Bernie Lilavois

Bernie Lilavois (born August 31, 1970 in Far Rockaway, New York) is an American soccer forward who played two seasons in the American Professional Soccer League, one in the USISL, one in the USL A-League, four in the Continental Indoor Soccer League, six in the National Professional Soccer League, and four in the Major Indoor Soccer League. He was the head coach of the Stockton Cougars in the Professional Arena Soccer League and the head coach of the US National Arena Soccer Team. He is currently the head coach and a managing partner for the Ontario Fury.

Bernie Lilavois
Personal information
Full name Bernard Lilavois
Date of birth (1970-08-31) August 31, 1970
Place of birth Far Rockaway, New York, United States
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Ontario Fury
Youth career
1988 Cal State Northridge
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1992 San Francisco Bay Blackhawks 14 (5)
1993 Ayr United
1994–1995 San Jose Grizzlies (indoor) 35 (39)
1995–1997 Anaheim Splash (indoor) 70 (81)
1995–1998 Cincinnati Silverbacks (indoor) 74 (97)
1998 Charleston Battery 17 (3)
1998–1999 Buffalo Blizzard (indoor) 32 (31)
1999–2001 Harrisburg Heat (indoor) 81 (119)
1999 Portland Pythons (indoor) 16 (27)
2000 Connecticut Wolves 8 (2)
2003 Cleveland Force (indoor) 3 (0)
2005–2008 Stockton Cougars (indoor) 57 (37)
2011–2013 Anaheim Bolts (indoor) 8 (6)
2013–2014 Ontario Fury (indoor) 8 (5)
National team
2000 U.S. Futsal 5 (1)
Teams managed
2007–2009 Stockton Cougars
2011–2012 Anaheim Bolts
US National Arena Soccer Team
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only



Lilavois grew up in Buena Park, California. He attended La Salle High School in Pasadena, California where he holds the school's record for goal scoring. He is a member of the La Salle Hall of Fame. Lilavois then attended Cal State Northridge, playing on the men's soccer team in 1988. That year, Northridge finished runner up to Florida Tech in the NCAA Division II championship game.


In 1991, Lilavois signed with the San Francisco Bay Blackhawks in the American Professional Soccer League winning the 1991 title with the team.[1][2] He then had a brief stint with Ayr United in the Scottish Football League. In 1994, Lilavois signed with the San Jose Grizzlies of the Continental Indoor Soccer League. The CISL played a summer indoor season. In 1995, he began the season with the Grizzlies, playing seven games before being traded to the Anaheim Splash on September 1, 1995. He would continue to play for Anaheim through the 1997 CISL season. That year was his most productive for the team, netting 44 goals in 27 games as he was named to the CISL All Star team. Following the 1997 season, the CISL collapsed. In the fall of 1995, Lilavois signed with the Cincinnati Silverbacks in the National Professional Soccer League which played a winter indoor season. He played only three games for the Silverbacks that season,[3] but scored 31 in 31 games in 1996–1997[4] and 66 goals in 40 games in 1997–1998.[5] In the summer of 1998, he played for the Charleston Battery in the USISL.[6] The Silverbacks had folded during the summer of 1998 so Lilavois signed with the Buffalo Blizzard for the 1998–1999 season. He was traded to the Harrisburg Heat in March 1999.[7] He went on to play another two season in Harrisburg, scoring a total of 119 goals in 81 games. In the spring of 1999, he joined the Portland Pythons in the World Indoor Soccer League. In the summer of 2000, Lilavois returned to outdoor soccer with the Connecticut Wolves in the USL A-League. Lilavois then moved to the Cleveland Force for the 2002–2003 Major Indoor Soccer League season. After he played only three games in February and March 2003, he retired.[8] In October 2005, the expansion Stockton Cougars of MISL signed Lilavois as a free agent. He played through the end of the 2006–2007 season, then was forced to retire from playing when he became the head coach. However, he returned on February 23, 2008 when Stockton was hit with several injuries.[9]

National team

In 2000, Lilavois played for the U.S. National Futsal team which took third at the CONCACAF championship. He scored one goal in five games.[10]


On February 17, 2006, the Cougars elevated Lilavois from player to player-coach. League rules prohibited a coach from playing, so Lilavois was not allowed to be the official coach. When he became the official coach at the end of the season, he was forced to retire from playing, but was re-instated by the league commissioner when the Cougars were hit with several injuries. In addition to the Cougars, Lilavois also coaches the United States National Arena Soccer Team.

In 2011, the Professional Arena Soccer League announced a new team in the league, the Anaheim Bolts. Lilavois was named head coach and managing partner. In 2013, he helped found a new PASL franchise, the Ontario Fury, as the Anaheim team was put up for sale and allowed to go dormant.[9][11][12]


  1. 1991 APSL. (2007-01-27). Retrieved on January 6, 2012.
  2. 1992 APSL. (2007-01-27). Retrieved on January 6, 2012.
  3. NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL SOCCER LEAGUE FINAL OFFICIAL STATISTICS – 1995–1996 Archived September 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  5. NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL SOCCER LEAGUE FINAL OFFICIAL STATISTICS – 1997–1998 Archived January 28, 2016, at the Wayback Machine
  6. Charleston Battery player profile Archived March 16, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on January 6, 2012.
  7. NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL SOCCER LEAGUE FINAL OFFICIAL STATISTICS – 1998–1999 Archived January 28, 2016, at the Wayback Machine
  9. Escamilla, Micah (January 4, 2014). "Bernie Lilavois shows he still has the Fury to play pro soccer". Inland Valley Daily Bulletin. Ontario, California. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  10. U.S. Futsal stats Archived May 28, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  11. Marroquin, Art (June 14, 2013). "Pro indoor soccer team bolts from Anaheim". The Orange County Register. Santa Ana, California. Retrieved July 19, 2013.
  12. "Pro soccer team will be playing at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario". Fontana Herald News. Fontana, California: Century Group Newspapers. May 28, 2013. Retrieved June 5, 2013.
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