Meet The Coaches
Coach Karim is in his 4th year as Head Coach for 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 Youth Soccer-State F 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 Nico hails from Metz, France where he was a player at a professional academy for several years. Upon completing his playing career, Nico focused his attention on coaching the youth teams where his passion for soccer began . He prides his teaching philosophies around techniques that target helping players both mentally and physically. Skills taught included: teaching methodologies, rules of the game, and physical conditioning. He Lead pre-season, in-season, and post-season training.
Soccer teaching licenses:
FFF soccer license B1, USSF National F
Field Position: Right Wing/Back