CHICAGO – U.S. Soccer has appointed Francis Farberoff as head coach of the U.S. men’s and women’s Beach Soccer national teams, it was announced Thursday.

Farberoff captained the Beach USMNT from 2003-14, appearing in more than 100 matches for the team. Shortly after his retirement in 2014, he joined the Beach USMNT as an assistant coach and has served in the role for the past five years. In 2019, he led the Beach USWNT as head coach during its first year.

“I’m ready for the challenge and I’m really excited to come in with a new approach to take this sport to the next level in the U.S.,” Farberoff said in a statement. “We want to create a competitive environment where we can develop great beach soccer players to not only participate in the Beach Soccer World Cup, but compete for a championship in the future.”

Farberoff will be tasked with preparing the Beach USMNT for qualifying for the 2021 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, to be held in Russia next summer and continuing to build the Beach USWNT program through competitions around the world.

He is certified by FIFA and Concacaf as a Beach Soccer Instructor, authoring Concacaf’s first technical manual on the sport. Last year, Faberoff helped the Beach USMNT return to the Beach Soccer World Cup for the first time in six years and guided the squad to a fifth-place finish at its first world competition, the 2019 World Beach Games. He has served as the acting Beach USMNT head coach for several international matches.

Farberoff represented the USA at eight beach soccer world championship events, including four FIFA Beach Soccer World Cups. He won four Concacaf Beach Soccer Championships in seven appearances with the Beach USMNT and took home tournament MVP honors at the 2006 competition in Costa Rica. In addition to his extensive FIFA and Concacaf experience, Farberoff played in Beach Copa Americas and international invitational tourneys.

Farberoff is president of FBS-FC in Miami, leading a youth club of more than 500 players and implementing beach soccer and futsal in training. He played four years at St. Thomas University outside Miami.