Soccer is very well loved in Monterey’s community, which means there are many opportunities to play the game or cheer on the soccer teams in the area.
The Manchester Soccer Club is built up of soccer teams throughout Southern California. The club is highly regarded in San Diego, and is a contender throughout the entire So Cal area as a club that helps promotes proper social skills, as well as true soccer talent. Though not based out of Monterey, it is still a club that the residents can, and may want to, take advantage of.
The Monterey Peninsula Soccer League or MPSL is a USSF affiliated soccer league that focuses on amateur adult players. The league was founded in the 1980s and is affiliated with FIFA, though not on a professional level. Though the league is currently a men’s league, women are welcome, and the teams occasionally have a mixed gender game. There is also an all women’s league associated with the MPSL, if that is something that interests Monterey residents.
As far as professional soccer goes, the San Jose Earthquakes play out of Santa Clara, which is only an hour and a half outside of Monterey. The team has been around since 1996 and currently plays at Buck Shaw Stadium.