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      Pure Futbol Soccer Academy's goal is to provide South Florida with a proper venue for players to experience soccer training at a Professional Level. Pure Futbol Soccer Academy understands that in travel soccer, as well as in recreational leagues, players individual skills and technique might not develop as quickly as desired due to a team format environment; where a coach must train the whole team rather than the individual. This is where Pure Futbol Soccer Academy strives to excel, working alongside teams in order to solely help the players individual development, in providing additional training with the ultimate goal in advancing the player skillfully, physically and mentally.

Rafael Ferreiro (Co-Founder/President)

       Rafael Ferreiro is one of Pure Futbol LLC's founders and acting President. As a Native South Floridian Rafael began his playing career in local recreational leagues until the age of 12 when he joined Plantation U-12 soccer traveling team in order to achieve a higher level of competition and exposure. His traveling team career led him to such clubs as Parkland U-14, Sunrise U-15, Coral Springs U-16, Lighthouse Point F. C. U-17 & U-18 (*Always playing 2 age groups up). At the same time, Rafael also played in a semi-amateur league with Uruguay Broward F. C. in South Florida's Premiere Men's League, the "Gold Coast League" where many ex-professional and college players competed. This gave Rafael valuable experience that would later benefit him in his career as a Professional Soccer Player. Many of Rafael's awards and achievements came during his High School and College career.

     Rafael attended Cardinal Gibbons High School where he played 4 years on the Varsity Boys team.
During his time at Cardinal Gibbons he helped win 3 District Titles, 2 regional Titles and 1 State Runners up trophy. Some of Rafael's honors at Cardinal Gibbons included being picked Rookie of the Year (Freshman Year), Offensive Player of the Year (Sophomore & Junior Year) and Most Valuable Player (Senior Year). Rafael was also Chosen 3 years in a row on both the All-Broward 1st Team and Florida's 1st All-State Team culminating in being voted Broward County's "The Heralds: 4a-5a-6a Player of the Year" in 1998. Also during these years Rafael was part of the USA ODP Program (Olympic Development Program) where he formed part of the Florida State team U-14, U-15, U-16 & U-17 as well as being picked for the USA Youth National Team Pool U-16 & U-18.

    Rafael attended college his freshman year at FIU (Florida International University) where he scored 2 goals and 8 assists (team high for the year). After his freshman year he then transferred to NSU (Nova South Eastern University) where once again he found success in helping win 2 regional titles that clinched a birth in the National Tournament two years in a row. For his efforts he was picked as a an Honorable-Mention All-American in 2000 & 2001. Rafael was also Picked as for the Florida Sun-Conference All-Region team in 1999, 2000 and 2001 as well as being voted Nova Southeastern Men's Soccer Co-MVP. At NSU Rafael received a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and International Business.

    After a successful career in college Rafael pointed his aim across the Atlantic to Spain, where his father was born and where he vacationed every summer since the age of six, always joining in on summer leagues and pre-season camps with notable teams such as Deportivo (Infantiles), Celta de Vigo (B-Team) and Santiago de Compostela's (Cadetes, Juveniles & B-Team). Rafael was also chosen by a Real Madrid Scout to complete a 2-Week trial with Real Madrid's Cadetes (U-16). After the 2-weeks Rafael had a good showing, but because he did not poses European citizenship he was not allowed to stay. This was later rectified when he turned 21 and obtained his European Passport, he then joined Racing de Ferrol (Spain 2nd. Division) where he played for 6 months and was then sent on loan to 3rd. division club Naron F. C. where they were proclaimed division champs. After Spain Rafael then had a short stint in Uruguay with 1st. division club Sportivo Cerrito that ended when a players strike arose.

    Rafael is the current Head Trainer for Pure Soccer Academy and the Head Coach for the Boys Varsity Soccer Team at Cardinal Gibbons High School as well as a Assistant Coach at Barry University Men's DII Soccer Program. Rafael holds a USSF "A" License, NSCAA Premier Diploma "A"  and UEFA"C"/English FA Level 2 Coaching Badge as well as a English FA International Coaching License with a Grade Level of "Advanced Award".

*Rafael Ferreiro's Resume/Curriculum Vitae is below for further Information

Curriculum Vitae


Personal Information


Name: Rafael Ferreiro                              


Date of Birth: 10/22/1979                                  Age: 36


Passport(s): USA & EU (Spain)                         Address: 2500 NE 48th Lane, Suite #608

                                                                                       Ft.Lauderdale, FL 33308 USA


Phone Number: + 001 954 873 0557                Fax: + 001 954 922 9977


E-mail:  or                    Web Page: 



Languages: Fluent in English/Spanish                  Marital Status: Engaged



Coaching Certification & Licenses


         NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America):


-          National Premier Diploma "A" (Distinguished Pass)

-          National Advanced Diploma  "B" (Distinguished Pass)

-          National Diploma "C" (Distinguished Pass)



  UEFA (Union of European Football Association)


-          UEFA “A” License/English FA Level 4 Coaching Badge 

                       [Location: London FA HQ, England]

-     English FA International Coaching License with a Grade Level of "Advanced Award"

                       [Location: FA HQ St.George's Park, Burton-On-Trent, England]

          USSF (United States Soccer Federation):


-          USSF “A” Licensed

-     USSF  "B"  Licensed


Coaching Experience

          HEAD COACH

                         - Miami Dade FC (3rd Pro Team APSL)

                                                      - 2016 APSL Regular Season League Champions (Undefeated)

-          Pure Futbol Soccer Academy 2004-Present (Director of Coaching/Head Trainer)

-          Cardinal Gibbons High School 2006-Present

                        2016 District 2a 2nd Place Runners up, Regional Semifinals

                        -  2014 District 2a Champions, Regional Semifinals

                         - 2013 District 2a Champions, Regional Quarterfinals

                              - 2012 District 2a 2nd Place Runners up, Regional Quarterfinals

                                * Voted BCAA All-Star 2012 Coach for North Team*

                              - 2010 District 4a 2nd Place Runners up, Regional Semifinals

                              - 2009 District 4a Champions, Regional Finals 2nd Place Runners Up

                              - 2008 District 4a Champions, Regional Quarterfinals

                                                    - 2007 District 4a 2nd Place Runners up, Regional Quarterfinals

-          Ft. Lauderdale Select 2008-2009 (Travel Soccer Club Director of Coaching)

                             - 2008 Plantation Thanksgiving Tournament Champions (U-10 Girls)



                             -        Barry University Men's Soccer DII Volunteer Assistant Coach 2012-Present

                                                     - 2013 Sunshine State Conference Tournament Champions
                                                     - Spring 2012 South Florida Cup Champions (Spring Season)

                     -      Delray Soccer Club 2005-2006 Boys U-14 Assistant Coach

                                                      - 2006 Super Y-League 1st Place Champions Southeast Region



-          Pure Futbol Soccer Academy (Co-Founder/Head Trainer)

-          Official Id2 Scout (Boys & Girls Born ’96)

-          Active Member of USSF, NSCAA, UEFA/English FA, & FHSAA

-          Certified CPR & AED (First Aid Certificate)


Playing Career




-          Club Sportivo Cerrito (2004) [AUF, Uruguay’s 1st Division]

-          Racing Club de Ferrol, S.A.D. (2002-2004) [La Liga, Spain’s 2nd Division]




-          Nova Southeastern University (1999-2001) [USA, NAIA College Soccer]

-          Florida International University (1998-1999) [USA, DII College Soccer]

-          USA U-17 National Pool Team (1997) [USA Youth National Pool]

-          USA U-15 National Team (1995) [USA Youth National Team]

-           Soccer Mania FC [Men’s PDL League, USA 3rd Division]

-           Lighthouse Point FC [Youth Soccer]

-           Plantation Eagles [Youth Soccer]

-           Ft. Lauderdale United [Youth Soccer]

-          Cardinal Gibbons High School [High School Soccer]





                  Nova Southeastern University

      - 3-Time, NAIA All-American Honorable Mention

      - 3-Time, Sun-Belt 1st Team All-Conference

      - 3-Time, Southern All-Region Team

      - NSU Team MVP 2002

      * 3 Year Career 48 Goals & 39 Assists


                 Cardinal Gibbons High School

                           - Miami Herald “Broward County Player of the Year” (4A-5A-6A)

      - 3-Time Broward County 1st Team Miami Herald & Sun-Sentinel

      - 2-Time Team MVP CGHS

      - 2-Time League & 4-Time Team Leading Scorer

                              * Cardinal Gibbons Career Record = 101 Goals & 78 Assists


                 Lighthouse Point FC

                              -League Leading Scorer (54 Goals)


              Plantation Eagles

                  -League Leading Scorer & Assists (26 Goals & 32 Assists)


  Ft. Lauderdale United

      -League Leading Scorer & Assists & League MVP (44 Goals & 21 Assists)







                     -     Business Administration Bachelors Degree [Nova Southeastern University]

                 -     International Business Bachelors Minor Degree [Nova Southeastern University]




                      -    High School Diploma [Cardinal Gibbons High School]




                      -  Grade/Middle School Diploma [St. Clements] 

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