Estudantez AZ Clube Do Futebol: Club Coaches

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Oscar R. Guardado - Club President

Coach Oscar brings more than 20 years of competitive and semi-professional soccer experience, he is no stranger to club and professional soccer. Having played at a high level of competition, including show-cases and tournaments both domestic and international, coach Oscar began his professional soccer career in 1988 within his native country of El Salvador. After 3 years at this post, he moved back to Los Angeles and played semi-professionally until 2006.

Moving to Arizona in 2006, coach Oscar quickly began working within the San Tan Valley area to assist and mentor those local clubs he became a part of. With the support of the Johnson Ranch Community, he has brought Estudantez AZ Soccer Club to the East Valley. It is his goal to train and motivate those players that have the "X" factor into performing at the next level. His plan has always been to change the mentality of those who love the sport so much, into thinking and looking at it more as "Soccer Is Not Just A Sport!!! It Is A Form Of Art" 

Oscar currently holds a State "E" and "D" Coaching Certification from AYSA (Arizona Youth Soccer Association) approved by the State Of Arizona and the USSF (United States Soccer Federation). A National "D" Coaching License Sanction by FIFA (Federation Internationale Football Association). A Qualified Soccer Trainer Diploma from CSCA (California Soccer Coaches Association). Member of the CSPPA (California Semi-Pro Players Association). An Arizona Certified Coaching Diploma Approved by NFHS (National Federation of State High School Association).


Manny "Profe" Arias - Club Director of Coaching

Coach Manny played in the first division professional league (1971 - 1983) in his
native country of  El Salvador and semi-professionally here in the United States (1983 - 1997). Having the opportunity to play at professional levels at such an early age and for such an extended time, has given him the ability to understand the game at the highest levels. His experience as a player has given him insight and the ability to train players and coaches to a superior stage of understanding and playing of the game.

From a professional coaching standpoint, Manny has been involved with the United Soccer League Division 3 team Arizona Saguaros and the Women’s United Soccer Association Division 2 Arizona Heatwave,  As he is doing now, Coach Manny has been the driving force in establishing and running many of Arizona’s club teams, including  Chivas USA, Atlas FC Academy, Barcelona FC and
Estudantez AZ Clube Do Futebol.  His current head coaching position is for his local high school boys varsity soccer team, Poston Butte High School and the NPSL’s Phoenix Monsoon.  

Manny holds an USSF “A” License, a NSCAA National Youth License, is a member of AEFES and holds a NSCAA Goalkeeping Diploma.  He is also an instructor for the Arizona Youth Soccer Association.