Graeme Carrett
Granville & Districts Soccer Football Association Inc.
Parramatta FC - Nation Premier League 1 Club

Working closely with Steve Arbelo at Parramatta FC was an incredible experience for me personally where I learnt his passion for this great game and the importance of teaching the player the fundamental of technical and game skills, player discipline, dedication and that hard work pays off and Steve, of course, was an enormous asset to the development of the Parramatta FC Youth League Squads.

Whilst at Parramatta FC to see players/ teams under his guidance as the clubs Technical Director where his delivery of his football plan, his vision and philosophy in creating a football environment where players/ teams develop in good motor skills, technical skills and game skills which allowed players to be able to grow by expressing themselves, which then flowed into the players game and allowed the team to play a free-flowing football game.

Cameron Wilkinson
Played for Central Coast Marines Academy 13-19, Met Far North representative Sides 12-15, Current USA College Soccer 19-22 plus many academies such as Jonny Warren Foundation Program and Coerver Coaching.

I have been lucky enough to be coached by Steve throughout my footballing career. This first started at Passion Futbol and Terrigal United FC when I was 8 and managed to continually be involved with Steve through various academies and programs until the age of 15.

Steve is extremely passionate not just about football but developing young athletes into better footballers and better men. Steve has given me a skill set that has allowed me to compete not only on a domestic stage but internationally as well. Steve will give young footballers the complete technical package set by his own experiences and practices. I would highly recommend and am extremely happy to see him back developing the youth of the Central Coast.

Grant Brown
Central Coast Mariners Academy, many NSW & Northern NSW Premier League Clubs plus many academy training

I had Steve as a football coach from an extremely young age, and it’s easy to say I have never met anyone more passionate about the game! Steve lives and breaths football, and having the chance to be coached by him for many years was a privilege.

He helped me take my game to the next level where I didn’t think it would be physically possible. His technical ability to analyse, explain and correct a players technique is certainly something to admire.

Steve is an extremely loyal coach and will not give up on any player who is willing to learn. If you give him 100% he will give you 120% in return.

I would not be the player I am today without the guidance and support of Steve.

Daniel McFarlane
Central Coast Mariners Academy plus National A-League Youths with Central Coast Mariners plus International clubs in Scotland. Also many academies during my early ages.

By far the best coach I've ever had, instilled discipline and technique into my game, very passionate and determined coach and will 100% improve you as a player and person, can't speak highly enough of you mate, best youth development coach around.

Jack Ragen
Played for Central Coast Marines Academy 13-19, Met Far North representative Sides 12-15, Current USA College Soccer 19-22 plus many academies such as Jonny Warren Foundation Program and Coerver Coaching.

Steve, or otherwise known as “Chopo” is and always has been one of the great youth coaches. From age 6 up until 16 my footballing career always had chopo involved in it. Today I’m playing college soccer in America and I can honestly say I wouldn’t be here without the influence chop had on me both on and off the field. All though Steve doesn’t coach me anymore, he’s still a great mentor and always stays in touch to make sure I’m still enjoying and improving as a footballer.

From ball skills, technique and touch, to discipline and manner, Steve prides himself in influencing young players both with and without the ball, at and away from the pitch. At all times training is tough and intense, helping to build character and personality as a footballer at a young age. Along with this training always has an element of competition and excitement.

It’s great to hear Steve is bringing Passion Futbol back to the youth groups. Being too scared to take a player on or try something that might produce that “magic” at a young age is a complaint you hear too much in youth football today. Football is about being creative and learning from your mistakes, learning technique and touch, along with being disciplined and professional on and off the pitch, which is where Steve excels.

Steve’s sessions, are definitely not for the faint hearted, they are tough, technical but most of all passionate. Steve only wants the best you can possibly be as a footballer, and will continue to push and mentor you whilst training with him and also when finished with him down the years of your career. He will always stay in touch and make sure you’ve achieved the goals you set with him when you first met him. With serious interest and passion in Football, it’s definitely the best academy for youth football.