J. Marcelo Gangotena

Founder and President
Soccer for Life, Inc.




Soccer Training & Education
for Youth and Adults

Soccer for Life, Inc. provides soccer training and education for all ages. We offer fun, non-competitive classes for tots, comprehensive training and skill-building for youth players, and “corporate” soccer programs that emphasize physical and mental fitness for adults. In addition, we teach parents the fundamentals of the sport so they can be more active participants as their children play in youth soccer leagues. And, for adults interested in becoming a youth soccer coach, we offer programs to earn “D,” “E,” and “F” licenses sanctioned by the U.S. Soccer Federation. At Soccer for Life, our goal is to help people develop a lifelong love of soccer. No matter what your age, soccer can be a fun sport, a great way to build self-confidence, and an enjoyable way to exercise.

Spring Training!! Registrations are open.

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J. Marcelo Gangotena, Director

J. Marcelo Gangotena is the owner and director of Soccer for Life. A former professional soccer player in Ecuador, South America, he has coached teams at the high school, club (boys and girls), and amateur levels. He has directed youth soccer schools and camps for children as young as three years old. Mr. Gangotena is a former head coach of the Virginia Olympic Development Program (District and State Level) and former U.S. Youth Soccer Area Scout. He is currently a Coaching Education Program Instructor for the Virginia Youth Soccer Association, serves as a Director of Coaching for the International Football Club, and is the Academy Soccer Coach for the Washington Spirit (women's professional soccer team in the NWSL). Mr. Gangotena holds an “A” License and a National Youth License from the U.S. Soccer Federation, and also holds a Director of Coaching diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).