The Vision of Santa Barbara SC goalkeeping program is to enhance each individual club level players techniques and goalkeeping skills to achieve the highest level of development. This is accomplished through our Director of Goalkeeping’s  clearly defined and administered curriculum including; footwork, handling, distribution, diving, shot-stopping, communication, dealing with crosses and overall presence and command in the box. Our system encourages and ensures goalkeepers emphasize foot skills and overall ability to start the attack. In addition, the program is designed to develop players understanding through match analysis and game day evaluation and reflection. 

David Elias

Originally from Huntington Beach, CA
USSF C License
USSDA Goalkeeping Staff Experience
Current UCSB Women’s & Men’s
Assistant Coach
10+ Years Coaching Experience
Concordia University, Masters Degree
Division I College Player: CSUF
Professional Player: Thunder Bay Chill (USL-2)
Current SBSC Coaching Assignment:
Boys 2008 MLS Assistant Coach

Ages. 2014 to 2003 birth year boys and girls

Level. Offered to Santa Barbara SC & Central Coast Academy team players                                                                                                   

The curriculum is designed for goalkeepers interested in reaching the highest level. Designed and led by Santa Barbara SC Goalkeeping Director, this specialized development curriculum will focus on areas such as shot-stopping, dealing with crosses, game management, distribution and goalkeeper specific strength and agility exercises.  

Incorporating goalkeepers into training session.  Within the warm- up, technical & technical/tactical portions of the session the goalkeepers will be utilized as field players and during the technical/tactical, tactical and small sided games portions of the session the goalkeepers will be primarily utilized as goalkeepers.

Fall Schedule:

  • Starting on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 to/and including Tuesday, November 16, 2021. 
  • Note: No sessions the week of November 22, 2021 due to Thanksgiving Break.
  • Girsh-Hochman Grass Fields (7050 Phelps Road, Goleta, CA 93117)
  • Winter programming for non-high school goalkeepers (primarily 2008 & Younger) will start post Thanksgiving, the week of November 29, 2021 (schedule release in October)

All sessions at Girsh Park Turf

Mondays (Starts on Monday, September 13th):

  • Boys Youngers (2014 – 2009) from 3:45-4:45pm 
    Boys Olders (2008 – 2003) from 7:45-8:45pm 

Tuesdays (Starts on Tuesday, September 7th):

  • Girls Youngers (2013 – 2009) from 3:45-4:45pm
    Girls Olders (2008 – 2003) from 7:30-8:30pm

Coming Soon!

“The goalkeeping leadership and curriculum ensures that the players learn and fine-tune all the techniques, decision making and skills required to become a great goalkeeper.”

— Greg Wilson, DOC