The trophy cabinet at Boca Juniors Football School India has quite a few recent additions. The academy is basking in glory after emerging champions in three leagues. And behind their stupendous showing is an unassuming Goan, Derryl D’Souza.

Having joined as Technical Director at Boca Juniors Football School India back in April 2020, D’Souza has been instrumental in laying the groundwork for the success of the Boca Juniors in all categories and teams.

Having spent two seasons with the academy, the efforts are there for everyone to see. This season, Boca Juniors have emerged champions in the U14 category, defending the Club’s title with back to back victories, and U8 Karnataka State Football (KSFA) leagues, as well as in the U10 Double Pass Development League (DPDL). Among the other notable achievements include a semifinal finish in the U12 league, and quarterfinal spots in U17 & U10.
The cherry on the cake was when Derryl’s three players this season appeared as the probables at the U17 Indian National camp held in Goa.

“The players had a valuable experience and learning, which will definitely assist them to propel higher in their game,” said Derryl.

With his vast coaching experience, D’Souza is worth his weight in gold. He is the only male coach from India to complete the ‘Project Future Coach’ run by Asian Football Confederation (AFC) during 2009-2012.

D’Souza is determined to raise the bar for development football. With an AFC A Licence since 2015, he has wide experience in grassroots, youth and professional football over a decade. Derryl was Technical Director for Goa Football Development Council for 8 years. and has developed many youth players for the national squads.

He has also been an All India Football Federation (AIFF) as a Coach Educator since 2014.

D’Souza has completed his DFB International Coaching Course from Hennef, Germany with an international assignment in BV Borussia Dortmund (Jurgen Klopp training sessions), and also has various other Youth & Senior FIFA Coaching certifications under his belt.

As Technical Director at Boca Juniors FS India, D’Souza handles the KSFA League Division teams, Residential Academy, International Football Excellence programme (Youth) and Boca Juniors Football academies (Grassroots).

His role with the team is to plan and devise the training curriculum structure for the overall project.

With an emphasis on coach education, D’Souza also mentors coaches to run the entire program efficiently.

“The right player development is crucial — making understand our young players, what they are doing and why are they doing it during the training sessions. The purpose and the objective has to be crystal clear behind it. As a coach, you have to welcome the individual errors patiently, and deal with it along with involving the players, and work towards gradually eliminating it. The mindset is the strongest weapon. We coaches have to teach and groom our players of not quitting and the Importance of playing as a ‘team’ and understanding it,” says Derryl.


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