Founder and Director
Vilmar (Vava) Marques brings an illustrious soccer career with national and international playing and coaching experience to WUFA. A member of the Brazilian Under-20 national team pool, Vava arrived in the United States in 1986 and quickly established himself as an All-American and Team Captain at Foothill. After playing outdoor and indoor professional soccer for several years, Vava returned to Foothill to study and ended up as Head Men's Soccer Coach, a position he has held for 13 consecutive years, earning Coast Conference Coach of the Year in 2001 and 2003. Vava was honored in 1994 when he was selected local coordinator for the Brazilian Men's National team during the 1994 World Cup held in the United States. In 1999, FIFA appointed Vava the Official Liaison for the Brazilian Women's National team during their two-month stay in the U.S. for the 1999 Women's World Cup. Also in 1999, Vava was named Assistant Coach of the U.S. Futsal Men's National Team, which won the Gold Medal at the North and Central American CONCACAF Cup in 2004, followed by a 7th place finish in the Futsal World Championship Cup held in Taipei China in 2004, behind soccer giants Spain, Brazil, Italy and Argentina. Vava welcomes everyone to join him in his classes where students will meet other students from around the world in a fun and competitive environment.