Olympiacos Soccer Club Washington, DC is an official soccer academy with the professional European soccer team Olympiacos FC in Greece. The club has academies across the world including three locations in the US (Washington DC, Chicago, and California) as well as locations in Greece, Cyprus, England, and Australia. Olympiacos Soccer Club Washington, DC (Olympiacos DC) serves the DC, Maryland, and Virginia regions.
Olympiacos Soccer Club Washington, DC was established in June 2018 by first-generation Greek-American Harry Karageorge of Falls Church, Virginia. In his youth, Karageorge played for multiple Virginia State Cup Championship teams, and made an appearance in the East Coast Regional Finals. Karageorge also holds a USSF National "F" coaching license. With his extensive soccer background, he understood the importance of creating a positive, family-oriented soccer club for young players. Karageorge was also motivated to create opportunies for today's youth soccer players as a result of the lack of developmental soccer clubs in the region.
The Olympiacos DC organization is truly integrated into the Academy system, Olympiacos FC Academies, of Olympiacos FC. Our players wear the actual uniform, adhere to training curriculum and standards set by Olympiacos FC, are assessed with reports sent directly to the Olympiacos FC organization, and are invited to play and train with the actual club. Unlike all other clubs claiming an “affiliation” or “partnership” with a professional club, Olympiacos DC is actually part of the professional youth system of Olympiacos FC's Olympiacos Academy in DC.
We follow the same philosophy and our coaches are trained by the professional team coaching staff at the training center in Athens, Greece. As an official Olympiacos academy, players who attend the soccer school training standards set by the official Olympiacos FC Youth Academy, will adhere to the team’s guidelines, and will wear the Club’s uniforms.
Young players will have a direct line to the Olympiacos FC resident academy in Greece and the possibility to be chosen for first team play. Actual club players, coaches and leadership will make visits to our academies to assist in enhancing the experience of our young players.
We don’t just wear a patch or claim some sort of arrangement — WE ARE OLYMPIACOS!
What this means to our members:
- Part of the organization of a top 25 world class rated professional club.
- All players benefit from the Academy curriculum direct from Olympiacos FC.
- A professional culture and environment throughout the club to match that of Olympiacos FC.
- Our coaches train at the Athens, Greece facility every year alongside Olympiacos professional coaches.
- Players are invited to train at the Athens, Greece facility.
- All players can tour the first team stadium and watch a professional match as guests of the club.
The ultimate goal of Olympiacos FC is scouting, training, evaluating and promoting young talented players globally.
Our primary focus is player development. We strive to develop each player to realize their full potential as a soccer player. Olympiacos coaches educate players. Our soccer education comes in many forms depending on the age and the level of players. In general, all players get hours of video analysis. The video analysis includes our game and training session footage as well as tactical analysis of the best teams in the world. Olympiacos players receive written evaluations that may be discussed with the coaches if needed. The players get homework that includes analysis of the game footage (their own games and professional games). By answering the difficult tactical questions, players develop a thorough understanding of the game. Developing the game IQ is not one session or even a one-year goal. It is a diligent process that we implement consistently across all age groups. We believe that anybody can learn how to run, dribble, shoot etc., and many of the US-based clubs and academies produce great runners, dribblers, and shooters. However, very few produce complete players. We strongly believe that our coaching philosophy serves as the greatest differentiator between Olympiacos and other soccer organizations.
The philosophy governing the operation of the associated soccer schools is the following:
- The proper sports and social education of the young athletes in conformity with the values and principles of Olympiacos FC.
- The training of the schools’ executives in accordance with the Academy’s operational standards
- The provision of adequate information and support to parents who have a very important role in the formation of the young athletes’ personality
The purpose of this network is not solely competitive and commercial, but also social, giving young children the opportunity to get to know soccer and sports in general. That’s how they can acquire the necessary knowledge and sports culture that will help them take part in various social activities, thus, contributing to the community as active citizens.
RED & WHITE FAMILY
Our family-oriented (Red & White Family) approach and emphasis on social responsibility separate us from other clubs. Parents and players gather for family events (pool & pizza parties, bowling nights, parents night out, attend professional and college soccer games, Olympiacos family dinners, etc.) fostering camaraderie both on and off the field.
Harry Karageorge – President and Founder
Eleni X. Karageorge – Director of Operations
Dan Huffman – Club Manager
Ivan Patiño – Director of Youth Player Development
Anthie Zairis – Director of Club Development, Maryland Region
Despina Panagoulias – Director of Public Relations
Kathy Buddendeck – Director of Communications
Alexandra Panagiotakopoulou – Marketing Manager
Arthur V. Cook – Legal Consultant (Arthur V. Cook and Associates, LLC)
Mike Papagiannopoulos – Athletic Trainer
Dan Huffman – U17 Team
Art Cook – U14 Team
Kathy & Dave Buddendeck – U12 Team
Ivan Patiño – U11 Teams