Elizabeth Barker, Owner – Director
Elizabeth grew up with a passion for soccer. Elizabeth started soccer at an early age and won scholarships to play at the collegiate level. “Getting in the grass; lacing up my boots was always the best time of the day. It was a time to forget everything else that was going on and run around with my friends.” After college she played in a couple of leagues but still felt empty without soccer being the main event in her life. While doing some soul searching, she realized that she needed to share the gift that she was given at such a young age — the gift of soccer and the positive impact it had in her life. She has developed some of her strongest characteristics and friendships through the game of soccer. By teaching Soccer Shots in East San Diego, she plans to teach your children the lifelong values that soccer taught her such as self-esteem, teamwork and sharing.
Flavio Aquino, Owner – Office Manager
Flavio is originally from Brazil, where soccer is the life blood of the country. In Brazil, children play soccer every chance they get — whether it is on a grassy field in the schoolyard or in the cobblestone streets of a small fishing town. It is a part of their everyday activities there. When Flavio moved to San Diego 16 years ago, he continued to play every chance he could get. He even met his wife Elizabeth while playing a local pick up game in San Diego. Flavio can’t wait to bring the love of the sport to children in the United States while also teaching the strong values that sports can bring to children.
Flavio and Elizabeth have two children and reside in East County San Diego. Alinee 11 and Kyle 9; both love to get outside and kick a ball around with all of their soccer friends. They are very excited to share the experience of soccer with your children.
If you have a passion for positively impacting children, we’d love to talk to you.
The “Three C's” – Coaching, Communication and Curriculum
The foundation of Soccer Shots is our relentless commitment to providing best-in-class coaching, communication and curriculum.
The best coaches in the business
- Every Soccer Shots coach must complete our comprehensive training program to receive certification.
- All Soccer Shots coaches are trained in the use of developmentally appropriate techniques.
- Coaches are routinely evaluated and undergo ongoing training.
- Our coach selection process evaluates not only the ability to coach soccer, but also the ability to engage and inspire children.
An exceptional customer experience with ongoing communication
- You will receive a weekly summary of what your child is learning at Soccer Shots.
- We proactively communicate cancellations due to weather or other circumstances.
- Our staff understands the importance of timely, responsive communication.
Expert-approved curriculum that aligns with early childhood education standards
- Our developmentally appropriate curriculum places an emphasis on character development and skill building.
- Our program is created under the guidance of childhood education specialists, professional soccer players and experienced and licensed soccer coaches.
- We constantly re-evaluate and update our curriculum to stay current with childhood education standards.
The History of Soccer Shots
Our founding partners, Jeremy Sorzano and Jason Webb, were soccer teammates both in college and professionally. They formed Soccer Shots® in 1998 after recognizing a lack of quality soccer programs for children under age 8. They shared an entrepreneurial spirit, a deep love of soccer, and a passion to inspire children to live fit and healthy lives.
The success of Soccer Shots in Charlotte, NC and Harrisburg, PA, where Sorzano and Webb first launched their businesses, led to several of their friends and former teammates wanting to get involved. In 2005, Soccer Shots began franchising and opened its first four franchises in OH, DE, FL, and PA. The business opportunity began to attract more soccer entrepreneurs, and Soccer Shots has enjoyed growing around the country and into Canada.
In May of 2009, Justin Bredeman, another former college soccer teammate, became the third Soccer Shots partner. Justin brought with him eight years of experience from Auntie Anne’s, Inc., a pretzel franchising company, where he led a team that supported nearly 800 franchise units. His deep understanding of the franchise business model also comes from the knowledge gained from his five years of owning and running a Soccer Shots business of his own.
In August of 2009, the Soccer Shots partners founded the Soccer Shots Foundation, the non-profit arm of Soccer Shots. The Soccer Shots Foundation provides opportunities to economically challenged children within the U.S. and around the world through the game of soccer. (Read more about the Soccer Shots Foundation here).
From its humble beginnings, Soccer Shots has grown beyond Jeremy and Jason’s biggest dreams, with over 180 territories across 37 states and Canada. In 2016, more than 335,000 children participated in Soccer Shots.
The business is consistently recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine as the #1 Children’s Fitness Franchise in the U.S. And today, Soccer Shots is positioned as the best-in-class children’s soccer program with a focus on character development.
And while the accolades are appreciated, our mission remains focused – positively impacting children’s lives.
Soccer Shots Franchising, LLC is based in central Pennsylvania, just east of Harrisburg.
Soccer Shots Foundation
We believe that soccer is a powerful vehicle for positively impacting youth. The Soccer Shots Foundation, our non-profit entity, allows us to impact more children who may not typically have the same opportunities.
Through our partnership with the U.S. Soccer Foundation, we aim to impact children who live in underserved communities throughout the U.S. through quality soccer programs that support their physical and personal development.