The Game of Arena Soccer came to fruition as a derivative of association football (soccer) adapted for play in a walled indoor arena. While originally developed in the United States and Canada as a way to play football during the winter months, Arena Soccer has rapidly become one of the most exciting spectator sports in the Continent. With the addition of boards, Plexiglas and dynamic “live” substitutions, the Arena Soccer game now sees several collegiate and professional leagues functioning that attract thousands of fans and followers to their games throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Joe Vaccaro is a professional non-profit CEO with over 10 years of experience working with the development and home building industry. Joe’s experience is sought out and highly valued as he serves on a number of provincially and municipally appointed boards and committees, volunteer role at his local soccer club and coaching his daughter’s U10 team.
Anthony D’Avella is a business lawyer born and raised in Toronto. He has had a passion for soccer all his life and has been involved in soccer-related endeavors since 1980.
Peter Kovacs played with Toronto’s York University soccer team for 5 years helping the win soccer’s Canadian National Championship. He proudly represented Canada at the World Student Games and was voted player of the year and captain of the York U Soccer team for two consecutive years. Peter enjoyed a successful professional career in Canada’s National Soccer League from 1975-1990. He shared his passion for soccer returning to York as a coach. Later, he became the Business Manager for the Oakville Soccer Club, the largest youth soccer club in North America with over 10,000 members. During this time, Peter developed a keen interest in sports marketing and worked with several different sports and soccer affiliated companies.
Paul Jackson has over 30 years of Business Development and Entrepreneurial experience. In the past 15 years, he has worked for not-for-profit community soccer clubs in Mississauga and Durham Region. Paul brings a wealth of knowledge in areas such as sponsorship & fundraising, budgeting and financial management, event coordination, human resource functions. Over the years, Paul has built strong relationships with community business partners and stakeholders. Paul also has an extensive Semi-Professional playing background in both England and Canada and is a Certified English Football Association Coach.