Canada Soccer announces Andrew Olivieri as Men’s EXCEL U-20 Program Director
Posted on 17 July 2018 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-14 to U-23
Canada Soccer have announced that Andrew Olivieri has been hired as the Men’s EXCEL U-20 Program Director. Olivieri joins the Men’s EXCEL Program to develop, plan and lead EXCEL strategies at the U-20 level.
The Olivieri hiring compliments Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team Program that already features John Herdman as Men’s National Team Head Coach & Men’s EXCEL Program Director, Mauro Biello as Men’s National Team Assistant Coach & Men’s U-23 Program Director, and Joey Lombardi as Men’s U-15 Program Director.
Olivieri first served as a goalkeeper coach in Canada Soccer’s youth program in 2010 and then worked with the Men’s National Team and Women’s National Team in 2011. He was part of Canada’s coaching staff that won gold at the 2011 Pan American Games Women’s Soccer Tournament, silver at the 2012 Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament, and bronze at the London 2012 Women’s Olympic Football Tournament. He also served as Canada’s U-20 coach at two editions of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup (Japan 2012 and Canada 2014).
A Canada Soccer “A” Licensed coach since 2011, Olivieri is a former professional soccer goalkeeper and Men’s National Team player. In 2004, he was an All-Tournament Team goalkeeper at the Concacaf Men’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
Olivieri will work closely with the Biello and Lombardi to establish communication systems to support the progression of players from the U-15 to U-20 programs and into the U-23 program.
On the near horizon, players born 1999 or later will compete in the 2018-19 cycle of Concacaf/FIFA U-20 competitions and will also be eligible for the 2020 Olympic Games featuring U-23 players born 1997 or later. Earlier this year, a number of those players turned some heads as Canada went undefeated through the group stage and finished sixth at the prestigious Festival International Espoirs Provence in May and June.
Canada Soccer’s Men’s EXCEL Program channels our nation’s exceptional players into the best soccer environments. The Canada Soccer Pathway works in collaboration with our provincial and territory partners as well as the professional clubs and academies. For Canada’s elite players, the program emphasizes player development on the pathway to representing Canada’s Men’s National Team in international soccer.