Riccardo Amazzini, Football (Soccer)

What sport do you coach?

I’ve been coaching soccer since 2010.

Why did you start coaching?

My younger brother started playing soccer in 2010 when he was 6 years old. He needed a coach so, I decided to become his first soccer coach.  

What sport do you play?

Since 2000, I’ve been playing soccer. I’ve been through every position on the soccer field. However, my favourite position is in the middle because you get to be fully involved in the game.

Qualifications and Memberships

  • 2015 – 2019 - FFA/AFC C Youth License (Advanced Coaching)
  • 2014 – 2018 - Skill Training Certificate
  • 2014 – 2018 - Senior Coaching Certificate
  • 2014 – 2018 – Game Training Certificate
  • 2011 – 2020 – Grassroots Football Certificate

Three words that best describe you

Passionate, driven, and bit of a joker.

If you were an animal, what would you like to be?

I would be a monkey – cheeky, and clever.

Athletic career achievements

  • 2011 – I won the Mid West Soccer Association Best and First Award in B Grade.
  • 2009 – I represented State Regional WA in Singapore.
  • 2008 – 2011 - I played in QBE Country Week in Perth.

Coaching achievements

  • 2015 – FFA/AFC C Youth License High Achievement.
  • 2016 – Selina and I were selected to mentor the other coaches in Geraldton.
  • 2015 – I was the Head Coach for the U15 boys QBE Country Week (we came second).

Do you have a sports idol?

I like watching soccer players that are not well-known. I’m always amazed how much effort these guys can put in and deliver a first class performance.

What sort of work you do? 

In 2016 I finished my studies with Central Queensland University through GUC to become a primary school teacher.

What are your hobbies?

I like squash. I like fishing and doing anything that involves moving or being outdoors.

What advice would you give to an aspiring young athlete?

  • Don’t be afraid to make mistakes as they can help you learn faster.
  • Step outside of your comfort zone and be the best you can be.
  • Don’t settle for the easy work, seek challenges in life and on the field.