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John Harves grew up in Arlington, Virginia, where he played organized soccer for the first time at Yorktown High School in 1967.  He founded a member club of the Arlington Soccer Association and started coaching youth soccer in 1969.  His first youth team was composed of both boys and girls ranging in age from 6- to 15-years old.  He graduated from Yorktown in 1970 and went on to Virginia Tech, where he played for four years, graduating in 1974.  He was the student-athlete who led the initiative to get soccer changed from club to varsity status. He was the Men’s Varsity Soccer Assistant Coach at Virginia Tech for the fall of 1974.

During the summers and for three years after graduation, Coach Harves played for the Arlington Americans open team and helped found the Capital Soccer League of Washington, DC.  In addition, he officiated for the Metropolitan Washington Soccer Referees Association and earned a United States Soccer Federation national coaching license.  During this same time period, Coach Harves started and directed the Arlington Soccer Association’s youth referee program and their youth coaching instructional school.  He is an inductee of the Arlington Soccer Hall of Fame.

John Harves was appointed the Radford University (Virginia), Men’s Varsity Soccer Coach in 1977.  He won his opening game that year after only six days with the team.  The team finished the 1977 season with Radford’s first winning record at 8-7.  In 1978, Coach Harves lead Radford to a 10-3-3 record, at one point going 13 straight games without a loss.  In 1979, the team finished the season at 11-6-1 and enjoyed Radford’s first post-season play.  Coach Harves ended his three-year career at Radford University with a record of 29-16-4.  In 1979, he was also President of the Virginia Intercollegiate Soccer Association (VISA).  After Radford, Coach Harves returned to the Washington area and resumed playing for and managing the Arlington Americans.

Coach Harves moved to Olney, Maryland, in 1986.  He resumed coaching youth soccer in 1988 with the Olney Boys and Girls Club and subsequently with the St. Peter’s Athletic Association and Montgomery Soccer Incorporated (MSI).  Since 2005, Coach Harves has been presenting the information and experiences from his soccer career on his website,® and in his first book, “The Ultimate SOCCER DICTIONARY of American Terms” available at

In 2009, Coach Harves was honored by his former players with the establishment of the John Harves Soccer Scholarship fund at Radford University.  Coach Harves is a member of the United Soccer Coaches (formerly the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).

During the course of his coaching career, John Harves has been responsible for the introduction of a number of new terms to the soccer lexicon.  These include “Assistant Referees’ Lanes,” “The Avoidance Move,” “Containment,” “Effective Range of Defenders,” “Shoulders” (of the field), “Take-out Clear,” and others.  In addition, Coach Harves was the first to codify “The 19 Surfaces of the Soccer Shoe” which presented the first use of the term “Instep-Face.” Further, he codified “Special Segments” (of a game), and “The Unwritten Rules of Soccer.”

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