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Meet the Coaches

MARIO MRAKOVIC - Founder of San Diego Futsal, 1995

Coach Mario has been developing top speed soccer players for over 25 years in San Diego and Southern California. Coach Mario combines his love of soccer, his friendly and fun nature, his coaching prowess, and his deep experience to provide aspiring soccer and Futsal players with the best soccer skills training. 

Families drive from all over San Diego county to attend “Super Mario’s” San Diego Futsal and Surf Soccer clinics and camps, which are proven to build players’ skills,  creativity, decision making processes, and strength.

Coach Mario is the head coach for San Diego Surf Soccer Academy Boys U8, U7, U6, as well as Girls U8, U7. As well, Coach Mario is the Director of Surf Soccer's development programs for the youngest soccer players, including the Surf Soccer Jr. Academy Recreation League for boys and girls, ages 4 to 10.

  • Player education received at top World Soccer Youth Academies of F.C. Zagreb and Dinamo Zagreb (age 7-17), 2 years with SD Sockers
  • Owner of Mrakovic Method Training Systems
  • U.S. Youth Soccer National "A" Coaching License
  • U.S. Futsal National "Level 1" Coaching License
  • U.S. National Futsal Champion
  • Cal South State Cup Soccer Champion
  • Coerver Soccer Coaching Youth Diploma
  • San Diego Surf Soccer Club - Surf Juniors Director Boys and Girls

Luka Mrakovic - USSF National "F" Coaching License

  • Surf Soccer Academy player since age 6
  • San Diego Futsal Academy player since age 6
  • Mali Vatreni - Croatia player experience since age 8
  • Dinamo Z Youth Academy training
  • Cal South National Cup Champion
  • SDFA Skills Demonstrator since age 7
  • 5 years Assistant Coach with Recreation Soccer Programs
  • 5 years Assistant Coach with SDF clinics and camps
  • Champion Tae-Kwon-Do Black Belt Holder

DJ Tatar - U.S. National Soccer Coaching License

  • Cal South Association Coach
  • USYF Cal South Futsal Coach
  • Coaching at Surf Soccer Club, 3 years
  • Coaching experience at USYF, 619 Futsal, SKA, Presidio, 4v4 and other events
  • Coaching speed, agility and strength
  • Heads Up Concussion in Youth Sports Training Diploma
  • College Football, University of Wisconsin - Platteville Graduated Magna Cum Laude Honors, University of Wisconsin - Whitewater
  • Major in Bachelor of Business Administration

Rene Lopez - USSF National Coaching License

  • Cal South Association Coach
  • U.S. Soccer Coaching License 4v4 Grassroots
  • 3 years coaching with San Diego Futsal 1995 clinics and competitive
  • 30+ years competitive club playing experience, both indoor and outdoor
  • Former 4-Wall Handball Semi-pro Competitor
  • Bachelors Degree at Penn State - Fire Protection and Technology

Alex Fashandi - USSF National "D" Coaching License

  • 4 years coaching with San Diego Futsal
  • College soccer: University of Ottawa, Canada
  • Professional Soccer: Rapid de Outaouais, Canada
  • Semi-Professional Soccer: Toronto Emerald, Canada
  • Eastern Canada Challenge Cup Indoor Soccer Champion
  • Penn State Intercollegiate Regional Indoor Soccer Champion
  • Canada Cup 3v3 Champion
  • Ph.D at University of Ottawa

 

Dino Mrakovic - Jr. Assistant

  • Surf Soccer Club player since age 6
  • San Diego Futsal Academy player since age 6
  • Mali Vatreni - Croatia player experience since age 8
  • SDFA Skills Demonstrator since age 7
  • 5 years Assistant Coach with Recreation Soccer Programs
  • 5 years Assistant Coach with SDF clinics and camps
  • Champion Tae-Kwon-Do Black Belt Holder