Born: Montevideo, Uruguay
Lives: St. Catharines, Ontario
Position: Attacking Midfielder

About Me:

My name is Ivan and I grew up playing soccer in Montevideo, Uruguay and love the sport more each day. When I was 11, I started playing traditional South American street soccer, training regularly and playing for my school’s futsal team. After four years of training and competing in the Youth A division futsal league, my coach encouraged me to try out for an outdoor soccer team. At age 15, my efforts were rewarded and I became part of Racing F.C. Youth Academy, one of the Uruguayan first division academy teams. After a year in the academy, an opportunity came up allowing me to play in a higher age group at a new club called Villa Teresa. At this time I was 17 years old and playing on the U-19 team, and I had the chance to play against full international players including Sebastian Coates, from Liverpool F.C., and Nicolas Lodeiro, from S.C. Corinthians in Brazil. At age 18, I moved to Canada and continued to coach, train and play with local teams in the Niagara region. My future goals include developing similar programs to those I grew up with in Uruguay and being dominant in the growth of soccer in Canada.

Coaching Philosophy:

Being a successful player takes hard work and dedication to the sport, but even more so it takes heart. Although learning the fundamentals and disciplined practice are central to achieving goals, I believe that teaching to play with passion for the game is key. My love of soccer is evident in coaching strategies and translates into a motivational and fun training experience.

Coaching Experience:

Over 7 years of coaching experience in various leagues and schools including:

  • Concord Soccer U16 Boys Travel Team
  • Three time Concord Soccer U15 House League Champions (2012-2014)
  • St. Catharines Jets Women’s League
  • Futsal Recreational Trainer (U4-U12)
  • Niagara District Secondary School Assistant Coach
  • Uruguay Bethesda School Assistant Futsal Coordinator

Playing Experience:

  • 2014 Concord OSL South Region
  • 2013 Concord OSL Premier, Roma Reserves and Roma CSL
  • 2012 Concord OSL South Region Champions
  • 2011 Roma Reserves 2nd Place, St. Catharines Spanish League Champion and Niagara College varsity team
  • 2010 Boca Juniors youth squad training, Roma Reserves (Canada)
  • 2007-2009 Villa Teresa F.C. 4th Division (Uruguay U18/19) and debut in the Men’s first team Villa Teresa
  • 2005-2006 Racing F.C. U16/17 Academy, Futsal Academy Bella Vista F.C. and Pepsi beach soccer tournament in Brazil
  • 1999-2004 Bethesda School Futsal team and Bella Vista F.C. Futsal academy

Awards, Achievements & Certifications:

  • CanFitPro Personal Training Specialist – Certified 2014
  • OSA Certification for Learn How to Play & Soccer for Life
  • CPR C + AED – Certified 2014
  • 2013 Golden Boot – Indoor Tournament at Ridley College
  • 2012 MVP for Concord OSL
  • 2012 Rookie of the Year Niagara College
  • 2005 Golden Boot – Futsal League with Bella Vista
  • 2002/2003 MVP – Futsal League with Bella Vista