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NIAGARA FC ANNOUNCES 2021 U13 Girls and U13 Boys Head Coaches!!

By Christina Stranges, 09/30/20, 10:30AM EDT


NIAGARA FC is proud to present Carlos Rivas Sr. as the U13 Boys Head Coach and Carlos Rivas Jr. as the U13 Girls Head Coach!

Both men are Ex-Professional Players, playing on both the National levels and have extensive knowledge in the game of Soccer and to pass on to all our lucky NIAGARA FC players!!

We are so excited to have them aboard and look forward to watching these 2 teams in action in 2021!


For more information on our full Technical Staff roster please visit NIAGARA FC TECHNICAL STAFF and HEAD COACHES page within our website! 


Ex-Chilean World Cup Player

Carlos Rivas played for Colo-Colo, a Chilean football team, from 1978 to 1982. Carlos Rivas was a midfielder for Colo-Colo in 136 official games over five seasons, and he scored 40 goals during that time. While he was on the team, the team won two national championships (1979 and 1981) and two Polla Gol championships (1981 and 1982).

Rivas also represented the Chilean National team at the 1982 FIFA World Cup.

In 1983, he played in the Canadian Professional Soccer League with Edmonton Eagles.  Rivas served as an assistant under Dave Turner in 1986 but still performed as a player for the Toronto Blizzard in the National Soccer League. In 1987, he served as a player-coach in the National Soccer League with Chile Lindo.  In 2015, he joined the technical staff of the York Region Shooters in the Canadian Soccer League. He founded the CR Soccer Academy in Southern Ontario.  

Rivas was a key figure in the development of a style of football involving 'pre-jugadas' and creative offensive strategies.


  • Audax Italiano (Chile)

  • Santiago Morning (Chile)

  • Deportes Concepcion (Chile)

  • Colo-Colo (Chile)

  • Edmonton Eagles

  • Toronto Blizzard

National team

Chilean National Team

Carlo Rivas Jr. 

Ex-Professional Soccer Player

Rivas Jr. began his career in Mexico with Cruz Azul and just after one year, he signed in the first division with Chilean professional team Deportes La Serena. 

It is in Deportes La Serena where he became a recognizable figure in sports throughout Chile. Carlo was a starter in the squad and became numerous times the recipient of the best player of the week.

One year left in his contract, Jose Sulantay, the U/20 World Cup Coach and the recipient of Chilean Coach of the year award in 2007 made a personal request to bring Carlo Rivas Jr. to Municipal Iquique, another professional team in Chile. He signed in January 2008 for Municipal Iquique and played professionally in that club for 2 years

Carlo Rivas then played his final year of professional soccer at the Universidad de Concepción, where he went on to win the Copa Chile in 2009.


  • Cruz Azul (Mexico)

  • Club Deportes La Serena (Chile)

  • Club Deportes Iquique (Chile)

  • Universidad De Concepcion (Chile)

National Team

He is also a former member of the Canada U-20 men's national soccer team he played two games in a friendly tournament in July 2004.  His International career began at the age of 14 where he participated in the Monterrey Cup in Mexico in which he represented the Canadian delegation through the Carlos Rivas Soccer School. Rivas has played worldwide in tournaments prior to his professional career. He also mentioned his love for Canada and his desire to play for the Canadian National Team.

In 2010, Carlos was called up for the Canada men's national soccer team.  His announcement was made in January 2010.  He played his first match for the national team as a second-half substitute in a friendly against Jamaica on January 31, 2010.

 In 2011, he continued on to play with the York Region Shooters in the Canadian Soccer League.