player development

Coaching

Insights from Claudio Reyna and Player ‘Paths’

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Claudio Reyna has been making waves ever since he was selected as Youth Technical Director for US Soccer. The release of the Youth Soccer Coaching Curriculum showed how serious US Soccer was taking the reform of player development. Then US Youth Soccer revamped their coaching guides and released them in PDF form this week.

Developing Young Players Without Positions (or Wins)

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Wins Don't Develop Players - An OTP Series « Previous Article

Ten years ago when our league was new and I had just started coaching, I remember trying to teach 6 year olds about positions. We played 8v8 if memory serves. Picture sixteen 5 and 6 year olds swarming all over a large field and coaches trying to get them to understand who is on offense and who is on defense.

When Players Finally ‘Get’ 1v1

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I know I've been fairly quiet of late. Lots of changes going on in my life both in soccer and out. But slowly things are returning to a 'new normal' so I hope to be able to write more. I'll expand on this as part of my Wins Don't Develop Players series, but wanted to get up a short post about it.

Ten Questions For Soccer Parents

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For youth soccer coaches who 'get it' and try to focus on player development over wins, it can be a difficult sell for team parents. Stan Baker recently published a list of ten questions for parents to help them judge if their children and team are doing well:

Parents who understand what the team is trying to accomplish and what our style of play looks like, will be more likely to lend support and back what the coach is attempting to do.

Ball Hogs Need Not Apply!

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Jimmy Obleda, the 2011 NSCAA Youth National Coach of the Year, held a Q&A with Soccer America and had some pretty harsh things to say about the USSF academy program and US youth soccer development in general. He wrapped up the session with a very good summation of one of our biggest problems in the US we often push out exceptional players:

They don't fit our system.

U6-U8 Soccer Player Development – Round Two

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Wins Don't Develop Players - An OTP Series

After years of coaching multiple travel and Rec teams in various age groups, I unexpectedly have found myself coaching only two U8 Rec teams this season. I've coached many of these players since they were 4, so it's been an interesting progression to observe.

A Little Coaching Encouragement Goes A Long Way

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We talk a lot about player development (often how broken it is), but we never seem to move beyond that to building the foundation to improve it: coaching development. There's this almost universal assumption that elite coaches are always elite players who move into coaching and are 'good' because they know the game and have been coached for years.

PDL

Timbers anniversary date has new significance as landmark partnership is reached between USL Pro and MLS

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On the anniversary of the Portland Timbers being created back in 1975, another potentially significant event occurred involving the top league in American soccer and the league in the third level of the soccer pyramid. MLS and USL Pro announced the basic framework of an agreement to integrate MLS Reserve teams within the current league structure of USL Pro.

BYU 3/24/2102 Post-game Interview pt 1

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After Saturday night's game, I was able to catch Coaches Chad Sackett and Brandon Gilliam for a couple of questions each. I really noticed Brandon being vocal and coaching on the sideline during the game and it made me think about how the PDL can be a source of coaching development as well as player development.

Major League Soccer

What Happens to College Soccer?

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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (Dec 12, 2012) US Soccer Players -- The Indiana Hoosiers are college soccer champions. In 2012, that means something different than it did in 2002 or even 2007. The achievement is still notable, and represents a return to the top for Indiana and their eighth championship overall, but the victory comes during a very strange time for the game at the college level.

Philadelphia: A laboratory for U.S. soccer

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Six weeks ago, the All-Star game looked like a potential PR nightmare for MLS. Today, it could be a chance to highlight the future of American soccer. PSP explains.

Toronto Announces New Coach

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Toronto announced on Thursday that head coach and technical director Aron Winter had "stepped down" and would be replaced by director of player development Paul Mariner. In his new role, Mariner takes the head coach and director of soccer operations titles. Toronto's current assistant coaches remain in their roles.

A Huge Flaw in Logic that’s Keeping You From the Truth

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Player development is a topic that applies to all age groups and levels of play.

But, let's keep our eye on the big picture.

When the term player development is used, what is the general context it is usually being used in? What is it that's being visualized?

I think you know.

Extra Time: Ruben Luna

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About a week ago I got the chance to talk all things Ruben Luna with Ruben Luna. Naturally not everything fit the story, so the tastiest leftovers from "Home Grown: Ruben Luna" are all yours. I also included some bonus quotes from his U12-U16 coach, Darrin Hedges who now coaches FC Dallas's women's team.

Winless Toronto FC reshuffles front office

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Toronto FC is off to an 0-8 start to the Major League Soccer season, and rather than seeing anybody lose their job, the club's response to that awful start has been to change some people's job titles.

TFC announced on Monday that assistant coach Bob de Klerk has been moved to a role as Technical Manager, while former TFC player and recent Toronto FC Junior Academy coach Jim Brennan takes over as the team's lead assistant.

‘Smart Soccer’ to debut at All-Star game

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On Tuesday, Adidas and Major League Soccer announced that the MLS All-Star game in Philadelphia on July 25th will mark the debut of Adidas's new team tracking system, "micoach."

As described in an official MLS press release, the system "provides coaches with real time performance metrics on the field of play including player position, power output, speed, distance covered, intensity of play, acceleration and GPS heat mapping.

Perry Van Der Beck Sees St. Louis As Viable Home for Pro Soccer

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Perry Van Der Beck, Executive Vice President, Technical Director and Director of Player Development for the Tampa Bay Rowdies, has lived in Tampa for most of the last 30 years. But the native St. Louisan rarely misses a chance to talk up his hometown. "I can reminisce with anyone on the planet about St.

Seattle Sounders

Labor Day Union Freekicks - The Hackworth Era Begins

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Happy labor day, everyone! Today's open thread for all things Union, MLS, barbeque, etc.

Monday MLS Breakdown: John Hackworth plans for his permanent future in Philadelphia [Kyle McCarthy, Goal.com] - "Player development and team building rank high on the agenda as Hackworth attempts to continue the work started during his interim reign with the Union.

The US Open Cup, CAL FC, and Eric Wynalda – The Perfect Storm

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Article by Pedro Gomes

American Soccer fans are very familiar with Eric Wynalda both for his actions on the field and his opinions off the field. He has been called everything from a visionary, loud-mouth, instigator, activist, and hero.

Until a decent U-23 league exists we should follow and expand upon the Seattle Sounders model. The...

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Until a decent U-23 league exists we should follow and expand upon the Seattle Sounders model. The Sounders take pride in placing their U-18 graduates in good NCAA programs. MLS rules allow a certain amount of leeway in retaining these players' rights provided they spent at least year training with the Residency[1].

Timbers, Impact extend MLS presence in U.S. Soccer Development Academy

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Two of the newest MLS franchises are extending the league's presence in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.

U.S. Soccer announced Tuesday that the Portland Timbers and Montreal Impact have been approved to have teams entered into the Development Academy, giving MLSÂ 17 teams in the 80-team academy system.

The Sounders Ecology

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The Sounders are one of a handful of teams using their connections with clubs and colleges around the country to develop the next generation of players. And I feel pretty confident in saying there is no club that has the breadth of connections as the Seattle Sounders.

Recently I've been thinking about the relationship of these independent clubs and colleges through and ecological metaphor.

English Premier League

Phill Babb endorses UKFF ambitious development plan

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A bold brave and ambitious Development Plan was launched as promised by UKFF on 1st Septetmber. It involves putting in place a player and club progression Strategy that has won the endorsement of Ex Liverpool Defender Phil Babb and attracted excellent new Premier League and Nationwide Development Coaches as well.

Chesterfield United Announce new Player Development Structure, club Academy Model

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Richmond, VA – (Tuesday, March 20, 2012) – Chesterfield United is proud to announce the new player development structure and club Academy model. After significant amount of time studying the value of the European Academy club model and structure, Chesterfield United staff has worked hard to improve the club structure to enhance the player development opportunities to all of its players.

Soccer Community

The Best Travel Soccer Club in Virginia?

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As the 2012 fall travel soccer season approaches, Virginia Online Soccer News is reaching out to the travel soccer community asking parents, coaches, and players:
Vote Now: Which travel soccer club is the best in the state of Virginia?
When voting please consider the overall club experience including quality of coaching, cost, player development, etc.

Chesterfield United Name Pat McStay Technical Director; Re-structure Staff

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Congratulations to frequent guest contributor Pat McStay who has been named the new Technical Director at Chesterfield United FC (Richmond, VA).

Read posts by Pat McStay

Official United FC Press Release:

Chesterfield United is excited to announce the re-structuring in the club's already successful chain of command effective June 1, 2012.

Spain

The 3 Main Cultures Influencing Soccer Development

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They are one macro-culture and two micro-cultures.

  1. Big organizations
  2. The household
  3. The team
Macro Culture

This refers to the culture driven by large scale organizations. The most obvious are state governments.

They dominate the rhetoric, implement policy, and execute the law.

What we can - and can't - learn from Spain's Euro conquest

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By Charles Boehm - WASHINGTON, DC (July 5, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Spain's triumphant defense of their European Championship trophy would seem to offer telling vindication of US Soccer's recent rejiggering of their long-term player development strategies. Besides the comforting fact that the USA, shock 2-0 winners over Spain in the 2009 Confederations Cup, remain the only opponents since 2006 to defeat the world champs in the knockout phase of a major tournament, the.

Toronto FC

Back to League Play

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After a couple weeks off from league play for an international break, Sporting KC is back to league play tomorrow when they take on Toronto FC at Livestrong Sporting Park. KC has played two games since their last league game, both in the US Open Cup, Toronto on the other hand has been off the entire time without a game.

Mariner to lead Toronto FC

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Paul Mariner has paid his dues as a player and coach, so I was excited to learn on Thursday that Toronto FC announced that Mariner will become the club's seventh head coach in franchise history.

The longtime New England Revolution assistant Mariner now takes the reins, as TFC return to action on June 16 at Sporting Kansas City before playing in Houston against the Dynamo on June 20.

Musket Rounds: More Nguyen, Tierney, Joey Barton, USMNT, Newcastle, & more!

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Is it Saturday yet? No? Ugh. Well, might as well read about soccer in the meantime. Here's some links for you to make it through your morning, or whenever it is that you've stumbled into the wonderful work of The Bent Musket today.

Revolution Links

Nguyen earns player of the week honors - RevolutionSoccer.

The Rest

Monday’s night’s player development lessons

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While Red Bulls did not win Monday night's first leg hosting Toronto in the playoffs, their excellent player development process was fully on display.

Timbers Mailbag – covering random Timbers news while on long playoff break

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With a break in the schedule, we break open the Timbers Mailbag to cover random topics, including some thoughts after leg 1 with RSL, the playoff schedule in general and some news about the 2014 MLS season.

Academy Meetings Aim to Connect Every Level of U.S. Soccer

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The Development Academy Playoffs week isn't only about the games on the field – it's part of a broader objective to connect every level of play on the U.S. Soccer pyramid from the Development Academy to the senior U.S. Men's National Team.

Earlier in the week in Frisco, Texas, members of the technical staffs from all 78 Academy teams attended a workshop that focused on coaching education and a technical overview of the directives and new initiatives that the U.

More Reaction: US Player Development

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Agudelo for US Soccer....

So, should your star high school son take his talents to college or the pros?John Parker looked into that yesterday with, "Toting The Old Ball 'N'Chain: Player Development in America."
Here's some more reaction to keep the discussion going below.

NSCAA Launches Club Standard Project

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The culmination of a lot of hard work will be exhibited on the pitch beginning Saturday with the start of the Missouri State Cup put on by the Missouri Youth Soccer Association (MYSA). Shortly after the last whistle is blown, it will be time for tryouts.

How is your club going to do? Would you like some tools to better evaluate both the on-and-off field performance of your organization?

Woden Valley to dominate Canberra Football in five years

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Crystal Gazing in Canberra Premier League?

With my crystal ball I predict in five years:

Woden Valley, Belconnen and Gungahlin will be the dominant teams in mens and womens football. Canberra FC will drift to a mid-table team. Canberra FC's aspirations for higher level football - as in to play in NSW - is already long buried, confirmed by the riots of last years grand final and further entrenched as their current status will be reduced in coming years.

You have been forgotten....

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"The only way to rebuild is to ensure that there is a strong pipeline of players coming through the ranks. With the LionsXII and the Courts Young Lions doing well, we are hoping that the pipeline will be strong with those new players available for national team selection." FAS president Zainudin Nordin (17th April 2012) after the assessment of the report submitted by national coach Raddy Avramovic following the disappointing World Cup qualifiers on TODAY.

Soto loan to San Antonio Scorpions just tip of potential iceberg

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Houston Dynamo homegrown player Josue Soto got some classic good news, bad news last week. The bad news is that he won't be playing on the Dynamo first team anytime soon, but the good news is that he is about to get a whole lot of time on the ball. Darrell Lovell at MLSSoccer.com is reporting that Soto is now on loan to the NASL San Antonio Scorpions, and actually began training with the Hill Country club last weekend.

Portland Timbers Officially Partner with Elite Portland Area Youth Clubs

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So this news is actually about two weeks old at this point. It was something I've been meaning to write about because it's actually a pretty important development as far as our youth system goes, but with the tournament and other Portland Timbers news it just kind of got swept under the rug, an unfortunate reality when there's so much going on.