From California to New York, And Now Texas – Surf SC Reaches Across America
The Surf Soccer Club is expanding — extending the premier youth soccer club’s reach with the addition of a new affiliate in the heart of Texas, a hotbed of youth soccer. As the landscape of youth soccer consolidates and youth soccer clubs look for experience, power and prestige, affiliate programs become more vital for success on a local level.
With affiliates reaching across the USA — from New York to the LA area, San Diego Surf SC, the premier youth soccer club with an international reputation for excellence, is welcoming a new affiliate.
Surf Soccer family of youth soccer clubs continues to grow as their affiliate partner program continues expanding outside of its Southern California origins where 11-time championship San Diego Surf SC and Orange County Surf are well known for player development.
Now, for the first time, the Surf brand is reaching into the Lonestar State, as Surf Cup Sports announces a five-year partnership with Advanced Soccer Academy, which will now become El Paso Surf.
“It’s super exciting to have the Surf brand in Texas,” said Chris Adams, who oversees Surf’s Partner Club program.
“Along with Southern California, Texas is considered a hotbed for youth soccer talent.”
“We feel that there is a wealth of untapped potential in the El Paso market, and we are very impressed with how the Advanced Soccer Academy has grown. The new El Paso Surf is bringing a legitimate club culture to West Texas,” said Adams.
Advanced Soccer Academy has enjoyed steady growth over the past several years under the leadership of Executive Director David Lopez and his dedicated staff of passionate youth soccer coaches. Starting with only a handful of teams, the club has grown into the premier women’s club in the area, with players guest playing at high-level ECNL and U.S. Soccer Development Academy (DA) clubs, as well as establishing their own UWS team in El Paso.
“We have always been a forward thinking academy which strongly believes in building a pathway from our youth up to our collegiate players,” said David Lopez, Executive Director of El Paso Surf.
“We believe that with patience and through proper training, we will develop high-quality homegrown players who can truly represent our passionate city.”
“I strongly feel that Surf SC will not only enhance what we are doing here but will also provide us with a growing understanding of elite youth soccer and help us meet the needs of our aspiring players,” said Lopez.
El Paso Surf’s goal is to become the best youth soccer club in West Texas, an area in America which has earned respect for it’s abundance of youth soccer talent.
“Up until now, there has been a lack of professional youth soccer organizations in the area, and this is something that El Paso Surf will be changing,” said Adams.
“We strongly feel that Surf will not only enhance what we are doing, but will help us learn how professional soccer academies develop talent. Knowing that our coaching philosophies align builds a burning desire to build a vibrant and stron youth soccer culture here in El Paso,” said Malissa Lopez, El Paso Surf’s General Manager.
According to Adams, the goal of the Surf Network is to support clubs throughout America and provide a variety of benefits ranging from branding support, club administration support, coaching collaboration, and access to an ever growing network of talented clubs who all support each other in order to bring unique opportunities to their player base.
Now in six states with over 12,000 players, the Surf Affiliate program has been organically growing since 2012.
The aim of the program is to utilize expertise and experience within San Diego Surf and the network to help clubs become the premier player development club in their area.
“We feel that we have the best network of clubs in the US,” said Jeremy McDonald, VP at Surf Cup Sports. “Our clubs leaders are innovative and always want the best for their players. Surf Cup Sports is committed to providing these opportunities. With this expansion into Texas, we are more excited than ever to continue building a strong network of soccer clubs that will keep growing and strengthening together.”
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