Long Time Pro, Successful Coach & Now Academy DirectorJason Wilcox on Raising Youth Soccer Players To Become Professionals Former Blackburn winger Jason Wilcox was appointed as Manchester City‘s Academy Director last year. The former Man City Under-18s Head Coach Wilcox was overjoyed when his club won this year’s Premier League title. Man City’s victory probably brought back fond memories of when he won the Premier League title with Blackburn in 1995. This former pro turned coach and now Academy Director shares his views on player development and what catches his eye when he scouts youth players. THE POTENTIAL TO GROW SOCCER IN [...]
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SOCCER LOVERS BOOK REVIEW: North American Soccer Guide 2018 Edited by Charlie and Linda Cuttone In-depth – Expanded – Historical. Published by Sports Vue Interactive — On Sale: Now The North American Soccer Guide 2018 is packed full of soccer data and offers readers a timely perspective on the beautiful game in the USA. From a recap of the contentious and unprecedented campaign, an election for the presidency of U.S. Soccer to team information on the Richmond Kickers and average attendance figures for nearly every team in the country, the North American Soccer Guide is unique and a must-have on the shelf [...]
Youth Soccer Players – Here is the Greatest Psych Power Tool EVER A must-read for all soccer parents and youth soccer coaches who want to bring out the best in their youth soccer players. Global sports psychologist and author specializing in soccer, Dan Abrahams is based in England and has helped hundreds of professional soccer players – many of them who play in the English Premier League (EPL). Players from Crystal Palace, QPR, Fulham, and West Ham United among other clubs have benefited from Abrahams insights and advice. As a regular columnist for GoalNation, Abrahams wants to help youth soccer coaches and players reach their [...]
(Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) Abby Wambach, Remarks as Delivered Greetings to President Beilock, Barnard faculty, trustees, and honorees: Katherine Johnson, Anna Quindlen, and Rhea Suh. And to each of the 619 bad-ass women of the Barnard graduating class of 2018: Congratulations! Doesn’t it feel like the second you figure anything out in life, it ends and you’re forced to start all over again? Experts call these times of life “transitions.” I call them terrifying. I went through a terrifying transition recently when I retired from soccer. The world tries to distract us from our fear during these transitions by [...]
FIVE THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT BIRTH YEAR REGISTRATION Aug 1, 2017 Beginning on Aug. 1, 2017, the way in which youth players in the United States register for youth soccer teams will be based on their year of birth. This new standard will help create clarity, improve understanding about developmental progress and enhance playing environments as a part of the U.S. Soccer Player Development Initiatives (PDI’s). Here are five things you should know about the new registration rules to age groups. What is birth year registration? Currently, youth players in the United States sign up for same-age group clubs and teams [...]
FIVE THINGS TO KNOW: HOW SMALL-SIDED STANDARDS WILL CHANGE YOUTH SOCCER Aug 1, 2017 Beginning August 1, 2017, new standards in youth soccer will be implemented across the country. These standards are known as Player Development Initiatives (PDIs). A key component to these PDIs is new standards of play for small-sided games. Here are five things you need to know about the new regulations for youth games. What are small-sided standards? Small-sided standards are youth games played with less than 11 players on each team. Playing with less players on the field means that players are constantly involved in play and [...]
FIVE THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT U.S. SOCCER PLAYER DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES Aug 1, 2017 August 1, 2017 marks the official rollout of U.S. Soccer’s Player Development Initiatives (PDIs). Here are five things you should know about the newest standards in youth soccer. What are PDIs? The PDIs aim to create an environment for youth players to grow and develop their soccer abilities. The most notable PDI includes small-sided game standards. Small-sided standards are regulations for youth games played with less than eleven players on each team that include field and ball size, game length and special rules. Fewer players on the field [...]