Nick Arzani’s coaching profession began on the heels of a serious injury that ended a promising playing career in Argentina. Holding a deep passion for the beautiful game, he continued his connection to football by coaching youth players and inspiring their love of the game. Coach Arzani obtained his coaching license in Argentina, equivalent to the USSF “A” license, and coached youth teams alongside former Boca Juniors professional player Roberto Pasucci. There, he developed players in the youth divisions for several famous clubs like Club Social Parque, Boca Jrs and Club Deportivo Italiano that have a long tradition of producing international stars.
Coach Arzani moved to the U.S. in 2001 and planted his roots in Northern Virginia with the formation of Arzani Soccer Academy in 2005. The Academy is built around the “Argentine Touch,” training focused on developing individual technical skill, creativity and fundamentals on the ball. The Academy also seeks to foster the self-motivation of players, a quality crucial for long-term development and success.
Through his Arzani Soccer Academy, Coach Arzani has taken players at an early age and nurtured their football fundamentals. While the Academy’s philosophy is individual skill development and passion for the game, it ultimately produces greater team success. Coach Arzani’s teams have rapidly progressed, with several among the area’s top teams and currently has 3 teams in NCSL Division I.
Of his role as a coach, he says: “I believe if children enjoy playing soccer, the individual or team success will take care of itself. I don’t want to run a boot camp. I want to bring out the players’ love of the game and guide their self-motivation. In the process, they’ll feel good about themselves and build better self-confidence, and will push to play and continue improving. If I can achieve this as a coach, I know I’m doing my job.”
Coach Arzani believes that football can connect children from different cultures and backgrounds. He earnestly promotes exchange programs and has taken teams from the U.S. to Argentina to train in Boca Junior’s youth clinics. His connection with children also lends him to volunteer as a mentor for various children’s charities in Northern Virginia and in Argentina.
Coach Arzani currently works or is associated with the following coaches and organizations:
- Ramon Maddoni , Boca Junior’s Youth Director responsible for developing many international stars such as Carlos Tevez, Riquelme and Gago
- Dion Lafourcade, Dion Lafourcade Academy in Trinidad and Tobago
- Roy Soule, F.C. United Manchester Assistant Manager
- Soccer Brazilian Way
- World Class Soccer