The Chelsea Soccer Club Board of Directors are delighted to announce the hiring of Matthew Clarke as our next Director of Coaching. Matthew has been with Chelsea Soccer Club for three years as a coach and technical director.
He worked closely with former coach DOC Mario on the development of the club’s current program and solidified our core values of respect, community, integrity, competitiveness and fun.
Matthew shared: “I am delighted to have been chosen as Chelsea Soccer Club’s Director of Coaching. Mario and the other coaches have laid an incredible foundation for the club over the past four years. I am excited to pursue the strategic vision of providing high quality coaching and competitive teams at an affordable price. Additionally, with the growing size of the club, our goal is increasingly important to facilitate an environment for players to develop their skills and abilities on the soccer field. From here, Chelsea Soccer Club will continue to deliver a quality football experience and compete in competitive leagues, cups and tournaments that reflect our growing size.
Chelsea Soccer Club flourished under manager Mario, growing from 160 players in 11 teams to 260 players competing in 23 teams. We’ve seen teams progress through the levels of competition and develop their skills. Additionally, members of Chelsea Soccer Club have played a vital role in the success of recent Chelsea High School boys and girls football teams. We are grateful for his four years of service and are committed to continuing the positive improvements he initiated.
Coach Matthew is from Lake Orion, MI. Collegially, he was a member of the University of Essex football (soccer) team in England from 2014 to 2017 (team captain in 2017). During his graduate studies, he was a member of the London School of Economics football team in England from 2017 to 2018. After working with Liverpool FC International Academy Clarkston (formerly Michigan Impact) from May 2016 to December 2018 and with Liverpool FC International Academy Ann Arbor from February 2019 to June 2019, he joined Chelsea SC in the spring of 2020 as a staff coach. From fall 2020 to spring 2022, he served as Technical Director before becoming Director of Coaching for Chelsea Soccer Club in June 2022. Coach Matthew currently holds the following licenses: USSF C License Candidate; USSF D license; US Soccer Grassroots Licenses (formerly USSF E License); USSF F license; Level 2 FA license.
Matthew is committed to the Chelsea community, understands our role in the football community, the value of consistent training at all levels and maintains high standards for players and spectators. He supports the continuing tradition of encouraging the participation of many sports athletes and will oversee the regular season, winter skills and summer camp. We look forward to a bright future under his leadership.
The Chelsea Soccer Club is a not-for-profit organization that provides boys and girls from Chelsea and surrounding communities with the opportunity to benefit from a comprehensive, competitive and affordable travel soccer program. Develop healthy attitudes towards participating in team sports and understand the importance of good sportsmanship and respect for others. Chelsea Soccer Club, PO Box 44, Chelsea MI 48118, www.chelseasoccerclub.org