We came to PSV Union for the unparalleled soccer training but quickly learned that the Club offers much more. Gary and Carine Ireland and the other Club coaches are the ultimate inspiration for the players. The coaches are always fully participating in exercises and scrimmages, demonstrating techniques and providing detailed feedback. They have exceptional high standards, and hold themselves and the players accountable on and off of the field. The Ireland's sincere interest in every player's individual development, health, academics and college aspirations makes the Club feel like family. Our oldest daughter, Sophia, started with Union at the age of 13. After playing with one of the most successful teams in the country for almost 6 years, Sophia worked out with the Irelands and after one training session immediately realized that their players possessed special skills. In less than one year with the Club, the PSV coaches transformed her game and commitment to training. The training provided at PSV is targeted to each player’s strengths and weaknesses – it’s not one size fits all. Lastly, we can’t say enough about Carine and the balance she provides for the coaching staff. As parent of 4 kids training with the Club, Carine is a wonderful role model – both as a player and person. Carine works tirelessly for the players and challenges every player to improve their game and focus - but she is also very compassionate and will help players in any way she can, including taking a parent-like interest in injuries and helping players rehab. Club soccer is an intense commitment where children spend a great deal of time with their coaches – we feel there is no one we would trust more than the Irelands and the other PSV Union coaches. Cisco and Gwen Villalta
"Our daughter Dana has been playing soccer from a very early age. Throughout her soccer career she has played for several teams and has trained with a variety of coaches. A few years ago Dana became more involved with soccer and we wanted to ensure she trained in the very best environment. We evaluated a few options and selected PSV Union, managed by Carine and Gary Ireland. Looking back, we could not have hoped for anyone better than Carine to be such an important part of Dana’s life. Carine contributes to and influences Dana far beyond soccer. Carine coaches with great passion, dedication, discipline and inspiration and was able to motivate Dana like no other coach and to instill her passion for soccer. Carine is a role model and inspires Dana to work hard and to do the very best she can not only on the soccer field but with everything else she does as well. Carine taught Dana various aspects of soccer and played a significant role in bringing Dana to the next level of play and to open her college opportunities. Carine has high expectations and is an amazing coach for players that would like to take the challenge and are willing to work hard to improve. We are grateful for everything Carine has given Dana and we have no doubt any player, no matter his or her level will greatly benefit from the valuable qualities that Carine possesses as a coach and mentor." Yolanda and Gadi Schwartz, February 2012.
"Victor and his three sons Simon, Gary and Ross, provided training for my daughters since they were 12 years old. Over the years they not only helped improve my daughters' technical skills, the staff also taught them the strategy of the game. Being great players themselves, the staff always teaches by example. There is a special place in my heart for this family. They gave emotional support for my children during a very difficult time in their lives. They were generous in volunteering their time as well in training a number of Bay Area youths that later became accomplished players in their respective collegiate careers. Thank you for what you have done." May Fair - mother of WUSA & U.S. Women's National Team and former UNC NCAA Champion Lorrie Fair and Ronnie Fair, former Stanford WUSA National Team player.
"World Soccer's staff has supported my daughter in many ways. The most important is reinforcing the respect, values and work ethic that we as parents try to instill in our children. The technical skill taught in training have molded her into the player she is. The respect, values and work ethic are what will mold her life. Lastly: Your reputation created the opportunity for my daughter to attend Colorado College on scholarship...For all these gifts I am eternally grateful." Mark Ginanni - father of Christie Ginanni. former Colorado College, NCAA Div. 1.
"My son has been to Europe and England with the Irelands' for the past three years ! The experiences have been invaluable. World Soccer's ability to work with young men and motivate them on the field is excellent. Also, the technical training at World Soccer is simply the best...every player should find the time to work with these guys."Vivian Mackintosh - mother of Clark Mackintosh. former California North State player and college player
"Carine mentored the girls, played on the field with them, built up their confidence and speed of play. Carine brought in the available expertise over time…when the girls were physically and emotionally ready. Soon they were all out there playing together, Carine, Gary and frequent guest national and international players. Carine was/is a great coach to my daughter. She understands how to engage the girls in the process of becoming a player in every way. Not just on the field/games, but also in fostering independent play/training, creating fans of the professional sport (EPL etc.), and linking soccer success to academic success with college goals in mind. Through Carine’s contacts we have had a steady flow of interest from colleges throughout the country. My daughter is only a sophomore, but we are very confident that through Carine’s help she will have many college options going forward. And through Carine’s influence it is clear that my daughter will remain engaged in the sport in college and beyond; not for the potential scholarships and awards, but simply because Carine has taught her to love the game". Jim Kingman. Parent of PSV Union 94G player Annie Kingman. USA U15 National team invitee. USSF. National Training Centers
"We now encourage all of our teams to include a week of World Soccer (Gary Ireland camps) as part of their preparation for fall season." Dan Lewis - Founder and Former President of Stanford Soccer Club
"Carine has been our daughter Ashley's coach for 8 years. Carine is such an outstanding role model on and off the field and we are amazed by her passion, dedication and great organizational skills. Ashley is so lucky to have Carine as a coach and mentor as she continues to grow as both a player and person. Ashley joined the team when she was ten as a recreational player, now she is a competitive athlete trying to improve her skills each day. I know Ashley will go to college with confidence, mental strength and a good attitude. Carine cares so thoroughly about Ashley, sometimes in more detail than we as parents, and she has the capability to bring out the best in a player. The passion, determination, and pushing oneself through hardship that Carine instilled in Ashley enables her to play in one of the top girls teams in the state. Carine is truly an amazing coach and a great mentor. We strongly recommend her to anyone who is seeking to become both a high-level player and mature, confident young adult" George Zhao.