Thom Van Den Berg, San Diego, CA Soccer Coach

Thom Van Den Berg



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From The Netherlands, 4 years of D1 experience at SDSU. Dedicated to make you a complete soccer player by focusing on technical ability and help you become a better soccer player! View all coaching experience

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Trial Package
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1 session package with Coach Thom. 60 minute session length

Session Length: 1 hour

$60 1 session + one-time fee

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3 session package with Coach Thom. 60 minute session length

Session Length: 1 hour

$180 3 sessions ($60/ea) + one-time fee

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  • San Diego State University (CA)

  • 4 years

  • Qualified Private Coach
    Passed Coach Course

  • Adults, Kids, Teenagers

  • Midfield, Goalkeeper, Forward, Defense

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


  • San Diego State University (CA)

  • 4 years

  • Qualified Private Coach
    Passed Coach Course


  • Adults, Kids, Teenagers

  • Midfield, Goalkeeper, Forward, Defense

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

More About Coach Thom

Besides one-on-one technical work and leading the U17's of Total Futbal Academy in San Diego, I have been coaching in The Netherlands. I have been a part of the coaching staff that runs the National Technique Championships every year. This organization uses the philosophy and experience of former Manchester United field coach René Meulensteen and is driven to improve both coaches and young talented soccer players. The emphasis of these sessions is technical ability and teaches the importance of skill in the game of futbol.

Since the under 13’s I have been part of the youth academy of Vitesse Arnhem and competed on the highest level in The Netherlands for six years. My soccer career continued in San Diego, playing for SDSU and reaching the National Tournament. As a product of the Dutch youth soccer system, I have had the privilege to work with many current players and coaches that have been national team members.

The emphasis of my training sessions will be on technical ability and use of skills. I am a true believer of the importance of ball control in order to be able to compete at the highest levels. Having a good technical base will allow you to have more time on the ball and it will give you the confidence to play. Technique is not only the base, but also a way to differentiate yourself from other players.

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Client Reviews

Coach Thom is an excellent coach and his ability to access my childrens needs was much appreciated. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend his services and will definitely include him in my childs training regimen.

Today was my son's first training with Coach Thom and it was GREAT!!! Coach Thom has great soccer fundamentals and he was great at explaining the necessary adjustments to improve my son's techniques; in addition, Coach Thom place a lot of emphasis on improving game awareness. The mental part of the game is very challenging for young players to grasp and Coach Thom did an amazing job in helping my son understand the game. The drills that Coach Thom used effectively translates to game situation which will absolutely increase my son's decision making and game speed. I highly recommend Coach Thom to anyone who wants to see a significant improvement.

A very professional and no-bs coach. Will definitely improve your game. Will sometimes bring a goalkeeper friend out for even more accurate practice.

Great coach. I had first session today and I was excited a lot. Thom made me enjoy soccer.

Thom is a very good trainer. I told him what skills my son needed to work on and he addressed them. My son is 6 and he likes Thom a lot. He is very patience and very good with young children. I recommend Thom to anyone who wants to get the extra help to improve their skills.

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Thom is a very good and professional coach! He was very interested in my goals and has a true love for the sport, not only does he come ready with a very organized and technical session, he has patience in his teaching! I will definitely be booking with him again!

Coach Thom was awesome with our son. He connected with him with ease. He also has great way of demonstrating and explaining things. Our son had a great time and learned a lot.

My son had a great first session. It is a whole another ball game when you get coached by an ex-player of Thom's caliber. Thom was very patient and was able to identify several weaknesses and offer corrections. As soon as the session ended, my son wanted to know when the next one was. We look forward to working with Thom on a regular basis.

A PROPER football (soccer) coach. Coach Thom was was timely, engaging, patient, and supportive. He really has the ability to improve a player. He has great knowledge and experience that he shares. He communicates effectively, he made sure that I understood everything that we worked on. He is very organized in implementing his sessions and executing the proper drills to ensure that my skills will be improved! By far a top class coach and I would recommend him to anyone!

Coach Thom was great! He was patient and engaging. He really took the time to assess strengths and weaknesses and tailor a session according to that. Highly recommend.

My 9 year old son had his first session with Thom yesterday. He was very pleasant and courteous. It was only an assessment session, however, Thom immediately picked picked up on his strong areas and weaknesses and coached accordingly. My son enjoyed the training with coach Thom and asked to continue. We look forward to continued training and are excited to see that begin to translate in his game.

Our session was excellent. Our son was completely motivated and is looking forward to the next session. He liked that every minute was optimized--that so much was packed into one session. He has new skills already that he is looking forward to using and practicing. It was a good fit for us and we would recommend Thom. We also appreciated how he responded right away and was super flexible on where we could meet. Thanks.

During our first session Thom evaluated my son on his skills and fundamentals to identify areas in need of improvement. Then Thom began a program to strengthen those weaknesses. Thom explained each drill then made adjustments to ensure proper techniques were being developed.

I highly recommend Thom to anyone who wishes to help their kids improve their soccer skills.

Great coach! Coach Thom knows his stuff. Both myself and my son feel he’s going to benefit greatly from working with coach Thom.

Solid coach. Knowledgeable and easy to learn from. Very complete sessions with no dead time. Definitely would recommend.

Great coach! it was really easy getting to know him and super glad I did. Really straightforward about teaching a player to get better and has an awesome personality, definitely worth it, I've learned a lot and I’ve had only 2 sessions so far.

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My Son just started training with Coach Thom, I can see from the first session that my Son is going to benifit from his training. Coach Thom teaches technique, form, ball skills, confidence, and knowledge about the game in itself. I think it is awesome he is being trained by a high skilled profesional player. My son talks highly about Coach Thom, and I feel that Coach Thom will lead him sucess and victory...

Thanks Coach Thom
Keep up the good work, you are appreciated

Great person and coach. Not only did he focus on the soccer side of things, but also on the mental side which is very important for the game and to be able to play at a higher level. I highly recommend to anyone who wants to excel in their soccer career. He focuses on details that many people may over look that can make the difference in a game. He speaks and analyses with experience.

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