Chris Bart-Williams

  • Former English Premier League captain

  • College recruiting expert

  • Coach & educator

  • Motivational speaker

  • Media personality & sports pundit

  • Entrepreneur

Available for TV appearances, keynote presentations, corporate retreats, athletic team training, coach education, parenting workshops and more.


What Every Student-Athlete Should Know About College Recruiting

Essential College Recruitment Tips for Sport Parents

Passion for Success: Dedication to Excellence On & Off the Field

Coaching for Life: Building Resilient Student-Athletes

Embracing Your Strengths for Outstanding Leadership



A charismatic speaker and motivator, Chris has a gift for inspiring audiences with his infectious humor and powerful life lessons drawn from an outstanding athletic career. The presentations above represent Chris’s most-requested topics at events worldwide. Contact us with the details of your event and Chris will happily customize a presentation to deeply engage and inspire your audience.


Chris Bart-Williams

Chris Bart-Williams is a retired English Premier League midfielder and the founder of CBW Soccer Elite, a recruiting and training service that helps prepare young players for the mental and physical challenges of collegiate soccer. Born in Sierra Leone and raised in London by a single mother, Chris made his professional debut in the Premier League at age 16. His discipline, consistency and mental toughness helped him overcome adversity and pave the way for tremendous success during a remarkable sixteen-year career.


Best known as a formidable center midfielder, Chris played more than 400 games for clubs including Leyton Orient, Sheffield Wednesday, Nottingham Forest, Charlton and Ipswich. After retiring from professional play, Chris moved to Connecticut to work in the Women’s Professional Soccer League alongside the U.S. Women’s National Team coaching legend Tony DiCicco. In Connecticut, Chris balanced coaching the developmental teams of the Boston Breakers with coaching the reserve squads at SoccerPlus and serving as the assistant coach of the Quinnipiac University men's soccer program, helping lead the Bobcats to a 2013 MAAC Conference championship and the first round of the NCAA tournament.


As an entrepreneur and founder of CBW Soccer Elite, Chris is living his dream of helping youth players fulfill their potential in soccer and in life. Chris takes a keen interest in each client’s journey, getting to know each player’s athletic and academic priorities, helping them build on their strengths, and leveraging his relationships with college coaches to create opportunities for players to be evaluated.

His days of competing on the international stage behind him, Chris now travels around the world to share his inspiring philosophy of discipline, hard work and passion with sports clubs, schools, youth organizations and corporate audiences. Chris has been a coach, technical consultant and mentor for youth programs across Europe and the United States, including club and high school teams in the United Kingdom, Sweden, Malta, Cyprus, Connecticut, Miami and Charlotte. His skillful play, insightful commentary and infectious laugh have been featured in numerous media outlets, including Sky Sports, BBC, BeIN SPORTS, the Guardian and Premier League World. Chris holds professional coaching licenses from the U.S. Soccer Association and UEFA. He currently resides in the U.S.

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Watch Chris on Premier League World describing his incredible story of debuting in the EPL at age 16, and eventually moving to the US to work in in youth development and college recruiting.



CBW Soccer Elite – Founder/CEO

Raiders Soccer Club – Director of Coaching 

Gulliver Schools – Boys Program Director

Charlotte Soccer Academy – Consultant, Girls US Soccer Development Academy

Providence Day School – Assistant Coach, Boys Varsity

Connecticut State Olympic Development Program – Head Coach, U13 Girls Development Program

Quinnipiac University – Assistant Coach, Men’s D1 Program

Loomis Chaffee School – Head Coach, Girls’ Program

Beachside Soccer Club CT – Head Coach U15/16 & U17/18 Boys US Soccer Development Academy

Boston Breakers – Player Scout and Talent Consultant

Hamrun Spartans FC – Assistant Coach, Men’s Professional D1 Team

Certifications & Licenses


United States Soccer Association B License

United States Soccer Association National Youth License

UEFA levels 1, 2 and 3




Ipswich Town FC (England)

Charlton Athletic FC (England)

Nottingham Forest FC (England)

Sheffield Wednesday FC (England)

Leyton Orient FC (England)

England National Team – Under 21

England National Team – Under 19

England National Team – Under 18

England National A Team (not capped)

England National B Team


APOEL FC (Cyprus)

Semi-Finalists in World Youth Cup (Australia)

Winners of Toulon Championship (France)