AYSO United Welcomes New Santa Clarita Director of Coaching

TORRANCE, Calif. – December 17, 2018 – The American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) and AYSO United are pleased to announce that Firmiano Ribeiro will assume the position of Director of Coaching for AYSO United Santa Clarita.

Ribeiro joins AYSO United having previously worked with the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Program at Los Angeles Premier FC in Southern California. He also spent time in the MLS as a member of the Technical Staff for the New England Revolution.

“I am excited to be part of AYSO United and especially the community of Santa Clarita,” shared Ribeiro. “There is a tremendous foundation to build upon, and I look forward to supporting the current coaches and local AYSO leadership in delivering the AYSO and AYSO United core philosophies.”


In addition to his extensive coaching background, Ribeiro enjoyed a successful playing career with Goias Esporte Clube in his native Brazil, before attending New Haven University, where he served as team captain.

“We are thrilled to have Firmiano join our team of Directors here in Southern California,” said David Thomas, AYSO United National Director. “Firmiano has both the coaching and management experience needed to support our talented coaches and the Santa Clarita community. Our commitment to this community, which is home to some of our most talented players, is paramount to the success of the AYSO United program in Southern California.”


About American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO)

Established in 1964, AYSO is a national nonprofit organization that develops and delivers quality youth soccer programs, which promote a fun, family environment based on AYSO’s Six Philosophies: Everyone Plays®, Balanced Teams, Open Registration, Positive Coaching, Good Sportsmanship, and Player Development. Today, AYSO has 1.6 million players, parents, siblings and volunteers. For more information, visit www.AYSO.org.


About AYSO United

AYSO United is AYSO’s official club program, where players are selected through a tryout. Once selected, players are guaranteed 50 percent of playing time. Players will also enjoy a more advanced play, participate in intense competition and receive cutting-edge training while still enjoying the benefits of AYSO and its Six Philosophies. AYSO United models its program under U.S. Soccer’s Zone 1 initiatives that falls directly under our “Development over Winning” approach. For more information, visit http://aysounited.org/.




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