Coordination? Communication? Athleticism? A killer time outside with a ball to kick around? Yup, these are all skills and tools little Beckhams can learn at the awesome soccer organizations throughout the Bay Area. What makes these camps great is their focus on sportsmanship and teamwork while practicing the basic soccer skills that will get your kickers dribbling like pros in no time. With spring sessions starting soon, here’s a guide to help you select the best program for your kids.

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San Francisco

Soccer Tots
This programs has practice locations all over the city. SF Soccer Tots offers child development programs for kids aged 18 months to 6 years old.  Sessions are 40-50 minutes long for 6-8 weeks. Participants are grouped according to age in groups, with great names such as Teddies, Koalas, Cubs, Pandas and Bears. Check website for locations and practice times. Spring Session registration is now open.

415-762-5123
Online: sftots.com

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SF Rec Soccer Camps
With various camps located all over the city, they have tot soccer classes for both indoor and outdoor (depending on player age). The recreational and tot soccer classes are designed to introduce the game of soccer in a non-competitive, fun, and positive atmosphere. It’s all about having fun at these soccer camps and getting those little bodies moving. Find a class on their site to get pricing and availability.

415-831-2700
Online: sfrecpark.org

Marin County

Soccer Kids
Instruction is offered year-round and this program accepts children as young as under 3. The maximum class size is 15 kids, allowing for non-competitive, age- appropriate instruction. There are three different sessions offered Monday – Friday in locations close to nearly every Marin County resident, including San Rafael, San Anselmo, Corte Madera, and Mill Valley. Check website for locations and registration. Summer Session is now open.

415-608-2608
Online: soccerkids.com

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Pee Wee Soccer
Little Kickers ges 3-4 will get their first experience kicking around a soccer ball with coach Nick. This is an introductory course that will focus on sportsmanship and gross motor skills while having fun. Teamwork is the name of the game at this camp, with age appropriate games teaching kids how to play. All classes take place on Thursdays in Belvedere Park and cost $93 for a 6 week course. Find more information here.

415-435-4355
Online: btrecreation.com

East Bay

Soccer Shots
Soccer Shots East Bay is a national program specializing in coaching kids ages 3-8. Sessions are available in Contra Costa and East Alameda Counties and range from 30-40 minutes in length. Soccer Shots offers a couple different options for participation. They host after-school/daycare programs in which the coaches partner with schools to  create an enrichment program; or they work with private groups, perfect for mother’s clubs or neighborhood associations. Check website for exact locations and registration.

Soccer Shots – East Bay
925-895-1987
Online: soccershots.org/eastbay

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Li’l Kickers at Baladium Sports and Fitness Club
Join Soccer director Luis Orellana for various soccer programs, both indoor and outdoor. Coach Orellana and his staff focus on true child development. The Li’l Kickers offers levels of soccer instruction from ages 18 months – 7 years. Midweek and weekend classes are available. Spring Session start March 4 and continue through the beginning of June. Cost is $180 for a 12 weeks, with a blackout week from March 25-31.

800 West Tower Avenue, Bldg. 40
Alameda, Ca, 94501
510- 814-499
Online: bladiumalameda.com

Kidz Love Soccer
Kidz Love Soccer is dedicated to teaching children the world’s most popular and most played game within a nurturing environment. Offering classes all over the South Bay, including Danville, Moraga, San Ramon, Concord  and more, this program achieves success based on the following: Sportsmanship, Effort, Learning and Fun. Check the website for exact locations and registration information. Spring Sessions start April 6.

408-774-4629
Online: kidslovesoccer.com

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South Bay

Kidz Love Soccer
Kidz Love Soccer is offering classes all over the south bay including Mountain View, Belmont, Redwood City and San Bruno. Following the big 4 (Sportsmanship, Effort, Learning and Fun,) this program is perfect for budding soccer enthusiasts. Check the website for exact locations and registration information. Spring Sessions start April 13.

408-774-4629
Online: kidslovesoccer.com

What is your favorite soccer program in the San Francisco Bay Area? Let us know in the comments below.

— Gabrielle Cullen

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