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Meet the Soccer Genius Team

Brynjar Bjarnason

CEO and Soccer Genius Founder

Brynjar has owned and operated a factory that manufactures fiber glass parts and designs and builds commercial boat hulls. However, those who know him understand that his passion resides with soccer.

During this time, Brynjar was an active soccer parent who drove his daughters to soccer games throughout Iceland. On one such occassion he met Þórarinn Einar Engilbertsson, a talented and involved youth coach, and from that point many subsequent discussions took place about technical training and best training practices for soccer players. Brynjar and Þórarinn started using key technical measurement systems to train 7 year old girls in 2005. The tracking worked well and bore positive results; thus began the genesis of the Soccer Genius Protocol.

The team of seven girls continued to play together and they remained unbeaten for two years. Four of them, Brynjar‘s daughter Elena Brynjarsdottir, Sandra Dögg Bjarnadóttir, Sunneva Sigurvinsdóttir and Berglind Hrund Jónasdóttir, are current members of the Icelandic, U-17 National Team.

Brynjar is a qualified personal trainer and has a special interest in ergonomics. Brynjar has enjoyed the support of many parties to develop the Soccer Genius Protocol to where it is today. Brynjar has operated a Soccer Genius Center in Iceland for two years.

Gudni Bergsson

Lawyer, Board Member and Owner

Gudni Bergsson started his senior career with boyhood club Valur F.C. in Reykjavik, Iceland. He became Icelandic champion and an FA. Cup winner with Valur, before joining Tottenham Hotspurs, in England. In that era only a dozen foreign players were playing in England´s top division (Premiership). By this time, he was already an established international with the Icelandic National Team and decided to postpone his legal studies to follow his dreams. Gudni played at Tottenham for over four years, winning the FA. Cup and reaching third place in the English top division until a bad back injury led him to return to Iceland in 93 to try to recover from the injury. Gudni used the opportunity to finish his law studies in 1995. Upon recovering from his injury and finishing his law degree, Gudni joined Bolton Wanderers and helped them to gain promotion to the Premiership. Gudni played for Bolton for over eight years and most of the time as captain. His leadership helped the club to establish itself as a Premiership side. Shortly after his career ended, the supporters voted Gudni the best defender in the clubs 130-year history and it´s 4th best player!

Gudni played 80 international games for Iceland, 30 as captain and has been voted as one of Iceland´s top 10 Soccer players in history.

Gudni is now practicing law in Iceland and is a Board member of the Soccer Academy of Iceland (KAÍ).

Roy Patton

Executive Manager and Owner

Roy Patton became the head coach at the University of South Alabama, aged 24. Roy has coached at the University of South Alabama, the University of Vermont and most recently with the University of Mobile. Roy recently retired from college coaching with an overall record of 369 – 167 – 7 and having elevated all three programs to their respective Top 20 and the NCAA and NAIA National Tournaments. In 2012, the University of Mobile won the SSAC Conference Championship and reached the National Championship Game. In 27 Collegiate seasons, Roy’s teams made the Conference Championship game on 11 occasions and he received 10 COY awards from his coaching peers.

Roy has been an active youth coach in the communities where he has resided, having served on the Regional ODP staff and as a State Director of Coaching. Roy has been a club DOC on two occasions. His Soccer For Thinkers Camps have operated each summer since 1981. Roy has earned a Doctorate in Education and believes strongly in the self-efficacy potential for young boys and girls who participate in sports programs, especially soccer.

Jóhanna Brynjarsdóttir

Board Member and Owner

Jóhanna developed the first computer system and assisted in construction of the first Soccer Genius indoor center in Iceland. Jóhanna has practiced soccer and karate for many years. She is a fivefold national champion in Kata, threefold national champion in Kumate and landed a third place finish in European competition. Jóhanna is a medical student at the University of Iceland.