OUR TEAM

Our South American football style development school is run by certified, enthusiastic, and passionate coaches with a long career as high performance athletes and extensive experience in teaching and developing young athletes. 

 

The S.A.F.A. staff is distinguished by human and professional quality, commitment, discipline, passion, and joy. Their extensive knowledge of the game allows our coaches to recognize the unique needs of players, which leads them to identify and use the most effective coaching methods to help develop players' skills.  

SAFA is very professional and after having my boys in many soccer schools in Beijing before I must say that SAFA is the best one! Professional coaches and with lots of knowledge of soccer and pedagogy with the kids. That’s hard to find in China!  

- Juliana, S.A.F.A. parent - 

Armando Hernández

General Director and co-founder

Retired from professional soccer in Venezuela after playing several seasons, Armando is certified as a coach by the Venezuelan Football Federation and by the National Futsal Coaches Association (Spain). He is a graduate of Beijing Sport University with a degree in Sports Organization Administration.  

Guillermo Benavides

Communcations Coordinator and Coach

Football coach, sports journalist, and a ployglot, Guillermo has more than 10 years of professional experience in both branches of the sport. He is a great coach and also plays the role of leading the communications policy for the Academy.

Nancy Luan

Administrative Coordinator

A graduated from Beijing Sports University with the title of Sports Psychologist, Nancy has a vast experience in the sports Industry of Beijing that allows her to perform the administrative work excellently.

Gaby Rivera
Administrative Assistant

 Although his favorite sport is baseball, Gaby has a wide experience in different sports organizations, both in thev U.S. as in Beijing.

Francisco

Coach

Football Coach Level 1 certified by the Spanish Football Federation, Bruno is serving as coach and general planner of the training sessions for the Academy and has extensive experience in both football and futsal.

Vincent Molina

Coach

Futsal coach certified by the National Association of Futsal Coaches (Spain), Vincent has had a great experience as a player in this sport, representing different prestigious national teams in Venezuela.

Alex Enríquez

Coach

 As a Physical Education teacher, Alex has a great capacity to guide children in practice of any sport. He is a very creative person with great initiative that has welcomed the challenge of training and teaching his students the first steps in football.

Iván Tuchmann

Coach

Coach certified by the Valencia FC Foundation Training Centre (Spain).

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