's most coveted soccer showcases--the 2017 Surf College Cup Showcase. This marks the second year running that SFEA has sent multiple teams to compete against some of the best players in the nation. Held over Thanksgiving weekend at two premier field facilities in San Diego, the Surf College Showcase is considered one of the two premier national showcases for youth soccer players and only accepts approximately 1 in 3 teams that apply. Typically, over 500 college coaches attend the event to scout youth soccer talent who play three games over a three-day period against some of the top soccer clubs in the country (see the graphic below). Congratulations to these seven teams and we hope they both enjoy and take advantage of this unique opportunity to compete against the "Best of the Best," which is a cornerstone of what makes the San Francisco Elite Academy unique in San Francisco.
The Academy sent 3 boys teams--1999, 2000, and 2001; and 2 girls teams--2001 & 2002 to the NPL College Showcase this past weekend. All teams performed well with close to 120 college coaches in attendance. College Showcases like these are an important part of the Academy's commitment to preparing players for next-level soccer careers.
Despite perpetual downpours and constant gloomy weather, it would be hard to call the 2016 NorCal NPL College Showcase anything other than a success. Several of the divisions came down to the final minutes of action, providing an excellent atmosphere for the players, coaches and spectators alike.
College Coaches in Attendance...
Women's Coaches: Academy of Art, American River College, Cal, Cal Baptist, Cal Lutheran, Cal Poly SLO, Chico State, Colorado College, Columbia Basin College, CSU Bakersfield, CSU Stanislaus, Dominican, Fresno Pacific, Fresno State, Holy Names, Humboldt State, Long Beach State, Louisiana Tech, Menlo College, Nevada – Reno, Pacific, Sacramento State, Saint Mary’s, San Francisco, San Francisco State, Sierra Nevada College, Sonoma State, Southern Oregon, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Merced, UC Santa Barbara, UC Santa Cruz, University of Antelope Valley, UNLV, William Jessup, Yakima Valley College
Men's Coaches: Academy of Art, American River College, Assumption College, Cal, Canada College, Claremont McKenna, Chico State, College of Marin, Concordia – Portland, CSU East Bay, CSU Monterey Bay, CSU San Bernardino, CSU Stanislaus, Dominican, Eastern Oregon, Emerson College, Fresno Pacific, Holy Names, Humboldt State, Loyola Marymount, Montana State – Billings, Northwest Christian, Notre Dame de Namur, Pacific (CA), Pacific (OR), Peninsula College, Rogue Community College, Sacramento State, Saint Mary’s, San Francisco, San Francisco State, San Jose State, Santa Clara, Skyline, Sonoma State, Southern Oregon, Swarthmore College, Tabor College, UC Davis, UC Merced, UC Riverside, William Jessup
The Academy is both thrilled and honored to be sending five of its teams—the 1998 Boys, 2000 Boys, 2001 Boys, 2002 Boys and 2001 Girls—to one of the premier soccer showcases in the United States, the 2016 Surf College Cup Showcase!
The Surf College Cup will be played November 25-27th in San Diego, California. It ranks among the top tournaments nationally, and offers a unique opportunity for elite teams around the country to compete and for players to be seen by college and professional scouts. This year’s tournament excepts to feature 220 teams for a field of over 600 applicants. There will be teams from 16 states and 6 countries, as well as over 150 college coaches and scouts on hand to identify soccer talent
The Academy views the acceptance of so many of our teams as part of our commitment to provide San Francisco’s top players an elite player path that had been previously impossible without leaving for programs outside the city.
Congratulations and good luck to our Academy players and teams in San Diego.
The SF Elite Academy
Our mission is to provide an elite level program for soccer players in San Francisco.