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[Video] Setting The Standard for U13 Possession Soccer in America

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We've shown you what the current standard for U11s looks like.

And we've demonstrated how this translated to the global stage with competitions against the best academies in the world.

We've also shown you what it looks like at U12.

Now we present what it can look like at U13.

One Truth, One Fallacy, and One Solution for Coaching Possession Soccer

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A Truth It can be successfully done across all levels of play.

The main reason it's rarely seen, is that most coaches have not acquired the expertise to do it.

  • First and foremost, a coach must develop a possession-based philosophy (a vision ... a taste ... a feel for that type of football).

Player Development Answered in 4 Minutes [video]

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The following video is split in half.

One half is conducive to high-level development, the other isn't.

One half is 1 in a 1000 in our country, the other is the norm.

If you find yourself nitpicking and making arguments otherwise, it's highly likely you are THE problem.

Barcelona Youth Academy 2001s are Ridiculous! Watch the video!

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Here's the video of our first match against FC Barcelona at MIC Cup.

Watch carefully this offers just a flavor of what gold standard football can look like for 11 year olds.

Context is king!

Something we'll be providing as we continue this path of soccer education.

Transition: Brian’s at Chivas USA and 3four3 Needs to “Grow Up”

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Hi guys,

Just a little update on what's going on, and where that final report on how the MIC tournament concluded is at.

After returning from Barcelona, there's been a ton of activity behind the scenes. Some things are very ugly, but some things are great.

Brian is now at Chivas USA (that of course is one of the great things), and my priority is scaling our work.

Quality Pro Player Development or Recreation? People don’t know the Difference.

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Before we go any further, something must be made clear.

A line must be drawn between two camps:

  1. Those who ultimately view soccer as recreation.
  2. Those who are about creating professional footballers of the highest quality.

Both have vastly different requirements.

This Must Be Unprecedented! Not One … Not Two … but all 3 Surf Cup Titles!

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A clean sweep is what it was.

All three academy teams U10, U11, and U12 which Brian overseas, took home the hardware at the prestigious Surf Cup. Not a bad start to the new season.

  • The 10s are beginning to show some signs of keeping the ball and combination play.
  • The 11s have their spells of good possession where regular 5-touch sequences pop up, but that team needs a ton of work.

Recruiting is The Right Thing to Do

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The perception and values associated with the practice of recruiting depends on who's doing the perceiving and the act itself be it an organization, coach, player, parent, or whoever.

This post will take the position of what every interested party supposedly wants. Development and a meritocracy.

FC Barcelona

Ajax toppled by Americans: Johan Cruyff, Where You At?

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Showtime!

MIC Cup Semi-final
vs Ajax

L'estartit Another prime time showdown against one of the top youth academies in world football.

The Netherlands have produced countless world class players with Ajax being the conveyer belt. Johan Cruyff, Edwin van der Sar, Dennis Bergkamp, Patrick Kluivert, Marco Van Basten, Rafael van der Vaart, Wesley Sneijder, and Nigel de Jong to name a few.

Our American Youth Soccer Team takes down Spanish Club EF Baix Ter

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Showtime! We're in white.

MIC Cup Game 4
vs EF Baix Ter

It came down to goal differential and FC Barcelona ended up scoring 6 on Begur, securing 1st place in our group. This meant we would now face 2nd place from group D, EF Baix Ter, a local Catalunya team.

We had them scouted well, and knew it would be a much different game then the one we faced vs Cherry Orchard last night.

The Irish tried to “Pull a Chelsea”, but We were Too Much

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Game was played entirely in Irish territory.

MIC Cup Game 3
vs Cherry Orchard (Ireland)

After a monumental draw against FC Barcelona at noon, we had to shift our focus to our last pool play game against Irish side Cherry Orchard. They had just come off consecutive losses to Barcelona (9-0) and Begur (2-1) and had nothing but pride to play for.

The Beast, the Monster, the 800-pound Gorilla: Our match vs FC Barcelona

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'Lil Neymar' during the match against FCB

MIC Day 2

3/28/13

The second day of MIC would be the most anticipated match day, not only for the boys here, but for all the players who came before them and for the club and for US soccer. El Super Clasico between FC Barcelona and Total Football Academy (that's us) was on the minds of all in MIC.

MIC Cup 2013: Our Match vs Begur

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MIC Cup game #1

TFA vs Begur

3-27-13

After months of intense preparation, the day had come for our MIC Cup debut. A pleasant 25 minute bus ride to Begur to take on local youth club Begur in their hometown stadium. A great atmosphere awaited the team and we were ready to get the well oiled machine running.

Mediterranean International Cup Day 1: Scouting the top Academies

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Opening Ceremony: Three of our boys facing us in the foreground.

The Giants Smash the Minnows
3/27/13

Day 1 of the MIC allowed for the Giants of the soccer world, Manchester United, FC Barcelona, Ajax and Villareal, to showcase their class against local inferior teams.

Game vs Junior FC: Preparation for MIC Tournament Opener

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Friendly vs. Juniors
3/25/13
5-0

After a long trip across the Atlantic the squad was dying to get a game in. A local club in Barcelona, Juniors FC, Infantil "B", would be the perfect test for the boys. We arrived for pregame at their modest sporting facility.

Pregame
Warm up was shaky, and the players looked jet-lagged tired legs caused for some uncharacteristic poor touches.

Youth Soccer

Earn $2500 For Your Club

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The Community Grant is a competition-based fundraising program that awards $2,500 to youth sport teams, clubs, associations and schools to rally their supporters to commit to a Responsible Sports environment. We award thirty (30) Grants a year. Since the Fall of 2007 we've awarded over half a million dollars to deserving youth sports organizations.

Springfield SC Open National Premier League Season

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The Club soccer environment has been a rapidly changing place the last few years. The biggest change was the introduction of the US Soccer Development Academy program which operated outside of the traditional US Youth Soccer Association model. Previously youth soccer meant State Cup and pursuit of the USYSA National Championship.

Hendricks, Marcotte and Pittser Recognized by MYSA

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The winners for the 2013 MYSA AGM Awards have been announced. Please join us in congratulating the following individuals:

Administrator of the Year Sandi Hendricks, Lake Country Soccer
Coach of the Year, Girls Competitive Hank Pernicka, Rolla Knights SC
Young Female Referee of the Year Sara Marcotte
Sara's a junior at Republic HS, she's pictured at right as a freshman during the Tiger's inaugural season
Save of the Year Josh Pittser, Missouri Youth Soccer At-Large
The Nixa Eagle's GK won for a save against Carthage, here's his 2012 Highlight reel

Coach of the Year, Boys Competitive Abdullah Parker, Billy Goat FC
Coach of the Year, Boys Recreational No Nominations Submitted
Coach of the Year, Girls Recreational Jackie Saul, Gower SC
Goal of the Year No Nominations Submitted
Volunteer of the Year Shirley McBroom, SPENSA
Young Male Referee of the Year Brad Meister

Total Demize Compete at Futsal Regional Tourney

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Evan Loyd (Greenwood) defends at Midwest Regionals Futsal tourney


The US Youth Futsal Midwest Regional Tournament opened in St Louis on Saturday. Featuring teams competing in leagues within four hours of St Louis, Champions and Finalist in each division will receive a bid to the USYF National Tournament, February 15-18, in Overland Park, KS The Total Demize sent three boys teams this year, one in the U14 age group and two in the U17/18 age group.

Lou Fusz Wipke U16 Girls On ESPN3 Thursday

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The Disney Soccer Showcase wrapped up today except for six teams who will play in a Championship game that will be streamed live on ESPN3 Thursday morning. That includes the U16 Lou Fusz Wipke squad!

7:00 AM CST Disney Soccer Showcase U18/19 Girls Showcase Red (Championship)
JAVANON SC 95 BLACK (KY) vs TEAM CHICAGO ACADEMY BOTAFOGO (Chicago)
A pair of Region II squads will feature in this game.

Disney Soccer Showcase Finals on ESPN3 Sunday

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Some quality Club soccer available on ESPN3 Sunday. The Disney Showcase is wrapping up for the boys today with only the Championship games remaining on Sunday.

7:00 AM CST Disney Soccer Showcase U18/19 Boys Showcase Black Championship
2SV Sports International (Brazil) vs Concorde Fire Elite (GA)
The international visitor faces off against a USYSA National League squad that advanced on goal differential

9:15 AM CST Disney Soccer Showcase U18/19 Boys USSF Developmental Academy Championship
Dallas Texans vs Concorde Fire (GA)

11:30 AM CST Disney Soccer Showcase U17 Boys Showcase Red Championship
FC DALLAS YOUTH 96 PREMIER vs OBGC SOCCER RANGERS (MD)
A return to the final for OBGC who won the U16 title in 2011 over Concorde Fire.

Nixa SC Becoming A Sporting KC Affiliate

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With a simple note on their Facebook page, Nixa SC has announced a significant step

NSC is proud to announce that the club has been invited to become an affiliate club with MLS Club Sporting KC. More news to follow.

Coming after Wednesday's successful Clinic in conjunction with Sporting KC, led by MLS Defender of the Year Matt Besler and his teammate Seth Sinovic (both KC natives), the article by the News-Leader offers some insight into the development

The event first took shape in August, when the Nixa Soccer Club traveled to Kansas City to take part in a clinic and watch a Sporting KC match.

MYSA Announces Cup Hosting Changes

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At the November 3rd MYSA Board of Directors Meeting, the board voted to adopt a four (4) year State Cup and Presidents Cup Rotational Policy. The Policy does away with the former bidding process and puts the location of the events in specific districts each year (granted a facility in that district is capable of hosting the event).

FC Legacy

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FC Legacy will host a Community Night on Thursday, November 1st from 6:00pm 8:00pm at Lake Country Soccer (Dr Pepper Field)! Learn the philosophy behind the club, meet the coaches, see the uniforms, preview fan wear! Join us and see why it's more than just a club...it's a legacy!

Springfield SC 95-96 Girls Advance to Missouri State Cup Semifinals

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The Springfield SC U17 girls advanced to the Semifinals in their age bracket for the second year in the row. They achieved that by winning their first two matches by a combined total of 8 goals to 1. That led to the decisive third group match against Sporting Blue Valley Supersport. A scoreless tie gave them the point for the Group win while SBV Supersport also advanced as the Wildcard.

Springfield SC Opens State Cup with Win

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The Springfield SC 95-96 Girls opened their account at the Missouri State Cup with a decisive 4-1 win today over the St Louis Scott Gallagher Premier Red squad. Both teams were a bit ragged to open the game, nerves related to the start of Cup play is the usual culprit. SSC settled theirs around the 25th minute when Lydia Holtmann scored a goal following a run into the box on the left side and a nice finish to the right side.

Play-In Games Begins For Missouri State Cup

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The 2012/13 Fall Missouri State Cup begins this week with Play-in games going on throughout the State. The Play-in games will complete brackets that then lead to Pool Play which will be held October 13th 14th, 2012 at the Lou Fusz SC and St. Louis Scott Gallagher fields in Creve Coeur, MO (St. Louis).

Play-In Games Begin For Missouri State Cup

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The 2012/13 Fall Missouri State Cup begins this week with Play-in games going on throughout the State. The Play-in games will complete brackets that then lead to Pool Play which will be held October 13th 14th, 2012 at the Lou Fusz SC and St. Louis Scott Gallagher fields in Creve Coeur, MO (St. Louis).

D Jalen Markey, Seattle Sounders (No. 36, 2013)

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D Jalen Markey, Seattle Sounders (No. 36, 2013)

Players to Watch in the USSFDA in 2012-13 | Club Soccer News | Youth Soccer News

This is not a top 20 list, but instead a list of 20 intriguing players. Markey makes the list because he will lead the line in the Sounders attempt to make the USSDA Final.

When Mia Hamm Says, "I'm Excited," It's Hard to Believe Her, Isn't It?

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Exhibit A:


Anyway! It looks like Nike Soccer has teamed up with Mia to present "The Chance" for girls, which, according to the YouTube page, is all about this: "Partnering with ECNL, US Club Soccer, and US Soccer, Nike will be inviting the top 100 female soccer players around the country to attend a 3-day National Final Camp at Nike's World Headquarters Campus in Beaverton, Oregon at the end of July.

Nixa SC Trains with Sporting KC

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A cool story on the Sporting KC website about a recent training experience that Nixa SC took part in.

Sporting KC welcomed Nixa Soccer Club to Kansas City earlier this month for a fun-filled, two-day trip.

On the first day of their stay, the players and their families visited the Sporting Club Training Center in Swope Park to participate in a clinic conducted by fitness coach Dave McKay and Sporting KC midfielder Graham Zusi.

Overland Park, Kan., chosen to host 2013 US Youth Soccer National Championships

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US Youth Soccer is proud to announce the dates and locations for the regional and national championships of the 2013 US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, the country's most prestigious national youth soccer tournament. After another banner year in 2012, the 2013 US Youth Soccer National Championships will be held at the Overland Park Soccer Complex in Overland Park, Kan.

US Soccer Development Academy Finals Being Live Streamed

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Via US Soccer Development Academy Finals Week Championship Matches to be Streamed Live on ussoccer.com The 2012 U.S. Soccer Development Academy Finals Week championship matches on July 22 and 23 in Houston will be streamed live on ussoccer.com, giving fans the opportunity to view the most elite youth soccer games in the United States at the club level.

monday morning

Club notes: Aris Ladies fall in final

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The Aris Ladies went toe-to-toe with the Vancouver United Timbers for one half Monday morning.

But in the second half, the Eau Claire team simply couldn't stop Ellie Boon.

The University of Portland recruit scored four goals after halftime to carry the Washington team to a 5-1 victory in the girls Under-17 Premier Group final at the U.

Clubs: Aris Ladies play for national title

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Aris Ladies will play for a national championship Monday morning.

The team from Eau Claire's EC Aris FC will face the Vancouver United Timbers in the girls Under-17 Premier final at the U.S. Club Soccer National Cup XI Finals in Waukegan, Ill. Kickoff is set for 9 a.m.

Eau Claire Memorial's Ella Budzinski scored in a 1-0 win over Virginia's Roanoke Star Elite on Sunday that sent Aris into the final – the teams finished with 1-1-1 records behind Vancouver United (2-0-1), with Aris second thanks to the head-to-head victory.

The Rest

Set Tactical Training

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We've mentioned the phrase 'Set Tactical Work' often, but I know this is a foreign notion to the American Soccer Community at all levels.

So let me try to give a more familiar concept. Set Tactical Work is essentially Choreography.

Here's an example from the 3four3 curriculum.

Now, Rich asked the following:

I think for many of us at the younger ages, it goes back to what I asked in the comments section a number of months ago: how often and what depths do you go into for set tactical work at U9, U10, U11, U12?

High School Boys Tryouts Open November 18th

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Southern District rules for Missouri Youth Soccer set tryout dates for High School boys following the end of the season. That points to Sunday November 18th as the first day they may begin. Here's the first announcement I've received.

You can also check the links I maintain of all the soccer clubs in the region.

Wednesday's TV: Major League Soccer

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Club soccer returns with MLS on NBC Sports Network: Seattle - Real Salt Lake at 10pm ET.

Examining the USSF pyramid: The Fourth Tier

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USSF series recap - Tier 5: USASA and USCS Last time we waded through the expansive lowlands of the last rung of the American soccer ladder, comprising both the USCS (our club soccer bros) and USASA (basically everything else under the sun). From here, we beginning reaching the borderlands of the fun parts, where developmental gears start clicking together in ways recognizable to the

FIFA Club World Cup Should Expand to 32 Teams

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As Real Madrid takes on the Los Angeles Galaxy in a friendly that means nothing, it is appropriate to reflect on how to get these teams together for a match that means everything.

Even though, this exhibition is played for pride and practice, it is a noteworthy event. It pits two of the most recognizable franchises in present-day international club Soccer against each other.