San Francisco, CA- SFEA families, meet former player and current University of San Francisco Women's Soccer Player Fatima Waldo. Fatima is one of the many success stories to have come out of SFEA.
Fatima's family roots are from Puebla, Mexico but have made South San Francisco home since her birth in 2003. Fatima is proud to be from South San Francisco, stating that she may have grown up differently than a typical City kid but she loved her childhood. She grew up on a small street with a great view of the famous South San Francisco sign and was always seen kicking the soccer ball around the neighborhood.
Fatima first came to SFEA in 2019, leaving her previous club San Bruno Lowen 83FC. She states that it was, "a great decision to make the move since college recruitment was coming soon." Fatima and her family were made part of the SFEA family immediately. Fatima says, "I had a great experience at SFEA and was able to meet amazing coaches and further my skills which prepared [me] for the new journey that was ahead."
Fatima is one of the 70+ players that are now playing at the collegiate level post club play at SFEA. She says playing for University San Francisco was one of the easiest decisions she has had to make. Since she played at Negoesco Stadium for her club team, playing for the University of San Francisco feels like home.
Family is an essential part of Fatima's life. She credits her parents for the club switch and her success thus far in being recruited to a D1 program. "I wouldn't be the person or player I am today without them."
University of San Francisco Women's coaches were thrilled to recruit their former player. Assistant Coach Pinder Nijjar states, "Fatima has been an unbelievable asset to this team so far this season. She has come into the squad and has adjusted very well to the NCAA Division I college level. We are so excited to see what Fatima can achieve as a Don in the future."
"In so many ways Fatima's story embodies so many of our values: Respect, excellence, perseverance, community & collaboration. Fatima is realizing her opportunities through her own self driven hard work, dedication to her sport, perseverance through injury & she will achieve excellence due in part because of the self confidence the game has given her." said Joe Dugan, President & Executive Director at SFEA.
Fatima is proud of her roots and is celebrating Hispanic Heritage month with her family by getting together on the weekends for family dinners and playing some family pick-up soccer games when she is not traveling with the team. "I am proud of where my family comes from and I am thrilled to continue to represent my culture through the game of soccer."
When asked what she would say to young Latina girls who want to play collegiate soccer like her, Fatima says “Always work hard and strive to be better every day since I have learned that hard work always pays off."
SAN FRANCISCO, CA. September 17th, 2021—San Francisco Elite Academy hires former youth player as new Girls Coach. Bianca Coad, former SFEA player and University of San Francisco Women's Soccer Captain joins our Coaching Staff of talented and diverse professionals.
When asked about her thoughts and emotions on being a Coach for the club she grew up playing for, Coach Bianca said, “I am so excited to be coaching with SF Elite this season! As a Coach I am looking for players who are dedicated to their own personal development, excited to deepen their knowledge of the game, and who have an undeniable love for soccer. As an Alumni of the club it is so awesome to see how much the club has grown and I am looking forward to helping the club continue to develop and produce high class players.”
Coach Bianca Coad brings unique experience to the club by playing at the D1 college level at University of San Francisco, something our players may aspire to do in the future. She will be an overall mentor for the teams she works with.
Join us in welcoming Coach Bianca Coad, we are thrilled to have you Coach Bianca and are inspired by your passion to give back to the next generation.
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About the San Francisco Elite Academy (SFEA)
The San Francisco Elite Academy (SFEA) is the top college placement youth soccer program in San Francisco, in just six years we have over 70 former players now competing in college soccer. We are developing the next generation of players to the highest standards, ensuring they receive the necessary training and support to successfully represent San Francisco at the highest level of play, our community, and our country. Please visit sfea.org to learn more.
“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair. "
The San Francisco Elite Academy is pleased to announce that Chancelor (Chance) Daniel, has accepted the role of Chief Diversity Officer for our club. In this newly created role, Chance will focus on developing and leading staff education on anti-racism awareness, implementing a process for reporting and addressing any instance of racism and continue to focus on increasing diversity across SFEA.
SFEA is committed to ensuring that soccer in San Francisco is accessible to players of all backgrounds and diversity and that our coaches and staff are as diverse as the city we live in.
To learn more about Chance and the Chief Diversity Role click here
SAN FRANCISCO (June 29th, 2020) - San Francisco Elite Academy is excited to announce that they have entered into a strategic partnership with the Hawai’i Soccer Academy, located in the Aloha State. The Hawai’i Soccer Academy is the elite soccer program in the state, raising the bar in the Hawaii soccer community.
This partnership will enable boys and girls from the Hawai’i Soccer Academy to play with the San Francisco Elite Academy teams in both Showcase Events and league games, allowing for additional exposure to top profession scouts, national team scouts as well as college coaches.
San Francisco Elite Academy is a member of the newly formed Major League Soccer (MLS) Youth Development league, the top boy’s platform in the country as well as a founding member of the recently launched Girls Academy League.
The clubs have agreed to help further establish Hawai’i Soccer Academy’s vision to provide opportunities outside of the Hawaiian Islands, and with this cooperative business relationship, it will enhance the ability to be even more efficient in the promotion of Hawaii’s soccer players.
“Providing a pathway for the kids from Hawai’i is a huge priority of ours, and this wonderful opportunity was something we couldn’t be more excited about,” mentioned James Escobar Sasiadek, President, Hawai'i Soccer Academy. “I have known Joe Dugan, the Founder of S.F. Elite, since early 2015 when we both attended a U.S. Coaching Course together at S.F. State. He and his exceptional staff have built the top club in San Francisco, and have become one of the most recognized clubs in the country. Joe and I have always talked about working together to help Hawai’i kids gain more opportunities and pathways to professional and college teams, and with their clubs recent acceptance to the boys MLS league, and girls GA league, in addition to his clubs outstanding college pathways, we both agreed now was the time to make the dream a reality.”
Tom Atencio, Director of Player Development for the San Francisco Elite Academy said “I see great value in joining forces with the Hawai’i Academy as it will help both clubs in terms of player and team development, which has always been a focus and a core value here at S.F. Elite. We are in talks to collaborate on tournaments both in San Francisco and Hawai’i, which would certainly benefit both clubs. Despite the obvious paradise location that an H.S.A. tournament would provide, being able to build a top class tournament that could potentially draw in teams from across the country, and even internationally is something we are excited about.”
**About Hawai'i Soccer Academy**
Hawai’i Soccer Academy, located on the island of Oahu, serves nearly 300 athletes across the state, and currently has 22 competitive teams, ranging from 2003 to 2014 born, both boys and girls. In addition to a highly recognized youth academy, the club has produced numerous top teams, ODP National, Regional, and State players, USYS State Cup Champions, National Soccer Showcase Champions, and will graduate its first class of college recruits in 2021.
One of the fastest growing clubs in the Hawaiian Islands, their dedicated staff of Nationally Licensed coaches help promote the game thru an organized, structured, and age appropriate soccer curriculum for its members.
Hawaii Soccer Academy, continues to work tirelessly to provide opportunities within the state, and has now built professional pathways, university and college pathways, and career guidance for all of the H.S.A. athletes, outside of the islands.
The Academy is presently in the works to provide top facilities for their athletes to train island wide, with eyes on planning and organizing a future tournament to showcase the talent and quality within the Hawaiian Islands.
San Francisco has been sheltering in place since mid-March, and although players and teams are no longer training outdoors together, the training and learning has never stopped for the San Francisco Elite Academy (SFEA).
The SFEA coaches quickly adapted their training sessions to meet the needs of their respective teams. Sebastian Carrasco, Lead Coach for Athletic Development, holds regular workout sessions via zoom across multiple teams, helping the players find new ways to stay fit. While most coaches are utilizing video conferencing to meet with their teams, other coaches such as Chris Flanagan are using alternative means to engage their teams. Coach Chris, who is concerned about his players screen time during the shelter in place, created an alternative way for his players to engage as a team. “I chose to use an asynchronous learning model where my team would be given weekly prompts and then share their work publicly. I built a website, to support this concept. I made it a place to offer them direction, encouragement and links; and, importantly, a place to see and share and celebrate their work as well as the work of their teammates.”
While physical training is important during the shelter-in-place order, the SFEA coaches and staff are utilizing guest speakers to improve the players Soccer IQ. Topics include: the college pathway, playing professionally and internationally and mental health. Guest speakers include Welsh international player and Seattle OL Reign player, Jess Fishlock, MBE, Jonathan Orozco, Oakland Roots SC (NISA), David Abidor, Oakland Roots SC (NISA), John Pulskamp, Sporting FC, Marlon Vargas, Seattle Sounders, Katie Duong, University of Minnesota, U20 US National Team, and Camila Bodden, Carnegie Mellon, and Brian Baxter, Sports Psychology, Amplify Sports.
The SFEA players are actively engaged in their weekly training sessions. Coach Tom Atencio, Director of Player Development, has empowered his players to drive their engagement. The 2004, 2005, 2006 girls team have worked together to build and understand the global soccer path for women, learning what it takes to play soccer throughout the world. Additionally these players have spent sessions providing feedback to their teammates, on their strengths, weaknesses and potential. Coach Ricky Gutierrez has players from his 3 teams make presentations in front of their peers explaining “Team Tactical Principles”, giving the players a chance to practice speaking in front of their peers. Players are also using social media to demonstrate their skills by participating in the #StayAtHome challenge.
Coach Jeff Wilson, has held sessions with the older players, 2005 and above, to work on their college profiles and to understand the college recruitment process. And it is not all about the players, coaches Bobby Quinlan & Jim Millinder have both held video calls with parents, to check in on them, provide updates and give them an opportunity to socialize with other parents.
Coach Chance Daniel sums it up well, “Not being able to play games or even practice together is a huge bummer, but I have been really impressed with our players commitment to
development and the pursuit of excellence. Their energy/love for the game and their club mates has been nothing short of amazing. “
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