Matt Driver boasts over 20 years of experience in the field of player education and development in America. He is a former professional player who’s spent most of his career playing in Europe before coming over to play in the former American Professional Soccer League (APSL). He holds an “A” license from the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) and is a National Staff Coach for the United States Adult Soccer Association “USASA”. In addition, he carries a Brazilian “A” license and a Scottish Football Association “A-1” license. Driver holds a Premier License and also served as the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s (NSCAA) Director of Coaching for the state of Delaware and directed the state’s Olympic Development Program (ODP).
Driver influenced many coaches and his methodologies have produced best-selling books and DVDs. His unique approach to the game focuses on simplicity. Driver’s ability to break the game down allows every player and coach he works with to accelerate their learning curve, regardless of their ability level.
Driver’s experience in professional soccer allows him to network and build relationships with the top players and coaches in American soccer. He founded the Philadelphia Independence women’s pro team (WPS) and became the franchise’s first general manager and head coach. On the men’s side, Driver worked with the New England Revolution (MLS) as their first assistant coach. Driver and his staff took the Revolution from last place to first place in the Eastern Conference table. They were also responsible for the Revolution’s first playoff victory as well as their first-ever MLS Cup appearance in front of a record crowd of 61,316.
Driver, a Glasgow, Scotland native, also served as Technical Director and Chief Operating Officer for the South Jersey Barons (USL). Under Driver’s helm, the Barons won several conference titles and a national championship.
Recently, Driver launched several minor league soccer teams that feature homegrown talent. He began in 2011 when he launched the AC Crusaders (NPSL) in Atlantic County, New Jersey. In 2012, the South Jersey Arch Angels (WPSL) will play their inaugural season as the Crusader’s sister team. In Addition to both New Jersey teams, Driver has plans to re-launch the Philadelphia Fury, an iconic American soccer team in 2012. In addition to the Fury, Driver also founded the Philadelphia Flash. The Fury and Flash will play their inaugural seasons in 2012.