California Youth Football Club was formed in 1975 when a group of parents brought together an Under 8’s team based in the California area of Wokingham, Berkshire and from where the Club takes its name. The Club played in its early days in the Bracknell & District Boys League, and was one of the founder members of the East Berks Youth League formed in the 1990’s.
Providing football for all age groups, the Club expanded to become one of the largest youth soccer clubs in the area, and in the year 2000 it was the first Berks & Bucks FA affiliated club in the area to be awarded the FA Charter status, also winning the South of England FA Charter Merit Award in 2002; it is currently an FA Charter Development Club.
California FC introduced girls’ soccer to the area in 2000 and with over 30 teams began a search for a new headquarters. This culminated with the award of the largest ever grant from the Football Foundation for grass roots soccer in 2006 to enable the Club to develop 15 acres of reclaimed land and construct superior playing fields and facilities at our current base in Fox Lane, Eversley, North Hampshire where we commenced playing matches in the 2008/09 season.
The Club operates a structured progression for youth players in the local community from a soccer school for the very young, through the age groups from Under 7’s up to and including Under 18’s, providing soccer coaching and matches for all abilities. The Club runs an annual tournament supported by teams from far afield, soccer camps and specialist coaching courses. We are also a partnership club with the local Reading FC Championship Division club. California FC teams currently play in the East Berks Youth and North East Hants Youth Leagues and the Club is actively and progressively introducing the new FA Development Guidelines for grass roots soccer.
California FC had established strong links with local senior club Eversley FC and when the senior club, originally formed in 1910, returned to play in Eversley in 2008, the clubs merged in 2012 to form Eversley & California Football Club.
Paul Hawke, Chairman