About the Team:
ETFC Azul will play in the Northwest Division of the Women Premier Soccer League in its third season in 2014. ETFC is very proud to continue its support of a top level women's team. The team will recruit the top female soccer players in the area and compete in the Northwest region of the WPSL along with teams in Portland and Seattle. The team will start to practice in May and play their first home game on June 6, 2014 in Eugene. The season will have 10 games from May to mid July.
About the Coaching:
Head coach: Jürgen Ruckaberle
Jürgen's coaching career started as a player coach for a semi-professional team in Germany about 20 years ago. While coaching German youth soccer teams, he attended several coaching education courses and acquired a number of German coaching licenses culminating with the German National "B" coaching license. He also acquired the USSF A license.
Here in Eugene, Jürgen has coached numerous teams from U11-U18 competing from local leagues up to statewide premier leagues from 2000- present. Jürgen has been named the Director of Coaching of ETFC in April of 2008.
Joe Beeler (USSF A-license)
Gabriel Hernandez (USSF C-license)
Dave Peterson (USSF B-license)
Type of Players:
ETFC recruits from within the club's U17 and U18 players, as well as local colleges (University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Northwest Christian University, Lane Community College) and players who graduated from college in recent years. In addition, players who grew up in Eugene and play college out of state will return to play for the Azul.