Abdel Deroune

Abdel played professionally in Morocco for over 10 years in the Country’s top leagues. Since coming to Australia in 2010, he has played in the Victorian Premier League for South Melbourne and continues to play in State League Division 1 and Division 3.
Within 2 years of coming to Australia, Abdel was appointed The Director of Junior Coaching at South Yarra Soccer Club.
Whilst delivering clinics to a broad range of schools and settings, Abdel saw the huge demand for Junior soccer and founded Kickstart Soccer in 2013. Kickstart Soccer is an affiliate of SYSC, with Kickstart’s programs directly feeding the clubs growth in the numbers and diversity of participants in the Miniroos and Junior Soccer Programs. Abdel’s role as Director at SYSC involves
coordinating almost 20 junior teams for girls and boys, overseeing all player placements, family involvement and managing coaches’ needs and delivery.
Abdel has developed a strong reputation in Melbourne as a coach who is passionate about teaching young people the joy of soccer, providing supportive and accessible sessions for all age and skill levels and being able to share his great commitment and enthusiasm for the game.

Ben Meyer

Ben has been involved in soccer since he started playing at South Yarra Soccer Club when he was nine. He began coaching in 2016; helping run the Junior Development Program at SYSC. Ben is a keen learner and always strives to improve every aspect of his coaching and playing career.
Favourite Soccer Team: Liverpool FC

Said Rhora

Said comes to our team with a wealth of knowledge and experience. He previously played soccer in The Victorian State League 1 and now he owns and operates AnyAim Fitness, a mobile personal training business. He is passionate about health and fitness and being a positive coach to all his clients. Said has been coaching with Kickstart Soccer and the South Yarra Soccer Club Juniors since 2014 and we are very excited to have him as part of the team again in 2018. Said will deliver personal strength and conditioning programs to our U15-U18 girls and boys at SYSC this year.
Favourite Soccer Team: Real Madrid

Rohan Khot

Rohan has been playing soccer since he was 5 years old, initially in the UK and then in Australia. He currently plays for Middle Park FC, in State League 3, and am hopefully looking to push for a first team over the course of the season. He has been coaching for 3 years now, and has completed the FFV Grassroots (Miniroos) certification. He likes coaching because he gets to see the kids grow and develop as players over the course of the season, as well as being able to work outside and as a part of the community. I’m a big Arsenal fan, but will also always have a soft spot for Ipswich, which is where I grew up. Good luck for the season Rohan!
Favourite Soccer Team: Arsenal

Ashlee Good

Ashlee has grown up with soccer in her family from a very young age. She started playing at Knox City Soccer Club because she was bored sitting on the sidelines watching her brother play and decided to join the team. She started playing in the first girls team at Knox in U12, before moving to Sandringham Women’s Premier League at the age of 15. She played open Women’s Soccer for multiple years, and also represented her State from U12-U18. In 2008, she was offered a full scholarship to Philadelphia University to experience soccer at a whole new level. In 2009, very suddenly, due to health and injuries she unfortunately had to end her playing career and her focus turned to coaching and teaching kids.
Ashlee is Junior President at South Yarra Soccer Club and coordinates 20+ Junior Teams and staff.
The Junior Development Program is highly regarded as one of the best in Victoria, and with the Club celebrating 90 years in 2018, it is a very exciting time to be a part of such a successful Community Club. Ashlee enjoys coaching and running programs for all ages, including her U11 and U16-U18 SYSC female teams.
Ashlee recently attended the 2017 Women in Soccer Forum at AAMI park, which brought together passionate people from all over Australia; with the focus on increasing participation, retaining female players and encouraging women to be actively involved in Women’s Soccer in Australia.
Something’s Ashlee had to say about the forum:
“The 2017 Women’s in Soccer Forum was a fabulous collaboration of passionate women and men, all with the same goal of getting females of all ages involved in soccer in Australia. It is a very exciting time for everyone involved in female soccer in Australia; with the Matilda’s being so successful in recent years and the participation level at a Community Club Level, NPL level, Region and State Team level all on the rise. I love being able to take my playing and coaching experiences and guide the younger generation of kids I work with everyday. Sport is so important for development, social skills, leadership, communication, body image, mental health and I think
with positive role models surrounding our kids we can provide them the best opportunities in life.”
Favourite Soccer Team: Liverpool FC

Luke Atkinson

Luke has grown up with soccer his entire life. He played at his local club from u9’s to u18’s before completing his Level 1 FA coaching qualification in England. Since moving to Australia he has been playing for several teams and we are excited he will be playing, as well as coaching in 2018.
Favourite Soccer Team: Manchester United


As a Junior, Jalal played for Brunswick Zebras FC for 2 years. His passion for soccer lead to coaching 4 years ago when he joined the coaching staff a SYSC. He also helps Abdel with some coaching at Kickstart. We are glad to have Jalal as part of our coaching team in 2018, good luck with your boy’s team!
Favourite soccer team: Chelsea FC

Pascal Misaipon

Where I come from which is Laos, soccer is one of the most popular sports. I never had any formal training; majority of what I have learnt has been self-taught. Pascal plays Futsal and manages a number of senior Futsal teams in some of the top leagues in Victoria, including Futsal Oz and Futsal Plus. Pascal has extensive coaching experiences with South Yarra Soccer Club, Futsal Plus Juniors and Kickstart Soccer. Good Luck in 2018!
Favourite Soccer Team: Manchester United

Ari Missikos

Ari has been involved in soccer for 25 years. She represented Western Australia during her teens, before moving to Melbourne and getting involved with soccer here. She has been a part of South Yarra Soccer Club for 7 years now, playing in the Senior Women’s Team and Coaching the Women’s Thirds and U16 Girls team. Ari is very passionate about Women’s Soccer and hopes to leave a strong legacy for many years to come. Ari also attended the 2017 Women in Soccer Forum and hopes to actively be involved in increasing participation in women’s soccer for the future.
Favourite Soccer Team: Liverpool FC


We welcome back our Brazilian Coach, Matheus for another season of coaching at the Yarra in 2018. Matheus has several years of coaching and playing experience; growing up in Brazil where soccer is a way of life! We are excited to have you back and watch you build on last year’s knowledge and success.
Favourite Soccer Team: Cornthiam (Brazil)

Omar Garmoum

Omar has been involved in soccer all his life; he started playing at the age of 5! He has extensive coaching experience in both volleyball and soccer, but continues to coach soccer at SYSC in 2018!

Isobel Upfal

Isobel has played soccer for 3 years and last year she played in under 16 girls team red for South Yarra as a striker. Over the last 12 months she has worked really hard to gain some coaching experience in particular with the 10’s South Yarra girls soccer team and the under 11 Toorak Primary basketball team. She enjoy soccer, as it is a good sport to learn teamwork. We are excited to
have another female as part of the coaching staff in 2018 at SYSC and can’t wait to see the positive impact you have on the U9 Girls Team this year!

Art Oliver

I have been playing soccer since I can remember. My Opa introduced me to my favourite soccer team Arsenal FC. It took me a while before I joined a soccer club, but in 2009 I signed up with South Yarra SC playing in a number of defensive roles until 2015. I began helping out with coaching at my high school, coaching some of the younger years. I want to stay connected with the
sport I love so much and if I can give back by helping develop future players then I will do my best to give back and make a positive contribution.