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"The mission of our club is the long term development of each player - both as an athlete and as a person - and we believe that the right teachers, a focused training environment, and a family-like collaboration within the club is a big part of nurturing that development. A work in progress as always ... but truly rewarding to see a child succeed with the right guidance and hard work" Carine Ireland
Having played professionally with Liverpool FC ladies team in England, Carine has also excelled in other aspects of her career. A graduate of Stanford University with a BA in Human Biology focusing on human health & performance, Carine also holds an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Carine played on the Stanford University women’s soccer team freshman year as a walk-on and has played on a WPSL (Women's Premier Soccer League) teams SF Nighthawks and a brief spell with the Bay Area Breeze. An outstanding player herself, Carine also plays with and against the older players at PSV who are playing High School with some college bound, providing an excellent example both as a player and through her high level demonstrations. As a youth player, Carine was selected to the Northern California State team pool and was a Region IV (western regional US) camp attendee. She was a 4-year varsity player and co-captain at Gunn High School in the San Francisco Bay Area.
After graduating from Stanford University, Carine played for Liverpool FC Ladies team in England in 2002 as one of the few foreign players in England league.
She played in the WPSL from '04-'05 for the SF Nighthawks and Union FC, competing in the National Women's Cup Final in Las Vegas in 2005. Carine played in the top local women's league in the San Francisco Bay Area- SVSA, winning the Silicon Valley 1st Division league in 2011. She also played on the Bay Area Breeze, a professional team playing in the semi-pro WPSL league.
While studying at Stanford, Carine devoted substantial time to coaching youth soccer players working with World Soccer Inc. as an apprentice coach, an administrative assistant and camp counselor. During this time Carine trained many State and Regional level players who have since gone onto playing at the highest collegiate levels and internationally in World Cup and Olympic events. She helped prepare Mexican National Team player Veronica Perez train for the 2011 Women's World Cup while Veronica was assisting as a coach at PSV and is currently preparing players to play at some of the top Universities in the country as well as USA National Youth teams. Under Carine's tutelage numerous players have found success at the collegiate and international level.
Carine co-founded PSV Union Football Club in December 2003 and became Operations Manager where she was responsible for the managing the master club schedule, coaching schedules, team administration, registration and club equipment. She is considered to be one of the finest women's professional coaches in the country, enjoying much success developing players into State, Regional and National teams as well as college. She currently also helps guide and place players in colleges. In 2006 Carine was a coach/instructor at the Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy at St. Mary's College.
Carine's favorite players are: Zidane, Messi, Xavi, Iniesta, Pirlo, Gerrard, Davids, Scholes and her favorite teams are; Liverpool, Barcelona, Spain 2008-2010, AC Milan, France '98
Carine has managed every team at PSV Union over the last 10 years. During this time she has arranged accommodation, tournament applications, player applications/passes, meals, travel for over 120 tournaments. Carine also has arranged over 3,500 matches both home and away for the entire club and scheduled over 14,000 practices for coaches, players and families as well as managed facility coordination for the entire club. Carine also coordinates the Small Group Trainings, Camps and additional holiday trainings. She has a wealth of experience managing soccer related events around the world.
* Tommy Sermanni- Former USA & Australia Womens National Team coach and current Canadian Womens National Team asst. coach
* Liverpool FC Academy Manager John Owens (former Lecture and on field demonstration)
* Fiorentina FC (identification for NorCal PDP. 4 California State Pool teams)
* PSV Eindhoven & FC Porto’s technical coach Pepijn Linders (on behalf of NorCal Premier League)
* Ajax Amsterdam Academy Academy Director Jan Olde Riekerink (For NorCal Premier 100+ coaches in Nth. California. Field sessions and classroom)
* NorCal Premier State Player Development Program (for 100 U12-U14 Girls & Boys)
* NorCal State PDP (for Id2 selection for 4 State Team age groups)
* US Soccer Federation National team identification playdate. (2011)
* Hugo Perez (USA former World Cup player. USA U15 National Team coach and USA U20 asst. coach)
* Christopher Sullivan (USA Mens World Cup player & Current Fox Soccer presenter)
* Simon Ireland (renowned professional player & former personal assistant to Wiel Coerver)
* Julie Foudy (former USA Womens national team. Visited training sessions and appeared as speaker at Stanford University)
* Lorrie Fair (former UNC & USA womens national team)
* Veronica Perez (former UW, Mexico womens national team & Washington Spirit Pro Soccer)
* Anson Dorrance and UNC staff and players clinic
* Chris Ducar- (Assistant coach UNC Women’s Team)
* USC, USF, St Mary’s, Chicago head coaches.
"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.
"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
"Carine possesses all the qualities in a top class coach. She is incredibly knowledgeable, wants her players to develop into great players, and manages in a very professional manner. Carine cares about her players and if you show her that you are willing to put the work in, there is nothing she will not do to help you progress and meet your goals. When I was training for the world cup she would train with me on the field every morning and then we would do it again in the afternoon with the club. You don't tend to find a coach who is able to demonstrate what they are teaching (correctly and at game speed) and work harder than you at practice. But I would say that best asset about her as a coach is how passionate she is about the game and how great she is as a player. She is one of the greatest players I have ever had the privilege to play with". Veronica Perez. Mexico Womens World Cup player and former University of Washington All Star."
"Our daughter Amanda and son Jason have played with PSV Union for a combined dozen years so far. They love playing for PSV Union and have grown tremendously from their experiences with the club. PSV Union is an terrific club for players who love the game and want to develop to their maximum potential. Gary, Carine, and the rest of the coaching team are motivated by developing great players – it is easy to understand this when you see their enthusiasm for great play and energy for teaching. They have tremendous passion for soccer and are the best we have ever seen in developing players. Their focus is on long term player skill development and knowledge of the game and not on short term winning. This approach definitely pays off. Carine plays a vital role in many ways on and off the field. Of course, she is an incredible trainer and coach. She is also a fierce competitor who is a superb role model. But, beyond that she has a tremendous understanding of the psychological aspects of each player’s development. We are continually impressed by her keen insights into how they can improve as soccer players both technically and mentally while at the same time building up their confidence. Finally, she does an outstanding job coordinating schedules and communicating, both of which are critical to the club’s operations. In short, she does a lot of everything and all superbly well"! Michelle & Jim Shorin
Carine Ireland played for Liverpool FC Womens Team in 2003/2004- See her in a team photo at Anfield
Carine playing for World Soccer Select team vs Wolves Womens Ladies
Early morning training in Palo Alto, California. PSV Union Girls DOC Carine Ireland preparing PSV Union FC 95G players Annie Kingman prior to her USA U18 Tryouts in Florida along with former PSV Union player & current PSV Union staff coach Veronica Perez, also preparing for her Mexico Women's National team camp after returning from a pro season with Western New York Flash