Academy Director

 Phil Nielsen





  • USSF 'B' License
  • NSCAA Premier

Phil serves as the Cincinnati United Soccer Club CUP Girls Technical Director. Originally, hailing from Copenhagen, Denmark, Phil comes to Cincinnati from Naperville, Illinois where he was the Executive Director for Team Chicago Soccer Club and a coach for the Eclipse Develop Academy. During his time in Chicagoland he has been extremely active in the Regional and National Olympic Development Program as a Region II Senior Staff coach, and has served in several roles with U.S. Soccer including as a U17, U20 and U23 Girls National Team Scout and as the U.S. Soccer Training Center Liaison for Illinois & Wisconsin. Phil has also served on the Midwest Regional League (MRL) Club Leaders Committee. While at Team Chicago Phil grew the club from 300 Elite players to over 475 Elite Players. In 2013 Phil coached Team Chicago Academy-Botafogo to the U18 US Youth Soccer National Championship. The same team was the US Youth Soccer National Runners-Up in 2014. Phil’s coaching background includes coaching in his native Denmark, as well as at Kalamazoo College and Smith College, and youth and high school soccer in Michigan and Massachusetts. In 2007 he spent five months in Brazil coaching with Cruzeiro Esporte Clube and Team Chicago Brazil, and he has spent time studying in Holland with the Ajax academy and in Denmark with the Brøndby IF academy. Phil has done his coaching education in Scotland (UEFA A & B), USA (USSF B and NSCAA Premier), and Denmark (UEFA C).