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Victor Ireland

Victor Ireland in Leeds United Uniform in Australia Prize Giveaway Competition

article in Liverpool newspaper mentioning how Victor was scouted by Leeds United as a 17 year old

"Within the framework of the team, the individual must be free to creatively improvise and contribute"- Victor Ireland-Academy Soccer-1990


PSV Union FC coach Victor Ireland has been coaching daily at PSV Union FC since 2004. He is the father of well known PSV Union FC co-founders Gary & Simon Ireland. A third son, Ross Ireland has been a Silicon Valley youth soccer mainstay since 1990. Born in Ceveleys, England, Victor resides in San Francisco with his wife Julie and trains players daily at PSV Union FC. 

Victor has acquired a wealth of knowledge over the course of his 45 years of experience as a player and coach. His experience spans four continents in such places as Liverpool & London, UK; Prague, Czech Rep.; Dubai, UAE; Jakarta, Indonesia; Budapest, Hungary; Sydney, Australia, and Brunei, as well as throughout the U.S.A. Discovered as a player in England by Leeds United manager, later England manager, Don Revie while playing semi-professional soccer in his native Liverpool as a 17 year old he spent 2 years at Leeds United playing professionally. Victor was touted as being a future international before deciding to relocate to Australia to raise his family and play professionally. 

In 1988, Victor was initially responsible for the promotion and establishment of Coervers 'Method' in Australia (with SBSTV & NSWSF) and New Zealand with his sons Gary and Simon. 

After touring the USA coaching for Vogelsinger Soccer Academies in Santa Barbara, Wisconsin and ConnecticutI in 1989, Victor formed Academy Soccer in the San Francisco Bay Area with the aim to help improve the local coaching levels and satisfy the needs of a large pool of potentially talented, instruction starved, dynamic youth soccer players. 

In 1992 Victor formed World Soccer and was enormously successful hosting Day & Resident clinics and Youth Team Tours for youth players, both boys and girls, with Clubs, National Associations and Federations worldwide.

Victor continues to have an impact on the California soccer community. Many of the players coached by Vic have reached the highest levels in the game with many players playing high school, college and professionally.

Victor is considerd by many to argualbly be the most active and expereicned senior coached in the game today, running daily field sessions while physically demonstarting the nuances of the game to the players under his tutelage. His passion, energy are not only admired by players, parents and his fellow coaches alike but contagious and highly respected by all who have the privelidge to work with him. After each session you will find Victor stretching or exercising before he returns home in order to keep himself as physically fit as possible. 


* Organized and managed the New Zealand Boys Youth National team to play vs Tottenham Hotspurts & Walton in 1986. Arranged former England captain and World Cup winnter Bobby Charlton to speak at the New Zealand High Commision in London. 


* Possesses "Certificate of Team Management' from The English Football Association (1986). 


* Director of Coaching at USA camp for professional coaches from Olympique Lyonnais, Wimbledon FC, Liverpool FC, Sparta Prague, Spartak Moscow, Celtic, Corinthians Sao Paolo, MTK Budapest.


* Commended by FIFA for efforts on behalf of youth soccer


* Responsible for the initial promotion and establishment of the Wiel Coervers coaching 'method' in Australia (with SBSTV) and New Zealand. Assisted his sons Simon and Gary Ireland become the first coaches to bring the renowned skills training method to both Australia and New Zealand, hosted by the State and National Associations in both countries. 


* Hosted ‘Pele’ during World Cup 1994 for youth coaching clinic & content for 'Studio Pele' TV show.


* Arranged for 50+ Japanese youth players to atend World Soccer Camps featuring coaching, language lessons and sightseeing in the San Francisco Bay Area during the 1994 World Cup. Promoted & partnered with J- League team Hiroshima San Frecce & endorsed by FIFA. Leased residential facilitiy for event. 


* Holder of Czech Football Association ‘A’ Coaching License since 1992. 


Head Coach World Soccer Inc. Coached 100-200 players per week and managed 15 staff over 10 years.


* Coached at Nike/Hubert Vogelsinger in the USA at the Santa Barbara Academy and Stratford Connecticut Academies in 1990.


  • Operated one of the largest residential and day summer soccer camps in Northern California. Responsibilities included day to day camp operations, hiring and management of coaching staff, negotiating facility lease agreement, purchasing equipment, advertising sales.
  • Designed and produced a series of 30 second Public Service Television and Radio announcements (PSA's) for CBS & NBC affiliates.
  • Hosted World Cup-winning captain Bobby Moore to present the Man of the Match award for the USA vs Russia game in 1992. Personal liaison for Bobby Moore for 1 week. Coordinated half time show and 100 ball-persons for the event.
  • Matched Chevron USA Inc. sponsorship as the first organization to bring the 1994 FIFA World Cup to the Bay Area by sponsoring the 1994 World Cup Bay Area bid committee, partnering with Brad Blackman (creator of Wolfgang Puck) who became head of the FIFA World Cup 1994 Bay Area Host Committee. 


* Liverpool FC Academy Manager John Owens (lecture and on field demonstration). John Owens is now a technical auditor for Footpass for the EPL Academies. 

* Ajax Amsterdam Academy Academy Director Jan Olde Riekerink (For NorCal Premier 100+ coaches in Nth. California. Field sessions and classroom)

Christopher Sullivan (USA Mens World Cup player & former Fox Soccer commentator)             

Lorrie Fair (former UNC & USA womens national team)

Veronica Perez (former UW &  current Mexico womens national team)

Pele (chose Victors company World Soccer to film his 1994 Studio Pele segment prior to USA v Brazil)

* England World Cup Captain Bobby Moore (brought Bobby Moore to award Man Of Match award for USA v Russia match)

Zdenek Sivek, UEFT ,UEFA and Technical Director of the Czech Football FA. 

* Olympique Lyonaiis Youth Academy Director

Simon Ireland (renowned professional player & former personal assistant to Wiel Coerver)    


"Academy Soccer/Victor Ireland presents one of the most advanced and exciting youth coaching programs in my worldwide experience. As senior FIFA panel coach it is my intention to recommend FIFA recognition and support to this Academy Soccer method of instruction" Zdenek Sivek, UEFT ,UEFA and Technical Director of the Czech Football FA


In my experience as a kid the best players i.e. most revered and emulated players were dribblers or goal-scorers. Dribblers usually inside forwards 8 or 10 went on their odyssey's until they set someone up usually center forward 9 for a shot or else they lost the ball in the process. Wingers might "dribble" but only direct against a full back in order to get to the bye line in order the cross. That was the "Forward-Line". The rest of the team was the defense. Two wing halves who fed the forwards or contained the opposing inside forwards if the opponents had possession. Wing halves linked with inside forwards and or fed wingers. Full backs and center halves jobs were to simply stop their opponents. Kids gravitated to a "position" by virtue of their skill effectiveness and utility. It was a natural process. The Hungarians changed all that by showing that regardless of position if one had a higher level of skill more tactical options could be introduced. 

England 3 - Hungary 6;

Hungary 7 - England 1.

When I went to Leeds I was a Hungary style addict. I had row after row with players who criticized me for "being out of position." The only people who supported me were Syd Owen who effectively signed me and Don Revie who was still a player. Revie had already made a name as a "deep lying" center forward with West Brom and Man. City. He told me I was  thinking ahead of my teammates. After taking over as manager he got rid of most of the old guard with the exception of Jack Charlton and promoted the youth team (A) team players that went on to greatness winning the World Cup. When not in the reserves  I was captain of the A team that comprised the likes of Hunter, Reaney,  Johansson..