Santa Clara Lions FC

Our mission

The Santa Clara Lions FC (football club) offers a local district-level competitive soccer program.

Our program is designed to introduce and develop young soccer players from the recreational level into a competitive player development environment. The program is managed and operated by The Santa Clara Youth Soccer League and provides a competitive and affordable value to our families.

Steve Redondo serves as our Coaching Director and has more than 30-years of professional youth soccer coaching experience. He has been playing and coaching soccer all his life and extremely passionate about developing players. Steve manages a team of professional coaches and runs the program cirriculum.

Our teams will compete in NorCal Premier soccer leagues and local soccer tournaments.

  • Affordable Competitive Soccer Program for players new to mid-level competitive soccer
  • Jump from Recreational Soccer to Competitive with Professional Coaching
  • Technical and Tactical Skills Player Development

Santa Clara Lions FAQs

Santa Clara Lions Philosophy:

Lions FC facilitates soccer for the passionate player at all experience levels. Lions coaches focus on the advancement and growth of each player within a tight-knit, supportive and community based club environment, where we compete, learn and have fun together.

Norcal Premier Mission and Core Values

VISION: We ignite a lifelong passion for soccer.

MISSION: We elevate soccer by developing players, clubs, coaches and referees.


Collaboration: We collaborate with our soccer community to make wise decisions.

Joy: We celebrate soccer and take fun seriously!

Impact: We make a meaningful difference.

Agility: We do the right thing, and we move quickly.

Competition: We believe that healthy competition is essential to progress.

Education: We are committed to learning and development.

Competitive soccer with the Lions FC is a year long commitment and requires the player to not only be interested in soccer, but also follow it outside of training to help grow their understanding of the game both on and off the field. Parent/guardian involvement in supporting their development and soccer IQ is very important. 

Arriving on time, communicating using Team Snap – our communication app, and following all club wide direction/communication are required.

We encourage soccer players trying out for a Santa Clara Lions FC Team to participate in as many tryouts and/or team practices as possible. When a player participates in multiple tryouts he/she will get a better understanding of the expectation and experience to play on a competitive soccer team. More exposure during tryouts also allows the prospective player to meet potential teammates and coaches to see if this a good fit in a comfortable environment.

Participating in multiple tryouts also provides the coaching staff to evaluate the players skills, understanding of soccer tactics, and the coach-ability of the player.

Following the tryouts you will receive notification of acceptance within seven days your last tryout attendance date. There will be a short window to register to secure your players spot on a team.

If your player is accepted & registered he/she can begin practicing immediately.  Fall 2023 season runs August – mid December. Spring 2024 season runs January – end of June.

Break for all national holidays, majority of December – New Years SCUSD school holiday break.

Depending on local offering, interest, and team/player availability there is an additional indoor soccer season January-February with additional cost for league or facility usage. 

Post tryout your player will be evaluated (as all players are bi- annually) and placed on the team for best fit level of play. Lions FC typically has 2-3 teams in each age and gender group. 

Practices run twice per week with field location and timing subject to change. 

Our fields are permitted by the city and in combination with SCYSL and Santa Clara city we are flexible with the changes that occur and need parents to be too. Currently we are practicing at the Reed and Grant Street Sports Complex and Curtis Field, which is the expected location for 2023/2024. At this time we can not determine with 100% certainty what days/times practices will be held at. 

Annual cost for Lions FC is $1800 and includes all training year round with off time December (Christmas/New Year holiday). Each team competes in two tournaments per year in Northern CA. Tournament fees are included in your annual registration. No prorated registration.

Uniform cost~$160. Parent/Guardian is responsible for ordering once registration is complete & jersey number is assign by club. 

We do offer Financial Aid for regular season play which can be found on the SCYSL website & by contacting our treasurer directly at [email protected]


What if Covid shuts down play?

SCYSL Lions FC follows all county and state guidelines in regards to shutdown. If a shutdown occurs your remaining registration will be credited toward the next season if paid in full or future payments stopped if on payment plan. You can request a refund but this will remove your player from the club/team completely, including communication & their # will be assigned to someone else upon restating training as new players tryout & register. 

All Santa Clara Lions FC players and teams are required to purchase a uniform at Soccer Kraze in Campbell. The club assigns a player number, and the uniform can be ordered and picked-up at Soccer Kraze in Campbell when it’s ready.  The uniform cost,  approximately $160, is in addition to program fees and is the parents’ responsibility.

What happens if I decide/want to stop and no longer have my player attend? 

Refunds are only granted for relocation outside of Santa Clara County and medical reasons with club requested documentation [doctors note and/or property purchase/lease agreement].

We Offer Local to National Caliber levels of soccer

Santa Clara Youth Soccer League

Santa Clara Lions FC Teams

SC Lions 2017 Girls and Boys – New


2016 Red & Black – Salinas/ Okwologu/ Wallace

2015 Red, Black, & White – Strangio, Okwologu/Redondo

2014 Red, Black, & White – Salinas & Azevedo, T

2013 Red & Black – McIntosh & Azevedo, T

2012 Red, Black & White – Strangio, Adler & Gold/ Ghezzi

2011 Red & Black – Canepa/ Gold

2010 Red & Black – Borunda

2008 & 2009 Red & Black – McIntosh


2016 & 2015 – Gonzales/ Johnson

2014 & 2013 – Gonzales/ Johnson/ T. Nunes

2012 – Canepa. A

2011 – Canepa. A

2010 – Gold/Redondo

Santa Clara Lions Coaching Staff

Steve Redondo

Steve Redondo

Coaching Director

2015 Black Boys Team

2010 Red Boys Team

2010 Red Girls Team


Timo McIntosh

2013 Boys Red Team
2008 Boys Red Team
2008 Boys Black Team

Danny Gonzalez

2015 Girls Red Team
2013 Girls Red Team

Robbie Adler

2012 Black Boys Team

Chris Strangio

2015 Red Boys Team

2012 Red Boys Team
2011 Red Boys Team

Andrew Canepa

2011 Red Girls Team

2011 Boys Black Team

Dave Gold

2010 Red Boys Team – Head

2010 Red Girls Team- Head

2012 White Boys Team

Derrick Eszlinger

SC Lions FC Goalie Coach

2013 Black Boys Team

Shea Salinas

2014 Boys Red Team – Head

Mike Wallace

2014 Red Boys Team

Ahmed Adam

2014 Black Boys Team

Tony Azevedo

2013 Black Boys Team – Head

Gonzalo Borunda

2010 Black Boys Team


Heidi Stewart

Communications Director