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Living the Dream – Our Summer Tour 2017

Summer Tour


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Living The Dream

Our Itinerary – Thursday August 17th thru Thursday August 24

We will be travelling on a 56 passenger Luxury Coach

Winstars Coach Bus

Thursday August 17th

Depart from our soccer office – 115 Woodstream Blvd. Woodbridge at 6am / destination Ft. Wayne Indiana. We will be staying for three nights at the Hyatt Ft. Wayne. We will watch Duke University vs. Xavier University at 6pm to open the National Soccer Festival

Staying in Ft. Wayne, Indiana at the Hyatt Place

Hyatt Place

111 W Washington Center Road
Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA, 46825
Tel: +1 260 471 8522
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Friday August 18th

We will train at Bishop D’Arcy stadium at 9am

We play our first game against St. Francis University – Ft. Wayne at 6pm at Bishop D’Arcy Stadium / after our match we will watch Michigan State University play Butler University at 8pm

St Francis University

For more information on the National Soccer Festival, click here.

Saturday August 19th

We will head to Chicago to DePaul University where we will play FC United at 3:30pm at Wish Field, prior to our match we will watch DePaul University vs. Western Illinois University.

DePaul University

Sunday August 20th

We will head to Indianapolis where we will play Marion University at 2:30pm

Marian University

After the match we will head to South Bend Indiana where we will stay 4 nights at Notre Dame University at The Inn at Saint Mary’s, which is located on the University of Notre Dame Campus.

The Inn

The Inn at Saint Mary’s
Inn at Saint Mary's
The Inn at Saint Mary's is located on Saint Mary's Campus across from the University of Notre Dame.
South Bend, Indiana

Monday August 21st

We visit and play Huntington University today and in the evening we will watch Notre Dame vs. Valparaiso in an exhibition game.


Tuesday August 22nd

We visit and train at Holy Cross College where we will inter-squad with Holy Cross Coaches and Notre Dame Coaches watching as well as other University Coaches invited.

Holy Cross College

Tour Holy Cross University

Wednesday August 23rd

Tour University of Notre Dame – meet Coaches and see athletic/soccer facilities

Notre Dame University

Thursday August 24th

Depart for home

Champions continue to be made at the our Soccer Academy

Importance of having a Strength and Conditioning Coach

Training Coach

Our Academy has made the investment to having a full time strength and conditioning Coach, Joe Vecchoine, he will bring a professional approach to warming up prior to games and practices as well as cooling down, as well as help our athletes work on strength, speed and power, all very important to help our athletes to get to the next level of play. See below

Strength & Conditioning

Training Coach

As an academy, we are dedicated to developing our athletes in preparation for the next level. Our strength & conditioning coach, Joseph Vecchione, works with our athletes to develop the physical qualities (i.e.. Strength, power, speed, endurance) that a young player needs to make the step to the next level.

Training CoachWe integrate strength & conditioning into every practice, starting with warm ups
and ending with cool downs. By doing so, we can work to improve the physical attributes (strength, speed, power) that build well rounded and robust soccer players. We also conduct monthly testing batteries to monitor our player’s progression and provide informed programming.

In addition to on-field training, Joseph hosts drop-in group workouts for our boys at his garage gym on Tuesdays @6:30, Wednesdays @6, and Sundays @11. For our athletes who would like to join a drop-in session, or book semi-private training sessions with Joe, please contact him via e-mail –


Joseph Vecchione Bio

VecchioneJoseph is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength & Conditioning Association. He studied Kinesiology at the University of Guelph-Humber, where he performed concurrent training research on endurance athletes, looking to minimize the interference effect (IE). Studying the fine balance of strength/power training and endurance training to minimize the IE of a program’s desired adaptations is critical to the successful programming of soccer players and athletes.

During his 5 years of coaching experience, Joseph has worked with hundreds of athletes at all levels; grassroots, high school, university, national and Olympic. Joseph had his athletic career cut short by 2 ACL reconstructive surgeries as a young soccer player, which has sparked a relentless drive to physically prepare athletes to be resilient and dominate in their field of play.

Joseph has worked in many settings, including the Canadian Sport Institute of Ontario, the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre, and the University of Toronto.


I highly recommend any of our academy student athletes take the test with Dan Sankar, it is a 12 hour course that would cost more if done with another company or individual. All our funds received are given to Dan, we do not keep anything as we want our players to succeed. I highly recommend that you register/register your Son if he is in grade 10 or 11/12. The next test date is October 7 and the final date to register with the SAT College board is September 8.

The SAT Test – Date of Test October 7th register by September 8
Date of Test – November 4 register by October 5
Date of Test – December 2 register by November 2

Please register online as that is the best way and we will start on the Sunday after the Labor Day weekend.


WHERE: Winstars Academy Office
WHEN: starting after the tour / will be prior to or after our training sessions on Sundays
COST: $400

SAT Prep Course

Complete SAT Prep Course
Cost per player: $400

INSTRUCTOR: Dan Sankar (416) 575-6958

CLASS RESOURCES (bring to each class)

SAT Preparatory Book (will advise which book to purchase, not needed for the first class)
Scientific Calculator
Workbook/Paper, Pens, Pencils, Erasers

ABOUT THE SAT: The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) is a standardized test required for admission to all U.S. colleges and universities. The SAT evaluates the student's knowledge in the areas of writing, critical reading and mathematics. The SAT helps universities compare students from different parts of the country and the world with one standardized measure. In addition to the student's school marks, extra-curricular activities and admissions essay, SAT results play a crucial role in the admissions process.

* Learn important study techniques and concepts for the three sections of the SAT.
* Learn general study and test preparation skills.
* Do many practice questions and essays and be provided with ongoing evaluation and feedback.
* Do vocabulary building exercises with the purpose of applying these to actual SAT questions.
* Do timed test sections in the areas of critical reading, writing and mathematics

* 20+ years of experience as SAT and High School Mathematics Instructor
* B.A. (Psychology), M.A. (Sports Psychology), M.Ed. (Counselling Psychology)
* Player for Dartmouth College, NCAA Division 1, All-American, All-Ivy


Sat Testing Dates 2017-18



Catching Up With Daniel Festa - Manhattan College Graduate

Catching Up With Daniel Festa

Catching Up With Daniel Festa
Courtesy: Manhattan Athletic Department
Release: 07/13/2017

Riverdale, NY - With this year being the 50th anniversary of the Manhattan Men's Soccer team we will be checking in with different alumni throughout the season to see how the program has impacted their lives.

Our second former Jasper is Daniel Festa '14.

What does being a member of the Manhattan Soccer family mean to you?

"Being a part of the Manhattan Soccer family means that I have brothers from all over the world and that Gaelic Park will always be our home field. It means staying connected with friends and supporting the program to attract future talent that will enable it to continually grow stronger."

What has Manhattan Soccer taught you?

"During my time with the program, I learned the values of working hard and how to persevere even against low odds. Additionally, the program has afforded me the right to spend time with people from different parts of the world. This has in turn taught me the importance of effective communication in a global marketplace."

What are you doing now?

"I am currently working for Morgan Stanley in Fund Services. I deal with hedge funds and their investors on inflows, outflows, transfers or capital and also reporting and distribution of information pertinent to their investments."


Jordan and Anthony Coletti Commit to Bethany College, West Virginia

It is a great day, with amazing news that our Academy Players and Brothers Jordan and Anthony Coletti have made a commitment to attend Bethany College in West Virginia and play soccer for Head Coach Sean Regan. Bethany College is a prestigious College located in West Virginia in the foothills of the Allegheny mountains, just less than one hour from Pittsburgh, America’s most livable City and close to Wheeling. Bethany has such rich tradition of many past Canadian players under the leadership of John Cunningham.

Jordan is an excellent defender and Anthony is a very good forward/winger who can score goals and it is just so wonderful that both Brothers can study together as well as play soccer together. I would like to thank Head Coach Sean Regan for making this possible, I think so highly of the Regan Family and their reputation in the soccer world is first class, they are amazing family and Sean is an excellent soccer coach and person and our boys are in very good hands under his direction.

On behalf of our academy and myself personally, I would like to congratulate the Coletti Family, a soccer family on this special day and a day to be proud of their Boys as they enter the next chapter of their lives and to be able to play for a very good coach and attend such a prestigious college is a blessing.

We wish Jordan and Anthony the very best and so happy for them both.


Bobby Graham – Academy Director


6 Expectations On the Road to Success

When I arrived in Tampa as head coach, I began meeting with the players who lived there, trying to understand from them what needed to be fixed. Although all the issues were relatively minor, they contributed to the team’s second class, defeatist, excuse-laden mentality. I began to sell the philosophy that we are responsible for what happens to us, not anyone or anything else. No excuses, no explanations.

At a team meeting, I ran through a laundry list of excuses our players could easily hang a poor season on if they chose to: We have a new coach staff. We have to learn a new system on both offense and defense. We have sub-par facilities. We have a young quarterback. We never get the benefit of the doubt from officials. We might move cities. Those were all great excuses, and we could have used all of them. However, our goal was to win and excuses weren’t an option. Have you been using excuses lately? Here are 6 expectations I communicated to my team on the road to success.

1. Be a pro.

2. Act like a champion.

3. Respond to adversity; don’t react.

4. Be on time. Being late means either it’s not important to you or you can’t be relied upon.

5. Execute. Do what you’re supposed to do when you’re supposed to do it. Not almost. All the way. Not most of the time. All of the time.

6. Take ownership.

Is this how you approach your marriage? Your role as a dad? Your job?  Whatever it takes. No excuses, no explanations.


Bobby Clark: Shaping minds, not just professionals, at Notre Dame

Bobby Clark: Shaping minds, not just professionals, at Notre Dame


The Secret by Dani Alves - You really need to read this article

The Secret by Dani Alves - You really need to read this article


How to Improve Stamina for Soccer

How to Improve Stamina for Soccer

Check out all our best drills, gym workouts and articles on how to improve stamina for soccer


Our Goalkeeping Department

Goalkeepers are the most important player in a Team, at our academy we have an excellent Coach Roberto Carranza who specializes and trains our goalkeepers three times a week.  We invest much time, effort and finances into our goalkeeping and have had much success in the past with Goalkeepers who went on to the next level.

Past Goalkeepers Coached by Academy Director Bobby Graham

  1. Peter Pappas Philadelphia University and Professional with Philadelphia Kixx
  2. Loukas Papaconstantinou University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Now a Dentist
  3. Jaro Zawislan – Clemson University - Former Head Coach at Cornell University – Men’s Team
  4. Thomas Zawislan – Creighton University
  5. David Clemente – University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)
  6. Raj Wakhale – Hartwick College
  7. Melford (Junior James) – University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)
  8. Robert Marinaro – Clemson University – Now Head Coach of Kent State University (Women’s Team)
  9. Rasih Pala – Northern Illinois University
  10. Jay Mason – University of the Incarnate World - Now Head Coach of Cal Poly (Women’s Team)
  11. Phillip Cavicchia – Appalachian State University
  12. Chris Skelton – Niagara University
  13. Dennis Kramer – Southern Polytechnic State University
  14. Jamie Englefield – Winthrop University
  15. Domenic Spedaliere – Eckerd University
  16. Spyros Sergiotis – Wilmington University
  17. Adriano Debreau – Western Michigan University
  18. Matthew Zaikos – Urbana University
  19. Zachery Zeke – Adrian University
  20. Jordan Sedhi – Seton Hill University
  21. Christian Brunet – Lewis University
  22. Nicholas Luciani – Culver Stockton University
  23. Karman Saini – Swedish First Division Husqvarna FF



NY Cosmos Renew Contract with Dejan Jakovic


The experienced center back has earned two NASL Team of the Week awards
New York Cosmos Communications | Jun 27, 2017


Adidas is now our official Clothing Supplier of our Soccer Academy

Some of the sports apparel each Academy player will receive




Student-Athlete NCAA Resources


NCAA Eligibility Center  *Formerly known as ‘Clearinghouse’ and is required for all Division I and Division II athletes
The College Board  *SAT Registration, College Search Tool, Scholarship Searching Tool



20 Questions to see where you should go to school



Choosing a college isn’t a four-year decision; it’s a 40-year decision. From campus to classes, academics to culture, there’s a lot to consider. And, often, students don’t even know what they want in a college experience. To help your student-athlete better understand their best college match, you can start by asking them the right questions. In this article, we provide 20 questions to gauge academic and cultural fit.

We are not covering questions for determining athletic fit, as that is an entire topic in itself. These questions can help you start a list of potential colleges, and you can add athletic fit to whittle down your choices.

Remember: You’re trying to figure out what your student wants in a school, not what you as a parent want for them. A lot of parents will frame questions by giving an obvious bias to one answer. For example, “Do you want to just be another number in a class with 500 kids in it?” Instead, phrase questions so your student-athlete can share what they really think.

It might be tempting to try grinding through all 20 questions at once. But, you’ll likely get a lot of eye rolls and, “Ugh, I don’t know!” responses. Instead, ask a couple questions at a time and keep track of the answers in a notebook. That way, you can refer back when you need to.

Ask these 20 questions to see where your student should go to school.

Academics. To parents, academics may be the most important aspect of determining best college match. For high school students, academics may be the first thing they push to the side. These questions help narrow down schools where your student would thrive academically.

1. What do you want to major in?

2. Would you be willing to adjust your major?

3. Do you want to be taught by full-time professors or graduate students?

4. Which type of classes do you prefer: lecture style or discussion style?

5. Will your major require an internship?

6. Do you want to take classes that interest you or would you like to stick to your major?

7. Is the prestige/reputation of the college important to you?

8. Do you fulfill the academic requirements to be accepted?

Culture. When students go to college, most of them will be living on their own for the first time. They need to feel at home in their university, surrounded by students who they can connect with. Campus culture refers to the type of students at the campus, the location, physical attributes of the campus and what stands out in the student body.

9. Are you more interested in a social campus, a commuter campus (where students tend to go home on the weekends) or a quiet campus?

10. How far away from home would you like to be?

11. Would you prefer to go to a school where you already know a lot of people?

12. What are your weather-related deal breakers?

13. Do need a lot of green space?

14. Do you prefer to be in a large city?

15. Would you like a religious university?

16. What kinds of extracurricular or social activities are you interested in?

17. Do you want to be surrounded by people who share your viewpoint?

18. Do you want a diverse environment?

19. Do you like seeing people you know around campus every day?

20. What specific experiences do you want to have in college (e.g., studying abroad)?

Bonus: 5 financial questions for parents

College is a huge investment. As a parent, you need to be realistic about what colleges are feasible from a financial standpoint. Ask yourself these questions to make sure you—and your student—know where things stand financially.

1. How much are you willing to pay for college and how much responsibility will fall on your student?

2. Does your student qualify for any scholarships or financial aid?

3. Will your student be supporting themselves while at college? Is the college town’s cost of living realistic?

4. Will your student need to participate in a work-study program or similar arrangement to help cover the cost of tuition?

5. Are you and/or your student willing to take out college loans? How much?

Time Management Winstars


Zach Witt signing with Spring Hill College

Zack Wit Signing at Spring Hill



Winstars Soccer Academy - Honouring our Senior Academy Players – Annual Banquet

Our Annual Banquet was amazing, with a full hall of over 200 people in attendance, we honoured our senior academy players with a nice award as a token of appreciation for their outstanding commitment. Chateau Le Jardin provided us one amazing meal and we had former academy player and current professional player Milovan Kapor in attendance to help present the awards as well as Gino Rosati, City of Vaughan Regional Councillor. 

Many people, former players and supporters purchased tickets and could not be in attendance, however wanted to support our academy and our initiatives and goals of helping elite soccer players reach the next level of play as well as earn an education at the same time.

Exciting event and we would like to wish all our senior academy players all the very best as they enter the next chapter of their lives and hope their experience at our academy was positive and they have become better players and better people in the times we shared together.

Thank you to everyone for making our event a fantastic success.

Bobby Graham – Academy Director


Congratulations to Zach Witt-Our Academy Player Signs to
attend Spring Hill College and Play NCAA College Soccer

Today is a great day for our soccer academy and especially our academy player Zach Witt who has made a commitment to attend Spring Hill College and play NCAA Collegiate Soccer for the Badgers under the direction of head coach Steve Wieczorek. Zach is an excellent soccer player who has so much passion for the game and very talented and fast and is an impact player who is exciting to watch as he takes on defenders with ease and has so much skill and ability. As well Zach is a great young man and so excited for his future.

Springhill College

Spring Hill College is a prestigious private University in Mobile Alabama on the Gulf Coast and Zach will play in the Gulf Coast Conference where they will play some of the best soccer teams in the country. Zach will play under the leadership of Steve Wieczorek who is an excellent coach and friend of our program.

Springhill College

I would like to wish Zach all the best as he enters the next chapter of his life and congratulate the Witt Family, Mom Amy and Dad Jeff as well thank all of his teammates and coaches in our academy as well as everyone who has helped Zach accomplish this special day.

Sincerely, Bobby Graham – Academy Director

Champions continue to be made here


Nick Cachia signing at St. Francis University

Nick Cachia signing with Coach Ellisen and Mom and Dad.


Congratulations to Nick Cachia – makes a commitment to St. Francis University Indiana

Nick CachiaUniversity of St Francis
Nicholas Cachia our Academy Player

Today is a great day for Nicholas Cachia as he has made a commitment to attend St. Francis University – Indiana and play for the St. Francis Cougars on Scholarship under the leadership of Head Coach Mitch Ellisen. Nick is an excellent soccer player as well as a very good student and a great young man. He will be a great addition to his new Team as an exciting winger with great pace, drive, determination and will score goals. Nick will join academy teammate Ethan Vigario and watch out for this College Team now with two fantastic young men and soccer players.

I would like to congratulate Nick, his Mom and Dad, who have supported him all the way, as well as his Teammates at our academy, our coaches and everyone who has played a part in making this day a special one for Nick and the Cachia Family. I would like to thank head coach Mitch Ellisen for making all this possible and wish him the very best with Nick and Ethan.

All of us at the academy, including myself personally wish Nick the very best as he will enter into the next chapter of his life both academically and athletically and know he will have a very successful future.



Bobby Graham
Academy Director

University of St. Francis – Fort Wayne, Indiana Saint Francis Cougars – Athletics

A Catholic University in the Franciscan Tradition


Ethan Vigario Signing at St. Francis University

Ethan with Mother and Father / Ethan with younger brother Evan / Ethan with Coach Mitch Ellisen

Ethan signing letter of intent with his parents

Congratulations to our Player Lucas Vukovic – Makes commitment to CSUB

Player Vukovic

It is with great pleasure that I announce that our academy Player Lucas Vukovic has made a commitment to attend California State University Bakersfield on athletic scholarship and play for their NCAA Division 1 Team under the leadership of Coach Richie Grant in the Western Athletic Conference. Lucas just visited the University on an official visit and will sign the letter of intent early next week.

Lucas is an excellent soccer player, he is very special and a game changer and game winner, has the skill and intelligence as well as amazing passion for the game of soccer. As well as being an amazing player, Lucas is a fantastic young man and an excellent student. I am very confident that Lucas will impact from the start and he is very dedicated so I know he will prepare so much and is so excited and looking forward to a wonderful challenge ahead. He will be Coached by one of the best Coaches in the Country as well as play programs like Stanford and UCAL Berkley as well as a very good conference schedule in the Western Athletic Conference WAC.

On behalf of everyone at our soccer academy, we wish Lucas all the very best as he enters the next chapter of his life. I would like to congratulate Lucas and his Mom Sue and Dad Branko and the rest of his Family, this is a great time for the Vukovic family. I would also like to thank Richie Grant, Head Coach at CSUB for making this possible as well congratulate all the coaches and individuals who coached and mentored Lucas over the past many years and congratulate his High School St. Theresa Lisieux Catholic High School and especially his Soccer Coach who recommended Lucas to our soccer academy.

This is a very special day and week for Lucas and special for all of our academy Players as all of you have helped make Lucas now Live the Dream, it takes 11 players on the field and we have such an amazing group of young men in our program. There is not many Players in Canada getting this wonderful opportunity and Lucas is special for this special opportunity and all of us at our academy wish him only the very best as he will earn a fine education while playing soccer at the highest level and his hope and all of our hope is that he will play Professional after University and he could not be in a better place to be scouted.

Sincerely in sport,


Bobby Graham – Academy Director
(905) 265-1285



Ethan Vigario
University of St Francis

University of St. Francis – Fort Wayne, Indiana

It is with great pleasure and happiness that I announce that our academy Player Ethan Vigario has made his commitment to attend St. Francis University in Ft. Wayne Indiana on Scholarship. Ethan is a fantastic player, one of our Captains and a playmaker and his first touch is sharp, he has the composure to control the midfield, technical ability is very good and can spray good passes wide, short and long, he is a footballer, loves to play and always wants the ball and wants to go forward and attack and create and score.

His passions is second to none and I am confident that he will have a very good future in the game as long as he keeps the right attitude which he has. Ethan has been a joy to coach and to have in our program, he is a special player and we are very proud of him and proud of his accomplishment and believe me, keep an eye on this young man as our wish he can be a professional footballer someday.

He will be playing for his St. Francis University Cougars team under the leadership of Head Coach Mitch Ellisen in the very competitive Crossroads Conference.

At the same time, Ethan is a fantastic student, he will have a wonderful experience at University and earn a fine degree at St. Francis University while playing the game that he loves. I would like to thank Head Coach Mitch Ellisen for scouting Ethan first at our winter showcase.

I would like to congratulate Ethan as he enters this next chapter of his life, as well congratulate his Mom Michelle and his Dad Manny as well as his Brother Evan, they should be so proud as well congratulate Ethan soccer Coaches at North London soccer club and his High School coaches as well as everyone who has helped Ethan reach this amazing time and accomplishment in his life. As well all of his Coaches at our soccer academy and his teammates who have helped Ethan reach this fine accomplishment.

Our Academy is very proud of Ethan and wish him only the very best of success and will work hard with him so he is going to be amazing and ready for August!

Sincerely in sport,


Bobby Graham
Academy Director

How to be a Professional Footballer

Link to article


Our Future Stars



Former Player of Coach Graham Signs with NY Cosmos

Dejan Jakovic

The Cosmos fortified their back line Wednesday, signing former D.C. United and Canadian international center back Dejan Jakovic.

Jackovic’s deal is pending International Transfer Certificate approval. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“We welcome Dejan to the organization,” Cosmos head coach and sporting director Giovanni Savarese said in a statement. “He is a very seasoned player who can add positive things to the squad. We look forward to seeing him on the pitch.”

The 31-year-old Jakovic began playing professional soccer in Canada before moving to Serbian side Red Star Belgrade in 2008. He joined United )MLS) in 2009, helping the club capture the 2013 Lamar Hunt/U.S. Open Cup title. After that season, Jakovic transferred to Japanese club Shimizu S-Pulse until signing with the Cosmos.

The Canadian international made his senior debut in 2008 and represented his country during the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

“It is a great honor to join the New York Cosmos,” Jakovic said “This is a team with great history and numerous accomplishments. I am delighted to play for such prestigious club.”

The Cosmos begin their NASL season, traveling to Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium to meet Puerto Rico FC Saturday. The Cosmos’ home opener will take place at MCU Park in Brooklyn against Miami FC Saturday, April 1 at 7 p.m.


Living the Dream with our Soccer Academy – August 2017

August 25 - September 1, 2017

Our Academy has our annual summer tour, which is one of our best events that we do during our calendar year.  We are away one week and travel on a 56 passenger Coach Bus and all food is included and hotel, as well as all expenses incurred during trip, we have 3-4 games against Top Universities and showcase our Players.

Deposit due now $1250
Full amount of trip $2500
Parent $500 Coach Bus only

We have to prepay many costs so I appreciate at least a deposit, we will take 18 players and two goalkeepers.

Bobby Graham – Academy Director

Deposit: $1250.00

Register Now

Full Cost: $2500.00

Register Now

Parents Coach Bus Only: $500.00

Register Now

Summer Tour 2016 Summer Tour 2016

The Route to a Dream

2015 Summer Tour


 Checkout our past summer tour –so it will give you an
idea on what we do besides the soccer, we visit the
schools, meet the coaches, tour the campus.




Dallas Video Reel Winstars vs UAB Birmingham Winstars vs Colorado Storm Winstars vs Lonestars Austin

Games from FC Dallas Showcase - March 3-5, 2017

Friday March 3, 2017 - Winstars U19 Boys vs Colorado Storm South 99-98B Academy

Saturday March 4, 2017 - Winstars U19 Boys vs Lonestars SC 98B Red – Austin

Game vs. UAB in Birmingham, Alabama / March 2017 Spring Tour


New York Spring Trip 2017




Brown University


Today is an amazing day as our academy player John Vrablic has signed his letter of intent to attend prestigious Brown University and play soccer at the NCAA Division 1 Level in the Ivy League for Head Coach Pat Laughlin who is an excellent coach as well as a friend of mine. What makes this even more special is that it was not so long ago I Coached John Dad and he went on to the University of Akron on a full athletic scholarship. John has four brothers and all are in my Winstars Family, so we have four more to go to get them to great schools and they all are fantastic players.

God Bless John on this next chapter of his Life, we are all so proud of you. Congratulations to all of the Vrablic Family, our academy loves you all !

Coach Bobby Graham
Academy Director

John V

John V Family


Senior Video Highlight Junior Video Highlight


2016 Showcase and Banquet Photos


We presented Mike Getman , Head Coach of University of Alabama at Birmingham , an award for outstanding support for our program over the past many years as well we presented his Assistant Coach Joel Wallace and also gave award for his other longtime assistant Justus Griffin.

We presented Mike Getman , Head Coach of University of Alabama at Birmingham , an award for outstanding support for our program over the past many years as well we presented his Assistant Coach Joel Wallace and also gave award for his other longtime assistant Justus Griffin.

Mike Getman is a Class Act and has done so much for University Soccer in the USA as a Coach. We value his friendship.

The awards were presented by our Senior Academy Captains William Goddard and Ethan Vigario.

Click on Teams for enlargement

Highlight Reel from last week's Showcase - December 14 - 16 2016



Summer Tour 2016 Summer Tour 2016

Winstars Video Reel



Testimonial from Barry Gorman, Former Technical Director, FC Dallas and Penn State University Coach

Barry Gorman

Bobby Graham is, without doubt, one of the foremost pre-eminent youth soccer ambassadors Ontario has produced. His commitment to the development of youth soccer in Canada is second to none. I can think of no one, in America or Canada, who has assisted more players in progressing to the Collegiate and Professional ranks.

For over 25 years, Bobby Graham has provided numerous, incredible opportunities for countless Canadian youngsters to showcase their talents at the best soccer events throughout the USA. The sheer number of former players who can trace their academic-athletic opportunities back to Bobby Graham run organizations is testimony to the man's "Midas" touch. The truly remarkable success rate his programs have achieved throughout the years, both on and off the field, is an indication of the excellent high standards he expects, creates and maintains.

The Winstars Soccer Academy is an outgrowth of that desire for excellence. It is a professionally run organization where it is clearly evident, "they are on the right track and have ‘bottled’ something special." On the coaching side, they are extremely well organized while constantly preparing and coaching players in a meaningful, competitive environment. On the academic side they are, in my mind, the leading source for soccer scholarship information and advice in Canada.

In my former role, as the Head Coach of Penn State University Men's Soccer Program for 22 years, I got to know Bobby Graham very well and am delighted to count on him as a valued and trusted friend. We share a similar vision of the "beautiful game," but more importantly, a strong core value in how best to monitor the growth and development of aspiring young soccer players.

Without question, I would recommend the Winstars Soccer Academy to any serious student-athletes and their parents as a worthwhile, positive career/life changing investment. I look forward to continuing to stay in touch with Bobby Graham and enhancing my professional relationship with the Winstars Soccer Academy.

FC Dallas

Barry Gorman
Technical Director – FC Dallas
Former Head Coach Men's Soccer – Penn State University

NSCAA Past President

Champions are Made Here - Video




Success doesn't happen as an accident. It is hard work, sacrifice, ups and downs, determination, motivation, but, most of all, love for the game and love doing your job.

Training is a process. It consists several main components:
1. periodization,
2. preparation,
3. organization,
4. dedication,
5. consistency.

All main factors, joined together, create entirety when you're making professionally organized plan with long and short term objectives.

While you're preparing your training program always consider:

→ the connection between the sessions – so the transition from one day to another, and one week to another, is gradually developed.


→ building up challenges and training loads in coming sessions.


→ using these methods you are constantly controlling your players but laying on their effort and making them naturally building up their performance. Each subsequent training is an upgrade to the previous work so it must be proposed on a higher level than the previous one.

Playing the highest level isn't for everybody, and that's what makes it so special. Only the ones who made it know what kind of commitment to soccer training takes to get there. With that in hart, there are few facts your player should have in mind if his dream is to become a pro.

In the modern game, at any level, soccer training and conditioning is essential. What makes the main difference between the great soccer player from the average one is their ability to do 'that something extra', something special during the match: dribble few players on the run in dying minutes of the game, precisely cross the ball to a teammate who is on the run passing the defender, clear the ball from the opponent in a counterattack action…'that something extra'.

If you commit yourself, make it count. Keep the consistency and persistence in training, attending every practice without any excuse. There are many factors that can distract you from the training, but you must know that every practice will make you better than before.

You are training hard to be fit and in your best shape for the match. You must be prepared at any moment coach decides to put you in a team. It can be full match or part of the game. Coach will decide to play you depending on his vision, situation on the pitch, including tactical variation or injuries.

Many times coaches propose physically demanding practices. The purpose is to be prepared to the last minute of the game playing in high tempo, not losing rhythm or level of performance. Hard work in training is guarantying lightness and ease during the game.

If you did your job well during training, you don't need to worry about the coming game. If you're prepared well, you will be fully focused only on your best performance and team's effort during the game.
Physically fit players are confident, motivated, in control of their potential having variety of options to choose.

After every match, player should analyse his own performance and where he stands. What is needed to work on to improve and what should be polished and mastered till the automatism. But one is definite, put your maximum effort because that is what is expected from you. Level of your performance depends on your preparation.

Becoming a good player takes a lot of time, hard work, and practice, especially. Be honest to yourself and set standards you wish to achieve. At the end, the price will be huge. Satisfaction, joy and respect are just a few of them.
→ Preparation prevents poor performance.

Arsene Wenger, How To Build a Footballer

Arsene Wenger

When a manager of the calibre of Arsene Wenger takes time to tell you the key to becoming a truly great player like Cesc Fabregas, you listen. See what the great man had to say on commitment and the desire to improve.


Harvard's Ferguson formula for success

Harvard's Ferguson formula for success


Tryouts for our Elite Soccer Academy

We are only interested in very talented players as well as students with good grades and a passion and desire for the game of soccer and also to play soccer at the next level. NCAA Collegiate Soccer. Looking for a few players as we are close to full for the fall and winter season.  Only serious student athletes and soccer players communicate.

Showcase our Players at the best events in USA/Canada and Europe
Professional Staff with a proven track record of success both with development and winning
The number 1 Academy in Canada for athletic scholarships at NCAA Universities
Meaningful training in a quality environment / more significant games
Academy Director has now sent over 350 players to the USA on athletic scholarship/unparalleled
Talent ID criteria centered around the players ability to control the ball

Academy Director – Bobby Graham


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Winstars Academy


Canadian Dynasty of International Proportions

Article by Nicholas Spiller
Published: August 20, 2014

Most youth soccer players share a common goal as they grow into their late teenage years: They want an opportunity to keep playing the sport in college and beyond! While numerous soccer teams and programs are aimed at helping players achieve those dreams, few organizations consistently get their players to live that goal.

Hardly any places in Canada develop players as well as the Winstars Soccer Academy, which has successfully placed over 300 players into colleges across Canada and the U.S. There, they have been able to learn the game and receive a great education as well.

The Winstars Soccer Academy is led by the brilliant soccer mind of Bobby Graham, who has over 30 years of coaching experience in the sport. The focus of his program is geared toward helping players learn the technical skills required to play soccer at the highest level. While most teams focus on athleticism and running, Winstars understands the importance of working well on the ball and as a team.

The Academy also harnesses a relatively hands-off approach to gameplay. Bringing in the right group of players is key, and with this mindset players are given freedom to play and have the trust of coaches to best utilize their skills.

Additionally, Winstars Soccer Academy benefits from being the most successful and proven club in Ontario for several decades. Coaches across North America are familiar with the team and these relationships are very beneficial to aiding young players in the recruitment process for college teams. The team takes part in many travel excursions for prestigious tournaments or to various colleges. A current tour in August 2014 will see the squad visit universities like Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, and James Madison University.

The Winstars has been the most successful Canadian Club program ever to compete at the prestigious Dallas Cup. Bobby Graham teams have competed in the Super Group for many years, playing against the likes of AC Milan, Boca Juniors, Tottenham Hotspurs, Moscow Dynamo, Benfica and International of Brazil as well as the best the USA had to offer, Dallas Texans, Chicago Magic, etc.

Additionally, numerous college scouts and coaches love to attend tournaments like the 10th annual Collegiate Boys Showcase, set to be held this December. Such exposure gives players every opportunity to catch the eye of a specific college coach or recruiter. But at its core, the reason such chances come about is due to the competitiveness and quality of the Winstars Soccer Academy, which prepares players for college and professional soccer like no other club in Canada.

While hundreds of players have earned placements to various colleges, some have even been able to play soccer professionally! One such player is Dejan Jakovic, who not only featured for UAB, but also went on to star as a defender for D.C. United and currently plays abroad in the J-League. Dejan was one of 20 players from Bobby Graham teams that went on to play for Head Coach Mike Getman at UAB, and they have been a top 25 NCAA Division 1 program for many years.

As stated by Barry Gorman, former Penn State head coach and technical director of FC Dallas, "Without question, I would recommend the Winstars Soccer Academy to any serious student-athletes and their parents as a worthwhile, positive/life changing investment."

Winstars Soccer Academy isn't just another soccer club to play during your teenage years; it is a vessel to propel your future as a soccer player! Available to boys aged 12-18, this is Canada's finest youth soccer program and gets players opportunities to continue the sport in college year after year!
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Daniel Festa

Daniel Festa, a past Winstars Academy player, has recently Graduated in Economics and Finance, from Manhattan College, in Riverdale, New York! Keep up the Great Work Daniel!

Daniel Festa signs with Manhattan College for 2014.

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