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Sonoran Foothills Soccer League was formed in 2007 by Edson Rico, former star professional player and current recreational and competitive coach. He enjoys coaching kids who join for fun or those with real promise and desire to take soccer further. Over the years he has had numerous players go on to full-ride college soccer scholarships throughout the country including St. Mary's TX, University of Bridgeport CT, Loyola Marymont CA, Montana State University MT, St. Peters NJ and Murray State KY.  Edson has maintained his position as Director of Training since 2007.  In 2012, Roberto Beall joined the program and he and Edson now share in the roles of Directors of Training.  Roberto brought with him an extensive history of playing and coaching experience, as well as an upstanding and positive attitude toward the game and our SFSL families.

Edson has coached hundreds of children all ages through recreational, competitive club programs, and competitive camps since 1998. He is driven by a desire to share his many years of experience both as a professional soccer player and as a coach.

Coaching History

  • Has coached competitively since 1998
  • Assistant Coach for Arizona Sahuaros (USISL) 1998, 1999
  • Has had numerous players go on to full-ride college soccer scholarships throughout the country including St. Mary's, TX and University of Bridgeport, CT
  • Assistant Coach for the Tucson Fireballs (USL) in 2000, 2001
  • Director of Training for AZ Inferno Soccer Club since 2008

Playing History

  • All-American in 1989 & 1990
  • 1990 National Champion Yavapai College Roughriders star forward all-time leading scorer
  • Played Pro Soccer for FC Kampenhout (1st Division Belgium)
    1992, 1993, 1994, 1996
  • Star forward for Arizona Sahuaros (USISL) 1998, 1999
  • Star forward for Tucson Fireballs 2000, 2001
  • Inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame in 2006


Roberto Beall
The son of an American diplomat, Roberto grew up playing soccer all over the world in Brazil, Uruguay, Colombia, Nigeria, Sweden, Panama and Mexico. He matriculated to the University of Vermont, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations. As a student/athlete at Vermont, he was a 2 time team captain who garnered All-Conference, All-Region and All-America honors, and was inducted into the University of Vermont Athletic Hall of Fame. His playing background includes youth and reserve team experience with CA Penarol (Uruguay) and Malmo FF (Sweden). In addition to playing five years professionally in the USISL, Roberto was selected to play for the United States National Select team in 1991.

Coaching Experience:

  • Brazilian ABTF "A" License
  • NSCAA National Diploma
  • University of Vermont (Div. I)
  • University of South Alabama (Div. I)
  • Phoenix College
  • Staff Coach, MLS Real Salt Lake Youth Development Program
  • Staff Coach, United States Olympic Development Program
  • CISCO SC Director of Coaching
  • West Valley United SC Director of Coaching
  • Arizona Hammers Director of Coaching
  • LEGENDS Premier Soccer Academy Director


Sonoran Foothills Soccer League was created with the goal of bringing a higher level of recreational playing to the community. Our mission is to deliver top notch soccer training and instruction while guiding players to achieve their maximum potential. We place a special emphasis on skill and tactical development without sacrificing game enjoyment. Through our training process we emphasize fair play, respect for fellow players and enjoyment of the game. We believe in nurturing mental, physical and technical characteristics of our young players. We encourage players to use their imagination and creativity while playing. Our coaches conduct an innovative skills program ensuring total involvement for each player. We focus on allowing players to express their individuality while giving them ongoing feedback to improve their game play. Players will receive an age and skill specific program that fosters development and results in a greater enjoyment in soccer. We believe that players enjoying the game and are comfortable to make mistakes without criticism will develop best.

Training sessions are designed to encourage quick decision making and speed of reaction to sharpen a players' game sense. We believe in creating good soccer playing habits from an early age. Our training combines skill exercises with plenty of game play maximizing player enjoyment.


  1. Enthusiastic, well organized and qualified
    training staff.
  2. Well planned sessions with a skill/tactical focus.
  3. Use of the ball throughout the session.
  4. Coaches allow players to solve problems.
  5. Keep it simple not over-coaching.
  6. Fitness is achieved through the ball skills.
  7. Creative sessions to challenge players to reach their potential.
  8. Respect all involved, players, parents, coaches, and officials – Fair Play.
  9. Positive feedback from coaches create an enjoyable learning environment and a desire for the game.



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