Tariq A., Chicago, IL Soccer Coach

Tariq A.



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Experience at European Professional Soccer level and 4 time NCAA Division 1 starter. Using my experience & passion to help players master the technical aspect of the game. View all coaching experience

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  • Brown University (RI)

  • 3 years

  • Qualified Private Coach
    Passed Coach Course

  • Adults, Kids, Teenagers

  • Goalkeeper, Midfield, Forward, Defense

  • Heading, Crossing, Shooting, Passing, One-on-Ones, One-Touch, First Touch, Dribbling, Agility


  • Brown University (RI)

  • 3 years

  • Qualified Private Coach
    Passed Coach Course


  • Adults, Kids, Teenagers

  • Goalkeeper, Midfield, Forward, Defense

  • Heading, Crossing, Shooting, Passing, One-on-Ones, One-Touch, First Touch, Dribbling, Agility

More About Coach Tariq

I specialize in private 1 on 1 training sessions. I have trained athletes of all levels, from beginners to aspiring professionals. My focus is on teaching the proper techniques, and skills that are necessary at each level of the game.

I have coached throughout my soccer career, most notably at St. Louis FC where I was in charge of weekly technical training camps for teams (ages 5-18). My passion is in training players privately so I can provide the individualized coaching that is absent during group training. I also have experience coaching with Next Level technical training here in Michigan. I am dedicated to helping my athletes reach their full potential if they are willing to put in the work that it takes.

I have experience playing professional here in the US, and abroad in Europe. I grew up playing with Vardar in the US academy system and then went on to play NCAA Division 1 collegiate soccer at Brown university. My coaching style is unique because I have personally gone through all the different levels of soccer that my athletes are trying to reach. So I know how to relate and what it takes to help them!

*Experience playing professionally in Finland for Fc Haka (2017)
*Experience playing professionally in the USL for St. Louis FC (2016)
*MLS combine attendee
*4 year collegiate NCAA Division 1 starter at Brown University
*2 time All-Ivy League First Team player
*I have also played for semi-professional teams Detroit City, Michigan Bucks, and the Michigan Stars

Each session will be tailored to the specifics of the athlete in training. Focus will be on improving technical abilities, along with an understanding of the game. Primary setup of sessions will vary, but will have the same basic pattern:

-Dynamic Warm up (agility training, juggling, quick feet, and dribbling)
-Technique (Focus will be based on individual needs and position. This includes passing, volleying, turning, and shooting)
-Live game drill simulation (Drills will be designed to mimic movements and patterns of real game situations)

Fitness activities will be incorporated throughout the training session. Soccer specific conditioning is different than regular aerobic activities so focus will be placed on change of direction, recovery between sets, and pushing oneself beyond mental limits placed. Sessions will be challenging and are meant for those willing to work hard enough to drastically improve their game.

**Key element of my training is to help develop the training habits and mentality that are necessary for success in soccer and life, no matter what level you are playing at!

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Great coaching session. Coach Tariq was able to take his professional expertise and bring it to a youth beginner level. Highly recommend

Great coach, useful drills and trained me with high quality. Always encourage me when I am not good at it during beginning and remind me to be concentrated as training keep going. Good time with him

Best trainer I have ever had - top notch soccer IQ and he pushes you hard to achieve the best that you can be!

The session my boys had with Coach Tariq was great. Right from the start the training was on point no time wasted. What I appreciate the most is that when coach was teaching my boys a certain move if they did it incorrectly he would make them try it over and over and keep showing them the correct way to do it until they got it. I would definitely recommend Tariq highly skilled coach!

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Coach Tariq was great working with my son always maintaining a positive attitude and continually giving him good feedback. After our first session my son was immediately asking when we’d be able to meet and do our next training. I’d recommend Coach Tariq to anyone looking for a great soccer coach.

Great coach and person! Highly recommend!

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Coach Tariq is terrific. Great skills session. We highly recommend Coach Tariq!

Tariq was great to work with. Both of my kids thought he had good insights that are already helping their level of play.

Coach Teriq is a great Coach. After one session my child has already improved

Coach Tariq is a great coach! Our son immediately felt at ease with him and was appreciative of both the extra push to work harder and the positive feedback.

Coach Tariq is wonderful. We've had two sessions with him and my daughter loves the way he encourages her but still drives her. She is looking forward to more training with him to see where it will take her.

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Coach Tariq has my 8 year old kicking harder, practicing in the yard with purpose and looking forward to each upcoming session. He has a way with my young player and I look forward to many more sessions.

Coach Tariq is a fantastic trainer who helps keep you motivated throughout the session and sets a good pace and intensity level. He know the game very well and has great attention to detail throughout the session. Furthermore, he is flexible on what he teaches; allowing one to customize their session to work on specific skill whether it be 1v1, touch, striking, dribbling, etc. All things considered he is a great trainer with productive sessions as long as the player brings their "A" effort to the session. Definitely the best trainer that I have received help from throughout my years of playing.

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My daughter told me she learned a lot of new things and she's excited for the next practice with Coach Akeel.

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Excellent Coach!!!!!!!!!

After trying several different trainers , we chose Coach Tariq..even with an 80-mile drive. His sessions are intense and he works alongside my daughter. He can definitely fine tune technique, quickly identify strengths and weaknesses, and has excellent communication; with both my daughter and I. Left it up to Coach Tariq to decide what to work on ---he is always on time and prepared. My daughter works hard and looks up to him. Would recommend to any player age/level. Rare to find someone that can teach this well. Wish I would have found him sooner!

He's so patient and an excellent teacher. My daughter is having fun while learning the fundamentals of soccer.

Best trainer I've had! He's patient, makes trainings fun, and teaches me so many things I didn't know. Highly recommend!

Coach Tariq's training session was top notch! He gave me my first session free and I came back for a second. He is very patient and energetic at the same time. He's already helped improve my technique with passing and dribbling. If you're a young player looking to improve fast, I recommend Coach Tariq!

Coach Akeel is a one of a kind coach! He took my son under his wing and went above and beyond with his training session. My son and I are extremely grateful for all that he has done for my us. We wish him the best in his future endeavors!
My daughter is a shy, young girl who really opened up to Tariq. She is not the best at speaking up and likes to keep things to herself. When she was around Tariq, he made her feel comfortable and really listened and cared about her. On top of that, it was clear how much knowledge he has about the game of soccer. I recommend him to any player, even if they struggle with sports. He is a great coach and now a positive mentor for my daughter!
Coach Akeel helped improve my soccer skills way faster than I thought! He is the best coach and always makes training fun. I still practice what he taught me daily.
I've learned how to dribble way better now and trap the ball. I also learned how to think faster and position my body better in games.
Tariq's training sessions are always very professional and he keeps both my daughters extremely engaged at all times. I can tell they are working hard, but he pushes them in a positive way. His footwork and ball control drills are really making a difference in both of their games!
Tariq's constant coaching, both physically and mentally has helped shape my game. He has so much knowledge about soccer and I really appreciate all that he has done for me!
Highly recommend to anyone. Coach Tariq has helped improve my sons performance and he really does know what he doing!
Tariq is a hardworking, dedicated coach who has really does give 100 percent of himself when he is coaching. I'm impressed by him as a coach, and impressed by him as a young man.
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