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Santa Barbara Soccer Club (SBSC) and Kickers Soccer Club have announced the formation of Central Coast Academy (CCA), a partnership that creates the premier platform for girls soccer in the region. Starting in the 2021-22 season, Central Coast Academy will provide girls in the 2009 through 2003 age groups a unified pathway to compete at the highest levels offered on the Central Coast. Central Coast Academy’s elite team for each age group will compete in the Development Player League (DPL).

With the formation of the Central Coast Academy, player development remains the number one focus in order to succeed at the highest levels of youth soccer. Central Coast Academy ‘College Placement’ sets the standard for clubs on the Central Coast. We have ‘collectively’ placed over 150+ players in various top Colleges and Universities throughout the United States.

Central Coast Academy will be the largest program for girls on the Central Coast with access to multiple training locations, high quality coaching across all teams and the opportunity to play in an elite regional and national level league”, said Greg Wilson, Director of Coaching. “

Greg Wilson

Through a holistic approach to player development, The Santa Barbara SC Academy Staff are committed to developing each and every player and person to their maximum potential. Santa Barbara SC has helped develop and produce talented, hard-working and committed players that have gone on to play for the Elite NCAA Division 1 Programs, MLS Professional Teams and represented our country at the US Youth National Teams levels. 

Major League Soccer announced Santa Barbara SC as a founding member of a new Elite Youth Development Platform intended to provide year-round high-level matches for MLS club academy teams and non-MLS academy (Santa Barbara SC) teams.  We will achieve high standards for elite youth players on the Central coast to allow athletes to achieve their full potential.