Our History

In 1987 Neil M. Smart moved from England to the USA and founded a professional coaching organization, Smart Soccer International Inc.

Neil is a native of Barrow-in-Furness situated in Cumbria in the scenic North West of England – a major football (soccer) hotbed! In addition to playing the game at a high level his whole career has been as a teacher and professional soccer coach.



Some of Neil's soccer achievements on the field of play:


  • His high school team won over 75 consecutive games over a 5 year period!
  • Captain of his u19 county (state) soccer team
  • Played against the US National Team (1990)
  • Played in the US Open Cup Final (1993)
  • Professional player with (and captained) the Philadelphia Freedom
  • Member of teams that have won the state Open & Amateur Cups numerous times
  • Winner of the over 30 state cup with 3 different teams
  • Winner of juggling competition at NSCAA Convention: 20 minutes / 2,000 juggles!!


Neil also:


  • Taught for 10 years as a full time PE / Health teacher at the Holy Child Academy in Drexel Hill
  • Has professional coaching licenses from both the UK & USA
  • Has coached tens of thousands of youth players (and coaches) since the inception of Smart Soccer in 1987
  • Ran in the famous Keswick to Barrow 40 mile event and finished! (this was in his younger days!)
  • Had his Smart Soccer shirt appear in an edition of The Rolling Stone magazine!














Rolling Stone Magazine 2001
Kristiaan Webb of The Webb Brothers wearing his

Smart Soccer shirt
Kristiaan obviously has great taste and good fashion sense!


Smart Soccer International Inc 


For close to 30 years Smart Soccer has provided professional camps, clinics and training to hundreds of soccer clubs and communities. Over time the company has evolved into a year round training resource for a select number of longstanding partners overseeing programs for beginners, all ages of recreational player, travel teams and club coaches.

We hope you enjoyed reading a little bit of Smart Soccer history and thank-you for visiting our website.


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