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Youth Girls Mar 26, 2021

San Diego Surf appoints Andrés Deza as Girls Technical Director

San Diego Surf has selected Andrés Deza as the club’s new Girls Technical Director.

Deza’s appointment is part of Surf’s commitment to a fresh three-year plan, which includes an increased investment in its goal of creating the premier youth development environment for girls in the U.S.

For many years, the Surf curriculum has been focused on preparing girls for the U.S. National Team and top college soccer. However, the women’s game is changing globally, and Surf is seeking to evolve with the sport’s worldwide growth.

Deza is uniquely positioned for Surf’s role with experience coaching at the U.S. U-17 National Team level, winning two National Championships (DA and ECNL), and producing 28+ National Team and YNT players.  While Deza’s primary focus will be on Surf’s Girls ECNL program, Surf will be implementing his training methodology across the entire girls’ program, U8-U19.

“The global women’s game is changing rapidly, and countries around the world are doubling their investments in development. It’s our responsibility to transform our program to service the professional aspirations of our young players,” said Surf Director of Coaching Josh Henderson. “Deza is the right leader for this 3 Year Plan, and we’re excited to have him as part of the Surf Team.“

Surf’s three-year plan includes an updated development curriculum focused on meeting the global game’s technical and knowledge requirements, unique development partnerships with top youth clubs in the U.S. and overseas, and a girls’ residency program in San Diego.

Surf embarked on a similar process with their boys program in the past five years, and is now regarded as the top-ranked non-MLS youth program in the U.S.

Deza stated: “The main motivation for me joining Surf is to contribute to the history of this relevant Club with the shaping of a an unparalleled training environment in San Diego, that helps transform girl’s soccer in the U.S. and lives up to its brand, its facilities, and its players. Certainly, the weather and the beaches did not hurt in this decision. I want to thank Josh Henderson and the entire Board of Directors at Surf Sports for the confidence they have deposited in me.”

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