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Vasco Nunes

Technical Coaching Director

Along with Ms. Toni Marin, Vasco  Nunes are the founding members of SDMA T/A Halton Hawks FC. Vasco Nunes is recognized as a leading expert on youth soccer coaching. For over 30 years he has coached youth/ junior teams, in three different continents and at a wide range of levels, youth, provincial, and national teams. 


Vasco is an ex-professional soccer player from South Africa. He has coached on three continents – Africa (South Africa) Europe (Switzerland)  and Canada. He holds various coaching licenses from Canada and Europe.


During the past 30 years, Vasco has been involved in the research, development, and implementation of the Soccer Development Model (SDM), (Horst Wein).

In 2002 he spearheaded the implementation of the SDM and Xcel Coaching® Model into the North American Soccer Market.


He has written nine scientific articles on youth coaching,  has written three coaching books, and has presented technical papers at various sports science and soccer conferences.



Ex-professional South African Player

Coaches various clubs in South Africa, Switzerland, and Canada.

Switzerland - 1st Division Academy Coach -u17 Neuchatel Xamax - Swiss Champions 1998/ 1999

Switzerland - 2nd Division Academy Coach -u15/u17 FC Colombier - Swiss Cup winners - 1997



UEFA A License -              2018 -

UEFA B License -              2012/2014/2015

Learn to Train - OSA - 2022

Goalkeeper Diploma OSA -2012

First Aid / CPR certified 

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