The Philadelphia Union Professional Futsal Academy is designed to provide high-level training and development opportunities to competitive and advanced youth players looking for supplemental training outside their club schedule and will be Directed by Thiago Vilela Evangelista.
Thiago was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, where soccer has always been a way of life. Playing soccer and futsal on the streets and in organized clubs including college and semi-professional level and being a student of the game, he has developed his passion for teaching and coaching. Earning his bachelor's of science degree in physical education with a concentration in soccer from Centro Universitário Ítalo Brasileiro, São Paulo, he has studied the history of soccer, various methodologies, kinetics, player development, and team management.
He has 20 years experience in both Brazil and the US, coaching both soccer and futsal from youth to professional levels. He came to the US in 2016 and has traveled across the country working as a trainer for Tetra Brazil. He has earned his USSF "C" license, United Soccer Coaches "Premier" Diploma and currently a USSF "B" license candidate.
The program will embed and foster grassroots to academy level skills to increase soccer IQ and improve play on the court that will translate to the field.