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Lati

Lati
Ziba

Hometown/first soccer experience: Born in Macedonia, a small town called Struga where I played street soccer from 6 to 15 years old. At 15, I came to the USA and got involved in club and high school soccer, moved on to Division 1 college soccer, tried out professionally, and ended up playing semi-pro.

Family: I am married and have two beautiful children named Elijona and Rijan. I have 3 sisters and 41 first cousins all around the world about my age, and they all have children around my kids ages–you can imagine the rest.  

Years of Coaching: 13, I started as a graduate assistant at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay, worked my way up to become an assistant coach there, and now I am living and working my passion.

Favorite Team and why: FC Barcelona, because I like the way they play and because I have been influenced and mentored by a great friend of mine Albert Capellas, Former FC Barcelona Youth Coordinator who has worked and developed the likes of Inesta, Buesqets, Pique.

Favorite Player and why: Ronaldinho. Because he brought joy to the beautiful game. 

Coaching Education: I hold my United States Soccer Federation (USSF) B License and USC Advanced National Diploma. I plan on going all the way up the ladder. I am a big believer in this quote: “The day we stop learning is the day we start dying.” Albert Einstein

Why did you start coaching? Because I could not imagine my life doing something else. I had my own business for 5 years, and I gave it up just so I can come back to doing what I love full time and all the time.

Coaching Role Models/Mentors: I have 2 that have inspired and influenced my career and my thought process.   

Albert Capellas, former FC Barcelona Youth Director and current Under 21 Denmark National Team coach. I speak with Albert every week and every team he continues to push me beyond my limits. I have learned from him that Soccer is a world where “nothing is the most important and everything is necessary.” This concept alone is the biggest difference between coaches that understand the game and long term player development and the ones that don’t. 

Jeff Pill, A license instructor with the US Soccer federation and head coach at Maranatha Baptist University. The way I met Coach Pill is a little bit unique. He was my instructor for my C license. I liked his method of teaching so much that when he failed me I was eager to get in contact with him just to continue learning more from him. I reached out after the course. We continue to meet on a monthly basis and continue to strive forward. Jeff has taught me that there is “a” way to do things in soccer and not “the” way. I continue to evolve as a coach with that mindset.

Favorite Coaching Memory: I usually cannot wait to see the players in action. The more I watch, the more I understand and enjoy the game.

What are your hobbies outside of soccer? I love to go outside for walks, and play with my kids. I love to wake up very early in the morning and go to a local coffee house where I am the only one there. I like reading about the game when it is quiet while drinking a latte from a ceramic glass. 

Favorite Book: Good to Great, Culture Code, Pep Confidential.

Did you play other sports growing up? A little bit of basketball but not much. Soccer was not only the dominant sport but also the only sport. 

What is something people may never guess about you? English is my 3rd language.

street soccer

In our Street Soccer program, players have the opportunity to create their own teams, make their own calls, and unconsciously develop their technical and tactical awareness–all while expressing themselves with the ball at their feet. We believe players should be able to manage themselves and have the freedom to play, interact, problem-solve, innovate, and take ownership of their participation in the game. Teams are created the day of to promote diversity, and games are played without referees to reinforce positive conflict resolution techniques. Our I-Mentor coaches will supervise each field making sure that players and facilities are safe while maintaining a fun and challenging environment.

PSU’s Street Soccer is open to all 9U to 19U players. Our Old School Street Soccer is open to any parent, soccer coach, and their significant others. Bring the whole family!

Sign up required for waiver completion. But then just lace up and show up!

 

Fall Details

  • Fridays: September 10, 17, 24, October 1, 8
  • Time: 5:00 – 6:30 pm
  • Location: Pewaukee Sports Complex

Rules

  • Games are 7 minutes long
  • Players must play within their age range
  • Sliding or going to ground is not allowed
  • There is no offsides, but all other soccer rules apply
  • There are no referees – players call their own fouls
  • Profanity of any kind is not allowed

Important Information

  • Games will be played by gender (girls vs. girls / boys vs. boys) whenever possible.
  • Players may be required to wear provided pennies (pinnies are washed in between sessions).
  • Cleats, shin guards, socks (covering the shin guards) shorts, and shirts are required.
  • Players may be asked to conform to specific guidelines (using hand-sanitizer, etc.) to support the safest possible environment for everyone.
  • Teams may be adjusted by PSU team members multiple times during each session, including during games.
  • Players are expected to play with great sportsmanship and consideration for their fellow players at all times.
  • PSU reserves the right to disallow the participation of a player (or players) in PSU’s Street Soccer program for any reason. Players who are disallowed from play may not participate in future Summer Street Soccer sessions.
  • Participants are highly encouraged to check the website for the field status prior to traveling to participate.
  • Signed waiver is required.