Vavá Marques

Head Coach, Sport director

I came to the United States from Brazil in 1986. I attended Foothill College and played for Foothill in 1986-87 and 1987-88, being selected Team Captain and achieving All-American status in 1988. I have enjoyed serving Foothill College and the local community for the past seventeen years.

My Story

          After playing professional soccer for a few years, I realized I wanted to go back to school to be a coach. I returned to Foothill in 1991 where I became the assistant coach of men’s soccer. The following year I was named Head Coach, a position I held for thirteen consecutive years.

          I am pleased that my coaching peers in the Coast Conference have recognized my expertise and contributions, in the past eight years nominating me Coach of the Year at least four times, and awarding me Coach of the Year twice (2001 and 2003). I am most gratified, however, acting in the role of  a counselor in the community helping and encouraging Los Altos high school kids, where I coach, and other youths in the surrounding area without a lot of opportunities, to continue their education at Foothill College and beyond.

          My Foothill teams consistently rank near the top of all Foothill College team sports in combined team GPA. The outpouring of community support for me in the last year has been very satisfying and an acknowledgment of my contri butions to the local community

          For the past six years I have been a men’s U.S. national team coach, one of approximately ten individuals in the United States currently holding coaching positions at the men’s and=2 0women’s national team level. My position as a U.S. national coach representing the United States throughout the world reflects positively upon Foothill College and is a great honor to me. As members of a national team, we are considered and expected to be goodwill ambassadors for the United States and for U.S. Soccer. When we travel abroad, we are typically invited to the U.S. Embassies to meet with the U.S. Ambassadors and staff members.         

          In December of 2004 we returned from Taipei where the U.S. Men’s Futsal National Team competed in the FIFA World Futsal Championship among the world’s soccer elite of Brazil, Argentina, Italy, and Spain. To qualify, we won a Gold Medal at CONCACAF (Central and North America) in Costa Rica earlier in the year. Furthermore, in keeping with the team philosophy and status as goodwill ambassadors, the U.S. Men’s team and staff have been recognized for their sportsmanship internationally, winning the Fair Play Award at CONCACAF and runner-up to Brazil for the Fair Play Award at the World Championships in Taipei.

          Fédération Internationale de Football Association, or FIFA, is the world governing body for international soccer. In 1994, the United States hosted the world’s biggest event, the World Cup of soccer. As FIFA Coordinator for the Brazilian Men’s National Team, I translated and assisted in all negotiations between the Brazilian delegation, FIFA and Santa Clara University, the host site for the Brazilian National Team. In addition, at the request of the Chief of Police of Santa Clara, I helped the Police Department coordinate the international media and Brazilian fans at the Santa Clara training site to maintain an orderly yet friendly environment. In addition, as FIFA Site Coordinator at Foothill College, I was the FIFA official responsible for ensuring Foothill College, as the official World Cup training site for Switzerland, Sweden and Colombia, provided a compatible training environment and fulfilled its contract obligations to FIFA. These activities took place over a period of two months. 

         As recognition of my ability to coordinate, communicate and solve complex problems in the tense high-profile environment of the 1994 World Cup, in 1999 FIFA asked me to be the official FIFA Liaison for the Brazilian Women’s National Team during the Women’s World C up held in the United States. In this capacity, I was responsible for the Brazilian Women’s National Team while the team traveled around the United States for the duration of their two-month stay. I ensured proper protocols were followed and I made all decisions related to finances, scheduling, transportation, accommodations, training sites, game coordination and I attended all FIFA official meetings as spokesperson for the Brazilian Women’s National Team.

Coaching Experience

2019/2020   Boys’. Varsity Soccer Head coach GUNN High School 

1995 – Current

> World United Futsal FC, Head Coach, San Jose, CA, Coach,

– (9) Participations at Intercontinental Futsal Men’s Club Championships playing versus Carlos Barbosa, Malwaee, Barcelona, El Pozo, Dynamo, Sporting, Inter Movistar etc.
– (10) U.S. Futsal Men’s National Champions   

2011 – Current        Stanford Soccer Club Executive Director – Creating and coordinating a club-wide player-development model from U5–U18 with collaboration of Stanford United Soccer Club professional coaching staff to ensure a seamless integration of player development between age groups/divisions based on US Soccer. Ensuring information was both age and ability appropriate for all programs and player levels. Providing feedback and assisted in efforts to continuously strengthen the current Stanford Soccer Club provided curriculum

1999 – 2016    U.S. Futsal Men’s National Team, Assistant Coach, FIFA 2004, 2008 Futsal World Championship and CONCACAF Qualifiers: Taipei, Costa Rica, Belgium, Spain, Brazil, Singapore, Russia. 

2015 – Juventus Academy U18B –  Designing, programing and executing high-level sessions for U18 Academy players

2015 – PFL Head Select Team Head Coach

2010 – Gold Pride – Women’s Professional Soccer, Assistant Coach – 2010 WPS Champion 

1994/2009 – College/Youth Club Soccer Coach Northern California: Mountain View/Los Altos Soccer Club (Boys U15-U16), Stanford Soccer Club (Boys/Girls U15-U18), Stanford University Women (Club), World United FC (Men)

2006/2007 – Holy Names University, Men’s & Women’s Head Soccer Coach,      Oakland, CA (Coach of the year fot both) 

2004 – Present  STANFORD S.C Executive Director of coaching  

1991/2004 – Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, CA, Instructor (1991-2019), Men’s Soccer Head Coach (1992-2003), Men’s and Women’s Soccer Program Coordinator (1996-2001), Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach (1991)

1999-2018/19 – Boys’ Varsity Soccer Head coach , Los Altos High School, Los Altos, CA

2004/2008 – Brazil Soccer Programs, Leader/Coach team training with Coritiba FC in Curitiba, Malwee Club (Futsal) in Jaraguá do Sul, Zico Football Centre in Rio de Janeiro 

1990/2007 – Santa Clara University Soccer Camps, Coach, Santa Clara, CA

1999/1994 – FIFA World Cup, Brazilian Women’s Team Liaison (1999), Los Gatos, CA; Brazilian Men’s Team Site Coordinator (1994), Santa Clara, CA

1993 – Pacifica Cup, Mexico, Men’s professional Champion. 

1989/1990 – Northern California Olympic Development Program, Coach

Playing Experience

1988/1990 – Milwaukee Wave, Professional Player, Indoor Soccer Team, Milwaukee, WI
1988/1989 – San Jose Earthquakes/Blackhawks, Professional Player, San Jose, CA
1986/1988 – Foothill College, Student/Player, Los Altos Hills, CA
1981/1986 – Goiania Sport Club, Brazilian Professional Soccer Club, Player


2006 – Cal-Pacific Conference Coach of the Year (Holy Names Men & Women);

US Futsal National Club Champions

(10+); CONCACAF Qualifier/FIFA Futsal World Gold Medal

(2004) – Coast Conference Coach of the Year (Foothill College 2001,2004), Community College Soccer All-American

(1988) – Under-20 Brazilian National Team Soccer Pool (1982) 

Other: Profession Player Recruiter – Women’s Japanese Professional League

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