Mani Santos, Rockville, MD Soccer Coach

Mani Santos




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A former Brazilian professional soccer player for 16 years and now a coach who has a 33-year track record of implementing instructive and stimulating soccer practice sessions. View all coaching experience

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1 session package with Coach Mani

Session Length: 1 hour

$75 1 session + applicable fees

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  • Rice University (TX)

  • 30 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


  • Rice University (TX)

  • 30 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 Mani

 National “B” Coaching License – United States Soccer Federation (USSF) – MA, USA 2001
 National Coaching License – Brazilian Association of Soccer Coaching (ABTF)– RJ, Brazil 1996
 Football Association Coaching Certification – Lilleshall, England 1988

Head Coach for Youth Teams:
Herndon Soccer Club- Herndon, VA 2014- Present
Great Falls Soccer Club- Great Falls, VA 2013-2014
Olympic Development Program (U-14G)- Glen Burnie, MD 2013-2014
Olympic Development Program (ODP-Project 100+)- Germantown, MD 2012 -2013
FC CASA- Germantown, MD 2012
Bethesda Soccer Club- Bethesda, MD 2010-2012
Montgomery Soccer Incorporated (MSI)- Rockville, MD 2004-2010
DC Stoddert Soccer Club- Washington, DC 1999-2003

Head Coach for First Division Professional Teams:
Vasco Sport Club- Aracaju, SE, Brazil 1998
Guarany Football Club- Porto Da Folha, SE, Brazil 1997
Confianca Football Club – Aracaju, SE, Brazil 1996
Dorense Football Club – N.S. Dores, SE, Brazil 1995
Itabaina Football Club – Itabaiana, SE, Brazil 1994
Centro Sportivo Maruinense – Aracaju, SE, Brazil 1992-1993
Vitoria Sport Club – Salvador, BA, Brazil 1989-1991
Nepal National Football Team (Asian Cup Games)- Kathmandu, Nepal 1985

Head Coach for Collegiate Team:
Rice University Women’s Soccer Team – Houston, TX, USA 1983
(Southwestern Conference College Soccer League)

Ability to work with any age group from child to adult.

Jurong Town Football Club- Singapore, Singapore 1988
Singapore Premier League

N.S. Football Team- Seremban, Malaysia 1987
Malaysia First Division League

East Bengal Football Club- Calcutta, India 1986
Calcutta First Division League

Galveston Soccer Team- Houston, TX, USA 1983
Texas State League - U.S. Open Cup

Rice University Soccer Club- Houston, TX, USA 1981-1982
Southwestern Conference College Soccer League

Botafogo Sport Club- Salvador, BA, Brazil 1977-1980
Pro Team National/State League

Vitoria Sport Club- Salvador, BA, Brazil 1972-1976
Pro Team National/State League

A typical session is broken down into various categories. They usually consist of the following techniques or drills- warm-up, footwork skills and technique (ball control, dribbling), 1 on 1, passing, shooting, moves and scrimmaging. I am hands-on with the demonstration and repetition of each drill.

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Client Reviews

Great session

Mani was super helpful.

Coach Mani was extremely knowledgeable and gave my godson a phenomenal workout as well as great pointers. My godson played professionally abroad and Coach Mani presented him with better training options to hone his skills. We would/will use Coach Mani again and would surely recommend him to others without reservation.

Great session. My son was really happy with the first session and we look forward to more to come.

He is awesome!

Coach Mani was a great highly experienced coach. My daughter (7yo) loves his training.

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Coach Mani was very knowledgeable and friendly. My son enjoyed his time with coach Mani!

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Mani is a great coach! He is a very kind and patient individual and is good with young athletes who are trying to improve their skills. Mani has been instrumental in helping my son strengthen his overall footwork, increase the shooting power with his right, and develop his left foot. Thank you Mani!

Mani has been a fantastic coach for my son (winger, midfielder, forward). You can clearly see what they work on during training put into practice on the field during games. He has a great attention to detail and technique. Highly recommended.

We had a great session with Coach Manilton, we will continue to have more sessions with him. He worked well with my son and we are excited about returning.

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As per my daughter “ coach Manny is very good . Making us practice techniques that we don’t learn in our club, and having us me and my brother repeat the drills multiple times until get it right”
As per my son “ I like the way he did the drill and specially because he has us practice with our left foot”
Thank you coach.

Coach Manilton is amazing! A true professional who understands the game and how to translate it to children! My son said to me excitedly after his first practice "mom I learned more in 1 hour with Coach Manilton than the last 3 months on my team!"

Coach Santos is amazing with my six year old. He is so kind and patient with him. His wealth of soccer knowledge has been so valuable and we have seen improvement in his game after just 2 lessons.

Coach Manilton was an excellent coach. Demanding but fair. My son got a lot out of the coaching.

Good coach but coaching field was far

Great first session, my son will definitely benefit from more sessions. He picked a location that was not too far for us and was early!

Coach Manilton was excellent with my son. He knows everything about soccer and was great at relaying and showing to my son what he needs to do to improve.

My son learned so much in the sessions that he had with Coach Manilton.

It is clear that Coach Manilton loves training and passing his knowledge on to others. He started 10 minutes early training my son so I was prepared for the training to end 10 minutes early. But, he didn’t. He ended the training at the end of the hour, even though he stated before the scheduled time.

My son is looking fir to his next session.

Coach Mani showed the boys what it takes to build their skills in soccer. My 7 year old said “if we do this for a year we will be very good”

My son enjoyed his session with Santos. Looking forward to the next session

Coach Mani is a great coach. Worked with my son (15 yrs. old) on technical skills, shooting, and was very helpful.

Great first session with coach mani looking forward to continue developing my son skills with the drills and practice coach mani will helping us out with!

Coach Mani was a great find and was able to accurately asses our 9 year old sons strengths and skills that need more work.
His rich experience, professionalism & coaching skills are hard to find and we will surely be signing up for training on a regular basis.

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Coach Mani has a number of practical drills that helped my son improve his soccer skills. Coach Mani made sure that the fundamental soccer skills were addressed, but also focused on some other specific focus areas based on our request to create well balanced training sessions. Coach Mani was very flexible in scheduling the sessions at locations convenient to us.

Thank you to Coach Mani for his knowledge, experience on training soccer and flexibility with schedule, I booked 5 sessions for my nephew with Coach Mani, and definitely he learned different moves with the ball, things that he haven’t practice with his travel team, and personal classes are much better because on this case Mani told us what My Nephew needs to develop and keep practicing, Thank you Mani 😎

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Coach Mani has an amazing soccer resume. His in-person coaching matches his on-paper experience. My favorite thing about coach Mani was that, in addition to teaching skills and creativity, his drills addressed conditioning in a fun way. My son, who never gets tired, was exhausted after the session. Coach Mani subscribe to the philosophy of less talking and more doing - which really works.

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The soccer training is the best in the world. Soccer is a way of life for these Brazilian coaches and there are none better anywhere. My son not only improved his soccer skills substantially, he learned more from his friendships with the coaches and players than he could have. Through the training regimen, he also learned a good deal about himself.
I wanted to thank you for the role you played in organizing the Predators. I know it had to be hard to respond to all of the various requests, suggestions, likes, and dislikes of so many parents and kids. You were always so helpful and responsive. Sam had a great experience.Thanks again and see you on the sidelines this fall.
My soccer skills, especially my moves and ball control, improved so much as a result of my training, that I felt like a completely changed player when I returned.
My sons' individual and team soccer skills greatly improved.
My soccer skills, especially my moves and ball control, improved so much as a result of my training at Zico, that I felt like a completely changed player when I returned.
I cannot imagine a better way to help a team or player move to the next level in soccer. The training and bonding that occurred no doubt helped our team move to the first division where they now are. My son literally cannot wait to return this coming summer.
Training with the Brazilians improved me as a player, and playing against them improved our team. I had a really good time when we weren't playing, too.
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