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August 24, 2021


João Duarte will begin his new role with Whitecaps London immediately where he will work closely and report to current Whitecaps London Technical Director & Head Coach Pedro Dias.

João is no stranger to the London community.  For many years João was the Head Coach and Technical Director with our affiliate Byron Optimist Club Soccer Club before to returning to Portugal to continue his coaching aspirations.   As a part of our new structure, Joao will be the Whitecaps London GRASSROOTS MANAGER and will also be part of our selected OPDL coaches with a girl’s team in 2022. DUARTE holds his UEFA B and Canadian B licencing and also holds a Technical Directors Diploma from Ontario Soccer.

In addition…He will also be managing our PRE-OPDL (2009) OPEN TRIALS and Training.

Pedro Dias Whitecaps London Technical Director says of João, “I know I speak on behalf of all Whitecaps London coaches and players when I extend my warm wishes of welcome to João. We are all very excited at the prospect of working alongside someone with his skills and experience. We believe it will be a rewarding path for us all, and can’t wait to see what we can achieve together. Welcome, João!”

Abbi Lezizidis President of Whitecaps London says “We are so excited to bring João back to London.  João has played a large role in the past within this community when he was with Byron. So many of players past and present in London and area have been developed by João. His philosophy of the game fits our program really well.  He is a great leader and fantastic Coach.  Welcome back João.”

A quote from João Duarte… "I am very excited to be back in Canada and to start this new role with the Whitecaps London. I am looking forward to start working with everyone, especially the players and coaches in my role as the Grassroots Manager and as an OPDL Head Coach. I am thrilled to be joining such a successful top National youth club and hope to add value and help the club to exceed expectations."

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