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Ariyana Shafizadeh ‘23 Recruiting Profile

  • K12 International Academy
  • Women's Soccer
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Ariyana Shafizadeh's Women's Soccer Recruiting Profile
LAFC Slammers
Dominant Foot:
Prim. Position:
Sec. Position:
Def Mid

Personal Statement

I began playing soccer in diapers when I was 18 months old, and after watching the 2009 World Cup at age 4, I instantly fell in love and knew that I wanted to play on this same stage. Throughout my athletic development, I have won countless games, won multiple tournaments, and played at the highest level for my age in the country, but nothing has shaped me the way this past year has. While playing soccer, I fractured my tibia in 2018, and the first day out of my ankle brace I was diagnosed with a large pelvic tumor that was eventually found to be benign but had to be surgically removed. Collectively, these health issues made me unable to train for more than 6 months. I was devastated, but determined. Determined to get back on the field as soon as I could, and within several days, I was back in the gym starting from the beginning once again. I had to train to walk, than to jog, than to run, let alone play. In the gym I pushed myself physically, mentally, and emotionally even stronger than before. I always wanted to be my best and push myself, but since the injury and the surgery I have also realized how grateful I am for my life, my health, and the ability to play the sport I love. Though I didn’t seek the above challenges, I am grateful and stronger for them.  Now when I play, little can phase me because of what I have gone through.

My work-ethic and drive for success sets me apart both athletically and academically. In addition, on the pitch my technical ability, vision of the field, and ability to break lines as a midfielder and quickly transition to the attack make me a unique player and most importantly, make everyone around me better. I strive to learn, to apply, and to contribute in every way possible, making myself and my teammates reach levels beyond what we thought were capable. Athletically, I am self-driven every day to reach my ultimate goal of changing the women’s game by proving on the collegiate and the international stage that women can have the same speed of play and be just as technical as men. I approach my academics similarly with the long-term goal of making my mark in a field with few women, by becoming a cardio-vascular surgeon. I can have it all; but maybe not all at the same time, but all at the right time. I know that with my character traits, my experiences from this past year, all of the lessons I learned along the way, and my strong family support combined with a great collegiate program, I can reach both of my ultimate goals.


Club Information

  • Seasons of Club Experience:
  • 3 seasons
  • 2020 LAFC Slammers (ECNL)
  • Notes: Ariyana is an 05 but plays up on the LAFC Slammers 04 ECNL team under Coach Ziad Khoury.
  • 2019 LA Surf (DA)
  • Notes: Ariyana is an 05 but played up on the 04 DA team for LA Surf. She transitioned to LA Surf from LA Galaxy because Esteban Chavez was the 04 DA coach for LA Surf, a renowned coach who is highly respected for his expertise and history of developing national team players.
  • 2019 LA Galaxy South Bay (DA)
  • Notes: Ariyana is an 05 but plays up on the 04 (U-15) DA team for the LA Galaxy Girls Academy.
  • Season Schedule

Coach References

  • Club Coach
  • Zaid Khoury
  • Private Coach
  • Amilcar Castro
  • Private Coach
  • Julio Villacorta
  • Strength
  • Josh Haines of EVO Sports Training



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High School Information

High School:
K12 International Academy

Academic Accomplishments

Honors Classes:
Yes. I am a 10th grader but am currently taking upper grade honors courses. I am taking AP World History, Honors Algebra 2, Honors Chemistry, and Honors British and World Literature. The Algebra 2 class is an 11th grade level course and my language arts class is an 11th/12th grade level course. I am taking these higher level classes to challenge myself and to prepare for additional AP courses that I plan to take in the coming years of high school.
AP Classes:
Yes. I am currently taking AP World History.
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Awards, Achievements and Activities

  • Award
    • Selected as a representative of my school and I plan to attend the National Student Leadership Conference at Harvard Medical School with a focus on medicine - Summer
  • Award
    • 2020; Selected to serve as a delegate for the state of California to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders - Summer
  • Award
    • 2020; Selected to attend the National Youth Leadership Forum in Medicine sponsored by George Mason University - Summer
  • Award
    • 2020
  • Activity
    • National Junior Honor Society Member and Member of the Mission Viejo Junior Youth Group focused on empowering young people to reach their potential and find their path of service to their community and to humanity.

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