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Jordan Older

Jordan Older

Jordan Older is the first American soccer player in both the Brazilian 1st Division (Serie A) and Brazilian Paulista Championship 1st Division (Serie A1). Jordan Older has been part of the US National Soccer Team training camp (soccer’s Dream Team/Team USA) and played professional soccer on 3 continents and in 7 countries including the Brazilian 1st Division (Campeonato Brasileiro Série A), Brazilian Paulista Championship 1st Division (O Paulistão/Campeonato Paulista Série A1) and professional teams in Germany and Switzerland.

Jordan Older is the founder and executive director of the Ventura Film Festival. Jordan is a graduate of Ventura High School and studied Physics at UCLA. Jordan has starred in a number of national and worldwide television commercials for Snickers, Intel, and Phillips and has appeared in popular television shows Power Rangers and Sweet Valley High and in major feature films such as Clueless and Strange Days. Jordan has been a SAG member since 1996.

Jordan Older became the first American to join a team in Brazil's oldest professional soccer league, the Campeonato Paulista Serie A1 in 1994 with União São João Esporte Clube in Araras, Brazil. Jordan Older was also the first American born player to join a team in the Campeonato Brasiliero Serie B (2nd division) with Paulista FC in 1994.  União São João Esporte Clube also competed in the Brazilian Serie A (1st Division/Campeonato Brasiliero Serie A) during the same time period.

While in Brazil Jordan Older was considered one of the top players in the country and was invited to play for Brazilian World Cup star, Careca's expansion team, Campinas FC. Jordan Older did not opt to join the team but did train with Careca and the club, including famous Flamengo player, Edmar (Edmar Bernardes dos Santos), for several weeks in Campinas, Brazil.

In 2012 Jordan Older setup a trial for American/Honduran player Herbert Cojulun in Spain's top professional league, also known as La Liga or La Primeira Division with Getafe CF.

In 1988 at age 15 Jordan Older was selected to a club team in Irvine, California coached by former USA Olympic Team and former US National Team head coach Derek Lawther to unofficially represent the USA in competitive youth soccer tournaments in Europe, playing against many youth teams of 1st division professional European clubs. Derek Lawther was one of the top professional coaches in the country at the time and recognized Jordan Older's talent at a young age and selected him for his club's tour of Europe. Derek Lawther was also the head coach at UC Irvine (NCAA Division 1), the California Surf in the NASL (North American Soccer League), and the California Sunshine in the ASL (American Soccer League), the last two were both 1st division professional soccer teams playing at the highest level of professional soccer in North American and the United States. Jordan Older immediately joined the U-15 and U-19 squads for the USA team, despite being only 15 years old. On this European tour in 1988, desptie his young age, Jordan Older was selected to play on the U-19 squad for the USA team in the opening game of Sweden's Dalecarlia Cup in front of over 20,000 fans in the IK Brage stadium in Borlänge, Sweden. Jordan Older also played against numerous U-15 and U-19 professional teams from Europe and South America in the Dana Cup, Dalecarlia Cup, and London Cup in the same trip representing Southern California and the USA.

Overall, Jordan Older has trained, trialed, and played professionally with more clubs and in more countries than any other American born player, on 3 continents (North America, Europe, and South America) and with professional clubs in 9 countries (USA, Brazil, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Sweden, Slovakia, England, and Denmark) and setup tryouts as an agent for players in 4 countries (Germany, Spain, Brazil, and USA.)

Jordan Older, the Ventura Film Festival founder and executive director, was selected to appear, along with many of Hollywood’s top stars, at the 50th Anniversary of West Side Story and Hollywood’s footprint/handprint ceremony for Academy Award winners Rita Moreno, George Chakiris, and Academy Award nominee/Golden Globe winner Russ Tamblyn at the world famous Chinese Theater in Hollywood. This event also doubled as the official B
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