About Samba...
What is Samba Soccer Club ?

Samba Soccer Club is the premier developmental program and international tour organization whose training program is based on Brazilian and Dutch playing philosophies. Formed by Devan Anderson, the Club began in August of 1997 with only one U-10 boy’s team and has grown tremendously since.


In 2001, the Club expanded to include an international travel program called "Samba Select". The International travel teams have participated in youth tournaments in Denmark, England, Sweden, Jamaica, and Thailand. Tournaments are chosen based on the request of parents.


In response to various global issues, in 2008, the Club added a community service initiative. We believe that getting involved in the community and educating others on the issues that affect the world are the first steps to creating change.


All training is held at the Cuyahoga Community College’s facility, which has its own private soccer fields. Samba players are required to attend the home games of the college team.


The Samba curriculum encourages soccer foot-skill and academic development, social activities, and family participation.

Our Mission Statement
  • To teach the game of soccer in a team-oriented atmosphere that builds self-esteem and develops good character.

  • To create a training atmosphere in which each player achieves success.

  • To encourage good sportsmanship and the highest ethical and moral standards both on and off the playing field. 

Club & Training Philosophy

Samba Soccer Club is geared towards developing young soccer players. In order to do this, we provide a competitive environment that will be inclusive of every youth with the desire to play the sport regardless of athletic ability or knowledge of the game. Each player will thereby develop according to his/her technical and tactical abilities and is nurtured to reach his/her fullest potential. 


The name SAMBA is a trademark in its training program, based on a Brazilian and Dutch playing philosophy (Brazil has won more World Cup championships than any other country and the Dutch are known for producing highly technical and fundamentally sound players). When we speak of footskills, we simply mean a player having the ability of individual ball control and decision-making.




We understand that our coaches are an integral part of our success. As a result, we hand pick our coaches who lead the team. 


The Samba program is directed by Coach Devan Anderson. Other coaches include Tri-C players James Jarvis and Drew Zeller, Baldwin Wallace player and graduate Brian Kenderes, and Trevor Edwards, who played in Trinidad.  


At least two trainers will be involved in the development at each practice session. 

About the Director 

Devan Anderson has a USSF '"A" National Coaching License, is a Licensed Referee and a member of NSCAA and holds a NSCAA Advance National Diploma and Premier Diploma for Coaching. 


Coach Anderson is the Head Coach of the Men's Soccer Program at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) located in Cleveland, Ohio.  Tri-C is part of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), a program that offers scholarships to every player. Each season the team finishes above 500 an qualifies for the playoffs. 


Additionally, Coach Anderson is a soccer camp staff at the following universities: Brown, Virginia Tech, Wright State, and Cuyahoga Community College. He also assists with summer soccer training in Flathead County, Montana.