About Sheriffs FC

Sheriffs Fútbol Club is the first cost-free competitive soccer program in the East Bay region of Northern California, and is supported by the Alameda County Sheriff's Office. Our mission is to ensure every boy & girl has an opportunity to realize their potential & achieve their life goals through sport. Sheriffs FC will accomplish this by overcoming the challenges of the pay-to-play model while providing top-level instruction and coaching to the area’s best and most dedicated soccer players. Our USSF Licensed coaches are people of character who will identify local talent and develop athletes and teams while creating unique opportunities on and off the field.

 

We believe sport is aspirational and in many cases transformational. In the right environment, involvement in sports can be a rewarding experience in which athletes test their limits, learn time management skills, travel, develop lifelong bonds and by necessity learn invaluable skills that prepare them for life on and off the field. Our soccer program purposefully works with dedicated athletes’ parents to improve the academic, social and health outcomes of the children it serves while giving all a chance to reach their full academic & athletic potential.

Sheriffs FC is based in the unincorporated areas of Ashland, Cherryland, and San Lorenzo, and we welcome the most dedicated and passionate players to join the club. The program is funded through donations made to the Alameda County Sheriff’s nonprofit Deputy Sheriffs’ Activities League (DSAL). Funds are used to cover registration fees, coaching fees, tournament fees, uniforms, and other expenses that make the sport otherwise inaccessible to so many children.

 

Our program is one element of the Sheriff’s comprehensive Community Capitals Policing initiative, which fosters authentic and respectful relationships between public safety personnel and residents through targeted investments that promote safety, trust, health, social equity, and justice throughout the community.

 

While our program will always prioritize Alameda County’s unincorporated communities, any child is eligible to request a tryout. In addition to the life-changing skills and experiences competitive soccer can provide, our program also strives to demonstrate the benefits of a fully inclusive, non-pay-to-play youth sports program, where the monetary aspect is removed from decision making and children from all backgrounds are welcome to participate. We believe the non-transactional nature of Sheriff’s FC is a large part of what makes our club effective and creates a positive environment for everyone involved.

About DSAL

DSAL was founded in 2004 by Alameda County Sheriff’s Sergeant (now Captain) Marty Neideffer. DSAL was founded to offer pro-social activities for kids and youth in Ashland and Cherryland. At that time, there were very few positive options for recreation or activities for kids after school. As we connected with youth and families, we realized the need to address deeper issues, like unemployment, lack of investment in the unincorporated areas, and social and political disconnection. We now see DSAL’s mission in a larger framework of social equity, community-led economic empowerment, creative place-making: creating a profound change in how law enforcement serves the community. 

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Our Team of Coaches

Nick Lusson

 

soccer@acdsal.com

Credentials

  • Masters in Sport Psychology

  • Masters Certificate in Sport Management

  • Masters Certificate in Exercise & Sport Performance

  • US Soccer Federation 'A' License

  • NSCAA Premier Diploma

  • NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma

  • NSCAA Goalkeeper Level 1 Diploma

  • ACF Fiorentina Advanced Course

  • Frans Hoek Director of Coaching Course

  • La Liga Methodology Level 1

Experience

  • NorCal Premier Soccer - former Board of Directors & current Club Services Coordinator

  • US Soccer Federation - Coaching Educator

  • Positive Coaching Alliance - Certified Trainer

  • Former San Francisco Elite Academy - US Soccer Development Academy Director

  • Former Executive Director – Dublin United Soccer League

  • Former Head Coach - Bay Area Breeze women’s professional team (W-League)

  • Former Men’s & Women’s Assistant Soccer Coach – Cal State University East Bay (NCAA DII)

  • Former Men’s & Women’s Head Coach – Holy Names University (NAIA) 

Omar Cervantes

 

ocervantes@acdsal.com

Credentials

  • US Soccer Federation 'A' License

  • USYS National Youth License

  • NSCAA National Diploma

  • NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma

  • La Liga Methodology Level 1

  • La Liga Coach Education Tour (Barça, Bilbao, Espanyol)

  • NSCAA Level 1 Futsal Diploma

 

Experience

  • San Ramon Fútbol Club, Director of Coaching  (2014 - 2017)

  • San Ramon Fútbol Club, Youth Academy Director (2012 - 2014)

  • Tri Valley Soccer Club, Director of Coaching (2009 - 2012)

  • Diablo Valley College, Assistant Coach 
    (2002 - 2010)

  • Walnut Creek Soccer Club, Assistant DOC (2002 - 2007)

  • Nor Cal Premier, Club Outreach Program Coordinator (2013 - 2017)

Ricky Salazar

 

rsalazar@acdsal.com

Credentials

  • USSF National Youth License

  • USSF D License

  • NSCAA National Diploma

  • NSCAA Level 1 Futsal Diploma

  • ACF Fiorentina Level 1 Diploma

Experience

  • Deputy Sheriffs' Activities League, Coach & Skills Trainer
    (2017 - present)

  • Diablos Futsal Academy, Technical
    Director-Boys (2013 - present)

  • San Ramon Fútbol Club, Head Coach (2012 - 2016)

 

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Alex Leiva

 

soccer@acdsal.com

Credentials

  • UEFA B License (Spain)

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Juan Navarro

 

soccer@acdsal.com

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Lupe Navarro

 

soccer@acdsal.com

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