A Parent's Guide to Soccer in the East Bay - 510 Families

A Parent’s Guide to Soccer in the East Bay

Big thanks to 24-7 UK Soccer Academy for sponsoring our guide to kids soccer in the East Bay. 24-7 UK Soccer Academy is a professional sports organization operating in Alameda, Castro Valley, Fremont, Hayward, Oakland, Piedmont, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Union City, and more East Bay locations. Find a savings code below.

Getting a child started in a new sport can be daunting. It feels like all the other parents know what’s going on, when to sign up, and what to bring. Here’s a guide for East Bay parents whose goal is to give their child the opportunity to try soccer. See what I did there?

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We talked to the experts at 24-7 UK Soccer Academy and they coached us on these tips. Read on to learn about their classes and others near you.

Get kids started playing soccer: Just kick around the ball

Getting your son or daughter started on their soccer journey can be as simple as getting them their first soccer ball to kick around and become familiar with. Take it to the park. Get fancy and buy some small cones or even a goal that you can play around with. Kids love cones and balls. Keep it fun.

Whether it’s kicking a ball around in the back yard for the first time with Mom and Dad, playing with friends for fun, or later engaging in more structured games, activities, camps, or clinics, these are stepping stones to a healthy relationship with physical activity and sports.

kids playing soccer
Keep soccer fun for younger players. Pro tip: Buy a smaller-sized ball – size 3 – for a child under 7. Here are some | Photo: 24-7 UK Soccer Academy

Group learning in soccer classes for little kids

When your child is ready for organized group activities, ie won’t hang on your leg the entire time or run off into the wilderness, a class with an experienced coach teaching a proven curriculum will help them learn to love the game. Kids tend to enjoy soccer more when they are taught the fundamentals correctly. Players build their confidence in classes and then take their love for the game to the next level—short-sided scrimmages.

A class that leads up to scrimmages gets kids ready to join a recreational soccer team or league. We have listed the local leagues at the bottom of this guide. (Jump there >)

Where to find soccer classes for kids in the East Bay

little kids and soccer coaches
24-7 UK Soccer Academy fun camps are a great way to spend the week and develop your soccer skills for as young as age 5 | Photo: 24-7 UK Soccer Academy

24-7 UK Soccer Academy (Castro Valley, Hayward, Oakland, Montclair, Piedmont, Alameda)

24-7 UK Soccer Academy training camps and activities are offered for children ages 5 to 16 with any experience level. Younger players enjoy additional engaging activities. More experienced players benefit from specialized goalkeeper camps and preseason skills sessions. 24-7 UK Soccer Academy offers a wide variety of training programs for novice, recreational, and competitive players. Find a class or team >>

*Save 20% on any 24-7 UK Soccer Academy 2022 Summer Camp with code 510SUMMER2022 Expires 9/1/22

*excludes camps registered in Piedmont through Piedmont Recreation Department (PRD).

ABSC (Albany and Berkeley)

The Albany Berkeley Soccer Club runs a large recreational program for kids 4 to 23 of all levels. ABSC uses fields in Albany and Berkeley for games, practices, and camps. Get details on registration dates >>

Lil’ Kickers (Alameda)

The Lil’ Kickers soccer program uses soccer to help children ages 18 months to 7 years tackle important developmental milestones through age-appropriate and fun-filled activities. More than one million kids have participated in Lil’ Kickers across the country. Learn more about registration and dates >>

Soccer Shots (throughout Alameda and Contra Costa Counties)

Soccer Shots offers programs for kids 2-8, tailored to their developmental stage.  Classes are for specific age windows and meet at locations like Cedar Rose Park. See if a Soccer Shots class is starting soon near you in Alameda County; find Soccer Shots classes in Contra Costa County

Super Soccer Stars (Multiple locations)

These weekly classes are all over the Bay Area for kids 1 to 12. For 40-60 minutes, kids will learn the basics of dribbling and shooting in a non-competitive environment. Currently in Oakland, El Cerrito, and Berkeley locations. Find a nearby class >

Soccer 2gether (Berkeley, Emeryville, Albany)

With classes and camps for ages 3 to 7, Soccer 2gether teaches soccer skills in session-based classes. See the schedule >

SkyHawks Multi-Sport Camps & Clinics (Piedmont + Orinda)

Session-based classes for preschoolers and elementary school-aged kids that introduce multiple sports to keep things interesting. One reader said of the soccer, basketball, and baseball class known as Tot Sport, “My 4-year-old learned so much and each section was three weeks so he didn’t get bored.” Learn more here >>

Spurs Football Club (El Cerrito, Berkeley)

Youth soccer classes for ages 3 to 18. Learn more here >>

University Village (Albany)

Pacific Soccer Training’s “Cub Soccer” program for ages 3-8 teaches kicking and passing. Scrimmages begin as the children’s skills advance during the last 15 minutes of each class. Learn more here >>

soccer camp for kids
Soccer camps emphasize developing personal goals, sportsmanship, and skills | Photo: 24-7 UK Soccer Academy

East Bay Soccer Camps for Kids

Soccer and multi-sports camps are for soccer players of many ability levels. Our Seasonal Camp Guides have many cool sports camps. Look for a multi-sports program like the one at Cal or a dedicated soccer camp like 24-7 UK Soccer Academy, Footfire, or ABSC. Find more soccer summer camps here >>

East Bay Soccer Leagues for Recreational and Competitive Teams

We have personally found it difficult as rookie parents to know when sign-ups are required, so we recommend joining the email list of the league you would like to remind you. Or add it to your family calendar right now!

24-7 UK Soccer Academy (Castro Valley, Hayward, Oakland, Montclair, Piedmont, Alameda)
ABSC (Albany/Berkeley)
Alameda Soccer Club
Association Football Club (AFC)
Bladium (Alameda)
East Bay United/Bay Oaks Soccer Club (Alameda/Oakland/Emeryville)
Girls Leading Girls (Oakland)
Mavericks Soccer (Albany/Berkeley)
Montclair Soccer Club
Oakland Soccer Club
Piedmont Soccer Club

Where to buy soccer gear (new and used)

Soccer Post in Alameda or Lafayette
SoccerPro in Berkeley or Dublin
Sports Basement in Berkeley or Walnut Creek

Follow 24-7 UK Soccer Academy & Learn More

Save 20% with code 510SUMMER2022 on any Summer 2022 Recreational fun camps, Competitive technical training camps, or Goalkeeper camps in Castro Valley, Hayward, Oakland, or Montclair (Expires 9/1/22 excludes camps registered in Piedmont through Piedmont Recreation Department).

Visit the 24-7 Website for current information about upcoming camps and activities, advice on training sessions, and tips and tricks for coaches and players.
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Big thanks to 24-7 UK Soccer Academy for sponsoring our guide to kids soccer in the East Bay. Soccer programs and clubs are running year-round. Register now for summer programs in Oakland, Piedmont, Castro Valley, Hayward, Alameda, and more East Bay locations.

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5 thoughts on “A Parent’s Guide to Soccer in the East Bay”

  1. Hi! Albany- Berkeley (ABSC) has a range of programs to allow players to progress at their own pace and select the team of best fit.
    Want to play games but not interested in travel or a full year commitment? The Recreational or competitive development programs are ideal with local games and registration is by season.
    Ready for a travel program? Contact ABSC to discuss a skills assessment and explore options.
    Experience our program and meet our knowledgeable coaches at summer camp: spots still available!

    1. Hi There,
      Interested in your recreational programs. My 5year old and her friends are interested in the Fall program.
      How do we sign up?
      where are games played?
      Can friends be on the same team?
      What is the date for sign up for the Fall?
      thank you! Jacki Murray
      (510) 407-0919

      1. Hello Jacki
        Thank you for reaching out with your questions.
        1) Registration is online (see our website http://www.abscsoccer.com/clubs/962 under “register”)
        2) Registration is open now! Fall registration closes Mid July
        3) Games are on local Albany and Berkeley fields: players born 2017 – 18 play on the weekend at Ocean View, Albany ( To be confirmed), players born 2016 play weekends at Ohlone Middle Field, Berkeley or Memorial Park, Albany
        4) We encourage friends to play together! When registering, you are able to note teammate and other requests.
        Let us know if you already have a team roster ( 6-8 players) that are friends or from the same school, for eg.

        U5 classes are coed, teams are all boys, all girls or coed!
        Contact us at info@abscsoccer.com with any further questions.

  2. Looking for a soccer club for ages 9-14 for low-income families in Oakland. Can anyone let me know if there are any sliding scale or reduced fee soccer clubs available in Oakland?
    Thank you, Beth

    1. Oakland Soccer Club has been fielding competitive and recreational soccer teams at reduced costs since 1974. If you are still looking for a club for 9 – 14 year olds, tryouts are taking place May 17 – 19, 2022 for players born between 2009-2014 and May 24 – 26, 2022 for older players.


      Tryouts registration form (no cost to register and participate)


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