Who We Are

Club Philosophy & vision

State 48 FC’s local, family centered approach, backed with a national level program and elite level coaching, provides a positive playing and learning environment that fosters long term player development and personal growth.

Our One Club, One Family, One Mission motto makes State 48 FC the premier destination for players. We strive to provide Arizona’s youth with the highest quality soccer training and development in America. In order to succeed in developing the most confident, knowledgable, and skilled players we follow these core values:

Club Owners


Heber & Katie Valenzuela


Our Mission

To become the first soccer organization in Arizona that truly caters to the needs of our youth, genuinely providing a complete ladder system for our players to be introduced to the game of soccer, and to successfully develop. All in a safe and inclusive social environment making a positive impact within our youth and soccer community.

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Mike Murphy

Mike Murphy

Director of Recreational & Developmental



Director Southwest Region 


Rosie Mendez

Director of Girls Soccer

Coach Phil

Phillip Merek

Director UPSL Program

Christian Castro

Christian Castro

Director of Christtown – Desert Diamonds FC



Director of Developmental Soccer Education


Coach Phil

Phillip Marek

2004 Black : 2008 Black : 2010 Black

Coach Matt

Matthew Marek

2004 Black : 2007 Black

Mickey Acosta

Mickey Acosta

2010 Black


Richie Navarro

2008 White



2012/2013 Girls


Gallo Paredes

2011 Black

Coach Rogelio

Rogelio Aragon

2013 Black


Junis Aguilar

2003 Black


Cesar Padilla

2008/2009 Copper

administrators & Managers

Dani Guzman

Dani Guzman

Senior Team Manager

Steph Linkey

Stephanie Linkey

Senior Team Manager : Registrar

Coach Amber

Amber Mueller

Team Shop

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Marcos Ochoa

Social Media Director

Our Identity

  • Our Roots: In appreciation to Arizona’s diverse community and the value that it brings to our state. Our roots also represent the unity that soccer brings to our community intertwining us through the love for the beautiful game.
  • Our colors: Black, White, and Copper. In representation of State 48, the Copper State. Our colors portray strength and nobility.
  • Saguaros: Standing tall, adapting to the environment with discipline, accountability, and wisdom while providing shelter and nourishment to our youth. The two saguaros symbolizes our club families, and the stature of pride that we feel for our club. 
  • Our Sun: Shining bright with a dynamic soccer curriculum symbolized by a sun influenced by German, Spanish, and Greek mythology.