Club History

“Live to Play!”

In the fall of 2001, Malibu residents James Whalen, David Simpson, and Frank Page split from their previous club to form the Malibu United Soccer Club in an effort to create a more organized and rewarding adult soccer experience in Malibu.

Whalen, Simpson, and Page each had experience as both player and manager, and through their ties to the athletic department of the local High School, they were all well aware of the young talent being produced by this quiet beachside community. They set out to create an organization that would provide a seemless transition for those younger players who wanted to continue their development while enjoying the benefits of playing alongside far more experienced players from throughout the world who had come to call Malibu their home.

The club did well in their inaugural year in Southern California’s Tri-Counties Soccer League. The Malibu United premier division team had such a strong showing that a first division team was added in the second year.

United continued their impressive start with a spot at the top of the league table at the end of the 2003 season. Unfortunately, the victory would be bittersweet. In October of that year, one of the club founders, Frank Page, was tragically killed in an accident on the Pacific Coast Highway. The club and the community at large all mourned the passing of a man who contributed much to the development of competitive soccer in Malibu.

With a league victory under their belt, Malibu United Soccer Club was aproached by Admiral Sportswear and offered a sponsorship agreement. The premier and first division teams were fitted for new Admiral kits, and the club received a generous monetary donation which helped to bolster the operation of the organization.

In 2004, the training grounds were moved from Malibu Bluffs park to the impeccable athletic facilities overlooking the Pacific Ocean at Malibu High School where they remain to this day. The club features several quality international players as well as many talented local players who have come up through a flourishing Malibu United youth development program.

At the completion of the 2007-2008 season, Malibu United had once again captured the championship title in their division of the Tri-Counties Soccer League.

2009 marked the ninth year of operation under managers James Whalen and David Simpson, and the clubs first full season in the Santa Monica Adult Soccer League where they continue to play today.