Surf Cup Sports is proud to announce our newest regional club partnership, Valley Surf Soccer Club. Effective immediately, Central Valley Surf, Lodi Surf, Manteca Sol, River Islands FC will join forces to create the Valley’s premier youth soccer club, Valley Surf Soccer Club. Represented by leaders that are true to the Surf mission, Valley Surf will create a cooperative and elite environment committed to the development of their community’s soccer players and will jointly focus on creating the best experiences and opportunities through soccer in the Central Valley.
Valley Surf will be joining Surf Nation with the support of the San Diego Surf Soccer Club, which has a proven track record of developing players and moving them through the player pathway into the US National Team Program and the professional and collegiate ranks. With the focus of developing world-class soccer players across northern California, this partnership will bring together the Valley’s top youth clubs, specifically Central Valley Surf — which has won multiple State Cup Championships, 2 National titles and promoted hundreds of players to college. Valley Surf will provide high-quality programming at the local and regional levels with a pathway for elite players to access the Surf Select program. Staying true to Surf’s Mission, this partnership furthers the ability to create improved experiences and opportunities for the Valley’s players and pool resources to provide a true development pathway for the top soccer players in this region.
“We are evolving again,” said Valley Surf Founder and President Benjamin Gonzalez. “We don’t take change lightly and believe this will propel us to another level in our region. Working together and with a mission of transforming communities and impacting player’s lives can only be achieved if we put player development first.”
“It has been my goal for over a decade to put together a team that can transform how players are developed in my community. Our goal is to make sure no player ever has to leave the Valley, and we will work tirelessly to become that club for them,” said VP of Soccer Vince Meyer.
“Through this partnership, we look forward to aligning the top talent in the Valley and providing a real pathway for all of our players to compete at the college and professional levels. I am excited about joining this project and helping Valley Surf become the hub for elite soccer in the Valley. Our Valley region has long been a hotbed for talent, but unfortunately, many end up leaving our region for other clubs. My goal is to lead an organization that can raise the level of developmental opportunities within our region so no player has to look elsewhere. The infrastructure is in place; now combining that with top soccer leaders should enable us to execute this vision,” said Valley Surf Technical Director Adam Reeves.
“Valley Surf is another important building block in Surf Nation. Working together with local community leaders and leveraging the Surf brand and community’s power will result in better experiences and opportunities for kids. This region of California is full of talent but needs a more robust structure to fulfill the potential of these players,” said Brian Enge, CEO Surf Sports.
For over 44 years, Surf has been one of the founding organizations in youth soccer. With over $7 Million in charitable donations, 16 national championships, and countless professional, collegiate, and youth national team players, we are forever striving to be the “Best of the Best.” Valley Surf joins 41 Surf National Affiliates to comprise what we’re proud to call Surf Nation.