SIQ ACADEMY
Developing intelligent players.
We are SIQ
Our mission is to develop intelligent players.
SIQ Academy provides an innovative curriculum that focuses on developing players' intelligence on the field while developing their individual skills. Players develop their individual skills with a purpose towards applying what they've learned on the ball to the bigger picture on the field. SIQ's curriculum has been developed over many years from studying possession based teams in Europe and from Tolya's coaching experience over the years. SIQ was established in 2014 and has helped develop players who now play in F.C Barcelona's Academy, Espanyol and many other successful clubs.


SIQ SERVICES
trainings
Camps
SIQ offers year-round training along with individual and team trainings for all ages and skill level. The curriculum is based off of possession based teams in Europe.
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SIQ offers many different camps throughout the year, each focusing on a different topic of soccer. In addition, we host a camp with coaches from Barcelona over the summer!
What differs Soccer IQ Academy from other soccer camps in USA?
SIQ Academy camps will help your player:
Improve player IQ
Our coaches and activities focused on developing in players better understanding of the game
Increase player efficiency
After SIQ camps players will have better understanding of the game and as result will perform at higher level
Increase team ball control time
Our curriculum will improve ability of the team to possess the ball in attacking manner
Increase scoring opportunities
Possession of the ball should have purpose. Our training promotes aggressive attacking style of soccer with ball control.
Improve team efficiency
SIQ training will help teams to control the ball most of the time, dominate the game and create more scoring opportunities.
Increase ability to read the game
SIQ camps are designed to develop intelligent players on and off the field. After our camps players will see the game differently!!

OUR STUDENTS NOW PLAY IN
F.C Barcelona
Futbol Club Barcelona is a professional football club based in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. La Masia Academy considered to be one of the best Academies in the world. Adrian Gill, SIQ player from Colorado, signed his first professional contract with FC Barcelona in 2022.

USA Youth National Teams
USA Youth National teams are formed starting at U14 age group and include best young American players. Number of SIQ youth players from Colorado, boys and girls, play in US Youth National teams U15, U17, U19, and U20.
Colorado Rapids Professional Team
An American professional soccer club based in the Denver metropolitan area. SIQ player from Colorado, Darren Yappi, signed his first professional contract with Colorado Rapids in 2021.
Club de Futbol Damm
Spanish football team based in Barcelona, in the autonomous community of Catalonia.
The club is mainly known for their successful youth setup, which helps players to develop and join other senior clubs in the region. SIQ player from Colorado, Hudson Davis, plays for CF Damm.
ABOUT SIQ
Soccer IQ Academy camps incorporates individual skills while developing players' game intelligence and ability to see the big picture on the field. Our curriculum is unique and based on European teams playing possession style soccer. Within the last 10 years, founder of SIQ Academy, Tolya Rubtsov, spent a lot of time in Spain to learn this style of soccer to create a unique curriculum that improves players' game intelligence within a short period of time.
DEVELOPING INTELLIGENT PLAYERS
Tolya Rubtsov
Founder & Head coach
I hold USSF A Senior license and UEFA B license. I have been learning how to coach possession style of soccer for more than 10 years by regularly attending coaches clinics in Barcelona.. Two players who trained with me in Colorado currently live and play in Barcelona, Spain. One player plays for Espanyol Academy and the other plays for FC Barcelona (La Masia). Between 2012 and 2017 I successfully implemented my knowledge with several youth teams at the Colorado Storm soccer club and Colorado Rapids Development Academy.
Currently I'm a head coach of U14 Development Academy team at Nomads SC and Assistant Coach at Professional club "San Diego 1904 FC" (The club plays in NISA league.
I also hold a PhD in Immunology.
Tolya Rubtsov
Founder & Head coach
I hold USSF A Senior license and UEFA B license. I have been learning how to coach possession style of soccer for more than 10 years by regularly attending coaches clinics in Barcelona.. Two players who trained with me in Colorado currently live and play in Barcelona, Spain. One player plays for Espanyol Academy and the other plays for FC Barcelona (La Masia). Between 2012 and 2017 I successfully implemented my knowledge with several youth teams at the Colorado Storm soccer club and Colorado Rapids Development Academy.
Currently I'm a head coach of U14 Development Academy team at Nomads SC and Assistant Coach at Professional club "San Diego 1904 FC" (The club plays in NISA league.
I also hold a PhD in Immunology.
Coach Tolya Rubtsov
EXPERIENCE:
2020 - 2021
2020 - 2021
Assistant coach at professional club 1904 FC, San Diego
UEFA "B" license
2018 - 2020
2018 - 2020
Head coach at Development Academy, Nomads soccer club
USSF "A" Senior license
2015 – 2017
2015 – 2017
Coach at Developmental Academy, Colorado Rapids Soccer Club
USSF "B" license
2014 – Present
2014 – Present
Founder and Head Coach of Soccer IQ Academy
2012 – 2016
2012 – 2016
Coach at Colorado Storm Soccer Club
NSCAA Advanced National License
2010 – present
2010 – present
Coach at Coerver Center of Excellence
USSF "C" license
2006 – 2012
2006 – 2012
Coach at Junior Academy, Colorado Fusion Soccer Club.
Attended Colorado Soccer Coaches Symposium, Boulder, CO
USSF National Youth license
USSF "D" license
USSF "E" license
2004-2006
2004-2006
Coach U9-U10, Denver Soccer Club.
What parents say about SIQ camps
"The intense focus on how to play smart soccer was clear. It is amazing how all of the kids (even the younger group) really enjoyed learning how to move together on a field (as opposed to just a collection of individuals), and how when they work together the whole team is much stronger and the play is more enjoyable."
Moss Pike
Storm U9 parent
"My son is participating in the first SIQ Academy camp this summer (weeknights from 6:30 to 8) and after witnessing for two weeks I can say it's the most amazing and demanding training I've seen for youth soccer in Denver."
Samuel Willson
Skyline U11 parent
"We thought this was a great camp. Especially since our son was working with his teammates on tactical skills that they will be able to use in the Fall. He really liked his coach and the philosophy/training of the camp was fantastic!"
Alex Larkins
Storm U9 parent
"While it was inconvenient for our family to have SIQ 3-4 nights a week I think it really helped our son understand the SIQ principles so the month long camp and frequency were good for him. The homework was a great touch and I would enjoy continuing to get video links from you to share with my son."
Sarah Lewin
Skyline U11 parent
"Loved the camp. Loved the month long format. Prefer it to an intensive 1 week session, because don't think the boys have the opportunity to learn as much."
Kari Tarr
Rapids Academy U12 and U11 parent
"Thank you very much for creating a very fun, positive experience for our children in your SIQ Camp. Our son and daughter thoroughly enjoyed their experience and would like to take advantage of your Winter camp, along with their older brother."
Sam and Samantha Fellig
Rapids U9 and U11 (Academy) parents
"We loved the location, the month long format and the early morning time. Sometimes it's hard to commit in the summer to evening activities."
Nick McElligott
Storm Copa U13 parent
"I think it was very helpful and informative and opened my son's eyes to some aspect of the game he had not been taught yet. I think it will help him improve over the coming seasons. I also really appreciate your passion for the game and your ability to communicate with the players."
Tom Aldanh
Pride Elite U12 parent
"The whole tactical approach to where to stand, how to move from one side to another depending on where the ball is, was something my son has not done yet, so that was excellent. Repeating everything again over subsequent weeks was a really good idea too. The home work was excellent, and because of that we are now discussing formations for every game we watch."
Tony Melhem
Rapids Academy U12 parent
"We chose to only offer our son one camp this summer. We chose SIQ camp because of it's concentration on Possession soccer, it's Coaching staff, and unique month long time frame."
Rachel Saunders
Storm Copa U12 parent
"Both my son and I thought that the camp was extremely beneficial. My son came away with a much better sense of field tactics and strategy, as well as location on the field. It covered areas that were not addressed in either his club team or in other camps."
Sarah Lafferly
Storm U12 parent
FAQs
Do you have some questions? Find answers below!
Does Soccer IQ Academy affiliated with any soccer club?
No! SIQ is an independent organization that provides additional training for serious players! Soccer IQ Academy head coaches (Azary, Yury and Tolya) do not work in any youth club in Colorado. As a result, SIQ coaches are prohibited from recruiting players from our camps (coaches sign the paper stating specifically this).
Does Soccer IQ Academy affiliated with any clubs outside of USA?
We have partnerships with two Barcelona-based companies:
- Football Five Stars
- APFC (Barcelona-based company with a presence in San Diego, USA)

These partnerships allow SIQ to provide camps in the USA and Barcelona, Spain. We run training in Barcelona every year during the week of Thanksgiving.
Does Soccer IQ Academy have teams which participate in tournaments?
During Spring and Fall seasons SIQ does not have teams. However, SIQ forms teams for small tournaments and leagues that run during Winter and Summer. You can see SIQ teams at 3v3 summer tournaments, winter futsal tournaments etc. Based on the nature of SIQ camps, these teams include players that during the regular soccer seasons play for different clubs. We believe this is another great aspect of SIQ camps - provide the opportunity for top players to know each other!
How old players should be to participate in Soccer IQ Academy camps?
Camps are normally for players between 5 and 14 years of age, both boys and girls. SIQ curriculum includes work on ball mastering skills and activities that focused on game understanding.
What time before practice player should be at the field? What gear player should have with him?
Soccer players should be on the field 10-15 minutes before start time of the practice and should have proper soccer outfit (jersey, shorts, soccer socks, shin guards, cleats or indoor shoes), sunscreen (if practice in summer outside), water bottle, soccer ball.
What is the player to coach ratio at our practices?
With some exceptions, SIQ evening camps will have a maximum of 12:1 players to coach ration plus we have one additional coach who supervises the whole camp.
Does Soccer IQ Academy provides scholarships?
Yes! We understand that not every family can afford our camps and are happy to provide some assistance to anyone who is need. Please contact us directly to discuss details.
What is SIQ practice cancellation/reimbursement policy?
A $50 cancellation fee will be incurred with cancellations made 14+ days before the first day of camp. If you cancel between 1-13 days before the first day of your camp, a 50% deposit for your camp will not be returned. Once a camp begins there is no refund for a cancellation or withdrawal except in the case of an injury occurred at the camp.
Should family have insurance policy for the player?
Yes, Injuries do happen in soccer and each family is required to have medical insurance for their player(s)!!
Will be there medical staff on site?
No! In case of emergency we will call 911. We are working to set up partnership with medical office which will be on call during our camps but nothing is set yet.
What is the Soccer IQ Academy EIN (Tax ID) number?
It is 85-2248336
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