Mirelle van Rijbroek joined U.S. Soccer in the fall of 2017 after working as the Head of Talent Development and Elite Performance with the Royal Netherlands Football Association.
As Director of Talent Identification with U.S. Soccer, van Rijbroek oversees talent identification through the entire Girls’ Scouting Network which includes 90 network scouts, U.S. Soccer’s Girls’ Talent Identification Managers and Youth National Team coaches across the country.
Van Rijbroek is responsible for talent identification and creating a tailored talent development program for individual players, conducting and implementing research related to the development of young players, and overseeing the development of all aspects of young athletes’ performance.
Together with Colleagues Tony Lepore Director of Talent ID Boys and Barry Pauwels Technical Development Director she developed the USSF Talent Scout License and teaches this. She also teaches the modules Talent ID at the Academy Director Course and USSF A license.
In her role with the KNVB, Van Rijbroek was responsible for talent identification and the Youth National Teams, creating a tailored talent development program for individual players, conducting and implementing research related to the development of young players and overseeing the development of all aspects of young athletes’ performance.
During her time with the KNVB, she also worked with Girls’ Youth National Teams and eventually took the reins of the U-19 Women’s National Team, guiding the Netherlands to the UEFA title in 2014 – its first at that age level.
Additionally, Van Rijbroek served as a KNVB Coaching Instructor and Youth Course Lecturer as well as developed instructional materials for coaching education.
As a trainer and coach, van Rijbroek has worked at the grassroots level with children (boys and girls) as young as five-and-six-years-old up to young adults at the U-19 level.
She was also an assistant coach for the Willem II Women’s team during their inaugural seasons from 2007-09, which happened to be their most successful in the Eredivisie Vrouwen, the Netherlands top- flight women’s professional league. Simultaneously, she also served as an assistant coach to
the club’s U-17 Men’s team.
Van Rijbroek holds her UEFA A Youth license and has also earned academic degrees in multiple disciplines including: Communication and International Business Management, Strategic Human Resources Management, and Psychology. She was also involved in the UEFA Women in Football Leadership Program.