Western Springs AFC is pleased to announce the appointment of Ryan Faithfull as the Head of Women's Football.
In leading the Western Springs AFC Women’s and Girl’s programmes, Ryan will be the Head Coach of the NRFL Premier team and have the full oversight and responsibility of all women’s and girl’s programmes.
Working across the club, Ryan will provide strategic leadership to develop and implement a club-wide player and coach development strategy designed to provide an ever-increasing depth of talented female players. With a focus on developing players for our premier teams, international selection and overseas opportunities.
Ryan will also have a focus on developing initiatives that retain and grow the number of female players at all levels of ability across the club.
Executive Chairman Warwick Hooper said “Western Springs has seen a 30% steady increase of junior and youth female members over the past 5 years, and our Football Development team have been introducing girls specific programmes to foster this growth.
It is fantastic that the club is now in a position to be able to take that development further by adding a Head of Women’s Football to the team, and we are thrilled to appoint someone of Ryan’s pedigree to head our women’s programme as the club has been working towards this goal for some time”.
Ryan has recently returned to New Zealand after three years in the United States working with American professional soccer club Seattle Sounders FC (U17 Head Coach/Performance Analyst) and the professional women's soccer team OL Reign (U16 Head Coach).
Before heading to the US Ryan’s formative coaching years in New Zealand included various coaching and analyst roles with NZ Football, Forrest Hill Milford, Mt Albert Grammar School and Auckland City FC.
With many accolades to his name, the highlights of Ryan’s coaching career are;
- FIFA Club World Cup - Bronze Medal (2014)
- Oceania Champions League (2014-2017)
- New Zealand Kate Sheppard Cup Win (2017)
- Nomination for New Zealand Coach of the Year (2017)
- Generation Adidas Tournament Winner (2019)
- Girls US Soccer DA Cup Qualify (Top 8 in USA) (2019)
When asked what he is most looking forward to about his new role, he replied “Western Springs has established a solid foundation in Girls and Women’s football, and has a lot of potential for growth. I am looking forward to working collaboratively with the community and talent pathways to build something special at the club”.
Ryan, who holds an OFC - B License, is a passionate and experienced coach and advocate for the Women's game and will officially join the Western Springs AFC coaching team on Monday October 19, 2020.