Sam Matthews

Developmental Coach, Academy Coach

Coaching Experience:

  • Coaching license:English FA2 (USSF C Equivalent)
  • Years of coaching experience: 4
  • Coaching grassroots team in the UK – AFC Varndeanians, Mile Oak Wanderers
  • Holiday courses and summer camps
  • Academy coaching for Russell Martin Foundation
  • Sub-contracted coaching for EPL teams (Brighton,Chelsea & West Ham United)
  • Squads participated in international tournaments eg.Gothia Cup

Collegiate/Professional Playing Experience:

  • English county leagues (amateur)

Favorite team:

  • Liverpool


  • Soccer
  • Soccer
  • More soccer!

How do you hope to inspire your players?

Despite never making a professional playing career for myself, playing soccer and being a part of teams has had a tremendous impact on my life and undoubtably made me the person I am today. What I want most for the players I coach is for them to reap those same rewards. Soccer taught me self-discipline and self-control, it taught me how to remain composed in moments of high pressure and it has taught me how much more you can achieve when your efforts are put towards a team goal rather than individual accomplishments. I can’t think of any other area of life where children can hone these crucial skills so frequently and in a safe, controlled environment. I believe that good coaching produces good players, and a byproduct of good players is good people.

Sam Matthews