Andrew Ziemer



  • Born November 5, 1967 in San Francisco, California
  • Education - Studied Physical Education at Sonoma State University
  • Coach license of the KNVB = Dutch Soccer Federation - Level III
  • Coach license of the USSF = United States Soccer Federation - “ A “ License
  • Author of soccer book: Soccer the Z Way : A Guide for Players , Parents and Coaches - 1999
  • Developed Age Specific Curriculum for U6, U8, U10, U12, U14, & U16/19 Recreation, & U10, U12, U14, 
    U16 and U19 Class 3 and Class 1 (from 1995 - Now)


  • 1986 - 1987 Fresno State University - Division 1
  • 1988 Santa Rosa Jr. College
  • 1989-91 Sonoma State University - Division 2


  • 1988 DJK Frans Alles Haus - German 7th Division
  • 1989 1. F. C. Recklinhausen - German 4th Division
  • 1992-94 San Francisco Bay Blackhawks - APSL (American Professional Soccer League)
  • 1994 Quick Den Haag, Dutch 4th Division
  • 1995 North Bay Breakers, USISL (United States Independent Soccer League)
  • 1996 Monterey Bay Jaguars, A- League (U.S. 1st Division)


  • 1984 Hellas FC , San Francisco Major Division
  • 1985 Mezcala , San Francisco Major Division
  • 1986-87 Fresno Oro, San Joaquin Valley Major Division
  • 1988 Sons of Italy, San Francisco Major Division
  • 1989 - 1994 Greek American Athletic Club, San Francisco Major Division
  • 1994 - 1998 Juventus Soccer Club, California Premier Soccer Alliance , North Bay League


  • 1976 - 1983 Sebastopol Youth Soccer League
  • 1983 - 1985 Dixie Stompers (Coached by USF coach Steve Negoesco)
  • 1986 Santa Rosa United - U19

ODP (Olympic Development Program)

  • 1981-1985 California North Olympic Development Program State Select Team
  • 1984 Western Regional Team Selection
  • 1986- 1987 Northern California Amateur State Team


  • 1992 -1994 Assistant Coach , Sonoma State University Men’s Team
  • 1994 Goal scoring Player Coach , Quick Den Haag, Holland
  • 1995 Assistant Coach, Sonoma State University Men’s Team
  • 1996 - 1998 Player / Coach , Juventus S. C. , California Premier Soccer Alliance
  • 1995 - Current Goal scoring  Coach, Sonoma State University Men’s Team


  • 1979 - 1985 Camp coach for Ziemer Brothers Soccer Camp
  • 1986 - Present Year Round Live -in and Day Camp Director X 15 weeks each year
  • Director of 250 + camps over the last 18 years in over 50 Northern California Cities, Southern California, Nevada and Oregon. 


  • 1986 - Present Conducted many age specific and topic clinics for all ages and level including Class 1, Class 3 and Class 4 coaches. 


  • 1986 - 1995 Consulted many leagues in which we had soccer camps
  • 1995- Present Oversees part or complete programs in many different leagues, currently the leagues Z Soccer has or has had a league program with the following:
  • 1995-2000 San Rafael Youth Soccer League - Class 4 Program.
  • 1998- 2000, Director of Coaching / League Program - WESCO (Western Sonoma County Soccer League) - Class 1, 3 and 4.
  • 1999 - 2001 Petaluma Youth Soccer League , Class 4 players and coaches, Class 1 and 3 coaches.
  • 1999 - Present - Dublin Youth Soccer League, Complete program for players and coaches Class 1,3 & 4.
  • 1999 -2001 Sonoma Youth Soccer League, Class 4 players and coaches, some Class 3
  • 2001 - Castro Valley Youth Soccer League, Class 4 players and coaches, some Class 3
  • 2001 - Present Livermore Youth Soccer League, Technical Director, Class 4 coaches and some players
  • 2002 - Present West Contra Cost Youth Soccer League, Class 4 players and coaches, Class 3 and Class 1 players and coaches.
  • During the past 15 years, Z Soccer Staff, Andrew Ziemer and his brothers have worked closely with many other clubs such as Santa Rosa United, Rohnert Park Express, San Juan United, Mustang YSL and many more.


  • While in Holland in 1995, Andrew met and began a relationship with Frans Hoek of Ajax Amsterdam and FC Barcelona. Since 1995, Andrew has worked with Frans to conduct live -in and day soccer camps, 7 different levels of coaching courses, a European coaches tour and special club development camps.
  • Andrew has worked with Frans and Z Soccer have organized, promoted and conducted programs at some of the Nations most prestigious university’s in the U.S.
  • Z Soccer and Frans Hoek Sports have had programs in the following cities & countries:
  • San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Las Vegas, Sacramento, Portland, Seattle, Tampa, FL, Durham, N.C, New Jersey.
  • Canada, Holland, Belgium, Germany, England, Greece, Mexico and Spain


  • Andrew has been educating the Z Way Staff Members since 1990. Over the years the Ziemer Brothers have educated more than 500 staff coaches, many whom now coach in college, top youth clubs or even professionally.
  • Z Soccer have many levels of coaches from the Z Wees (age 3-6) the Recreation Coaches (age 6-12), and our Top coaches and Directors who direct camps and work under Frans each summer during the Hoek Method Camps and Courses . These coaches also coach the highest level players in Positional Training Camps during the Winter, Spring and Summer.
  • Furthermore Andrew develops all camp curriculum and the long term programs for each of the various league programs.


  • 1975 - 2001 Together with brothers Marcus, Benjamin and Christopher, Developed the Z Way Philosophy
  • 1988 - Present Owner, Z Soccer


  • 1985 & 1984 Analy High School First Team All - League
  • First Team All Empire 
  • Team Captain
  • Leading scorer of the Sonoma County Soccer League
  • 1986 Fresno State University Division I -Lost in NCAA Semi- Final to Akron U.
  • 1987 Fresno State University Division I - Lost in NCAA Playoffs to UCLA
  • 1988 Santa Rosa Jr. College -California State Junior College Runner-up
  • MVP of the Conference
  • Leading Scorer of the League
  • Team Captain
  • 1st Team All - Far West
  • 1st Team All - State
  • 1st Team All - Northern California
  • 1990 Sonoma State University,
  • Most Valuable Player (NCAC) Northern California Athletic Conference
  • All Far West 1st Team Selection
  • All American NCAA Division II
  • Leading Scorer of the NCAC
  • Team Captain
  • Lost in NCAA Division II Quarter Final game to Seattle Pacific U. 
  • 1991 Sonoma State University ,
  • Most Valuable Player (NCAC) Northern California Athletic Conference
  • All Far West 1st Team Selection
  • All American NCAA Division II
  • Leading Scorer of the NCAC
  • Team capitan , lost in NCAA Division II National Final to F.I.T.
  • 1990-91 Sonoma State University ,Holds NCAA Division II All-time Playoff Scoring Record
  • 1992 San Francisco Bay Blawkhawks - Signed 3 Year APSL Contract out of college
  • 1995 North Bay Breakers - Leading Scorer USISL North Division
  • 1st Team All North USISL
  • Selected on the USISL West All-star team in Virgina Beach
  • Top 10 in Scoring in the United States (USISL)
  • 1996 Monterey Bay Jaguars - Lost in the USISL Final in New York
  • 2001 First Male Soccer Players Inducted into the Sonoma State University Hall of Fame


  • 1982 2 months in Germany during World Cup in Spain
  • 1985 1 month playing in England, Denmark, Norway, Germany and Holland
  • 1988 3 months playing in German 7th Division, Analyzed the Structure of German Soccer
  • 1989 6 months playing in German 4th Division
  • 1990 2 weeks coaching Futsal in a U16 Tournament in Mexico City - 1st place
  • 1991 2 weeks coaching Futsal in a U18 Tournament in Mexico City - 3rd place
  • 1992 3 weeks with the SF Bay Blawkhawks in Guadalajara , Mexico , played against several pro teams such as Universidad de Guadalajara, Atlas and Tecos. 
  • 1994 4 months playing in Dutch 4th Division, coaching youth & amateur soccer and attending a course by the KNVB 
  • Studied at Ajax and analyzed the structure of Dutch Soccer
  • 1995 2 weeks working in the Frans Hoek Sports Promotion Day’s in Holland
  • 1996 2 weeks working in the Frans Hoek Sports Promotion Day’s in Holland
  • 1997 2 two week trips to both Holland and Spain (FC Barcelona) to study at Barca and analyze the structure of Spanish Soccer
  • 1998 2 two week trips to both Holland and Spain (FC Barcelona) to study at Barca and analyze the structure of Spanish Soccer
  • 1999 2 two week trips to both Holland and Spain (FC Barcelona) to study at Barca and analyze the structure of Spanish Soccer
  • 2000 2 two week trips to Holland, Spain , Germany, Belgium to organize the Euro 2001 Coaches Tour
  • 2001 Took 32 coaches on a 1 month tour to top clubs:
  • Holland -A.F.C. Ajax Amsterdam
  • Feyenoord SC
  • AZ Alkmaar
  • PSV Eindhoeven
  • Willem II. Germany - Schalke 04 . Belgium -Club Brugge . Greece - AEK Athens . Spain - Espanoyl, and FC Barcelona, studied the differences in soccer in 5 countries.
  • 2001 Spent 10 days studying youth soccer in Spain at all levels - pro and amateur
  • 2002 Spent 2 weeks with a youth player at Vitesse Arhem in Holland and at FC Granollers in Spain.


  • Dutch (speaking , reading)
  • Spanish (speaking , reading)
  • German (reading, partial speaking)
  • Italian (learning)


  • School clinics and assemblies
  • Master of ceremonies for various youth soccer events such as Mustang Casino Night, Livermore Auction, and the Juventus Annual Auction and more.
  • League Opening Ceremonies
  • Coaches Dinners and banquets
  • Board meeting
  • Sonoma County Schools Plus Telethon - Host on TV for 1 hour each year
  • Volunteer in underprivileged areas to teach soccer at schools
  • Jamborees for kids of all ages (especially the Z Wee’s)
  • Tournament presence and awards presentations
  • Host college night with a panel of college coaches
  • Birthday parties

European Coaches Tour Spring 2016


England • Holland


• England/Holland 10 Nights/11 Days •

March 31 - April 11, 2016: $3,295

This exclusive tour is aimed at Coaching Directors, Board Members; Top Level Professional, College and Youth Coaches.

To secure one of the limited spots, send a $1,000 deposit to Z Soccer, 392 Florence Avenue, Sebastopol, CA 95472

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Frans Hoek at Stockholm International Football Symposium


"Do we train as we play?"

Stockholm International Football Symposium 2012 is directed to people who are receptive to new perspectives on football. Our goal with this program is to provide you with two days of inspiration and stimulation. The content is challenging and transferable to coaches/managers regardless of expertise.

The theme of the symposium is integrated and structured football. We want to demonstrate a holistic approach to football where we see football practice as a complex whole in which all the skills (technical, tactical, physical and mental) are related to each other and cannot be understood in isolation.

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Frans Hoek at UEFA Course for Coach Educators

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The 19th UEFA Course for Coach Educators in Brussels will focus on the preparation of student coaches for the reality of the job as football technician, manager and leader. Among the course topics to be presented by coaching luminaries such as Georges Leekens and Morten Olsen, are the front-line life of a coach and handling professional players. UEFA technical director Andy Roxburgh will examine the coaches' leadership role; former professional goalkeepers Frans Hoek and Packie Bonner will look at the role of the goalkeepers' coach...

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