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 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 theneeds and differences of girls. “Girls leading Girls” demonstrates the need for female leaders on the field, on the coaching staff, and in the world.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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 plans to obtain her “D” license soon. She is also an active member of the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) and still plays co-ed soccer.
Annicia played four years at San Francisco State University while earning a B.S in Kinesiology and minor in Recreation. She broke two school records while also winning the school’s first CCAA Championship. She is currently training youth and college level players, to develop proper goalkeeper technique. In her spare time she likes going out doors to camp and hike
Lindsay Kauffman has been coaching girls ages 5-18 in the Bay Area for 15 years. She was the assistant coach for the gold medal winning 2013 USA Maccabi women’s team, and has been head coach for Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep HS, Lowell HS, Bay HS, and Vikings Club. She is committed to helping girls fall in love with the game of soccer; encouraging them to be strong, healthy, and confident. Lindsay has also studied elementary education and cultural and social anthropology focusing her work and research on women’s and girls empowerment and human rights.
Breeze Curran comes to GLG with over 30 years of playing, coaching and business experience in soccer. She attended Santa Clara University, where she played for the women’s soccer program freshman year and completed her BS in Anthropology with a special focus on women’s body image issues in modern American culture. She later completed her MBA in marketing at the University of Phoenix. Breeze began developing her coaching skills and experience in college as a staff coach at various division I college camps, Tony DiCicco’s Soccer Plus camps, and back home for her youth club in Alaska. Her professional experience has included launching several Bay Area based start-up companies, including the San Jose CyberRays of the WUSA and other businesses devoted to developing young people and connecting them with educational and professional opportunities
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
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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.
SF Sol’s year long skill development training will be based on the ODP (Olympic Development Program) curriculum. The Club will also provide Friday Clinics during the season that offer a 1:3 training ratio in which 3 players at a time will work with one trainer on specific skill sets in order to get targeted training development. Players will be put into the rotation each week with various drills based on need. There is no additional cost for this and will give them some customized training to help them improve.
Monthly specialized trainings will be incorporated into the season’s practices to 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. One practice will be at a turf location and the other at a regular grass field location to give players various conditions to learn from.
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 can 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.