About Me
My Personal Soccer Story

Every kid around the world who plays soccer wants to be Pele. I have a great responsibility to show them not just how to be like a soccer player, but how to be like a man.” - Pele

Thanks for visiting kids-play-soccer.com.This site came to fruition through my passion and livelihood of teaching soccer. Seriously, that is what I do for a living! I teach and create awesome opportunities for kids to play soccer. If you would like to visit my soccer development program website click here. I have been teaching/coaching soccer to kids as young as three years old for more than 15  years. I hold a Professional/International coaching license through the Argentine Soccer Federation/ ATFA.

My soccer story begins in Bolivia, South America where I was born. I come from a soccer family with professional soccer roots.

My family decided to emigrate to USA when I was about three. Therefore, most of my youth I played rec & club soccer in the Northern Bay Area of California. When I was ten I had the most incredible experience of moving back to Bolivia and living there totally immersing myself in the culture and school system. More amazing, the soccer system and culture. I didn't want to come back but of course my families plans for progress and a better future brought us back to California.

I came back a better player and more in love with soccer then you can imagine! Soccer was now a way of life and my life was coupled with soccer for the rest of my life. When I came back from Bolivia I continued playing in high level club teems and made varsity Freshmen year in high school at an A-Division school. There was something wrong, I felt. The game was not the same and kids I played soccer with as a youth had stopped playing. The most athletic continued to play to dominate based on athleticism but skill was lacking. Tactics was the name of the game and creating horses on the filed to make continues runs was the method of choice. I was a late bloomer in terms of height and body so for me this system of play quickly took me victim at the college level. The game there was very different than the soccer I fell in love with in the futsal courts and dirt fields of Bolivia.

Long story short I have had the great experience of being exposed to two systems of soccer at the youth level that are very different. The difference has always haunted me and I new young that I wanted to dedicate my life to growing the passion for soccer in this country. Exposure to plain fun soccer in the USA is far and few between. Especially for the recreational player. The biggest mistake a lot of soccer enthusiasts and self proclaimed gurus make is they go straight to the competitive players. Our soccer nation future does not rely on the elite club players. It heavily relies on the biggest pool of participation and that is the recreational players and families. Soccer is for everyone not just the most athletic. Once we change this (and the way we develop the recreational player) we will change the soccer culture and grow as a soccer nation.

I hope you enjoy what I have to share on this site. It is a product of 12+ years of experience teaching and selling soccer to the American family not just for the sport but for the art and beautiful game it is. Everything here has come from experience and trial and error. My mission is to to change the platform in which soccer is taught and developed here in my region of the states. 

-Alvaro Luis Arevalo Join me on Linkedin