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Developing Players, Beautiful, An Honor, An Obligation

Developing Players, Beautiful, An Honor, An Obligation. Based on my observations of youth soccer and futsal in Midwest and above, contrasting it with world class academies, I strongly believe that in Midwest and above: a) Technique is significantly undertrained b) Small group tactics are almost entirely ignored c) Physicality is over valued d) Systems of […]

Assessing Youth Soccer Joy and Development, and The Need For Change

I would like to discuss and assess today Joy and Development of youth Soccer in the USA. It’s extremely important that I share first that these are very complex issues and I will not claim that simple answers will “fix” the problem. I will simply state some clear facts and make the case that there […]

Kids Are Magic Soccer Players

Facts/Estimates Fact 1 – Youth Athletes – It is estimated there are around 60 million youth athletes in USA (across all sports: Fact 2 – Soccer Players – It is estimated there are around 4.2 million soccer players (youth and adults, around 2.5 million male players and 1.7 female players). Worth noticing here that US […]

The Beauty Of Authentic Soccer & Futsal Development

May 2 2023 Soccer has always been referred to as the beautiful game and of course Futsal remains a brother with soccer. One can argue that Futsal is soccer on “ice”, due to its speed, creativity, the number of top soccer players developed and amazing excitement. Both games are beautiful, and for the purposes of […]

Learning or Maintaining?

Sep 29 2022 Love The Beautiful Game Soccer and Futsal training is one of the most beautiful gifts for players, teams and coaches. How much time in training is spent in learning and how much in maintaining? To answer this question, consider these facts: a. How much information is new to the players? To be […]

For The Love of The Game: The Current US Soccer & Potential for Excellence

The Current Strengths and Weaknesses   Strengths: physical level of players  Weakness: technical & tactical level of players The Big Experiment: The team is going in with the same sense of entitlements, and looking for results, instead of gratitude and focusing on the process.  Any experiment would eventually require changes, and by that, I mean real […]

The True Value

The true value of work is a measure of purpose, passion, education, work ethic, unity. Top level will always create and create, grow and grow, learn, reflect and correct, like “writing music” always focuses on creating and building quality versus self-promotion. The measure is now how loud one “plays the drums”, but what kind of […]