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Shane Rufer is a football coach and former professional player, offering Soccer Coaching in Palmerston North through the Shane Rufer School of Football.

Shane was born in Te Puia Springs, New Zealand to a Maori mother and a Swiss father. He has represented New Zealand on the national football team in 20 A games, and Shane and his brother Wynton were the first New Zealanders to play professional football in Europe.

Shane returned to New Zealand in 1997 to serve as assistant coach for the U17 national team. Since his return, he has committed himself to developing and promoting football in New Zealand.

Shane loves working with young players - sharing his experience and knowledge to help develop a new generation of New Zealand footballers.

New Zealand youth football initiatives

  • In conjunction with Wynton Rufer, established the WYNRS School of Excellence for 5-14 year olds. 1997 - 2005
  • Foundation Coach for New Zealand's first Certificate programme in Athlete Development in Football (UNITEC). 1998
  • Founder of the YoungHeart Manawatu Academy for 9-19 year olds. 2006 - 2008
  • Established the Shane Rufer School of Football in Palmerston North. 2008
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    Playing Career

  • 1979 – 1991
  • New Zealand National Team - 20 A games
     

    Professional Career

  • 1982 – 1983
  • FC Zurich, Swiss 1st Division
  • 1983 – 1984
  • FC Lugano, Swiss 1st Division
  • 1984 – 1985
  • SC Zug, Swiss 1st Division
  • 1985 – 1989 
  • FC Zurich, Swiss 1st Division
  • 1989 – 1990
  • AC Bellinzona, Swiss 1st Division
  • 1990 – 1992
  • FC Servette, Swiss 1st Division
     

    Coaching Credentials

  • 1991
  • English FA Certificate of Coaching (Preliminary)
  • 1993 - 1997
  • Swiss A, B, and C Level Coaching Certificates
  • 2001 
  • Soccer Australia National Coaching Licence
  • 2007  
  • New Zealand International Teams Coaching Licence
  • 2009   
  • FFA A Licence
  • 2011   
  • Pro Diploma Canberra Australia part one
     

    Coaching Career

  • 1992 – 1993
  • Player/Coach, FC Versoix, Swiss 3rd Division
  • 1993 – 1995
  • Player/Coach, FC St Jean, Swiss 2nd Division
  • 1995 – 1997
  • Technical Director, FC Grand Saconnex, Swiss 3rd Division
  • 1997
  • Assistant Coach, New Zealand Under 17 National Team
  • 1997 – 1998
  • Head Coach, North Shore FC, New Zealand National League
  • 1998
  • Development Officer, Junior Football, Three Kings FC, New Zealand
  • 1998 – 2001
  • Head Coach - Football, UNITEC Certificate in Athlete Development
  • 1999 - 2001
  • Assistant Coach, Football Kingz, New Zealand’s first professional team playing in Australian NSL
  • 2000 – 2001
  • Oceania Football Confederation - Sole charge of two coaching clinics in American Samoa
  • 2004
  • Head Coach Onehunga Sports, New Zealand Northern League, 1st Division
  • 1997 – 2005
  • "WYNRS School of Excellence"
  • Dec 2004 - Feb 2005
  • Head Coach, Solomon Islands Under 20 National Team in Oceania Under 20 World Cup Qualifiers held in Solomon Islands
  • 2005 – 2006
  • Assistant coach YoungHeart Manawatu NZFC
  • 2006 - 2008
  • Head coach YoungHeart Manawatu NZFC
  • 2008
  • New Zealand International Teams Staff
  • 2008 – Present
  • Shane Rufer School of Football – Director & General Manager
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