Chula Vista Futbol Club was founded in 1982 by Jim Loughney as the Chula Vista Scorpions. The Club later came to be known as Chula Vista United when it consolidated with the club now known as Barcelona Academy. Under the leadership of Armando Saenz, the Club was known as the Chula Vista Pumas. Hugo Molina took over leadership of the Chula Vista Pumas in 2001, and grew the Club to become the largest youth soccer club in South Bay, overseeing 54 teams.
In 2012, Oscar Zamora became President of the Club, and brought in Jose Hector Diaz, who would oversee the completion of a plan to turn the Chula Vista Pumas Premier into the first Development Academy in South Bay. The club also introduced its first adult team, and Chula Vista FC became the only club to offer its youth players the chance to continue playing for the Club as adults. Chula Vista is truly a Club for life.
J. Hector Diaz would briefly serve as President for three months while the Club searched for its next President, who would oversee the Club’s rise to new heights. In 2014, Guy Boccia began his tenure as President of the Club, and retained J. Hector Diaz as Academy Director. Under his leadership, the Club reduced its total number of teams, but increased its number of highly-competitive teams.
In 2013, Chula Vista Premier FC won its first National Cup in the U19 age group. The team then traveled to Hawaii for Regionals, where it would lose to the Pateadores, whom the team had defeated in the CalSouth Championship, 0-1. The next year, the Club reached the championship game again by defeating Albion SC in the semi-finals.
In 2014, the First Team won its first Regional Championship in Salt Lake City, Utah. Ben Delgado began his tenure as the Club’s President and as President of the Youth Sports Council in the City of Chula Vista. With Ben Delgado on the Board, the Club would work closely with the City to improve fields for all sports organizations in the City of Chula Vista.
In 2015, the Club’s First Team (an adult team) reached the third round of the U.S. Open Cup by defeating FC Tucson of the PDL and Phoenix Rising of the USL 3-0 (then Arizona United). The team played the Sacramento Republic of the USL, and the score was 1-2 at half-time. In the game’s exciting second half, goals were scored by both sides, and the game would ultimately result in the Club’s 7-3 defeat by a USL team coached by Predrag "Preki" Radosavljević. After this loss, the Club remained in Sacramento to play in the Region IV Championship, in which it won the tournament. The Club then traveled to Virginia Beach, where it would be defeated in the semi-finals of the National Championship event.
In 2016, the Club became the first to be awarded membership in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.
In 2017, the Club qualified for its second U.S Open Cup in three years, and eliminated first-time participants and local rivals Albion SC. The Club faced the L.A. Wolves of the UPSL, lead by Eric Wynalda, in the Second Round of the U.S. Open Cup. In a controversial penalty kick awarded in overtime with five minutes left on the clock, the Wolves scored the goal that would determine the winner. The Club then hired UEFA PRO-licensed coach Ruben Caño as its Director of Coaching, who with J. Hector Diaz set a five-year plan to professionalize the Club.
Recently, residents of the City of Chula Vista passed Proposition P, which will bring much-needed upgrades to our fields. Fields are among the highest priorities for our youth, and they will see immediate results from this upgrade, such as new sprinkler heads and automatic field lights that turn on and off through offsite programming.
In February 2018, the Club was awarded its second age group in the Development Academy—the U13. Its First Team also captured the Adult State Cup championship, and this Team continues to cement its position as the top team in Southern California.
Chula Vista FC continues to be the Club for all—rich or poor. The Club continues to move forward and establish new trends. Chula Vista FC is the oldest and most modernized club of its kind. The Club is now led by J. Hector Diaz and Ruben Caño.