Continuing education of ANB Coaches

February 26, 2014 (RELEASE) --

Over the past few months, ANB Academy coaches participated in continuing education events to keep abreast of the latest soccer coaching techniques at the highest levels. Additionally, the conferences allow the ANB coaches to establish new networking opportunities and solidify existing relationships.

In December, 2013 the Academy Director, Bassam Naim and Marcelo Almeida participated in the annual Alliance of European Football Coaches Associations (AEFCA) Conference in Antalya, Turkey. New ideas from European soccer federations and professional clubs were presented including:

- 2013 Confederations Cup analysis and 2014 World Cup impact presented by G. Houllier (France)
- Football Coaching discussion between G. Houllier & C. Brown (Scotland)
- Southampton FC youth development philosophies
- Turkey FA coaching development
- Recent progress in eliminating match fixing by UEFA

ANB Coaches ANB Coaches with Spanish Delegation

In January, 2014 ANB Coaches attended the NSCAA Convention in Philadelphia, PA. Over a period of 4 days, the coaches attended various seminars and practical coaching sessions led by professional technicians from the United States, England, Portugal, and Croatia. The coaches returned with new ideas and learned the latest techniques of how best to coach youth players. Additionally, many relationships were formed among the 12,000 other coaches in attendance.

ANB Coach Marcelo Almeida, Academy Director, Bassam Naim and ANB Coach Bruno Riga

In 2013, many ANB Academy Futbol coaches attended higher education soccer courses and were awarded various coaching licenses:

- Roberto Sposito – Ontario Provincial B
- Bruno Riga – Ontario Pre-B
- George Pimentel – Ontario Pre-B
- Fernando Araujo – Ontario Pre-B
- Flavius Manolache – Ontario Pre-B
- Tania Pedron – OSA “Soccer for Life” (part of the CSA LTPD Coaching Pathway)
- Christina Fantozzi – OSA “Soccer for Life” (part of the CSA LTPD Coaching Pathway)
- Jeff Gonsalves – OSA “Soccer for Life” (part of the CSA LTPD Coaching Pathway)
- Nicholas Sin – USSF “Youth” License (2014)

ANB Academy Futbol expects staff coaches to attend at least one coaching event / course annually in order to maintain a high coaching level among all the various programs. The Academy continues to encourage all the coaches to pursue different soccer licenses and attend clinics which will assist in developing future soccer athletes.

ANB academy's vision is to become Canada’s leading soccer development organization. Its mission is to identify Canadian soccer talent, and to maximize the potential of players at any level, through professional coaching and training.

For more information on the programs offered by ANB academy, check out our website site at or by telephone at 905-313-8661 or via e-mail at


For Postal Mail: ANB ACADEMY FUTBOL, 23 Trish Drive, Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada L4E5C5