Younger age group team tryouts for 2014 in
Concord during February
New Under 9 thru Under 14 competitive Diablo FC
for free tryouts now
Tryouts for 2014 Diablo FC Under
9 through Under 14 teams will
be held Feb. 1-9 for U9-U11
and Feb. 22-23 & Mar. 2
for U12-U14 in Concord. If you
are interested in trying out for a
Diablo FC team, please complete our
tryout form today. There is
no charge to try out.
Tryouts for girls and boys in the
U9 through U11 age
groups for 2014 will be Feb.
1-8-9. Boys and girls born
between Aug. 1, 2003 and July 31, 2007
are invited to these tryouts.
Tryouts for girls and boys
U12-U14 age groups will be held
Feb. 2, 4 and 5. Girls
and boys born between Aug. 1, 2000 and
July 31, 2003 are invited to these
times and tryout locations will be
Please have players dressed in
weather-appropriate soccer clothing and
they should have a bottle of water for
breaks. They must wear shinguards and
bring a soccer ball to tryouts.
8/1/01 - 7/31/02
8/1/00 - 7/31/01
8/1/99 - 7/31/00
8/1/98 - 7/31/99
8/1/97 - 7/31/98
8/1/96 - 7/31/97
8/1/95 - 7/31/96
8/1/91 - 7/31/95
encouraged to attend tryouts each day to
maximize their exposure to the coaches
as they evaluate players for team
All tryouts are in Concord.
You can call (925) 779-2102 on tryout
days for any updates in the case of
appreciate you completing the
form so we can speed up the process
on tryout days, however players are
invited to come out on the first tryout
day even if you have not pre-registered.
Tryouts for U15 through
U19 teams will be held in the spring.
You can pre-register for those tryouts
now and we will send you specific dates,
times and locations of tryouts when they
If you have any
questions about tryouts, please contact
Diablo FC Director of Coaching
Diablo FC Academy team part of exclusive new US
U13/U14 boys playing league games against SJ
Earthquakes, LA Galaxy
Oct. 25, 2013
competitive soccer club Diablo FC was selected
this year to join the new United States Soccer
Development Academy program run by US Soccer.
Coach Cody Worden’s team is now in the midst of
the inaugural season for under 13/14 boys that
runs through next June.
Diablo FC Academy is one of 12 Development
Academy teams in Northern California and the
only one in Contra Costa County. The 19-player
roster includes players from Clayton, Concord
and 11 other county cities.
Diablo FC 00 Blue girls capture Bob Fowler
17th annual tournament honors former club
Oct. 11, 2013
Wenger came out of a scramble to put in a goal
midway through the second half and the Diablo FC
00 Blue continued is shutout streak and the
local competitive team earned a 1-0 victory in
the under 13 championship match of the 17th
annual Bob Fowler Memorial Tournament late last
month in Concord.
Coach Jack Boeger’s team had begun the
tournament with a 2-1 win over the Tracy
Terminators and then didn’t allow another goal
the rest of the way. Diablo FC 00 Blue had a
scoreless tie with Heritage Kaos and then won
its bracket with a 4-0 win over Rocklin Heat.
Adriana Gavidia, Haley Pozzobon, Alyssa Granados
and Vanessa Castrillo produced goals for 00
2 Diablo FC girls teams US Club West Regional
U16, U12 teams roll to titles with tight
defense, timely goals
June 27, 2013
FC had a pair of girls teams win
US Club Soccer West Regional championships
in Davis June 22-25 as part of USCS National Cup
The under 12 Diablo FC 00 girls went to penalty
kicks but prevailed 1-0 in the Super Group
championship match of the USCS West Regionals in
Davis against Tualatin Hills United SC Silver, a
premier team from Beaverton, Oregon. Diablo FC
97 team squared off with the host David Legacy
97 Heat in the Regional U16 finals and came away
with a 2-1 victory.
FC 00 girls opened the USCS Regionals with a 2-2
draw against Tualatin Hills but never
surrendered a goal in three subsequent games.
Coach Lewis Woodward’s team blanked Briceno SC
1-0 and Davis Dynamite 2-0 to make the finals
where they had a return match with Tualatin
Hills. This time the game was scoreless through
regulation and two overtime periods. Diablo FC
goalkeeper Ally Carroll stopped two shootout
shots and her team converted enough chances for
Gold Medal and Golden Boot for Wondo at Gold Cup
Club alumnus scored 5 goals for championship USA team
July 28, 2013
players – two from the champion United States
team and one from Panama -- entered the Gold Cup
final on Sunday as the tournament’s
joint-scoring leaders. Once the match ended 1-0
in favor of the Americans, the top of the goals
table did not change.
Donovan and Chris Wondolowski of the U.S. and
Gabriel Torres (Panama) finished as the top
scorers with five goals each and will share the
award. Chicharito Hernandez of Mexico and
Manchester United won the Golden Boot at the
last Gold Cup in 2011. Wondolowski, a Diablo FC
alumnus, has been the top goalscorer in Major
League Soccer for the past three years and is
thus no stranger to winning a Golden Boot.
Leonard Griffin joins
Cal Men’s Soccer coaching staff
Diablo FC coach joins club goalkeeper coach
Henry Foulk with Golden Bears
May 29, 2013
filled out its men’s soccer coaching staff when
it hired assistant coach
Leonard Griffin and brought back former
player Javier Ayala-Hil as a volunteer assistant
coach, head coach Kevin Grimes announced
recently. Griffin has been coaching Diablo FC
boys teams since 2011 and has taken his
Diablo FC 95 boys to back-to-back
WCDA championships in 2012 and 2013.
former professional player in Major League
Soccer, Griffin spent the previous three seasons
as a St. Mary’s assistant coach and was an
assistant coach at Cal State San Bernardino for
three years before that. A 2005 UCLA alumnus,
Griffin was an All-America defender and won the
2002 NCAA College Cup with the Bruins. He later
joined the Chicago Fire (2004-06), Columbus Crew
(2007-08) and then-champion Los Angeles Galaxy
(2009) of MLS as well as the Portland Timbers
(2007 & 2008) during Portland’s USL days.
Adin Brown named to University of Portland
Former club keeper, brother of Chris Brown joins
July 26, 2013
University of Portland has hired former MLS
goalkeeper Adin Brown as an assistant coach.
Brown joins the staff as a full-time goalkeeper
coach and his primary responsibilities will be
with the women's team. "It's an honor to join a
program with such a prestigious history," Brown
said. "I'm looking forward to contributing to
the tradition of success here at the University
Pleasant Hill, Brown also has experience with
the U.S. National Team and played for Clive
Charles on the U.S. U23 National Team from 1997
until 2000. He played for Diablo Valley Soccer
Club under former Director of Coaching Joe Della
Santina. His younger brother Chris Brown also
played for DVSC and is now coaching the Diablo
FC 96 and Diablo FC 01 boys teams while also
working for Adam Cooper at St. Mary’s College.
San Jose Earthquakes Regional Development School
taking summer signups
Diablo FC hosting new soccer program in Concord
for kids 5-10
San Jose Earthquakes and Diablo FC are offering
an Earthquakes Regional Development
School this summer from July 9
through Aug. 27 in Concord at the
Boatwright Youth Sports Complex.
Mary's College head men's coach Adam Cooper
heads the coaching staff along with Scott
Alexander and Brazilian Olympian Tafa. The RDS
coaches are all members of the Diablo FC staff
and were former professional players.
school includes 8 training sessions from 5-6
p.m. on Tuesday afternoons. Boys and girls of
all skill levels from 5-10 years of age are
eligible for the program.
Diablo FC Director of Coaching
Voltattorni or call (925) 212-8460.
Diablo FC first club
to form Alliance with MLS Earthquakes franchise
February 8, 2013
SAN JOSE, Calif.
- The San Jose Earthquakes
announced today the creation of a landmark
partnership with Diablo Futbol Club of Concord,
establishing the Earthquakes' first Youth
Development Alliance and allowing for
collaboration at both the competitive and
recreation levels of play.
partnership, Diablo FC - the club where current
Earthquakes star and reigning Volkswagen
Most Valuable Player Chris Wondolowski played
his final years of youth soccer - will work
closely with the Earthquakes' Youth Development
Academy while implementing recreation leagues
and development schools for girls and boys in
the U5-U10 age groups. The Earthquakes will
provide financial and curricular support as well
as additional resources to assist Diablo FC in
its overall development of competitive youth
players while also offering recreation-level players an opportunity to participate in their
"The San Jose Earthquakes
are excited to align with such a well respected
club in Diablo FC," said Earthquakes Youth
Development Academy technical director Chris
Leitch. "DFC has a great track record of
developing elite players and we are looking
forward to working with an impressive coaching
staff with the shared goal of developing players
for the next level while also providing more
kids the opportunity to play soccer."
US Soccer designates Diablo FC for U13/U14 Development Academy team
SJ Earthquakes, 7 other clubs join Diablo FC in elite boys league
March 19, 2013
US Soccer story
Diablo FC has been selected by US Soccer to join its elite Development Academy boys program with a U13/U14 team beginning this spring. Our club is the only USSDA team in Contra Costa or Solano counties. Diablo FC joins the San Jose Earthquakes and eight other top youth soccer organizations in Northern California in the U13/U14 Development Academy program.
The United States Soccer Development Academy began in 2007 to develop lop-level talent to represent the United States in international competition. The Development Academy U13/U14 program is new in 2013.
Boys born in 1999, 2000 and 2001 are eligible for the Diablo FC U13/U14 Development Academy team coached by Cody Worden, who has two years experience with the USSDA program in Marin.
The U14 Academy includes 10 months of training 4 times a week. Players participate in a small number of tournaments and showcases with the emphasis on training and skill development and refinement. With 10 Development Academy teams in Northern California the need to travel for top-level competition is minimized.
If you have any questions about the Diablo FC U13/U14 program please contact head coach Cody Worden.
What is USSDA? |
10-month USSDA Season
Diablo FC U13/U14 Academy Presentation
U13/U14 Academy Presentation
Eli Padilla's knack for
goals stands out for SJ Earthquakes Academy team
veteran continues his goal-scoring ways for the
Jan. 7, 2013
goals for Elisama "Eli" Padilla is like riding a
bike for most of us. It's something he's always
done well, and has never forgotten how to do.
As a sophomore at Clayton Valley High School
in Concord, Padilla set a school record with 28
goals during the 2010-11 season. He also scored
the game-winning goal in the Eagles' first-round
North Coast Section playoff matches in
back-to-back seasons. He joined Diablo
FC (DVSC at the time) at the youngest age group
with Diablo FC 94 and played for the club until
joining the Academy program.
"Those games were awesome," he recalled. "So
many fans, a lot on the line: You just had to
block out the noise and focus."
has paid off with the Earthquakes Academy. He
has led the team in scoring two of his three
seasons, and currently leads the Under-18 Quakes
with nine goals this season, after netting 13 in
the previous campaign.
"I've grown a lot
as a player over the last two years," he said.
"Playing at this level demands a lot from you."
With a flare for the big finish, Padilla led
Clayton Valley to the NCS semifinals as a
freshman, scoring the go-ahead goal in a 3-1
victory over Newark Memorial in the first round.
In his record-setting sophomore season, Padilla
was a marked man from the coin toss and was
Brazilian coach teaches
soccer, mentors her Diablo FC girls
Tafa draws on her
National Team experience with young players
Dec. 18, 2012
the past eight years local youth soccer players
have benefitted from the coaching, teaching and
mentoring of Marcia Tafarel, better known as
Tafa, who has been a key member of the Diablo
Futbol Club coaching staff since 2005.
This year Tafa coached the Diablo FC 03 under
9 girls team as well as the Diablo FC U8 Academy
girls. Her Diablo FC 03 team completed its 2012
season with the NorCal State Cup Gold Division
championship last month in Manteca.
The 13 girls on the Diablo FC 03 roster are
training with a coach who has experienced soccer
at the highest level participating with the
Brazilian World Cup and Olympic teams from
1990-1996. Diablo FC Director of Coaching Brian
Voltattorni says, "Tafa has been one of our top
youth coaches and has an amazing ability to
empower young women to play at a higher level.
She has a wealth of playing experience from her
time playing professionally in Brazil and
representing her country at the World Cup and
Olympics. Tafa draws on her passion and
experience as a player and brings that passion
and energy to the training field every day."
Follow Diablo FC on
Oct. 14, 2011
can now keep up with Diablo FC on Twitter by
@DFCsoccer with our brand new social media
also are on Facebook and you can
join our Diablo FC group today.
Feel free to contribute with notices about your
team, fund raisers and more on Facebook and
Are you the next Stefan Frei?
Diablo FC goalkeeper training every Tuesday
The former club goalkeeper was a finalists for 2009 MLS Rookie of the Year with Toronto FC after a stalwart career at Cal Berkeley.
Both for our club and Cal, Stefan was coached by Henry Foulk.
Henry (left) and his staff conduct Diablo FC goalkeeper training EVERY TUESDAY at John Baldwin Park in Concord.
Stefan Frei met (far left) Jade Rafallo, Katie Kern and Kaylie Collins of the Diablo FC 97 girls when Toronto played San Jose Earthquakes.
Tuesday WINTER training schedule: 3:30 p.m. to
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