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UCSB Vacation Camp: Spring Break

Last week was the launch of our 2015 UCSB Vacation Camp Series, starting off with Spring Break Camp! It was a great success with a large turnout. Local youngsters practiced their dribbling, passing and shooting skills. Many players from the UCSB Men’s Soccer Team served as mentors to the kids and ensured they had a fun while improving their skills. Spring Break Camp was tons of fun, and we look forward to seeing everyone at our Summer Camps! To learn more click here.






UCSB Men’s Soccer visit local schools

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In late February, the UCSB Men’s soccer team visited Brandon School to participate in a jog-a-thon and hosted a Dr. Seuss Day at Hollister School where they read to the students. The Gauchos had lots of fun giving back to the community, teaching new skills to the students, and encouraging the students to read. Giving back to the community is so important to the UCSB Men’s Soccer team, and they hope to attend more events at the local schools soon.

2014 Highlights

In 2014, the UCSB Men’s Soccer team gave back to the community through various projects such as a Jog-a-thon, AYSO Skills Day and serving as mentors through “Gaucho Gives” clinics. Here’s a look at how the Gauchos gave back to the community throughout the year.

April 2014—Gauchos hosted a skills day at Goleta Elementary & visited El Camino Elementary to help assist with the local school community outreach jog-a-thon.

May 2014—Gauchos Ismalia Jome, Armand Bagramyan, and Josh McNeely visited a sixth grade class at Isla Vista Elementary on the last day of school and hosted a one-hour clinic with the students.

June 2014—UCSB Men Soccer players served as coaches and mentors at UCSB Vacation Day Camps.

August 2014—Gauchos mentored and coached at the Fifth Annual AYSO Skills Day.

September 2014—Gauchos served as guest coaches for local youth soccer teams & Gauchos hosted a skills day at Adelante Charter School.

An Honorary Gaucho

In 2013, players from the UCSB Men’s Soccer team began to visit 13-year-old Omar Ibarra who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. After many treatments, he is now a survivor. In February 2015, UCSB Men’s Soccer teamed up with Cancer Fit to help improve the quality of life for cancer survivors. Join us in recognizing Omar as an Honorary Gaucho.

Please join us in November for “An Honorary Gaucho Part III”.

UCSB Vacation Camp Starts on March 30th!


UCSB Vacation Kids Day Camps

2015 Dates:

Spring Break

March 30-April 3 @ Hollister School

Ages: 5-12 years old


Half Day–$140

Full Day–$165


Half Day– 9:00am-1:00pm

Full Day– 9:00am-3:00pm


Week #1, June 15-19 @ Hollister School

Week #2, June 22-26 @ Hollister School

Week #3, August 3-7 @ Girsh Park

Ages: 5-12 years old

Cost: $140

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Description: Goleta, CA– 2015 UCSB Vacation Kids Day Camps offers 4-great weeks of day camps. Our spring break camp will be from March 30-April 3, and our summer camps will be held June 15-19, June 22-26, & August 3-7. Most camps run from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., with the  option of a full day camp during spring break. Camps are designed for 5-12 year old boys and girls field players and goalkeepers of all ability levels who are enthusiastic about improving their individual skills in a fun-filled environment.

Come play with and learn from National Champion Coaches and current UCSB men’s and women’s players for a fun-filled week of soccer.

Sign up today to receive a FREE UCSB soccer camp T-shirt, top-notch instruction, World Cup games and activities, skills contests, and guest appearances by UCSB Legends & MLS players!

We hope to see you in 2015, for more information or questions contact Santa Barbara Soccer today!

Phone: 805-893-6044

Location: Hollister School, 950 Anita Lane Santa Barbara, CA 93117 & Girsh Park, 7050 Phelps Rd. Goleta, CA 93117

Gauchos Kick Off Guest Coaching Clinics

The UCSB Men’s Soccer team started off the first week of September with their guest coaching sessions with the young soccer players of Santa Barbara. Each team had a great time running drills and honing their skills with their new coaches. By the end of the season, the Gauchos will have hosted over 100 of these guest coaching clinics.
The Gaucho Guest Coaching program gives the Men’s Soccer team the opportunity to volunteer their time to give back to the Santa Barbara and Goleta area. Through programs like these, our student athletes end up donating over 5,000 hours of community service, while also interacting with their biggest fans: Santa Barbara’s future soccer stars! Each guest coaching session pairs players from the Men’s team with local youth soccer teams to teach basic soccer skills.

Get Ready for the 2014 Soccer Season!


UCSB Season Tickets start as low as $4 with the popular family plan. Sign your team up to have your favorite Gaucho attend your next practice session or become a Ball Boy at our next home game.


Sign your team up for our Gaucho Guest Coaching Program

As part of our gaucho guest community outreach initiative, UCSB soccer players will be filling in as guest coaches for your AYSO teams. The Gauchos will run a one-hour practice for your team, availability for this years sessions are September 2, 3, 4, 10, 11, 22, 23, 24 & 25Sign Up Online

Sign your team up to be Ball Boys at a UCSB men’s game

Sign your team up to be ball boys at upcoming men’s home game. Please note that Big West Conference rules require all ball boys to be 10 years of age or older. We still have availability for the following games, September 5, 26 & 28, October 2, 4, 22, 25 & 29. Sign Up Online

UCSB Season Tickets as low as $4 with the popular Family Plan.

Season tickets for the 2014 UCSB season, including exciting home games against challenging opponents UCLA, Cal Poly, Northwestern, and Cal State Northridge, are now available! Tickets start out as low as $4 with the popular Family Plan. To secure your seats today, call the UCSB ticket office at 805-893-UCSB (8272) or order online here.

Follow UCSB Soccer. Get social with the Gauchos! To stay up-to-date on all things UCSB soccer: follow the team Twitter and Instagram accounts, like us on Facebook, and bookmark the UCSB Soccer Community Outreach Blog, Gauchos Assist.

Fifth Annual AYSO Skills Day Draws Huge Crowds

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This weekend, the UCSB Soccer team hosted the fifth annual AYSO Skills day at Harder Stadium. The event lasted from 2:30-6:30 and saw crowds of over 1000 young AYSO players looking to improve their soccer skills. The day consisted of an exhibition from the Futboleros USA Team, face painting, pictures and autographs from gaucho soccer players, and players clinics. The players clinics included fun activities, interactive games, shooting, juggling, dribbling, and passing skill sets.
Players from both UCSB men’s and women’s teams came to help out at the clinic. They coached the players clinics and helped the younger players find their confidence on the field. Greg Wilson, the assistant coach for the UCSB Men’s Soccer team says, “It’s great to see the whole soccer community come together today. It is a fantastic opportunity for our players to mentor the youth of our community and interact with the players, parents, and coaches. We all really enjoy sharing our knowledge of the game with the kids. ” Everyone left with a smile on their face from a Sunday afternoon well spent!

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UCSB Vacation Camp Kickoff

Last week marked the first of our three UCSB Vacation Day Camps.  Over 50 boys and girls ages 5-12 worked hard all week, practicing their footwork, shooting and passing skills. Our future gauchos were divided up into groups based on both age and skill. Additionally, the kids were prepped with tons of World Cup trivia, getting them excited to watch and cheer for their favorite teams.UCSB Men and Women Soccer players, Marshall Carzares, Miranda Cornejo, Ashley Dean, Savannah Francis, Kevin Garcia-Lopez, Ishmael Jome, and Daniel Welsh served as coaches and mentors throughout the week.  Having student athletes as coaches enabled the campers to witness the soccer skills of top Division I players.
The second Vacation Camp is underway this week and the third and final camp runs from August 4th-8th at Girsh Park, from 9:00 am-1:00 pm.  For more information and online registration, please visit Walk-up registration is accepted.

UCSB Vacation Camp: Starting Today!


Today marks the start of the first week of UCSB’s Vacation Camp at Hollister School. This camp is designed for boys and girls 5-12 years old to work on their shooting, dribbling and passing skills while focusing on team work and learning about the upcoming World Cup Games! This is a great opportunity for kids in the local community to meet some of our Big West Champion players and star-athletes from the Women’s team. We offer a small ratio between coaches and kids to foster better skill development in personal environment.

The following camps will be from June 16th-20th and August 4th-8th at Girsh Park, from 9:00 am-1:00 pm. For more information and online registration, please visit Walk-up registration is also available.

For more information please contact:

Men’s Soccer Office: 805-893-6044,

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