Jorge “Yoyo” Zavala

ECNL Director


With 20 years of coaching experience within all levels; Professional, Semi-Pro, Senior Amateur, High School and Youth Elite teams, Zavala serves as our ECNL Director.  Yoyo is a former professional within the USL league systems and spent time on reserve teams and training within first and second division clubs abroad. He has coached at several nationally recognized clubs. Zavala was the managing Director of River Bank Soccer Leagues a Latin American semi-pro and amateur league in New Jersey. Prior to Coach Yoyo turning pro he played at soccer powerhouse St. Benedict’s Prep alongside US MNT players Claudio Reyna and Gregg Berhalter and USL Hall of Famer Scott Schweitzer. He attended Montclair State University and played for Hall of Famer Dr. Dave Masur and was also coached by US Soccer Hall of Famer Manfred SchellScheidt, former US Youth National Team Development Coach. Zavala earned a Business Degree from Shorter College in 2003.

 Coaching Qualifications include: 

  • NSCAA Premier Diploma
  • USSF National Goalkeeping License
  • NSCAA Advanced National Diploma
  • USSF National License
  • NSCAA National Diploma
  • NSCAA National Goalkeeping Diploma

Coaching Career includes: 

  • ECNL Director, West Florida Flames – 2013 to Present 
  • US Soccer Federation Training Centers, Staff Coach, Florida Region – 2013 to Present 
  • US Club Soccer ID2 / Player Development Program (PDP), Staff Coach, Southeast Region – 2014 to Present 
  • Director of Goalkeeping, West Florida Flames – 2011 to Present 
  • Assistant Coach and Goalkeeper Coach, VSI Tampa Bay FC, USL Professional League – 2012 to 2013 
  • Assistant Coach / Goalkeeper Coach, VSI Rio Maior FC Pro Academy, (Rio Maior, Portugal) – 2012 
  • Head Skills Trainer (Ball Mastery) and Goalkeeper Coach, Personal Development Training – 2007 to Present 
  • Head Coach Boys, Brandon Flames, Region III Premier League and National Premier League teams – 2011 to 2013 
  • Assistant Coach, Brandon FC – Woman’s Premier Soccer League Team (WPSL) – 2009 to 2011 
  • General Manager – River Bank Soccer League / Latin America Soccer Association – 2003 to 2005 
  • Assistant Coach, Gainesville High School, Gainesville, GA – 2003 
  • Served as Staff Coach and Camp Coach for Several Youth Premier Clubs in GA, FL, TX and NJ – 1994 to Present 

Playing Career: 

  • Universidad Catolica and Colo-Colo Pre-Seasons (ANFP Chile), invitation by Hernan Godoy)
  • Deportes Arica (ANFP Chile, Reserves and Training invite Hernan Godoy)
  • Santiago Wanderers (ANFP Chile, Reserves and Training invite Hernan Godoy)
  • INKA FC (Helenic League Semi-Pro, New York)
  • USISL Outdoor Pro League – Atlanta
  • Rahway Rio United / Player-Assistant (GSSL Semi-Pro Division)
  • Montclair State University (Coach Dr. Dave Masur) – 1990 
  • Mercer County Community College (Coach Charlie Inverso) – 1989 to1990 
  • St. Benedict’s Prep (Coach Rick Jacobs) – 1985 to 1989