CLUB TIJUANA LOOKING FOR TALENT
Xolos Academy FC in Chula Vista holds tryouts, registration remains open through March 31.
CHULA VISTA –Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente’s Xolos Academy FC finished with its
tryouts and began practices for its 2014-2015 season in Chula Vista. The young Xoloitzcuintles
Academy continued registrations through the end of February through the end of March.
Athletes registered through the event titled “Futbol Factory” Sunday March 9 in which young
players were able to join the Xoloitzcuintles family.
The registration was part of the Xoloitzcuintles “Fuerzas Basicas” (reserves) total development
program. Registration was for boys and girls in different categories.
This year, the academy included a new team that will be made up of elite players who are
subject to being invited by the Xoloitzcuintles Technical Director to Club Tijuana’s Fuerzas
Basicas and participate in Mexico’s professional soccer league and tournaments at minimum
or no cost to parents. This is available to the following categories: Under-13, Under-15, Third
Division, Under-17, Under-20 or for a professional contract with the Xoloitzcuintles first team.
More than 100 young athletes took part in the Under-5 to Under-14 tryouts for boys and girls
conducted by academy coaches at the Hilltop High School football stadium. The athletes went
through a handful of drills and activities under the watchful eye of certified coaches.
“We expected a lot of kids on this first day and we got that,” said coach Ignacio Ruvalcaba,
who is directing the coaching philosophy and strategies of the academy. “The kids came in with
enthusiasm and a will to do well and so did the coaches. The kids really liked the drills we went
through. We are looking for kids with talent in these tryouts but if they are not that talented,
it doesn’t mean they can’t stay within the academy. We want to have a great academy for
everyone where the kids can learn where we can teach them and help them develop as players
so they can reach their dreams.”
Coach Rene Ortiz also noticed the great work by the athletes that showed up for the tryouts and
took part of the events.
“We are looking for any player who wants to be part of our program and is excited to play
soccer the Xolo way,” Ortiz said. “We want players that want and can take their skills and
abilities to their next level. We want anyone who is excited to learn and be part of a serious
The Xolos Academy FC is designed to teach children the same qualities thought to all of Club
Tijuana’s teams competition in the LIGA Bancomer MX in the Mexican First Division.
The plan under the new coaches heading into this season has a few key points. The academy
is incorporating the Club Tijuana “Fuerzas Basicas” (Reserves) program to the boys and girls
academies in the United States. All of our players will have a curriculum that aligns with that
of Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente’s reserves. The program will be in detail for every
position, line, tactical area and game scheme.
All of the teams will be coordinated from Mexico by Ruvalcaba. The high school age boys and
girls teams will participate in two college showcases per year. Players will be evaluated during
each training session and could have the opportunity to join the Reserves teams in Mexico.
The Xolos Academy FC in Chula Vista holds practices at Hilltop High School: 555 Claire Ave, Chula
Vista, CA 91910.
The practice schedule at the high school is:
Boys and Girls
Tuesday and Thursday
Under-8 to Under-11 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Tuesday and Wednesday
Under-12 to Under -15
6:45 to 8:15 p.m.
Players can register through March 31 during the practices or by calling (619) 600-3757.
- Player authentic copy of birth certificate
- A pair of passport size photos
2014-2015 Season Costs:
U8-U10 Registration $575/ Coaching fees: $35 per month = $925
U11-U14 Registration $625/Coaching fees: $50 per month = $1,100
U15-U19 Registration $650/Coaching fees: $60 per month = $1,250
U8-U10 First installment = $350 (due on registration day)
Second installment April 9 = $225
Five payments of $76 from May 1 to Sept. 1 each month
U11-U14 First installment = $408 (due on registration day)
Second installment April 9 = $225
Five payments of $103 from May 1 to Sept. 1 each month
U15-U19 First installment May 9 = $442 (due on registration day)
Second installment June 9 = $225
Five payments of $135 from July 1 to Nov. 1 each month
Payments can be made with cash or major credit card or debit card with VISA or MasterCard