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Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz Mid-County Soccer Club is dedicated to providing affordable, high-quality opportunities for young people to play soccer in Santa Cruz

competitive surf teams

Over 250 players participate in Santa Cruz Mid-County’s competitive soccer program, known as Santa Cruz Mid-County Surf. Our competitive teams are for boys and girls ages 7 to 19 who show heightened interest, dedication and ability to play soccer. Comp players should demonstrate a passion to play the game of soccer at an advanced level and a focus and willingness to always improve and develop their skills.

Our competitive teams play in the California Youth Soccer Association (CYSA) Cal North District 2 league (CCSL) Teams participate in tournaments throughout northern California and sometimes venture out and play in more statewide events. Comp teams also participate in League play consisting of a 10-game season from early September to the end of November. Most comp teams begin practicing in mid-July to early August, but it is not uncommon for Surf teams to play in Summer tournaments. It is up to each individual coach to determine their own practice and tournament schedule. Some comp teams play in the Spring League as well as the Fall.

Surf teams compete in all competitive divisions including Copper, Bronze, Silver and Gold Elite for their age group. Many of our Surf teams are current and former League and District Cup champions!

The club relies on volunteers to coach its competitive teams.  All Comp coaches must possess a minimum United States Soccer Federation (USSF) Class E License. For more information see the Coaches section below.


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All Santa Cruz Mid-County Surf teams hold tryouts in March for the  upcoming Fall season. For those teams who play year-round and have vacancies will use tryouts to form a Spring roster. Spring rosters and fall rosters are not always the same. Talk to the individual coach to see what their roster needs are for each upcoming season.

Players are evaluated on a number of factors. Skill, focus, tenacity, intensity and knowledge of the game are just a few factors coaches will take into consideration when evaluating players.

Tryouts are held at Soquel High School. Please refer to our Comp Tryout Schedule page for specific times for each age group.


As required by California Youth Soccer Association Cal North, all Santa Cruz Mid-County Surf coaches hold a minimum USSF (United States Soccer Federation) National E License. This is an 18-hour course, including both field and classroom training. All coaches must pass a final exam to complete the course and receive their license. The club's parent organization, Santa Cruz County Youth Soccer League (SCCYSL), sponsors all coaching courses. For complete info on Comp coaching requirements, training and schedule, please visit the SCCYSL coach's page at

For more information on coaching or any other comp-related matter please contact our Competitive Team Coordinator and Director of Coaching, Sean Clark •


-- 2014 SURF Teams, Coaches & Age Matrix --


Surf 05 U9 Girls: August 1, 2005 – July 31, 2006

Colleen Niklaus •

Surf 03 U11 Girls: August 1, 2003 – July 31, 2004

Tomas` Garley •

Surf 02 U12 Girls: August 1, 2002 – July 31, 2003

Jon Baron •

Surf 01 U13 Girls: August 1, 2001 – July 31, 2002

Kelly Binger •

Surf 00 U14 Girls: August 1, 2000 – July 31, 2001

Russ Hilton •

Surf 99 U15 Girls: August 1, 1999 – July 31, 2000

Mike Fong •

Surf 97 U17 Girls: August 1, 1997 – July 31, 1999

Kelly Binger /// Tim Martin •


Surf 05 U9 Boys BLUE:  August 1, 2005 – July 31, 2006

Troy Depuydt • /// Mark Battey •

Surf 05 U9 Boys WHITE:  August 1, 2005 – July 31, 2006

Chris Irving •

Surf 04 U10 Boys: August 1, 2004 – July 31, 2005

Brian McGinley •

Surf 03 U11 Boys BLUE: August 1, 2003 – July 31, 2004

Sean Clark •

Surf 03 U11 Boys WHITE: August 1, 2003 – July 31, 2004

Jeremy Nama • /// Carlos Chagolla •

Surf 02 U12 Boys: August 1, 2002 – July 31, 2003

Jack Cunniff •

Surf 01 U13 Boys: August 1, 2001 – July 31, 2002

David Carrillo •

Surf 99 U15 Boys: August 1, 1999 – July 31, 2000

Jon Baron •

Surf 95 U17 Boys: August 1, 1997 – July 31, 1999

Efrain Espinosa •