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Ali Hanif Becomes South Valley Surf's Director of Goalkeeping
Ali Hanif joins South Valley Surf as the Director Of Goalkeeping, overseeing all goalkeeper training at the club! Ali has just recently joined the women’s soccer staff at CSU- Bakersfield, coming to CSUB from Illinois State and FC Central Illinois/ Eclipse Central Illinois Soccer club (2021-2022). Ali comes to Bakersfield with 15 years of coaching experience in the UK and U.S. spanning, Professional, Semi-Pro, NCAA D1, NAIA, ODP & ECNL experience.
Ali came to Illinois State after spending a pair of seasons at MidAmerica Nazarene as an assistant coach overseeing the goalkeepers. Ali helped MNU reach the Heart of America Conference tournament in both seasons. The Pioneers won 14 matches in Hanif’s first season making an NAIA Tournament appearance – the second trip in program history.
Additionally, Ali has served as the Director of Goalkeeping at Kansas City Athletics SC (ECNL) and the Kansas ODP as a goalkeeper coach from 2018-2021! Ali helped numerous goalkeepers make college commitments over the years, throughout the country.
In 2017, Ali joined the WPSL staff at GSI/KC Athletics Pride for two seasons working with numerous players who now play the trade in the NWSL and abroad.
Ali began his coaching career in 2008 on staff with Manchester United FC from 2008-2018! Working with various areas of the club as a goalkeeper and assistant coach with the boys and girls. He held assistant and head coaching positions at Loreto College (Manchester, England) with the men’s program (2012-17) before coming to the US.
Ali holds his USSF C License, UEFA C License, English FA and Scottish FA Goalkeeping Licenses, and is on course to complete the UEFA B Goalkeeping License this summer.
A native of Manchester, England, Hanif attended Manchester Metropolitan University and earned a bachelor’s degree in Coaching and Sports Development in 2015.
South Valley Surf Champions at Legends Classic!
South Valley Surf G2008 and G2009 were champions at the May 2022 Legends Classic! Their combined record was 7 wins and 1 loss on the weekend. Congratulations on a job well done!
South Valley Surf joins Elite 64 Nation League!
South Valley Surf’s girls’ elite teams were announced today as inaugural members of US Youth Soccer’s Elite 64 national league. This is a huge reflection on the past and current success of our players and our staff!
In this coming August, the primary teams for South Valley Surf: G2010, G2009, G2008, G2007, G2006, and G2005 will begin competing in this high-quality, high-exposure league.
Go South Valley!!
G2011 SV Surf are State Cup Champions!
Congratulations to the G2011 South Valley Surf, coached by Hallie McFee, on their State Cup championship! The girls completed the six match series with a clean slate, not allow a single goal. Well done, SURF!