30 teams have won three or more CIFSS titles.
12 (tie). St. Francis – 3
The Golden Knights are 3-0 in section title games, winning it all in 1996, 2001, and 2003. All three rings came under head coach Glen Appels, who is still at the helm.
12 (tie). Alta Loma – 3
Alta Loma won titles in 1985, 1993, and 1995 with three different head coaches. They came under Peter Gunby, Sylvester Martinez, and Mike Collins, respectively.
12 (tie). Laguna Beach – 3
The Breakers won it all in 1997, 1998, and 2002 under Andy Thomas.
12 (tie). El Rancho – 3
The Dons first got on the board in 2003 with a 0-0 co-championship coming against Kennedy. They went on to win it all in 2011, lose in the 2012 finals, and win another title in 2013, with all three rings coming under Dominic Picon.
12 (tie). Royal – 3
Royal got their first championship in 1988 under Peter Schrami. They went on to win again in 1995 and 1997 under Kevin Corley. All three titles came at the highest division.
12 (tie). Diamond Bar – 3
A couple decades ago under head coach Don Garrett, the Brahmas had a brief dynasty going. They won section titles in 1987, ’88, and ’91.
12 (tie). Central Union – 3
Back when they were in the Southern Section, Central won three titles in four years in 1986, 1988, and 1989. They all came under head coach Nabil Noujaim.
12 (tie). San Clemente – 3
Under current head coach Michael Prunier, the Tritons came into last decade with no titles and finished as one of the very top soccer programs in the country. They won it all in 2011 and 2013, lost to Loyola in the finals in 2014, and won the section again in 2019. All four finals appearances came in Division 1, and at the end of their 2019 run, some ranked San Clemente as the best team in high school soccer.
12 (tie). Mountain View – 3
Not traditionally a big sports school outside of soccer, Mountain View is 3-0 in CIFSS finals games. They first got on the board under head coach Frank Raygoza Sr. in 2005, with Frank Raygoza Jr. winning division player of the year. Then they went back-to-back in 2009-10 under current co-head coaches Felipe Corona and Severo Juarez.
12 (tie). La Cañada – 3
Yet another team on this list whose heyday was the late 80’s through mid 90’s, La Cañada won it all in 1989, lost in the 1990 finals, and went back-to-back in 1995-96. Lou Bilowitz was the head coach for the whole run, a post he shared with Afshin Ghotbi for their first championship.
12 (tie). Millikan – 3
After founding the program in 1983 and leading Millikan to three championships, head coach Rod Petkovich retired this spring with a 759-145-143 record – the most wins in California prep school history. During his tenure, the Rams won it all in 1991, 2001, and 2012, with the last two titles coming in Division 1. They also won 23 Moore League titles in 27 years and never once missed the CIF playoffs.
12 (tie). Paramount – 3
Without having ever been to a section finals before, Paramount three-peated in Division 3 from 2010-2012. Rafael Villaseñor and Juan Navarro were co-head coaches during the run, and nowadays Villaseñor is still the head coach.
12 (tie). Kennedy – 3
Kennedy first won it all under Rusty Gray in 1980. Then under Tom Link they went back-to-back as co-champions in 2003-04, tying with Kennedy and Garey, respectively.
12 (tie). Bell Gardens – 3
Under head coach Orlando Brenes, Bell Gardens won championships in 1984, 1991, and 1994.
12 (tie). Bellflower – 3
The Buccaneers have become a real soccer power in the past five years or so under Brad Norman. They won their first ever title in 2015, another in 2017, and now a third last season, making them 3-0 all-time in the finals.
12 (tie). La Salle – 3
La Salle got on the board by going back-to-back in 1983-84 under George Taylor. They won another championship in 1996 under Rick San Martin.
12 (tie). El Toro – 3
The Chargers have three rings coming from three different coaches. They won it all in 1990 under Carlos Arce, 2009 under Ken Sjoborn, and 2017 in Division 1 under Shawn Watts.
12 (tie). Woodbridge – 3
Woodbridge won section titles in 1995, 1999, and 2003, all coming under Jon Szczuka.
12 (tie). South (Torrance) – 3
Under head coach Roger Bryant, South was one of the very first CIFSS boys soccer powerhouses. Between their first finals appearance in 1969 and their championship in 1984, they amassed three titles and eight total appearances in division title games. Their first two championships in 1970 and 1974 came when there was only one division, and their last one came in the highest division out of four.
Since then the Spartans haven’t gotten back on top, but they did make it back to finals games in 2013 and 2016.
7 (tie). West (Torrance) – 4
When head coach Mike Eaton was at the helm, West was one of just a couple programs that could lay claim to having the first boys soccer dynasty in CIFSS history.
The Warriors won it all in 1973 when there was only one division, and again in 1978 and 1980 in Division 4-A when that was the top division. Finally they won it all again in 1987 as Division 4 co-champs with Mater Dei, with Eaton and Russ DeFord acting as co-head coaches.
7 (tie). Palos Verdes – 4
The Sea Kings have twice gone back-to-back as division champions. They won 4-A in 1989-90 under Alan King, and won co-championships in 2006-07 under Bruce Myhre.
7 (tie). Dunn – 4
Dunn is 4-0 all-time in title games, and currently in the midst of a dynasty. The Earwigs first got on the board in 2006 under Carlos Ortiz. They’ve gone on to win championships in 2015, 2017, and 2020 under Mike Geriak.
7 (tie). Desert Mirage – 4
Like Dunn, Desert Mirage is also 4-0 all-time in the finals and in midst of a dynasty. They won their first title in 2008 under Jorge A. Chavez, and won again in 2012 under Chavez. The Rams also won it all in 2016 and 2018 under current head coach Peter Zamora.
7 (tie). Esperanza – 4
The Aztecs won their first championship in 1986 under John Coppage. After a couple finals losses in ensuing seasons, Esperanza got back on top in 1993 under Kino Oaxaca, lost again in the finals in 1994, and won another chip in 1996. They lost again in the championship game in 2000 before winning a third title under Oaxaca in 2004 at the Division 1 level.
3 (tie). Peninsula (formerly Rolling Hills) – 5
Back before what we know as Peninsula was renamed Peninsula, Rolling Hills High school had one of the first soccer dynasties in the section. Back when Division 4 was the top division, they won 4-A titles in 1979 under Roland Cesarini, 1981 under Joe Molchan, and 1984 under Dick Barkuis.
Later on as Peninsula, the Panthers won it all in 1996 under Alan Roger King in Division 1 once Division 1 had become the top division. They won another title in 2008 under Francisco Diaz, making them one of only teams that’s 5-0 or better all-time in division title games.
3 (tie). Salesian – 5
The first ever Southern Section soccer champion, Salesian won the 1964 under Dr. Rudy Bertagnolli title back before there were divisions. They also made it to the 1968 finals and lost in overtime before a 36-year absence from CIFSS title games. Then the Mustangs got back on top in 2004, 2007, 2009, and 2010 under Mark Johnson, with Moises Delgado claiming co-head coach credits in their last title run.
3 (tie). Mater Dei – 5
Mater Dei first broke through in 1987 under Curt Bauer as the Division 4 co-champion alongside West. Then they went on to win four titles under Martin Stringer, coming in 1994, 1997, 2000, and 2001. At that point, they were only the second team in history to go five for five in division championship games, although that demarkation went away when they lost in the finals the next season.
3 (tie). Loyola – 5
Loyola’s first finals appearance and title came in 1998 under Carlos Leon in Division 1 once Division 1 had become the top division. They’ve also won it all in 2005, 2007, 2014, and 2016 under current head coach Chris Walter.
2. Santa Barbara – 7
From 1975-1977 under Manuel Garcia, Santa Barbara became the first team ever to three-peat, a feat that has only been matched twice since then. They were also the first team to even win three titles period, and that was back when there was only one division.
The Dons got back on top in 1995 under Rudy Ybarra, and have gone on to win three more under current head coach Tod Heil in 2001, 2010, and 2018. The last of those came in Division 1.
1. Santa Margarita – 8
The Eagles didn’t make it to a division finals until they won their first title in 1993, but here they stand with multiple records to their name as the winningest boys soccer program in Southern Section history.
When Santa Margarita made it back to the finals in 1997, only one team had ever three-peated – and only one other program has done so since then besides the Eagles. Not only SM win it all in ’97, ’98, and ’99, but they made it four in a row in 2000, making the only four-peat in section history.
But they didn’t stop there. Santa Margarita three-peated again from 2006-08, and they did so at the Division 1 level. That gives them the most titles in section history with eight, the only four-peat, and half (two out of four) of the section’s three-peats.
Perhaps their most remarkable feat is that those were their only eight finals appearances, which means they are 8-0 all-time in title games. With only one other program owning even a 5-0 history in finals games, that’s a record that could stand indefinitely.
Lastly, all of this success came under one head coach, Curt Bauer, who is far and away the winningest coach in Southern Section history. His eight titles with SM puts him drastically far out ahead of the pack, and he won a title with Mater Dei in 1987 before joining the Eagles, giving him nine all-time.
Other programs that have won championships:
Corona del Mar
La Quinta (La Quinta)
La Quinta (Westminster)
Long Beach Poly
Long Beach Wilson
Redlands East Valley
San Gabriel Mission
San Luis Obispo
Santa Ana Valley
Santiago (Garden Grove)
Valley Christian (Cerritos)