About Us

Benfica Soccer School, Washington, DC is a part of SL Benfica’s worldwide network of soccer schools.

Ranked the best youth system in the world in 2015, SL Benfica focuses on developing the best coaching methods, trainings, and community to develop players to their full potential. Our partnership with SL Benfica gives our players and coaches access to the same methods and trainings used in Portugal. Player development is coached and run by residential staff from the SL Benfica’s youth coaching cadre and coaches that will assist who are trained and mentored on the Benfica way - including spending time at Benfica’s academy in Lisbon.

Our player exchange program will also provide DMV youth players the opportunity to travel to Portugal and train with Benfica youth players and coaches at Benfica’s Caixa Futebol Campus.

We are excited to announce that we will be launching a youth travel club for the 2019/2020 season for boy and girl players of all ages. BenficaDMV will have training locations in both the Fairfax, VA and College Park, MD areas. Teams will train at one of those two locations with most home games being held at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC.

our mission

At the Benfica Soccer School our mission is to develop players to be the best version of themselves and compete at the highest level using better coaching methods, comprehensive training, and the Benfica Spirit.

our vision

An inclusive soccer community that serves as the model for youth soccer in the Washington, DC region. Built on developing excellence, providing opportunity for players, and instilling a life-long love of the game.

Director of operations

pedro braz

USSF B License
B.S. Sociology, Sports Studies, University of New Hampshire

Career Highlights
Head Men's Soccer Coach at Gallaudet University; Formerly 2012-2015 Head Men's Coach at Montgomery College; National Coach of the Year Runner Up(2012), 3x Regional Coach of the Year (2012-2015), 3x Conference Coach of the Year(2012-2015), 2017 Arlington Soccer Association Travel Coach of the Year, Professional player (2007-2012), Four-year starter/Captain for NCAA D1 University of New Hampshire Men's Soccer Team.

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