Pre Club Academy (PCA) – Elite Development League: Central

LA Galaxy Orange County – Central
Serving the cities of Irvine, Tustin, Santa Ana, Orange & surrounding communities.

2 x Training Sessions Per Week


Age Appropriate Curriculum

Saturday Games

All of our Elite Development League teams train twice per week with professional, licensed coaches

Our coaches follow an age appropriate curriculum.

Each Elite Development League team plays in a competitive game every Saturday during the Spring & Fall season with your professional coach

For any further information, please contact Elite Development League Director Rich Swain at: or 512 431 1831.


Academy programs have emerged as an alternative to the frustrating shortfalls in soccer development displayed by many pre-teens. This void is heavily influenced by coaching quality, consistency and the pressures to win at critical periods in the development process.

The PCA – Elite Development League program is where we bring together players that show the same mentality, love and desire to learn the game of soccer and create a competitive environment for them to develop and flourish in, yet without the pressure of win/loss records.

The program is ideal preparation for Competitive Club soccer, with a high percentage (between 75% and 85%) of players progressing into our club system the following year.

Players are selected through talent identification and open tryouts to maintain a high level of talent and application thus encouraging players to help each other achieve their potential.

A small sided game format is applied to maximize touches per player and increase the number of times a decision is required.

The practice curriculum is focused on individual skills, ball mastery and footwork to build confidence enabling progressions into combinations and team aspects of the game.

U8 through U12 divisions (6* – 12 year olds) – Directed by PCA – Elite Development League Directors and coached by professional coaches.  *5 year olds who are 6 in the calendar year are accepted into the program in the Spring.

  • Professional program management
  • Open tryouts for U8, U10 and U12
  • Pre season training camp
  • 10 weeks of professional training
  • 2 team practices per week and games (30 professional interactions!), all coached by LA Galaxy OC coaches
  • Professional curriculum
  • Adidas “Elite” uniforms and training kit
  • Regular player performance reviews
  • Paid referees (no volunteer requirement)


Program Details

What you receive an an Elite player or parent…

  • All Professional Coaching
  • 2 team practices a week
  • Adidas Elite uniforms
  • Pre-season training camp
  • Saturday games
  • End of season tournament
  • Trophies
  • Photographs
  • Player Evaluations
  • Age appropriate Coaching Curriculum
  • Opportunities to progress through the LAGOC player pathway to success
  • Free LA Galaxy OC merchandise
  • Pre-Season Training Camp: Dates to be confirmed
  • Team Practice Begins: March 4th
  • Saturday Games Begin: March 23rd
  • Saturday Games End: May 11th
  • End of Season Tournament: May 19th (Sunday)


Coaches Profiles

Click on any of the below Coaches names to view their BIO:

  • Rich Swain
  • Justice Healy
  • Sam Yafai
  • Irving Olmos
  • Matt Dolan
  • Joe Franco
  • Alex Rico

Practice Schedule

ALL Elite team practices will take place at Cypress Community Park (255 Visions, Irvine, CA 92620)


League Schedule

For more information please contact Elite Development League Director Rich Swain at: