Elli Stanford


Executive Director

Certifications and Licensing

Certifications and Licensing:
USSF D License, USSF Grassroots Certifications (F and E License), UEFA C Licence (England), FA Level 1 Licence (Football Association), FA Level 1 – Coaching ‘Footballers’ with Disabilities, Safe Sports Certified, FA Emergency Aid Course, FA Safeguarding Children Workshop, BTEC In Sport – Level 2 Certificate

Playing Experience

Manchester United Youth Academy

Center Of Excellence (North West England),

Greater Manchester County FA Women’s

Manchester Metropolitan University (First Team)

Curzon Ashton F.C.

coaching Experience

Academy Director, Challenger Sports, 2019 – 2021
Director of TinyTykes (ages 2-5 years), 2018 – 2021
Head Coach, Lac La Biche FC (Alberta CA), 2017 – 2018
Head 2nds Coach, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2016 – 2017


Born in Manchester, England, Coach Elli believes in a fun and energetic introduction for our young players into the world of soccer. Her goal is to create an exciting, positive and simply fun environment for our young players, which she believes is key to bonding them to this sport for life. Coach Elli has been coaching internationally since 2009 in England, Australia, Canada and the United States. Coach Elli moved to La Grange in June 2021 with her wife, Meaghan, who works at a nonprofit in downtown Chicago. “We continue to be excited about joining this community and exploring all that Chicagoland has to offer. I am so grateful that we are part of the Celtics family!”