On Saturday, October 6, Chevron Soccer Academy hosted its first-ever tournament. Approximately 150 boys and girls from Coalinga-Huron Unified, Firebaugh, Mendota and Fresno had the opportunity to compete in a round-robin format, coached by current Fresno FC and Fresno FC Ladies players.

The teams were comprised of players from different communities, encouraging participants to step out of their comfort zones and get to know one another. Throughout the day, coaches emphasized intangibles that translate beyond the soccer field, such as hard work, sportsmanship and teamwork. This message was reinforced by Lynn Williams, a Fresno native, current NWSL Champion and US Women’s National Team player, who shared her story with the group. 

Participants also experienced the science behind soccer in the interactive Chevron STEM Zone.

The day concluded with a short medal ceremony for the winning teams and an autograph session with all of the coaches.


On September 22 and 23, approximately 200 boys and girls ages 9–18 from Coalinga-Huron Unified, Firebaugh, Mendota and Fresno received firsthand soccer training from professional coaches, including former Men’s and Women’s US National Team players Clarence Goodson and Lori Lindsey, and got an up-close look at what it takes to play soccer at a high level. Players rotated through a series of soccer stations, each focusing on a different skillset. Stations included small-sided games, attacking the goal and finishing, ball skills, agility and fitness, and the Chevron STEM Zone, designed to inspired science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning through the science of soccer.

The coaches also provided participants with advice across a number of subjects including soccer, school and the importance of giving back to the local community, empowering the players with the knowledge needed to succeed on and off the field. Both days concluded with participants having the opportunity to attend a Fresno FC game and Fresno State Women’s Soccer game, respectively, so they could see how the soccer skills they learned throughout the morning translated to gameplay.

Make sure you continue to check the website for Chevron Soccer Academy videos and photos from the events.