Girls Leading Girls

Developing Strong Female Leaders through Mentorship and Training


SF Sol is a nonprofit Girls Competitive Soccer Club that focuses on women coaching girls in soccer.  While the ranks of lady coaches at the top is well known, Pia Sundhage and Jill Ellis for the U.S. Women’s Team, we think there is opportunity for more women to coach younger girls.  We’re building a system of training, motivation, team governance, and game strategy that fits the needs and differences of girls. “Girls leading Girls” demonstrates the need for female leaders on the field, on the coaching staff, and in the world.

1. Girls are different.  From how they’re encouraged, to how they train, to how we work to prevent their injuries, Girls ARE different.  Our programs cater to the unique needs of girls to help them thrive.

2. Girls learn better from Girls.  We have nothing against men or dads coaching young women, but we believe that Girl role models can relate to what they’re going through as young women and as growing athletes.

3. Coaches matter.  A lot.  They are the back-bone of our organization so we work hard to train them, retain them, and treat them as the professionals they are. From starting as Junior Coaches to Assistant Coaches to Head Coaches and Trainers.

4. The Player-Coach relationship matters.  While not always possible, we strive to keep the same coach and assistant coach with our girls from year to year.  Sure change is necessary sometimes, but we’ll do our best to keep coaches and teams together.  If a coach does leave, and we can promote an assistant to head coach – we’ll count that as a big win.

5. Well Managed Teams Rock. Team Manager, though a volunteer Parent, is very, very important.  When they get it right kids show up on time, in the right place, the team feels like a community, and the coaches focus on coaching.  So we work with Team Managers, “train” them, meet with them regularly, communicate efficiently so that everyone wins.

Meet the Coaches

Brianna Russell, Head Coach

Brianna Russell, known by many girls and many of you, as ‘Coach Bre’ has been coaching soccer for the last seven years. She has coached with various teams from Recreational to Travel in San Francisco ages 8-16 years old. She played collegiate soccer at Sacramento State University on the NCAA Division I Women’s team. While in the Peace Corps, Bre started the first Women’s regional soccer team in the country of Vanuatu, the women were ages 15-22. The team played in four National tournaments taking 3rd, 2nd, and 1st placements. She currently holds her USSF Coaching “E” license and just completed the NSCAA National Diploma. She is also an active member of the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) and still plays co-ed soccer.

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Shannon Burns, Head Coach

Shannon is a lifelong soccer player, and has found a space even more rewarding than on the field- on the sidelines as a coach. Sports and teams have been a central, motivating force and support system for Shannon over the years, so she has made it her mission to provide team based youth development for the next generation to learn life skills and healthy habits in the same vein. Shannon has coached inner-city youth teams in Oakland, West Contra Costa, and San Francisco for 10 years. She holds her USSF "E" coaching license and is currently the Program Manager for Girls Leading Girls.

Sari Lin, Head Coach & Goalie Trainer

Sari Lin began her soccer career when she was six years old with the Sereno Soccer Club in Phoenix, AZ. She won the first of seven State Championships at age 11. For many years, her ’90 Sereno Golden Eagles were ranked nationally in the Top 10. 

Sari was recruited to play at Belmont University, a D1 school in Nashville Tenn.  As a Freshman, she led her Bruins to its first NCAA appearance after leading her team in the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament by dominating two shoot-out finishes in the semi finals and finals. She also received Tournament MVP honors. 

Allie Tao, Head Coach

Allie's soccer career started across the Bay with the Mustang Soccer Club. There she helped them win three state titles and one Surf Cup Championship. She continued playing at Pomona College and was named League MVP her senior year. Allie now players with the Lamorinda Club women's soccer team. She is excited to share her joy and passion for soccer with the next generation of competitive female players. 

Kendra Sato, Strength & Injury Prevention Specialist Trainer

A South Bay native, Kendra found her passion for sports and fitness at a young age. Kendra played soccer for 11 years on various competitive club teams throughout her youth, she received 1st Team and Co-Defensive MVP honors during her high school career, and contributed to the De Anza College Women's 4th place ranking in the state in 2007. At the end of her freshmen year at De Anza, Kendra suffered a season-ending ankle injury. Kendra focuses on injury reduction through proper movement, strength and conditioning, and SAQ training.

Dana Betterly, Head Coach

Dana is originally from Southern California where she found her love for soccer at an early age. She began playing soccer when she was four years old, continuing all the way up into her college years. Dana believes that when coaches take the right approach to learning we end up with positive results. She believes soccer is an effective platform for teaching young women important and useful life skills. Dana intends to promote a positive sense of community amongst her players, as well as hopes to be a role model for her players by fostering a strong work ethic and passion for soccer in her players.

Natalie Macias, Head Coach

Natalie played for the San Francisco State University women's collegiate team. After college, she continued coaching High School in Southern California. Then she joined the US Peace Corps and served in Belize, where she coached a local high school team and played for a women's team. Currently, she is finishing her Masters degree in Behavioral Health at USF. She hopes to use physical activity and athletics as a tool to each young girls how to be strong, independent women in pursuing their goals and dreams. 

Zuzka Czerw, Assistant Coach

Zuzka Czerw has been playing soccer for eleven years and coaching for two. She plays on the local SF Elite state gold team and at the varsity level at Sacred Heart Cathedral. She wants to spread her love for soccer and hopes to be a role model for young girls. 

Alexa Garrett, Head Coach

Alexa grew up playing competitive soccer for Mill Valley and Marin FC; she also played for Tam High's Varsity team all four years and helped the team win league, playoff, and North Coast Section titles in 2008. She began working as an assistant coach for various soccer camps when she was 13. Although taking time off from soccer to pursue studies and travel to South America, her passion for soccer continues and she is excited to pass it on to a new generation of girls. Alexa holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from UC Davis.

Dahlia Hernandez, Head Coach

Dahlia Hernandez is native to the Bay Area, born and raised in Sonoma County.  She began playing soccer when she was 5 and at the age of 13 her club team placed 3rd in the state, and then took the championship the following year. She is currently a Senior at USF studying Kinesiology and Health Sciences. In the future she hopes to work in a children's hospital as a physical rehabilitation therapist. She has also been a member of the USF Women's Club Soccer team since her freshman year.  Last winter she had her first experience coaching while volunteering in Peru with the Real Madrid Soccer Foundation where she played with and taught the at risk children how to grow and develop a healthy community through the game of soccer. 

Maria Molano, Assistant Coach

Maria was born in Neiva, Colombia. She plays for the Golstar Soccer Club and for The Women’s Colombian Soccer National Team, with whom she participated at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Azerbaijan. She is currently studying Animation and Vfx at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and plays on the Academy of Art University women’s soccer team.

Junior Coaches Program

As part of our mission to train female coaches and provide female role models for our players, the Junior Coaches (JC) program is designed to train and mentor High School students. If you are interested in becoming a Junior Coach email us and we will send you an application. The commitment is one practice a week and monthly leadership workshops. The program length is for one season working with the same team during that time. This is a great opportunity for High School students to gain theoretical training and practical use of their skills that can all be credited towards community service hours.

“Sharing my love of soccer with other kids is really fun. I think I try to be a good example to others and show how working hard is important.”

- Julia Humphreys

“As a player, instructing the younger girls on what to do and not do helps me in my own game because I am making mental notes to make sure that I am doing those things too. Teaching them the skills helps me too because I relearn them better. As a person it feels good to help people. It has definitely helped me with my leadership skills and has given me more confidence in groups.”

- Allison Philips, 8th Grade Student

Fall 2016 Teams

Click the links below to go to the Team Website and login.

2002 Comp Team

2003 Comp Team

2004 Comp Team

2005 Comp Team

6th Grade Rec Team

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4th Grade Rec Team

2006 Comp Team

5th Grade Rec Team

3rd Grade Rec Team

2007 Comp Team

4th Grade Rec Team

3rd Grade Rec Team

Training Program

The SF Sol coaching philosophy is to inspire young women to grow through sports while learning the value of discipline, teamwork, and effort. Most coaches say its not all about winning and that skill development is their motto. We agree with this however, additionally our goal is to teach life skills, keep girls in the game, and build up their confidence on and off the field. We are not “win at all costs” coaches, instead it is important for children to understand life’s lessons and to learn from their mistakes in a safe and honest environment.

*Club Tryouts for the Fall season are held in January. If you are interested in trying out for one of our Prep Competitive teams, please contact us to schedule a practice drop in date.

SF Sol’s year long skill development training will be based on the ODP (Olympic Development Program) curriculum. The Club will also provide Specialized Clinics during the season that offer a small group of players time to work with one trainer on specific skill sets in order to get targeted training development. Players will be placed into the rotation with various drills based on need. There is no additional cost for this and will give players customized training to help them improve.

Specialized trainings cover areas in: goal keeping, injury prevention techniques for girls specifically (especially for the knee’s), and fitness agility.

Practices will be two times a week for 1.5 hours for Prep teams, the locations will be in San Francisco. Games will be once a week on the weekends with the opportunity to compete in one or two tournaments per season. For Rec teams, practices will be once a week and games once a week as well.

This is a competitive club in which players are expected to take trainings and games seriously in order to improve their skills. Of course they need to have fun doing it but each player needs to display respect and effort at every game and practice. Players are expected to attend 90% of the games and practices. Playing time in games will be based on effort, results of trainings, attitude, and game dynamics.

Fall season club tuition is due by July 15th, Spring season club tuition is due by January 15th, Summer season club tuition is due by April 15th. All payments are non-refundable. Costs per player cover club expenses (insurance, equipment, etc.) in addition to coaching hours. 

Please visit the San Francisco Youth Soccer website for more information about the league and the Rec & Park website for more information about fields/rainouts.


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