The Santa Clara Sporting Soccer Club is a high-level competitive soccer club in Santa Clara, California, and affiliated with the Santa Clara Youth Soccer League. Santa Clara Sporting is one of the oldest and most successful competitive youth soccer organizations in the United States. With over 650 players on 35 teams from Under-8 to Under-18, Santa Clara Sporting continues to have a major impact on the local, district, regional and national soccer scenes. Our youth teams compete in the Cal North and NorCal Premier Soccer Leagues, and every year we place student- athletes in the Cal North Olympic Development Program and NorCal Premier PDP Programs from the District Level to the US National Teams. We also have two Amateur Mens Teams that compete in the highest level amateur leagues in the Bay Area.
Established in 1971
Our club was founded in 1971, by a group of Portuguese soccer supporters who wanted to establish a team to compete in the Peninsula Soccer League. In the early 1980’s we expanded our program to include a youth soccer program which has quickly become one of the most competitive clubs in Northern California, as well as the United States. Our teams and our club is consistently ranked one of the Top-5 in Northern California, and Ranked in the Top-10 Nationwide by GotSoccer.com.
Our coaching staff has developed some of the finest soccer players that have gone forward to compete at the professional levels in Europe and Mexico.
Santa Clara Sporting has a successful track record developing top student-athletes into college bound soccer players. Without the high-cost of academy programs, Santa Clara Sporting has shared the same success rates recruiting soccer players to college programs.
In 2003, we launched our Santa Clara Sporting Invitational Tournament for elite boys soccer teams to compete in every August. Over the past ten years we had teams travel from China, Canada, Utah, Idaho, Arizona, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, and Southern California make the trek to Santa Clara to compete in our event. The Santa Clara Sporting Invitational quickly became the #1 Ranked Tournament in #1 in Northern California by GotSoccer.com. We have been fortunate to consistently draw some of the best State, Regional and National Championship teams to our event every year. Any team that can lift the championship trophy at the end of our 3-day tournament has earned their bragging right to have beaten some of the toughest teams in California and the Western Region.
In 2011, we launched the Santa Clara Sporting Girls Inviational tournament which is hosted on Memorial Weekend every May. This tournament continues to build into one of the premier events for highly competitive girls teams in Northern California.
Some of our most rewarding work happens off the field, like our Goals-for-a-Cure campaign that started in 2008. Our club raised over $195,000 between 2008-2015 and donated the funds to help women fight breast cancer. The funds went to pay for early screening breast exams which are critical to early detection and prevention of this deadly disease. Help us raise more money and awareness every October!
We are proud of our accomplishments on and off the field, but we have many more chapters to "write" in the legacy of our club.