Karsten Smith, Fairfield, CT Soccer Coach

Karsten Smith



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I am a 7 year former professional soccer player who grew up playing in the youth system in NY. My goal is to share professional level knowledge with the future generation. View all coaching experience

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  • American University (DC)

  • 14 years

  • Qualified Private Coach
    Passed Coach Course

  • Adults, Kids, Teenagers

  • Midfield, Goalkeeper, Forward, Defense

  • Throw-Ins, Shooting, Penalty Kicks, Passing, One-on-Ones, One-Touch, Heading, Goal Kicks, Free Kicks, First Touch, Dribbling, Crossing, Corner Kicks, Agility


  • American University (DC)

  • 14 years

  • Qualified Private Coach
    Passed Coach Course


  • Adults, Kids, Teenagers

  • Midfield, Goalkeeper, Forward, Defense

  • Throw-Ins, Shooting, Penalty Kicks, Passing, One-on-Ones, One-Touch, Heading, Goal Kicks, Free Kicks, First Touch, Dribbling, Crossing, Corner Kicks, Agility

More About Coach Karsten

College Education:

4 year starter, 3 year captain, 77 games at American University, an NCAA Division 1 college soccer program that competes in the Patriot League Conference.

I was a student-athlete from 2006-2010, graduating with a BS in Business Administration with a specialization in International Marketing.

During my time at American University I was a part time youth soccer coach with Sal Caccavale's soccer program, former NY Red Bulls Professional Player and college teammate/roommate, Founder of Achilles FC, a top club in Bethesda, MD. (https://www.salsoccer.com/achilles-fc/)

Coaching Experience:

-Head Coach at JA Elite FC.

-Currently a Youth Coach for New York City Football Club of the MLS.

-Currently the Owner of my own high level soccer training academy that tackles the technical, physical, tactical and mental aspects of the game. (Website coming soon)

-Currently coach with JA Elite Soccer Academy, an organization ran by my close friend, Jhonny Arteaga, former Professional Soccer Player for the NY Red Bulls in the MLS. The organization is based in Stamford, CT. (www.jaelitesoccer.com)

-Former Co-Owner of Train With Pros, a high level training company that was started with my 3 former professional teammates during my time in Edmonton, Canada. We focused on training kids of all age groups, additionally trained top level professionals including Best 11 winner Alphonso Davies of Bayern Munich and Montreal Impact and former teammate, Shamit Shome. 2017-2018. (website is www.trainwithpros.ca)

-Youth soccer coach for BW Gottschee, one of the best clubs in NY. 2011. (https://bwgottschee.org)

-Youth soccer coach for Player Progression Academy down in DC. 2012. (www.ppateam.com)

-Youth soccer coach for Gold Coast FC. 2012. (https://goldcoastfc.org/)

-Youth soccer coach for Lonestar Soccer Club down in Austin, Texas. 2012. (https://lonestar-sc.com/)

-Camp coach with Arsenal FC @ KA Akureyri in Akureyri, Iceland. 2014. (https://www.ka.is/fotbolti)

-Youth soccer coach for Pittsburgh Riverhounds Academy. 2016. (https://www.riverhounds.com/academy)

-Youth soccer coach for Albertson Soccer Club. 2018. (www.albertsonsoccer.com)

-Youth soccer coach for Massapequa Soccer Club. 2018. (www.massapequasc.com)

During my time as a professional soccer player I had the ability to coach across the world with different clubs, as well as run my own private sessions, using what I learned from my own career and sharing valuable knowledge with my players. I bring untapped knowledge to my players that I personally wish I had access to during my youth career.

I also possess a US Soccer Federation National D License.

I am a former professional soccer player who possesses a special gift when it comes to coaching future generations. I started playing soccer at the age of 4 with my local boyhood club, Huntington Boys Club (HBC) in Huntington, New York. At the age of 12, I played for the Long Island Select A team and continued my youth career with BW Gottschee, winning the NY State Cup two times and ranking as high as a top 10 team in the nation.

By December of my senior year in 2005, I had recruiters from UConn, West Virginia, Princeton, Wake Forrest, University of Albany, Hofstra, Stony Brook University and American University reaching out to me to play college soccer. I didn't know too much about this process, something I make sure my players today are up to speed with. I committed to American University who offered me a full scholarship and by Fall 2006 I was officially a student athlete for the Men's Soccer Team at American University, a Division 1 NCAA Program.

During my time in college, I also won the Virginia State Cup with the Mclean Celtics. After serving as a 3-year team captain and playing in 77 games, I decided to chase my childhood dreams of playing professional soccer. Following stints in both France and Vietnam where I didn't sign with a professional team I signed with FC New York of the USL (The second tier of professional soccer in the USA). Below is a quick summary of the teams I played on.

FC New York, 2011
San Antonio Scorpions, 2012
VPS Vaasa, 2013
KA Akureyri, 2014
Fort Lauderdale Strikers, 2015
Pittsburgh Riverhounds, 2016
FC Edmonton, 2016-2018
Jacksonville Armada, 2018

In total I played over 100 professional games in 4 different countries over a 7 year span.


Youth Level:

-Long Island Select A Team
-2x New York State Champions
-All County Suffolk Team


-All Conference 2nd Team, Patriot League, 2007 (sophomore year)
-All Conference 1st Team, Patriot League, 2008 (junior year)
-All Conference 2nd Team, Patriot League, 2009


-NASL Regular Season Champions, San Antonio Scorpions, 2012
-Veikusliiga 3rd place finish, VPS Vaasa, qualifying for Europa League
-NASL Semifinalists, Fort Lauderdale Strikers, 2015
-NASL Semifinalists, FC Edmonton, 2016

My sessions are very detail oriented and apply specifically to the player. Depending on whether the player is a defender, midfielder or striker, determines how I prepare the lesson. As Arsene Wenger would say, the key focuses on building a successful soccer player is by starting from the ground up, similar to a house. On the 1st floor of a house, is the focus on the technical aspects of the player. On the second floor, is a focus on the physical side of the game. The 3rd floor addresses the tactical approach and the roof is the mental/psychological approach.

A typical session will consist of a warm up, soccer specific mobility routines to help the player's flexibility, some band activation work, dynamic movements that require agility, ball mastery and skill work that pertain to the topic of the day, followed by more and more game realistic exercises. I would describe my training sessions as a professional level experience, filled with a ton of fun and challenges. My sessions typically run for a hour and 30 minutes.

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Client Reviews

Incredibly talented coach and rare soccer professional. Coach Karsten is gifted in evaluating and addressing child’s strengths and areas in need of more attention. He challenges the player in a productive way.

Kartsen is fantastic. He connected with both of our boys immediately. He is focused on drilling the fundamentals and making sure the kids do things the right way before moving on to more advanced skills. He pushes them an appropriate amount so they are always developing.

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Excellent first lesson and communication. Recommend!

Coach was absolutely amazing in his approach with our daughter. I saw immediate improvement in only 90 minutes, compared to her training all season. She took to his lessons like a fish to water and even said it was the best lesson of her life. Thanks so much, Coach.

We were very pleased with Coach Karsten. He has a great coaching perspective and really gave our daughter the instruction she needs to raise the level of her game. We have been searching for the right coach for a while, trying lessons here and there from various different coaches. We are so very happy with Coach Karsten and his coaching technique/ability that we are done search. We found the best coach for our daughter!

Karsten did a great job getting my son ready to go for spring tryouts! Would highly recommend.

Very good coach understanding of the game. Works on mobility speed skills everything for game situation highly recommended.

Karsten was really helpful in getting me fit and ready for my upcoming season. His training sessions were very detail oriented and he taught me what it takes to reach the higher levels of football.
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