Why Was SoccerViza Started?
SoccerViza: Not Your Ordinary Experience
To understand SoccerViza, look no further than our founder, Joe Funicello. Joe was an aspiring professional soccer player who wanted nothing more than a career in the sport he loved. He muddled through semi-professional leagues, paid to attend poorly run combines, and was the victim of scheming agents.
While these experiences surely taught him lessons, none landed him the contract that he felt he deserved. Through his own effort and hard work, he established himself as a quality player in Iceland’s Premier league with Þór (Thór), and in Finland with IFK Mariehamn, VPS, and FF Jaro.
His experiences also led him to become one of the youngest American professional head coaches in Europe in 2016, coaching IF Vestri. Once retiring from the sport as a player he wanted to help aspiring players avoid the various disappointments that he endured. The solution? SoccerViza. Since the company's birth in 2012, Joe has helped scout/place over 200+ undiscovered players into the professional game.
"You're probably a better soccer player than I ever was. But you are not willing to lose what I lost, you are not willing to hear no 100 times. But the reality is...I was just like you."
- Joe Funicello, SoccerViza Director
We have connections to a large network of coaches, clubs, directors, and agents that we have utilized in our existence to help place players all over the world. Our competitors will often take videos of their combine and allow players to send it out (good luck!). Alternatively, they may connect you with agents – but you still aren’t being exposed to the actual coaches involved in signing players. SoccerViza has built relationships with coaches and technical directors in Iceland, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Scotland, England, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Croatia, Cyprus, Malta, the United States, Mexico, Canada, Honduras, Paraguay, Argentina, Australia, the Philippines, and China – and our network continues to grow with each passing week.
The SoccerViza staff, in team with the coaches and scouts in attendance, will provide players with coaching tips and advice for taking their game to the next level.
Remember – this company was started by someone (Joe) who has done exactly what you are trying to do – his advice and experiences are invaluable.