First Team Football Academy

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After years of private instruction, scholarship consulting, and coaching football, in 2011 First Team Football Academy was born. The very first year 11 youth hopefuls signed up, through word of mouth FTFA has grown to be one of the largest and most effective youth camps in Northern California.

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FTFA offers private instruction, group instruction, scholarship consulting, and youth summer camps.

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Owner and operator of FTFA, James Greule, was raised in the Sacramento area. His first experience playing tackle football was as a youth and he officially hung up his cleats after trying out for the Oakland Raiders in 1999.

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FTFA Highlights

Compilation of non-contact and full contact camps, made by one of our athletes parents.

Non-Contact Camp

Highlight video of non-contact camp

Highlight Video of Full Contact Camp

Full Contact camp highlight video

Football Camps

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First Team Football Academy

James Greule, Owner & Operator of FTFA


High School: Casa Roble, 1994 graduate 2 year starter at Center and Defensive End. 2nd team all league.

Junior College: Sacramento City College 1994-1996. 1996, NJCAA All American, NJCAA Academic All American (3.8 GPA), League Defensive Player of the Year, 39 career sacks in 2 years, Team Captain, 1st Team All Nor Cal, 1st Team All State, JuCo single season sack record, rated #67 division 1 prospect in the nation by Superprep, over 35 division 1 scholarship offers to every BCS conference in the nation.

Division 1: Oregon State University 1997-1998. Awarded full ride scholarship to play in Pac 10 conference, switched position to DT/NG, played more reps at DT than any other player on team, 9 career sacks including multiple sack game against Stanford. Awarded free agent contract and attended camp with Jon Gruden who coached Oakland Raiders in 1999.


2001-2002: Casa Roble High School Varsity, Offensive and Defensive line coach, new staff took a program that had gone 1-29 the previous three seasons and led them to an 18-1-1 regular season record over 2 years including the schools first perfect regular season record of 10-0 in 2001. Coached 1 first team, 2 second team, and 2 honorable mention all city DL and OL in his 2 years. Also ran conditioning and agility program for all 3 levels of football.

2010-2017: Oak Ridge Junior Trojans, James has enjoyed coaching both of his sons for the past 8 years in the Oak Ridge Junior Trojan program both as a defensive coordinator and head coach at most every level of play.

2013: Defensive coordinator for the Sacramento Youth Conference Shrine Bowl

2017: Head coach for the Sacramento Youth Conference Shrine Bowl

2011-current: First Team Football Academy, James has been doing 1 on 1, small group training and running multiple youth camps in the Sacramento area and has worked with several varsity players who have gone on to play college ball as well as achieving all league, all city, all region, and all state honors. Several first year youth players who have attended his camp before their first year playing have gone on to make their respective teams, start, and even get team MVP awards their FIRST YEAR! Please see our parent comments section for more information about our camps and the players experiences at the camps.

2018-Current: James is currently working as the defensive line coach for American River College.



Excellent Football Camp

Thank you for the excellent football camp. Our son had been asking to play tackle football so we decided to enroll him in your camp as a low risk introduction to the game. After every day at camp, no matter how tired he was, he could not wait to go back. The FTFA staff’s instruction, activities, and mentor-ship raised his interest in football and competition to a whole new level. And he's already looking forward to going back next year.

Thanks again for a great program!
-Kirk Enney

"To The Point" Training

I wanted to thank you for working with my sons. I am pumped to let you know that Justin made the Junior Pee Wee team even though he was the smallest lineman trying out. I KNOW that your "to the point" training and technique focused teaching is why he made the team and he was able to block kids that outweigh him by 30-40 pounds backwards or at the very least to a stalemate. Thank you so much for your help and we can't wait to have Justin in your camp next year.

-Brian Cox

Wants to Go Again

This morning when I came downstairs (name withheld) was sitting on the couch in his football clothes and cleats ready to go to another day of camp. When I told him the camp was over he was very upset and wanted to know if he could go again next week. Please extend your camp to more days or more weeks next year. We will be at everyone of your events. 

-Extremely happy parent

Best Coach Ever

Coach Greule is the best coach ever! He makes me love football! He improves my skills more than any other coach.

-Luke Farr (player)

Motivated and Excited for the Season

I went into this camp for the first time having never played football in my life and was unsure if football was something I wanted to do. I was entering 7th grade. I can honestly say I came out of those two weeks motivated and excited for the season!
 -Hank Sanford (player)

Pushed Us to Be Better

#1 I loved how he always pushed us to be better every day

#2 I gained a ton of knowledge about the offensive line and the first year I played tackle, I started because I already knew what to do because of FTFA

Hudson Hannaman (player)

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