Meet Our Leadership Team
Andy Abreo, President
Andy was born and raised in Fort Langley and has a strong passion for family, community, sport and health. Andy has over 10 years of business experience and has been playing soccer for over 20 years, making Soccer Shots the perfect fit for him. Having a young family, Andy understands the importance of sports on young children and loves how Soccer Shots positively impacts children’s physical and personal development.
Gareth Abreo, Vice President
Gareth was born and raised in Fort Langley and with his wife and son, currently calls the Willoughby neighbourhood home. He has over fifteen years of business experience and has worked closely with some of the Fraser Valley’s most successful business leaders. Gareth saw, firsthand, the impact Soccer Shots can have on children when his son first participated in the program. He is passionate about ensuring all families have a similar experience as his son did – an experience that contributed to his decision to join the Soccer Shots Leadership Team.
Kathrin Arcari, Executive Director
Born and raised in Langley, Kathrin began playing soccer at a young age and continued to play for over 15 years. In addition to soccer, she participated in numerous team sports throughout her life. She attended university, where she graduated with a degree in Psychology and Counselling. Although she loved that, her passions are in athletics and children and therefore, she decided to pursue a career that combines the two – leading her to Soccer Shots. Kathrin is also passionate about travelling, she has been to over 30 countries!
Nicole Duddy, Program Director
Nicole was born and raised in Surrey BC, in a sport-enthused family. She has been playing soccer since the young age of six and continues to be involved in soccer as a defender on the women’s division three team in Surrey. She has over 15 years of experience working with children in her community and abroad with the international cruise line Princess Cruises. Nicole has a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care from South Australia TAFE. She is excited to bring her experience and passion as an Early Childhood Educator to Soccer Shots!
Miguel Carlon-Diaz, Director of Coach Development
Born and raised in Surrey, Miguel started with Soccer Shots in 2018 and has worked his way onto the Leadership Team. Miguel loves the fulfilment that Soccer Shots provides him by helping to develop the youth in his hometown. With 12 years of soccer experience and the love of being a positive influence on youth, Soccer Shots is the perfect workplace for Miguel.
Hi, my name is Miranda! I am originally from Mexico, I spent time living on the streets and in a few different homes before finding my fur-ever home. I am very food motivated and have a refined pallet – sashimi is one of my favourite foods! I enjoy long walks along the seawall and carry a stuffed toy with me everywhere I go. Although I’m a dog, kid’s stuffed animals are my toy of choice. I love being in the office and cultivating a positive and uplifting environment while I’m there.
Every day at Soccer Shots involves living out our Core Values. We pursue excellence through high expectations and high-quality service. We care about impacting lives positively, prioritizing people and treating them with respect. As team players, we know we are stronger together than we are apart. Promoting a spirit of independence and initiative, we own our roles and responsibilities. But we also leave room to grow, allowing for experimentation and continuous learning. In everything, we are candid, providing constructive criticism and inviting the perspectives of others.
If you have a passion for positively impacting children, we’d love to talk to you.
The “Three Cs” – Coaching, Communication and Curriculum
The foundation of Soccer Shots is our relentless commitment to providing best-in-class coaching, communication and curriculum.
The best coaches in the business
- Every Soccer Shots coach must complete our comprehensive training program to receive certification.
- All Soccer Shots coaches are trained in the use of developmentally appropriate techniques.
- Coaches are routinely evaluated and undergo ongoing training.
- Our coach selection process evaluates not only the ability to coach soccer, but also the ability to engage and inspire children.
An exceptional customer experience with ongoing communication
- You will receive a weekly summary of what your child is learning at Soccer Shots.
- We proactively communicate cancellations due to weather or other circumstances.
- Our staff understands the importance of timely, responsive communication.
Expert-approved curriculum that aligns with early childhood education standards
- Our developmentally appropriate curriculum places an emphasis on character development and skill building.
- Our program is created under the guidance of childhood education specialists, professional soccer players and experienced and licensed soccer coaches.
- We constantly re-evaluate and update our curriculum to stay current with childhood education standards.
Our Vision: To provide a beloved growth experience for every child; a remarkable experience for every family.
The History of Soccer Shots
Our founding partners, Jeremy Sorzano and Jason Webb, were soccer teammates both in college and professionally. They formed Soccer Shots® in 1997 after recognizing a lack of quality soccer programs for children under age 8. They shared an entrepreneurial spirit, a deep love of soccer, and a passion to inspire children to live fit and healthy lives.
The success of Soccer Shots in Charlotte, NC and Harrisburg, PA, where Sorzano and Webb first launched their businesses, led to several of their friends and former teammates wanting to get involved. In 2005, Soccer Shots began franchising and opened its first four franchises in OH, DE, FL, and PA. The business opportunity began to attract more soccer entrepreneurs, and Soccer Shots has enjoyed growing around the country and into Canada.
In May of 2009, Justin Bredeman, another former college soccer teammate, became the third Soccer Shots partner. Justin brought with him eight years of experience from Auntie Anne’s, Inc., a pretzel franchising company, where he led a team that supported nearly 800 franchise units. His deep understanding of the franchise business model also comes from the knowledge gained from his five years of owning and running a Soccer Shots business of his own.
From its humble beginnings, Soccer Shots has grown beyond Jeremy and Jason’s biggest dreams, with over 200 territories across 37 states and Canada. There were over 440,000 enrollments into Soccer Shots programming in 2018.
The business is consistently recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine as the #1 Children’s Fitness Franchise in the U.S. And today, Soccer Shots is positioned as the best-in-class children’s soccer program with a focus on character development.
And while the accolades are appreciated, our mission remains focused – positively impacting children’s lives.
Soccer Shots Franchising, LLC is based in central Pennsylvania, just east of Harrisburg. Learn more about franchising with Soccer Shots at soccershotsfranchising.com.
Stronger Youth. Beyond the Game.
We believe that soccer is a powerful vehicle for positively impacting youth. Through our partnership with the U.S. Soccer Foundation, we aim to impact children who live in underserved communities through quality soccer programs that support their physical and personal development.