RESPECT - FELLOWSHIP - EFFORT
These are the core values that the Global Soccer Academy focuses on:
Respect for each other, the opponent, the game, and the equipment which are essential parts of developing as an individual.
Helping your teammates by supporting them and encouraging each other to grow as players. This creates a safe environment where mistakes are allowed in order to continue learning and improving.
Effort each time you take the field. The desire to always want to put in your best effort are life lessons that can only be taught by experiencing them during training and in the game.
Coach Karim the founder of the Global Soccer Academy. Coach Karim emphasizes each player getting the maximum touches on the ball in order to improve his/her individual skill level. Karim began playing organized soccer at 7 years old, as a youth player with Belgian Premiere league outfit, SK Bereven. He later moved on to Vrasene and the Antwerp Soccer School where he received instruction from coaches trained in the Dutch style under Johan Crujiff. He was selected for the Belgian National Selection at the U16 level. His first professional contract was with second division team Sint Niklase SK. Unfortunately injuries cut short Karim's professional career. Coach Karim holds a masters degree in English and Dutch Literature and Linguistics from the University of Antwerp and studied acting in New York until he returned to his first love, soccer. He coached several youth travel teams as a volunteer before founding the GSA.
Soccer teaching licenses include NJ YS State License, National E License, National D License, US Youth Soccer-National Youth License, NSCAA-Reading the Game,National Convention (’14-’15-’16), NSCAA-Reading the Game (Harrison, NJ ’13-‘15), System of Play (Harrison, NJ ’14 & ‘15), Level 6 Diploma , KNVB-Youth Coaching Series
Coach Dev was raised in Old Bridge, NJ where he played recreational and travel soccer for the majority of his youth. During his high school career at the Middlesex County Academy in Edison, NJ he was a founder of the Varsity team and served as captain for two years. He then went onto play intramural soccer at the University of Sciences in Philadelphia where he obtained his Doctorate in Pharmacy. There he also helped found the club soccer team. After college he went on to play adult recreational soccer in North Brunswick and Hoboken where he currently plays. He started his coaching career in 2011 where he went back to his high school and served as an assistant coach for the Varsity team for several years. Currently he serves as an assistant for the Varsity team at St. Peter’s Preparatory School in Jersey City.
Soccer teaching licenses: NJYS State License, USSF Grassroots ( online: Introduction & 4v4/ in perseon: 7v7)
Coach Jaime is 24 years old and was born in Caracas, Venezuela. He played soccer over there until he was 7 and then came to the U.S. and continued playing. Even though he has no coaching background his drive for learning is contagious and he loves the joy and energy the children bring.
Soccer Teaching License: USSF Grassroots (online: Introduction & 4v4)