The partnership includes corporate sponsorship, expansion of player registration, cross marketing between both organizations;
San Diego Boca FC CEO/President Yan Skwara stated, "We are very excited to establish a joint venture partnership with California Soccer League (CSL). The CSL has done a phenomenal job in building their league over the years and we are honored to be working hand in hand with the league. At the end of the day, we want to give the the players of the California Socer League the opportunity to play at the highest level in San Diego and now with our partnership in place, we can elevate the level of thinking of young players in terms of their objectives with soccer and life. Sometimes players just need that one opportunity to showcase themselves at a pro level whereby often times that opportunity is not given to them. San Diego Boca FC is professional soccer in San Diego and serves as the outlet for that player. We have given many players over the past few years the window of opportunity to play for our club only to see these players move on and play at a Major League Soccer (MLS) level or even go play overseas and abroad. The CSL has tremendous inner city talent in all its clubs and we want to work closely with all the CSL teams and coaches to allow these players to grow and achieve their dreams with the game.
Ricky Franchi stated, "I am eager to begin working in conjunction with San Diego Boca FC. Young players need to establish benchmarks for their play and San Diego Boca is San Diego's Pro Soccer Team. We need to be sending our best players to represent our city so we can create a strong foothold with soccer in San Diego, with the ultimate goal of luring MLS and or NASL to San Diego in the future. "We have relationships across the county with thousands of San Diego residents and business contacts throughout the nation and we need to convert that into a strong resource to expand the soccer community, build our league, and pro team."
About the California Soccer League
In 1988 California Soccer League originated as a nonprofit organization. We formed a partnership with the San Diego Parks & Recreation Department as a way to keep inner city kids involved in positive, healthy activities. Youth programs were financially limited as reflected in the neighborhood drug and gang activity. It was common for parents to drop their children off at the park at 7:00 a.m. and pick them at night. Many of the youth frequenting the park were at high risk. With the help of many dedicated parents, concerned older siblings and volunteers, we developed a free youth soccer program. The Colina del Sol Soccer League soon hosted over 400 kids every Saturday. The community residents infused their neighborhood with new life. Drugs and gang activity diminished as more families became involved at the park and participated in the grassroots program. The Saturday ritual became a step ladder into higher education and job opportunities for numerous teen volunteers who became city employees.
An adult league emerged from this program when parents began asking to borrow soccer goals to scrimmage amongst themselves. The loosing team agreed to provide team t-shirts for the youth league. CSL now serves over 200 teams and 3,500 players. Soccer is a way of life, viewed as more than a sport, it's a cultural passion spanning across ethnically diverse populations;
About San Diego Boca FC
San Diego Boca FC is part of the Western Division of the 65-team National Premier Soccer League (NPSL). San Diego Boca FC was founded to promote professional, amateur, and youth soccer throughout San Diego County through a grassroots approach, following that of storied Argentina club Boca Juniors. For more information, visit www.sdboca.com or www.npsl.info.
Boca Soccer Store - Sports Arena
San Diego Boca FC also operates the Boca Soccer Store located in the Sports Arena at 3445 Midway Drive Suite F San Diego, Ca 92110. 619-756-7528.
Boca Soccer Store carries Lotto, Nike, Vizari, Adidas, and much more. Soccer enthusiasts can browse through our selection of jerseys, cleats, balls, bags, and more. Also, come check out our ESPN Soccer Zone Lounge Area for free viewing of MLS, Champions League and Euro matches including daily Fox Soccer, Gol TV, ESPN Deportes coverage on our 55" HD TV's.
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