MLS Next Academy


The Santa Barbara SC MLS Academy provides the most talented soccer players on the Central Coast of California with a clear pathway to reach the highest levels of professional and collegiate competition in the sport of Soccer. Santa Barbara Soccer Club is proud to have a full academy pathway and fields 6 teams from U13 (2011) – U19 (2005/06) in the MLS Next youth development platform.

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.

MLS Next Game Day Central

Games kick off March 13!

At LA Galaxy Dignity Health Sports Complex:

2008 SBSC vs LA Galaxy: 10:00

2007 SBSC vs LA Galaxy: 12:00

2006 SBSC vs LA Galaxy: 10:00

“Santa Barbara SC is deeply committed to developing elite level players through the MLS Elite Youth Development Platform, from our academy teams through to the professional level of the game”
Greg Wilson
Director of Soccer