Natalia Astrain

Natalia Astrain

Natalia is one of the most highly decorated female coaches in the world. She was the first woman in Spain to obtain the UEFA Pro license. As of 2016, in all of Europe, only 65 women held a UEFA Pro license while 9,387 men did. Natalia has coached boys and girls/women at some of the top professional clubs in the world. She comes to RISE SC via Atletico Madrid where she served as the Assistant Coach on the Women’s first team that just won the Liga Iberdrola (highest level of professional play) title in May of 2017. She worked for 4 years at the famed “La Masia” for FC Barcelona where she coached their male Academy teams, their Women’s first team, and served as the Technical Director of the Women’s Academy. While at FC Barcelona she was awarded the “Coach of the Year” by the committee of Catalan Coaches. She has also served as an Assistant Coach for the Spanish Female National Team. In her spare time, she is an analyst for FC Barcelona TV and columnist for Mundo Deportivo. Natalia hold a Master’s Degree in Sports Psychology.

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Natalia Astrain

Natalia Astrain

Girls Director/Girls DA Director

License level:

UEFA Pro

Nationality:

Spaniard

Favorite soccer team:

FC Barcelona

Natalia is one of the most highly decorated female coaches in the world. She was the first woman in Spain to obtain the UEFA Pro license. As of 2016, in all of Europe, only 65 women held a UEFA Pro license while 9,387 men did. Natalia has coached boys and girls/women at some of the top professional clubs in the world. She comes to RISE SC via Atletico Madrid where she served as the Assistant Coach on the Women’s first team that just won the Liga Iberdrola (highest level of professional play) title in May of 2017. She worked for 4 years at the famed “La Masia” for FC Barcelona where she coached their male Academy teams, their Women’s first team, and served as the Technical Director of the Women’s Academy. While at FC Barcelona she was awarded the “Coach of the Year” by the committee of Catalan Coaches. She has also served as an Assistant Coach for the Spanish Female National Team. In her spare time, she is an analyst for FC Barcelona TV and columnist for Mundo Deportivo. Natalia hold a Master’s Degree in Sports Psychology.

Why are you excited about Rise SC? I visited Houston with FC Barcelona a few years ago and fell in love with the people and the city. I wanted to be part of RISE SC because it is clear that they are committed to excellence. I am most excited to join such an incredible coaching staff. I wanted to join a youth club that was part of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy and use my experience to help improve the player environment for young females. I want to help transform the girls program at RISE SC and provide players with the highest level of coaching and international opportunities.

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