Academica SC

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Academica SC
Full nameAcademica Soccer Club
StadiumAcademica Field
PresidentSimon Bettencourt
Head CoachSergio Sousa
20185th, Golden Gate Conference

Academica Soccer Club is an amateur soccer club based out of Turlock, California. The team currently competes in the Golden Gate Conference of the National Premier Soccer League. The club's home stadium is Academica Soccer Field with a capacity of over 600 seated fans.


The club was founded in 1972 by members of the Portuguese Cultural Center in Turlock, CA. Academica, or 'AC', began by joining the Central California Soccer League,[1] winning multiple titles in the 80's, 90's, and early 00's. AC also competed in the California State Cup and Amateur Cup as well as yearly Portuguese cultural tournaments. In 2013, the club joined the Liga Norcal, then called the Norcal Premier Adult Premier League.[2] Academica reached the final in its first season, losing to San Francisco City FC. The team would reach the final again in 2016 and again in 2017, finally winning the championship.

On November 14, 2017, it was announced that Academica Soccer Club would join the National Premier Soccer League beginning in the 2018 season.[3]

In May 2018, it was announced that Academica SC became affiliated with Turlock Youth Soccer Association which rebranded as Turlock Academica Jrs.[4]

Academica qualified for the 2019 edition of the US Open Cup through the Open Division Local Qualifying track. Academica hosted league rivals El Farolito Soccer Club in the first round where they fell 2-1 to their San Francisco rivals.


Year Division League Reg. Season
2017 Fall Season LIGA NorCal 1st
2018 Golden Gate NPSL 5th


  1. ^ "Central California Soccer League - - (Sacramento, CA) - powered by". Retrieved 2019-05-29.
  2. ^ "LIGA NorCal | News | NorCal Unveils LIGA NorCal Adult Soccer League Structure | NorCal Premier". Retrieved 2019-05-29.
  3. ^ "ACADEMICA SOCCER CLUB JOINS THE NPSL". National Premier Soccer League. 2017-11-14. Retrieved 2019-05-31.
  4. ^ "One City One Club". Retrieved 2019-05-31.