WE ARE GOLDEN BALL
GOLDEN BALL SOCCER ACADEMY
The Golden Ball Soccer Academy was founded by Coach Jonathan Baca in 2016, leveraging over 40 years of combined experience in playing professional soccer and training. A career pivot resulting from an IED explosion during his Navy service led Baca to coach a few defensive players on his eldest son's soccer team while recovering on crutches. He continued to coach other local clubs, which soon revealed a gap in quality and accessibility, inspiring the creation of the academy. Coach Baca's journey highlights his unwavering dedication to making soccer accessible regardless of income and mentoring young players, while also leveraging the strengths of our community.
Coach Jonathan Baca and Carmen Baca
We relentlessly pursue the highest standards in soccer training and character development to empower players to reach their full potential.
We uphold unwavering honesty, ethics, and sportsmanship in all aspects of the game, fostering a culture of trust and respect.
We provide a welcoming environment for all players to experience the joy of soccer, regardless of background or ability.
We actively engage and contribute to the growth of our local community, forging connections that extend beyond the field.
SOCCER IS MORE THAN JUST A SPORT
We are passionate about helping our community grow and excel in the beautiful game of soccer. We believe that soccer is more than just a sport; it is a way of life that teaches valuable skills, such as teamwork, discipline, creativity, and resilience. We offer quality coaching, competitive opportunities, and a fun environment for players of all levels and ages.
WE ARE A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION
We are proud to operate as a USA 501(c)(3) with EIN 93-1354156, dedicated to soccer development in Hampton Roads, Virginia. Our focus ranges from youth to semi-pro soccer, aiming to cultivate talent and passion within our community.
As a non-profit, we are committed to ensuring soccer remains accessible regardless of age, skill level, or household income. Donations play a vital role in supporting our mission, helping us to provide equal opportunities for training and experience to all members of the community, regardless of their circumstances.
WHERE WE PLAY
Golden Ball Indoor Facility
Main Indoor Training Facility
3936 Holland Boulevard
Chesapeake, VA 23323
Nansemond-Suffolk Academy Fields
Outdoor Training Facility Partner; Game Day Fields for 9v9 and 11v11
3373 Pruden Boulevard
Suffolk, VA 23434
Hodges Manor Elementary School
Main Outdoor Training Fields
1201 Cherokee Road
Portsmouth, VA 23701
Lake Taylor High Fields
GBSA Norfolk Training Fields
1384 Kempsville Road
Norfolk, VA 23502
INDOOR FACILITY SCHEDULE
To access the indoor facility schedule, please visit PlayMetrics.