Former Brazilian Women’s Soccer National Team that played 2 World Cups in 1991 and 1995 (China and Sweden) and 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games
Tafa, as she is known, has more than 18 years of experience coaching youth soccer. She has helped mentor kids not only to follow their soccer dreams, but to became good citizens.
Marcia Tafarel was born in Bento Goncalves, South of Brazil. As a child she liked to play soccer in the streets with her friends. Since soccer was prohibited for girls she was not able to play in a competitive league until the age of 13 years old. At 16 years old she was selected to represent her State in a tournament and from there she moved to Sao Paulo at age 18 to pursue education and her soccer career. At 20 years old came her first selection to the Brazilian Soccer National Team. She was a member of the Brazilian Soccer National Team for 8 years.
Besides soccer, Tafa likes to play futsal, which she became coach of the Sabesp Association Youth Team. Her first experience coaching was very successful with many titles in 7 years ahead of the team. In 2003 she was selected the “Best Coach” by Paulista Futsal Federation. However, her adventurous mind brought her to move to the USA in 2004 to play for WPSL California Storm. She also played for Las Positas College where she was nominated MVP of the Coast Conference, Midfielder of the Conference, and All America First Team in 2006.
Tafa brings to WCSC more than 25 years of playing and 18 years of coaching experience.