Club Administrators

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Joe Funicello

Club President & Director Of Coaching

After a successful high school career at Norwalk High School, he went on to play professionally for 10 years. His professional history included Finnish clubs IFK Mariehamn, VPS, FF Jaro, U.S. Salernitana 1919 and Þór Akureyri. Funicello also participated in the UEFA Europa League as a player.

Following his retirement as a player, Funicello became the youngest American professional head coach in Europe, coaching Icelandic club Vestri.


He is also the Director of SoccerViza Pro which is a professional scouting agency and has worked with clubs like Queretaro FC, Benfica and many other professional clubs around the world.


Cecilia Lihv

Chief Financial Officer

Originally from Sweden, Cecilia Lihv handles all registrar duties at SoccerViza Football Club.

With experience in a variety of industries but are not limited to: Finance, Sports Management, Soccer, Real Estate, Commercial Property Management, Tenant Relations, Retail, Human Resources, Sales & Marketing, Online Media and E-commerce, Consumer Goods, Revenue Generation, P&L responsibilities, Contract Negotiations, Budget Forecasting, Relationship Management, Multi-Media Revenue Forecasting, Analyzing, Project Management, Leadership.


Chris Laughton

Soccer Operations

Chris Laughton is a native of Norwalk, and after a successful high school career at Norwalk High School, he went on to play collegiately at the University of Connecticut and Sacred Heart University.


Following college, Chris became involved with several local travel programs and coached for Beachside Soccer Club and is currently the Norwalk High School Varsity Boys Head Coach. Chris has won numerous State Championships at the Club and High School level, while also taking home State and Conference Coach of the Year awards.


In recognition of his achievements in youth soccer, Chris has also been appointed Director of Soccer Operations for SVFC in 2017.