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Ferdi DeMatthaeis

Ferdi DeMatthaeis

U15 Coach
With IMG Since:
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About Ferdi DeMatthaeis

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Ferdi’s playing career started in Italy with the semi-pro team, U.S. Lucera, at the age of 16, in the Italian 4th division. In July of 1981 Ferdi came to the US and after a two week period of training and friendly matches, the New York Cosmos decided to sign him to a two year contract. He was playing on the same field with some of the best players in the world: Pele’, Beckenbauer, Chinaglia, Carlos Alberto, Neeskens, and Bogicevic.

Coaching Philosophy:

Ferdi’s philosophy of coaching is based on his international and American soccer experience. A blend of tactical and technical solutions mixed with discipline, strength, speed and dynamic ability on and off the ball.

“I believe the teams should have group strength, be very disciplined and hard working for each other as well as commitment, effort and winning. I believe in bringing each player to his full potential without forgetting the group effort.”


  • “A” FIGC license - Scuola Allenatori Professionisti di Coverciano (Italy)
  • “A” “UEFA” license - Scuola Allenatori Professionisti di Coverciano (Italy)
  • USSF “B” license
  • USSF “A” license


  • Coached 9 years in Italy before returning to the US with U.S. Lucera (Winner of Coppa Italia), U.S. Foggia Serie “C”, and Apricena Calcio
  • Coached the U-17 team to win the Countryside Tournament and the CDL League
  • Coached the U-19 to win the Sub-Bowl
  • Managed and coached the IMG U-19 team
  • Head Coach/Assistant Coach of the New Jersey Imperials (USISL) and won the Regional Title Named
  • Head Coach of the highly recognized All Star Team
  • Played professionally in the ASL with the NJ Eagles
  • Won two titles and was named MVP in 1988
  • Led Montclair Kimberly Academy (NJ) and won a State Championship
  • Coached current U.S. Men’s National Team Goalkeeper Tim Howard
  • Played in the Cosmopalitan League with the Brooklyn Italians, Ragusa , NJ Arrows Played for the New York Cosmos
  • "Rookie of the Year” honors in Lucera
  • Part of the Italian U-17 National team
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