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Arturo Tafolla


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I have played soccer almost all of my life. I started playing since I was a young boy in the streets of Mexico. I continued playing all through my high school years, and then played throughout my young adult life in the San Francisco Semi-Professional Soccer League. I have continued playing throughout the different age groups soccer leagues, U-50, U-60, and still continue to play now.

I got into coaching when my oldest son was 6 years old and he wanted to play soccer. The team needed a volunteer coach, so I volunteered, and that was over 30 years ago. I have since then coached countless boys and girls teams. I love soccer and try to instill my passion for the game to the players that I coach. I want to teach my players to have a never quit attitude at practice and at play. To play as a team, that when they quit, they don’t just quit on themselves, but also their teammates.

I enjoyed coaching so much; I decided to pursue getting my coaching license, first my “C” license and in June 2002 I received my “B” National Coaching License. I was also involved for two years as an evaluator for the state Olympic Development Program. I was also the coach for the team of San Francisco Park and Recreation Soccer in the streets Program, which traveled to New York City to compete in the National Youth Games, and we won the championship. In 2002 I was honored to receive the CYSA District 1 Boys Coach of the year award. My greatest joy is still, just showing up at a practice and coaching!