Meet Coach Michael
Coach Michael is a pro & celebrity soccer coach based in Southern California who trains players of all levels – Professional, National Team, Semi-Pro, Division 1 College, Youth, & Adult Players. He holds a UEFA B Coaching License, soon UEFA A, and has directed several soccer clubs & teams.
Coach Michael has experience with top professional teams around the world, including Bundesliga's FC Bayern Munich, MLS's DC United & Premier League's Leicester City FC – he applies his knowledge & experience onto the field and in his sessions.
Michael learns directly from leading professional soccer clubs & coaches from around the world and applies his learnings & experience to his trainings, involving technical training with the ball to improve in real life game situations.
Michael did a coaching hospitation with Bundesliga Team FC Bayern Munich in 2023, where he observed trainings of their pro & youth academy teams & participated in a coaching seminar with FC Bayern coaches about Germany's new coaching philosophy for soccer development by German Football Federation's Director Hannes Wolf.
Michael was with Premier League Team Leicester City FC in 2020, where he shadowed the club’s Head Coach Brendan Rodgers and MLS Team, DC United & their Head Coach Wayne Rooney in 2022 & 2023 (Wayne Rooney & DC United were MLS All-Star's coaching staff). Michael was also with Bundesliga Team FC Schalke 04 in 2022 where he coached their youth academy teams. He also had the opportunity to learn directly from Bundesliga Teams FC Köln & Borussia Mönchengladbach in 2022 and La Liga's FC Barcelona in 2023.
FC Bayern Munich Coaching Hospitation
Alyssa & Gisele Thompson
Michael trains professional & national team players including World Cup & U.S. National Team Players, & other National Team Players for Philippines, Armenia, Canada, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, & Mexico.
Michael trains Alyssa Thompson (NWSL's #1 draft pick in 2023 for Angel City FC, Women's World Cup player, US Women's National Team) and sister Gisele Thompson who plays for the US Youth National Team.
He served as a D1 College Coach at Iona College in New York and was the Head Coach of Premier League Player Christian Fuch's FSA Pro Team, where he helped take the club to win their first championship in the UPSL and develop their youth program. He also coached many teams and served as Director of several soccer clubs in New York.
Aside from professional players, Michael's clientele roster includes MLS & NWSL team owners, & celebrities Ziggy Marley (Bob Marley's son), Hilary Duff, & former NBA Player Al Harrington, to name a few.
Michael also trains academy players and beginners, ranging from youth development to adults.
He worked with lead actress “Whitney” from HBO Max & Time Warner Brother’s show "The Sex Lives of College Girls" produced by Award-Winning Producer & Actress Mindy Kaling, as he prepared "Whitney" as the lead soccer player.
Soccer Camps & Consulting
In addition to private soccer training, Michael hosts soccer camps across Southern California throughout the year, with players traveling from all over California & other states, celebrities, & sold-out wait lists. Learn more about Coach Michael's Camps here.
Michael consults for soccer clubs, teams, and organizations looking to improve their strategy, structure, teams & individual players. Michael has transformed clubs & teams into leaders and successful teams through performance optimization & strategy implementation.