WHO WE ARE
The Xolos Academy FC is a youth soccer developmental and competitive organization that serves athletes of various ages throughout the region. The academy carries the name of the Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente professional Mexican First Division team in the LIGA Bancomer MX.
Our academy and teams reflect the strategies and planning that the Mexican First Division team practices, giving our athletes the opportunity to be part of the Xoloitzcuintles family. Coaches from the academies teach the same or similar ideas used in the senior team for competition and development.
The Xolos Academy FC is the stepping stone to what could be a bright soccer career as our athletes have the chance to move through our farm system and eventually having the possibility to be part of our professional teams.
The academy teaches tactical, athletic and critical thinking skills along the way and our athletes have fun doing it. Tryouts are held throughout different categories. Most of our teams participate in highly competitive leagues, the Presidio and Coast Leagues are two of those. Our teams strive to allow our players the opportunity to gain a college scholarship or make a professional career out of their experience. The academy training not only focuses on the learning athletic skill to be a well rounded soccer player but also an outstanding citizen off the field. It introduces young athletes to hard work, the ability to work in a group, to be dedicates and to be a responsible person.
The Xolos Academy FC is the only program in the United States operating under the Club Tijuana brand.
WHY WE CHOSE THE NAME XOLOITZCUINTLES
The name Xoloitzcuintle was chosen as the name for the team so it could represent the region’s toughness. A toughness shown from its deep Mexican roots to its work ethic and the way it looks to always be the best. These canines are origins of Mexico from more than 3,000 years ago. The name Xoloitzcuintle comes from the nauhuatl phrase "Xolotl"-meaning god of life and death- and the phrase "itzcuintli," a dog that accompanied the Aztecs through a river to Mictlan.
The Xoloitzcuintles were considered sacred to the Aztecs as shown in many of their paintings and sculptures. These attractive dogs are popular because of their intelligence (easy to train), their resistance and their friendly demeanor. They can be athletic, vigilant and calm and friendly with people.