Boca Prep Soccer Academy
For the serious student athletes, beginning in MYP 1 (grade 6) to DP 2 (grade 12) students enrolled in the Boca Prep Soccer Academy program train every school day between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. With this schedule, students are able to take all five core classes and their needed sixth elective class. The Boca Prep Soccer Academy serves as a "maintenance academy" for players who are currently involved in a competitive travel soccer club. It is a training environment created for players that are committed to improving performance in order to reach the next level. Our facilities are ideal for developing the potential of student athletes who play soccer with a large soccer field, indoor gym, footvolley court/beach soccer, as well as a swimming pool for recovery sessions and cool down.
The Soccer Academy is facilitated by Coach Daniel Cavalcanti and Coach Michael Araujo. Coach Daniel is the Athletics Director at Boca Prep. He began playing futsal at the youth level for Flamengo in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and has been actively involved with the sport throughout his whole life. As a former member of the U.S. Futsal National Team pool of players, he participated and trained with the National Team as it prepared for the Futsal Grand Prix 2011, which was held in Manaus, Brazil. Futsal, which is the only form of indoor soccer endorsed by FIFA, is a critical component of the Soccer Academy curriculum at Boca Prep in which students play at least twice a week in the indoor gym as part of their training. Futsal has also recently been recognized as the "fastest growing indoor sport in the world."
Coach Michael was a member of the South African Youth National Team where he was their captain at age 16. He then became a member of the College of Boca Raton’s (now Lynn University) National Championship Team, where he was selected to the NAIA All-American Team. He played professional soccer for 12 years in the U.S., Africa, Europe, Canada and N. Ireland, including three seasons with the Cincinnati Silverbacks and Sacramento Kicks indoor professional soccer teams. He was selected to the CSL All-Star team and was chosen as the MVP of the South African Super Bowl in 1999.
The Soccer Academy is also expanding to allow students as early as the third grade to participate in which they will begin to learn the basic skills of soccer and train to harness their talents. Students from grades 3 to 5 will train three times a week from Tuesdays to Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. In lieu of clubs, students will train with Coach Daniel and Coach Michael and develop their full potential in this sport.