Winstars News


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


Announcement: Ben Williams will be one of our Captains with our 2000 Academy Team

Bern Williams

Happy to announce that Ben Williams will be one of our Captains with our 2000 Academy Team. Excellent Player and Excellent Leader, also a very competitive Player and a very good student. Ben will be a great advertisement for Canadian Soccer as well as a wonderful ambassador for our Academy. First Class Individual.

Ben Williams

Look forward to a great year with our 2000 Class. Ben will join Anthony and Nico as Captains of the Team.

Bobby Graham – Academy Director

Junior Captains

University committments


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 welcomed by Coach Ellisen at St. Francis University

Nick Cachia signing with Coach Ellisen and Mom and Dad.

Nick Cachia with Mom & Dad and Coach Ellisen
Nick Cachia with Mom & Dad and Coach Ellisen


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.

Ethan Vigario

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.

Ethan Vigario

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




Our Annual Fundraiser – Dinner – Dance – Sunday June 11 2017

Chateau Le Jardin Banquet Hall - Map

Sit down Dinner at 5pm

Open Bar / entertainment by D.J. Emporium

Tickets are available now


How to be a Professional Footballer

Link to article


Our Future Stars


New York Trip – A Success

New York Winstars Trip

We experienced an excellent weekend in New York City, having the wonderful opportunity to scrimmage St. Francis Brooklyn at Brooklyn bridge Park and later that evening scrimmage Columbia University and on the Sunday to scrimmage Colgate University on the way home.

New York Winstars TripOur boys experienced playing against 3 amazing well coached Teams. They also got to see New York City, one amazing city as well as scenic Colgate University in Hamilton New York. Our boys got to play against top N...CAA Division 1 programs, excellent facilities and first class Coaches and Players.

I would like to thank all who made this trip another success. To become a good player and team, we have to play against the best so we can see the level we have to be at and aspire to be at. Our boys worked so hard and are a work in progress, however this trip will help them grow into the players and people we all want them to become.

The level of collegiate soccer in the USA is just getting better and better and congratulations to the Coaches and Universities who are working so hard to build the game in the USA, it certainly does show by the skill, physical condition and excellent attitude of the Players.

Well done and congratulations to every College Coach



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.





Winstars will scrimmage Three NCAA Division 1 Universities and 1 NCAA Division 2 university over next weekend

We will depart at 7pm Friday March 24th  from my office 115 Woodstream Blvd., Woodbridge and depart for Binghamton, New York   / hotel to be determined and advised.

On Saturday March 25th we will leave early for New York to Brooklyn Bridge Park, pier 5, 334 Furman Street, Brooklyn, NY. 11201

Schedule for Saturday March 25th:  
12pm / noon We scrimmage Concordia University
1pm / Concordia vs. St. Francis Brooklyn
2pm / Winstars vs. St. Francis BrooklynWe will head to the hotel which is the Hampton inn, Harrison, NJ. 100 Passaic Avenue, 07029L – Telephone 973-483-1900

Depart for our game after Catered lunch at the Hotel – We play Columbia University at 8pm kickoff inside their Dome, warmup at 7pm – Baker Athletic Complex - 505 west 218th St. NY. NY.

Sunday March 26th  Depart early after breakfast for Colgate University – Game at 2pm

After game come home to Woodbridge

Exciting that our academy will scrimmage three Conference Champions of NCAA Division 1

St. Francis University Brooklyn  - NEC – Northeastern Conference Champions / 2013 / 2014 / 2016
Columbia University – Ivy League

Colgate University – Patriot League

Consent letter for U18 – New York Trip - Friday March 24th - March 26th, 2017

Medical Release and Waiver Form – New York Trip - Friday March 24th - March 26th, 2017

Our Academy will scrimmage NCAA Division 1 Colgate University on Sunday March 26th at 2pm in their stadium. Colgate is an amazing University with an excellent academic reputation as well their soccer team won the Patriot League and went on to the tournament last year, only to be beaten by UCLA in the first round. The Campus at Colgate was chosen as the best in the USA and it is absolutely beautiful. It is an honor for our academy to be invited and to scrimmage such a prestigious University soccer program. 


Colgate University

Colgate University
Patriot League




Soccer Field


Our academy congratulates former academy player and goalkeeper Karman Saini


Our academy congratulates former academy player and goalkeeper Karman Saini and the Saini Family as Karman signed to play in the Swedish First Division. Karman was an excellent goalkeeper in our academy and we wish him the very best as he enters Professional Soccer.

Bobby Graham – Academy Director

Noah Hodson Training in England


We are proud of our academy player Noah Hodson who has been over in England training with Bury FC. / This picture is at Carrington, Manchester United Training center that is right beside Bury FC training field. Bury trains at the Old Manchester City Training Center and Noah told us that he changed in the stall that was David Silva’s and thought that was brilliant.

He also told us that many youth players in the U16 group from Manchester United train with Bury to get more touches and he said that all players are quality.

Noah will be back to join our academy on our New York Tour. He is a quality footballer as well as a quality student athlete and person, we are excited about his future and proud that he is in our academy.  We have an amazing group of 2001 players.

Bobby Graham – Academy Director


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



Announcing our recruiting class

We will announce our recruiting class next Sunday and we have had another great year. Happy to announce schools our 99's players are going to and it is impressive. And our 2000 Class will be even better.

Academy Director – Bobby Graham


New York Spring Trip 2017



Living the Dream for one week with the Winstars Soccer Academy

A fantastic week with our Academy Boys – Played Amazing and Pleasure to watch

Good morning, what a great week, our boys played very good as well as behaved very well. We played on amazing soccer fields, good teams and stayed in nice hotels and enjoyed good food in good restaurants. When the boys walked on the field in Dallas on the Friday night I could just see in their way that we would play amazing and it was the best match I had watched in all of my years going to this tournament. These boys are a special group, chemistry is key and they all want to play soccer the right way and that just makes it a pleasure to be a part of and makes me proud as academy director.

Our boys got a chance to see NCAA Collegiate Soccer at a high level and were able to see what a College / Professional Athlete does for one week. Our boys really want this, to make it to the next level and I tell them if you want it, you have to work harder than you ever had before in your life, both on the field and in the classroom, the reality of an elite athlete is hard work, it is not club-med, it is working hard and working hard when no one is watching. Having sent over 400 players to College and over to 50 Pro Soccer, I can tell you that some of these boys will make it and how far they go will depend on their attitude and work ethic. There are no easy paths, it is not luck, success is earned and comes from discipline and hard work.

I would like to thank all of our players, coaching staff, parents who attended and our Coach Bus Driver Peter, first class and Anthony, Mauro and Jackie at Luxury Coach the best Bus Company in Canada, as well as the Westin, Hyatt and Sheraton and of course Mike Getman Head Coach of UAB for providing us such a wonderful environment and opponent /match as well as dinner after for everyone at the University and Basketball tickets for our boys.

It will only be a matter of time until our signing of our 99 age players, and it is going to be an exciting month ahead, as well our 2000 Class is special.

Our New York Trip – Leave Friday March 24 at 7:30pm and return March 26 evening - stay Friday night in Binghamton, New York

We will play two games on the Saturday against NCAA Universities – Both games at Brooklyn Bridge Park – stay in Harrison, New York

We play Concordia University at Noon on Saturday

We play St. Francis Brooklyn at 3pm

Sunday we will play at NCAA Division 1 Colgate in Hamilton, New York at 2pm

Excited about New York and our upcoming Player Signings !

Bobby Graham
Academy Director

Winstars Jacket


Dallas FC Showcase




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



Winstars will scrimmage NCAA Division 1 Colgate University on March 26

Our Academy will scrimmage NCAA Division 1 Colgate University on Sunday March 26th at 2pm in their stadium. Colgate is an amazing University with an excellent academic reputation as well their soccer team won the Patriot League and went on to the tournament last year, only to be beaten by UCLA in the first round. The Campus at Colgate was chosen as the best in the USA and it is absolutely beautiful. It is an honour for our academy to be invited and to scrimmage such a prestigious University soccer program.


Colgate University

Colgate University
Patriot League

New York Trip - March 24, 25 & 26, 2017

Play St. Francis & Colgate University

Cost $895

Register Now



Soccer Field



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.

Presentation from our Captains to Michael Di Biase for support of our academy. He has spoken and
welcomed guests at all 12 of our showcase tournaments.

Click on Teams for enlargement

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



Guest Speaker Michael Di Biase has been added to the Showcase Dinner

Deputy Mayor Michael Di Biase

Our academy is honored to have Regional Councilor and Deputy Mayor Michael Di Biase bring greetings from the City of Vaughan.  Our community is the best place to live in Canada and Michael has done so much for the City of Vaughan as well no one has done more for Soccer in the City of Vaughan.  This is Michael 12th year he has spoken at our annual event and he is a friend of our academy and it is always a pleasure to have him take the time out of his very busy schedule to speak at our showcase dinner.


Summer Tour 2016 Summer Tour 2016

Winstars Video Reel


The Winstars 2016 Boys Collegiate 12th Anniversary Showcase

Best Teams – highest level of competition
Best Facilities – Trio Sportsplex
Best Referees – highest standard of Officiating
Best Organization – proven track record for first class showcase events
Best Attended – most College Coaches viewing games than any other showcase event in Canada

Showcase Forms and Links

2016 Showcase Roster Form

2016 Showcase rules

2016 Showcase game sheet

Map to Trio SportsPlex

Winstars Player Profile Book


Showcase Team Logos

Teams In Our 2016 Showcase

Director Bobby Graham     

(905) 265-1285 

Director Jeff Hackett

(416) 571-6357

Director Isaac Mbedzi

(514) 661-4973


Director Bobby Graham     


(905) 265-1285 

Mt Hamilton

Mt. Hamilton Soccer Academy


Director – Myles Sergeant


289 237 3153



Toronto Energy Soccer Academy

Coach Thomas Winksi



Showcase Tournament Thursday December 15 and Friday December 16

Each Game 2 X 40 minute halves with 5 minute half Download schedule here


Trio Sportsplex

Trio Sportsplex - 601 Cityview Blvd., Vaughan, ON

Map to Trio Sportsplex


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

2016 Summer Tour









It is with great pleasure that our academy player John Vrablic has chosen to attend prestigious Ivy League Brown University and play soccer for the Brown Bears under the leadership of Head Coach Pat Laughlin. Johne is an excellent player and a fine student. Brown is one of the best Universities in the USA and one of the best in the World and this will challenge him on the soccer field as well as in the classroom. I have been very blessed to be part of assisting Johne with is future, anyone watching our showcase in December saw how much of an impact player he is. It gives me a great feeling as I coached his Dad who went on to attend Akron University many years ago on a full athletic scholarship. Johne has four brothers so I look forward to helping all of them as they all love soccer.


Brown University is known internationally for excellence in academics and innovation research, Brown offers a wide range of undergraduate concentrations, Master's programs and Doctoral degrees. Located in Beautiful Providence, Rhode Island. It will be a wonderful place for Johne to study and to play his soccer in the Ivy League of NCAA Division 1.



All of us at Winstars Soccer Academy wish Johne all the very best as he will enter the next chapter of his life. It is our first signing of many for our 2017 signing class. I am very confident that our special group of players will all find very good homes and University and soccer programs and excited about all of our players future. With time and patience and coaching, I am very confident we will have 16 players move on to top Universities and Soccer programs.

Best wishes to Johne Mom and Dad and Brothers who have been supportive every step of the way and also to Johne for his senior year at high school before he attends Brown University.

Sincerely, Bobby Graham – Academy Director



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


Men's Soccer
NCAA Division 1 Rankings - NSCAA Coaches
Men's Soccer
NCAA Division II Rankings - NSCAA Coaches
Men's Soccer
NCAA Division III Rankings - NSCAA Coaches



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 3 and the final date to register with the SAT College board is September 3.

The SAT Test – Date of Test October 3 register by September 3
Date of Test – November 7 register by October 9
Date of Test – December 5 register by November 5

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


WHERE: Winstars Academy Office
WHEN: starting after the tour / will be prior to or after our training sessions on Sundays
COST: $350

SAT Prep Course

Complete SAT Prep Course
Cost per player: $350

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


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.




Summer Tour 2015


NCAA logo

NCAA Division 1 College Coach Contact Information

Click Here




Winstars Soccer Bus


The Route to a Dream

Life inside the Development Academy can be an experience cut ruggedly from hard limestone. There are only so many of them, which can necessitate travel, long hours and homework on the bus to and from practice.

This quick glimpse inside a day in the life of the San Jose Earthquakes academy gives you a pretty good indication. The questions ("Is this worth it?"), the declarations ("I come home late so one day I can do what I love and get paid millions for it") and the camaraderie (#bartcrew) are all here. If you wanted a sense of what it's like, you won't get a much better indication in five minutes than this right here.

Link to Article


Champions continue to be developed at Winstars Soccer Academy
One of our Champions – Daniel Festa
Early beginnings to Morgan Stanley-NYC.

Daniel Festa Time Line


Winstars Academy

Summer Tour 2014

Kean University - August 24, 2014 - Part 1

Kean University - August 24, 2014 - Part 2

Princeton University - August 28, 2014 -Part 1

Princeton University - August 28, 2014 - Part 2

Philadelphia Union Academy - August 29, 2014 - Part 1

Philadelphia Union Academy - August 29, 2014 - Part 2


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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