INTERNATIONAL COACHING SYMPOSIUM
Alberto Moríñigo Díaz
Head of Football,
Real Madrid Club de Futbol Academy
Alberto Moríñigo Díaz is the Head of Football for the Real Madrid C.F. Youth Academy, La Fábrica, with over 20 years at the club. He started as a footballer for Real Madrid C.F. at age 9 and played for the club throughout his entire playing career. During his time as a player at Real Madrid, he received an education and training based on discipline, perseverance, hard work, respect, and companionship.
Since 2010, Coach Moríñigo has worked in the management of the Real Madrid C.F. Youth System and currently is the Technical Director for La Fábrica. He is directly involved in the formation of elite players, the academy’s methodology, the selection process of the technical team, and the organization of the daily activities for all the youth categories.
In addition to the football player development side, Coach Moríñigo is involved on the business side at La Fábrica as well. He formulates the calendar of events for every team, oversees the staff for all the teams, oversees and formulates the budget, and has assisted in the planning and development for the construction of the Real Madrid Sports City.
During his time at Real Madrid C.F., Coach Moríñigo has been directly involved in the development of the following players; Álvaro Arbeloa (Real Madrid C.F, National Team of Spain; 2010 FIFA World Cup Champion and 2012 UEFA European Champion), Juan Mata (Manchester United, National Team of Spain; 2010 FIFA World Cup Champion and 2012 UEFA European Champion), Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid CF, National Team of Spain) Álvaro Marata (Juventus, National Team of Spain), Juanfran (formerly with Atlético de Madrid, 2012 UEFA European Champion), Jose Callejón (Napoli, National Team of Spain), Esteban Granero (Getafe), the list goes on an on.
Technical Advisor, West Ham United
The Florida Soccer School is extremely excited to present Alan Irvine, the Technical Advisor to Manager David Moyes at West Ham United, of the English Premier League.
Since their arrival in 2019, Manager David Moyes and Assistant Manager Alan Irvine transformed West Ham United into one of the best clubs in the English Premier League. In the 2021-2022 campaign, West Ham United finished 6th while progressing to the Semi-Finals of the Europa League where they fell to eventual champions Eintracht Frankfurt.
Coach Irvine is widely regarded as one of the finest coaches in the English game, and is a hugely respected figure that is admired by players and his coaching peers around the world. He comes to us with years of experience coaching some of the best players in the world, in arguably the best league in the world, the English Premier League.
After a successful playing career with Queen’s Park, Crystal Palace, Dundee United, Blackburn Rovers, and winning an FA Cup with Everton, he moved into coaching. Early on in his coaching career, Coach Irvine was Academy Director of Newcastle United and shortly after became First Team Manager.
He then moved to Goodison Park where he took a senior role alongside Coach Moyes at Everton, in the English Premier League.
After two successful stints managing in the Championship with Preston North End and Sheffield Wednesday, he took over at West Bromwich Albion, his first managerial position in the EPL. He later went on to manage English Premier League team Norwich City, before rejoining Coach Moyes, this time at West Ham United.
At West Ham United, their coaching partnership has been very successful and exceeded expectations. In the 2021-2022 campaign, West Ham United again finished 6th in the Premier League (only two points behind 4th place Chelsea and ahead of Arsenal and Tottenham), qualifying for the UEFA Europa League.
Coach Irvine is a UEFA PRO Instructor for the English FA where he regularly provides insight into game analysis and match preparation. Additionally, he has spent time working as an advisor for the English FA, representing the federation around the world.
The Florida Soccer School is honored to have Coach Alan Irvine as a distinguished guest and we are excited to have him share his experiences and expertise on game analysis and match preparation at the 2022 International Coaching Symposium.
Ekkono, Soccer Services Barcelona
The Florida Soccer School is proud to announce Miquel Farrerons, the founder of the Ekonno Training Method and Soccer Services Barcelona, will be presenting at the 2022 International Coaching Symposium.
The Ekkono Method is a football training method used by more than 40 professional clubs and football federations all over the world. Ekonno also works directly with professional players to improve decision making, daily performance, and helps players maximize their own identity.
Since 2003, thousands of players, coaches, and football organizations have benefited from Ekkono Method's know-how. Some of the most relevant profiles of clubs, federations and players are below:
Players - Christian Pulisic (Chelsea FC)
Vero Boquete (AS Milan)
Clubs - Paris Saint Germain (France)
FC Barcelona (Spain)
C. F. Pachuca (Mexico)
Federations - Japan Football Association
In addition to their work with players, clubs, and federations, Ekkono has one of the leading coaching education platforms in Europe. The Ekkono Coaches Academy is an online coaching education platform that provides coaches with valuable content, live seminars, video analysis and more. More info: www.soccerservices.net
We are extremely excited Miquel Farrerons has decided to join us and provide an in depth look into the Ekkono Method.
Real Madrid C.F. Academy
Real Madrid C.F. is one of the most widely supported and successful clubs in the world and one of the three founding members of La Liga that has never been relegated from the top division, since its inception in 1929. The club has had unparalleled success winning a record 34 La Liga titles, a record 13 UEFA Champions League titles, a record 7 International Club World Championships, the Copa del Rey 19 times, and the Supercopa de España 12 times.
Real Madrid Club de Futbol is one of the most prestigious and decorated clubs in the world. In December of 2000, Real Madrid C.F. was recognized by FIFA as the “Club of the 20th Century” and the club also received the FIFA “Centennial Order of Merit” in May of 2004, the highest honor awarded by FIFA.
La Fábrica "The Factory"
La Fábrica (“The Factory”) is the name given to Real Madrid’s pro academy. Considered one of the best player development centers in the world, La Fábrica has produced a number of players that have contributed to Real Madrid’s sustained sporting success, such as Iker Casillas, Raul González, and Dani Carvajal, and Achráf Hakimi.
1st Assistant Coach
United States Senior Men's National Team
Luchi Gonzalez, a Florida native, is currently an assistant coach for the United States Senior Men’s National Team. Coach Gonzalez joined the team during the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers and will serve as assistant to Coach Gregg Berhalter for the United States at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
Coach Gonzalez began his coaching career at Kendall Soccer Club and Gulliver High School, both in Miami, while also teaching full time. In 2012, he left Miami to join FC Dallas as an academy coach. While in the academy, he won two National Championships in a row and a few years after, was promoted to academy director. In 2019, Coach Gonzalez was promoted again, this time to FC Dallas First Team Head Coach in Major League Soccer (MLS).
In his first two years at FC Dallas, Coach Gonzalez made back to back MLS Cup playoffs, fielding one of the youngest teams in the league. Coach Gonzalez quickly became known for promoting younger players and went on to set the franchise record for the most academy homegrown players to be sold overseas. His list includes the likes of Weston McKinney, Reggie Cannon, Bryan Reynolds, and most recently, Ricardo Pepi.
Prior to his coaching career, Luchi Gonzalez played for the US U-17 National Team and was a member of the US Team that competed in the 1997 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Egypt. He went on to play at SMU where he won the NCAA Herman Trophy and was later inducted into SMU Hall of Fame. He also played professionally in the MLS, Sweden, Peru, and in the United Soccer League.
Luchi Gonzalez is the brother of Kristian Gonzalez, Director of Sales at Capelli Sport. As a Florida native, it will be really special to have Luchi Gonzalez share his knowledge, information and experiences as he went from a club coach in Florida, to the MLS, and now the Senior US National Team.
We are honored to have Luchi Gonzalez as a distinguished guest at our 2022 International Coaching Symposium.
Orlando City B Head Coach & Academy Director
Marcelo Neveleff is the the Orlando City B Head Coach and Orlando City's Academy Director. Coach Neveleff is responsible for overseeing the Club's development pyramid while serving at the helm for its United Soccer League (USL) League One side.
Neveleff joined the Club in May of 2019 from the New England Revolution, where he had served as the first team assistant coach since 2017. During his time in New England, Neveleff worked with U.S. Soccer as both a Technical Advisor for the Boys’ Development Academy and as an Assistant for the U-20 Men’s National Team.
In 2017, he was part of a staff that helped lead the U-20s to win the CONCACAF U-20 Championship. In 2018 he helped coach the US U-20 Men’s National Team that won the CONCACAF tournament and reached the quarterfinals of U-20 FIFA World Cup in Poland.
"Coach Neveleff brings a wealth of knowledge and experiences coaching at the highest level in and out of the United States. He has a great deal of experiences working with MLS Clubs and also their Pro Youth Academies. We are honored to have Marecelo Neveleff as a distinguished guest and look forward to seeing him share his knowledge and experiences at our 2022 International Coaching Symposium." - Fred Dikranian, International Coaching Symposium Executive Director.
Cris da Silva
Capelli Sport USA, Technical Director
The Florida Soccer School is proud to present Cristian da Silva the Technical Director for Capelli Sport USA, former Assistant Coach for the United States U-15 and U-17 Youth National Teams, and professional scout for the United States Soccer Federation (USSF).
Coach da Silva is considered an expert in the scouting field and has spent the past two years as the Technical Director for Capelli Sport USA where he is responsible for the talent identification in the US market, supporting Capelli Sports partners with their technical needs, the organization and operation of Capelli Sport IDC Centers, as well as identifying players for HB Koge and MSV Duisburg.
Additionally, Coach da Silva was the USSF Talent ID Manager for the East Region. In his position, he was responsible for working closely with United States Youth National Team coaches on their positional needs and scouting for the United States U-14 through U-20 Youth National Teams. As a scouting expert, he was also responsible for managing and educating a network of over 30 scouts in the east region, the organization of the network of east region scouts, and for teaching the United States Soccer Federation Talent ID Scouting License. Prior to his scouting role with the United States, Coach da Silva also served as a Technical Adviser for US Soccer.
Prior to his role with Capelli Sport and his professional scouting role with US Soccer, Coach da Silva also served as an Assistant Coach for the United States U-15 and U-17 Youth National Teams. As an assistant he competed in multiple CONCACAF World Cup Qualification tournaments with both the U-15 and U-17 national teams.
Coach da Silva’s scouting expertise extends well prior to his time working for Capelli Sport and US Soccer. From 2009 to 2015, Coach da Silva was the Director of Scouting for the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer (MLS). As Director of Scouting, he was responsible for player recruitment both domestically and internationally, working with the NY Red Bull sporting director, academy director and NY Red Bull head coach to assess team personnel needs and overseeing all aspects of the NY Red Bull scouting department. Tyler Adams (US National Team), Matt Miazga (Sold to Chelsea FC), and Tim Ream (US National Team) are a few of the players that Coach da Silva was responsible for scouting and recruiting to the NY Red Bull first team.
Coach Cristian da Silva brings a wealth of knowledge, information and experiences in the field of scouting and football. The Florida Soccer School is extremely excited for Coach da Silva to join us as a distinguished guest and have him share his scouting expertise at this year’s International Coaching Symposium.