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The Symbolism of Our Badge

"Our house, though old, is nevertheless our house."

Santa Clara, Portuguese for Saint Claire, is a small village in the district of Ponta Delgada in the Azores, more specifically in the island of São Miguel. It is also coach Costa’s native town. Santa Clara also has a school, a gymnasium, a church and a few squares (praças). Its best known landmark is the lighthouse located directly behind coach Costa’s old backyard.

About Our Program

Santa Clara Soccer School has been in existence in the Woonsocket, RI area since 2010. The school runs youth SOCCER summer academies, and winter FUTSAL leagues and training in the vicinity of Woonsocket, RI. The school is directed by Carlos Costa who coaches for Bellingham High School and the N. E. Revolution Academy. Santa Clara Soccer School is committed to using the game of soccer as a means of teaching children to opt for peaceful ways of resolving conflicts. The "Goals for Peace" initiative seeks to encourage kids to further promote peace in their immediate communities.

Registration is now open for our 2019 Summer Academy!

Summer Squad

The Summer Academy is designed for ages 6 - 17, which enables us to include the High School Preseason Training component The Summer Academy will focus on all technical aspects of the game as well as tactical situations. The majority of the time players will work in very small groups, maximizing the contact with the ball and the improvement of their individual skills.

Location / Date

AFM School Field 200 Lincoln St.
Blackstone, MA

August 5 - August 9, 2018

8:00 am - 10:00 am: BIRTH YEAR 2006 - 2013
10:00 am - 12:00 pm: BIRTH YEAR 2002 - 2005

Registration is FREE for 2019 Summer Academy!

Mission Statement

The mission of the Santa Clara Soccer School is to teach the skills necessary to play the games of soccer and futsal in realistic game-like scenarios. It is further our mission to share the unique culture and passion associated with the world’s king sport.

Passion for the Game

My passion for the game comes from having been brought up in a loving, nurturing family in the Azores, Portugal, where the simplicity of soccer was a family value. The pictures below show my smiling father living out his own passion for the game, having fun with his friends and neighborhood kids in a simple time when soccer was the common language. His love for the local team Clube Desportivo Santa Clara and for Portugal’s emblematic club Sport Lisboa e Benfica was ingrained in my genes and remains alive today.

Carlos M. Costa

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