We are a company based in the United States. International Soccer Concepts was founded by Ricardo Guerra, a professional with vast experience with the game.
Ricardo was the exercise physiologist for Olympique de Marseille during the 2015–2016 season, during which they reached the final of the Coupe de France. Among other leagues in Europe, he has worked in Portugal and Spain. In addition, he has tested several teams in South America and Africa and has served as the exercise physiologist for the Egyptian and Qatari national soccer teams.
Ricardo has been a lifelong student of the science, sociology, and psychology of the game, holding not only a master’s degree in exercise physiology from Liverpool John Moores University, a pioneer in researching the science of soccer, but also two coaching licenses, the UEFA B license—one of the two highest soccer-coaching licenses in the world—and the International Coaching License from the English FA. He has also studied various pedagogical methods in order to determine the most effective ways to improve young players’ skills. Ricardo has written extensively about the game, and his articles have appeared in national newspapers and magazines in more than five different languages.
Our philosophy has been influenced by many different thinkers. In our classes, we synthesize the Dutch, Brazilian, Argentinian, French, and Spanish soccer traditions, and the Coerver Method is fundamental to our teaching philosophy.
We are a lean, compact, and robust family-owned company. We believe that our tight-knit nature—and everything that flows from it—is our biggest strength, allowing us to maintain the high quality of our services.
Whereas bigger franchises and corporations tend to follow a one-size-fits-all approach, our size allows us to offer high-level, specialized boutique services. We offer a limited number of events yearly, ensuring that every one of them will live up to our high standards. Furthermore, while it is unlikely that larger companies will be able to staff their venues with elite coaches and players, at our programs and camps, we employ coaches who possess the highest licenses in the world and bring some of the greatest soccer players past and present to coach or demonstrate various technical and tactical aspects of the game.
Our family-owned spirit also leads us to give back to the community. At each of our camps, we offer a number of spaces for participants who cannot afford the cost of admission. On top of that, we also donate a certain percentage of our profits to charity.
The purpose of the board is to systematically review our services. All services offered by our company are continuously checked, critiqued, and perfected whenever the board determines there’s a need.
Remco Boere possesses the highest coaching license in the world (UEFA “A”) from the renowned Dutch Football Association. In his younger years, Coach Remco played for 10 professional clubs in 4 different European countries, including the Netherlands, Portugal, Belgium, and Greece. Some of the teams he has played for include AA Gent, Excelsior, Vitesse, Ado den Haag, Iraklis, and Gil Vicente. He has held several head coaching positions in the professional and youth categories and has coached worldwide, in Europe (Sweden, and the Netherlands), Middle East, North Africa, and Asia. As a professional coach, he has participated in clinics all over the world covering multiple topics pertaining to the beautiful game. Moreover, he is an expert in youth and overall player development and has extensive experience implementing the Coerver method, recognized as the gold standard in youth coaching. He is fluent in Dutch, English, German, and Swedish.
Dan PfaffDan Pfaff is a world-renowned track and field coach, exercise scientist, and pedagogical expert. He has consulted for a number of professional teams in the NFL, MLB, NHL, MLS, NBA, European Leagues, and Winter Olympics programs, as well as for support staff and individual athletes. Dan’s career is marked by a watershed moment in the history of the Olympic games, when he coached Canadian sprinter Donovan Bailey to the gold medal and a new world record in the 100 meters in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. He has tutored 53 Olympians (including 10 medalists), 58 World Championship competitors (including 11 medalists), 5 world-record holders, and 57 national-record holders, including two Paralympic gold medalists and two Paralympic world record holders. As a coach, he has served on five Olympic Games staffs in five countries and ten World Championships staffs in six countries. He has also coached 29 NCAA individual national champions and 150 All-Americans and has been a lead staff member on teams that have won 17 NCAA national team championships (15 women’s, 2 men’s). In addition, he has been appointed Coaching Education Curriculum Chair for both the United States Track and Field Coaches Education Schools and the NACAC Caribbean Basin Project. Finally, as an educator, Dan has been published in over 20 countries and has given lectures in 37 countries.
Professor Christian Thompson
Christian is an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of San Francisco, an affiliate researcher in neurology at UCSF Medical Center, and the owner of Thompson Fitness Solutions, LLC. He has published scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Translational Journal of the ACSM, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, and Journal of Applied Research. Christian’s professional service includes sitting on the advisory board of the Medical Fitness Education Foundation and the Functional Aging Institute, and serving as editor for the Translational Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine. In the past, he has provided professional service for the American College of Sports Medicine. Christian is a featured author of training courses hosted by PTontheNet, the Medical Fitness Network, and the PTA Global certification program. He has also developed educational content for IDEA, the National Academy of Sports Medicine, TRX Training, and the American College of Sports Medicine and has written for numerous industry publications such as the ACSM Health Fitness Journal, IDEA Fitness Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, Cleveland Clinic Health Newsletter, Arthritis Advisor, and GOLF Magazine. Currently, Christian is engaged in numerous research projects investigating exercise programs for fall prevention in older adults. Some of these projects include the Brain Body Trainer (neuroscape.ucsf.edu) and Always Active (www.alwaysactive.org). These efforts resulted in Christian receiving the Outstanding Young Researcher Award from the Council on Aging and Adult Development in 2009 and have provided numerous research opportunities for undergraduate students at USF.