Soccer Shots Orange County is excited to announce a partnership that completes the soccer development ladder from 2 years old all the way up to LA Galaxy’s MLS side. Between Soccer Shots and the MLS club stands LA Galaxy Orange County, an excellent youth development academy. We are very excited to have a partnership that allows our Soccer Shots families to flow from one positive experience to the next as their child grows and develops.
Nancy is the glue that holds our operations together. In 2015 she joined our staff having gained extensive experience running her own successful business for almost a decade. When she decided to start looking for an opportunity to join a team environment, we were very fortunate that she chose us. Her ability to organize and run a team while delivering exceptional customer service has made her one of the most important hires we have ever made.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Nancy can be found at our Orange County office location every day, making sure that we are always available to answer phone calls and emails from parents and schools. She has been instrumental in building a strong coaching staff as she works very hard to support them in every way. Nancy is a strong advocate for the educational component of our Soccer Classes, having completed her ECE training. Nancy currently organizes classes for over 1,200 children every week. We are so grateful that her commitment to the children translates into such an amazing experience for each family we serve.
“I enjoy working at Soccer Shots because of the high impact we are having on children. With our dual focus on soccer Education and Character Development, we get to hear from parents and teachers every day about how much the kids are learning and developing socially. Its really fulfilling to be a part of something that serves the community in such a big way.”
Amanda Barkey, Social Media Coordinator
As the mother of four young children, Amanda is certainly no stranger to using Social Media to keep grandparents in the loop with all her kids’ activities. As a Canadian, she really appreciates the warm California sun during the winter!
RESPONSIBILITIES: Amanda monitors our Facebook, Yelp and Instagram accounts. She works very hard to post pictures for the families we serve so that mom and dad and grandparents can see glimpses of how much fun the kids are having in our classes. She also posts class updates and relevant soccer information on both Instagram and Facebook.
Jo-Ben Barkey, CEO / Visionary
Jo-Ben grew up in Perú, playing soccer through high school. He continued playing collegiately at Trinity Western University, a nationally ranked program in Canada. Jo-Ben has coached at the collegiate level, serving as an assistant head coach and as a goalie coach. He also has extensive experience organizing children’s programs. He spent time running activity based youth programs for at risk kids in Canada with a program called Youth Xtreme, and also ran youth programs for Royal Caribbean. Jo-Ben spent several months living in Nepal, working with an Orphanage outside of Kathmandu. His purpose there was to install a sports program as well as an English language training program that his parents, both educators, helped him to design. Jo-Ben believes that soccer is a great platform for introducing young kids to character development lessons such as teamwork, positive attitudes, listening skills and sportsmanship. He also is the Founding Director for our nonprofit, Beyond Boundaries Academy (www.DonateSoccer.com) which donates sustainable soccer academies in developing countries, as well as sponsors orphanages to get their own soccer teams.
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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.
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.
Stronger Youth. Beyond the Game.
We believe that soccer is a powerful vehicle for positively impacting youth. Through our partnership with the U.S. Soccer Foundation, we aim to impact children who live in underserved communities through quality soccer programs that support their physical and personal development.