"We will see fewer and fewer players with that self-confidence" - Lionel Scaloni on Robotic Footballers, Analysis, and Youth Development
Lionel Scaloni, Argentina's World Cup winning coach, bemoaned the state of analysis within the game and the negative impact on players, including our youth.
His criticism is fair, but not because analysis lacks value. Rather, the issue is with the application of analysis. Copy and paste, which is the norm in this global state of the game, misses the point.
So what is the point? Find out here.
You heard me, class of 2024 soccer players and parents.
Take a deep breath and put College Contact Day into context.
June 15th is the earliest college coaches can contact rising juniors. Some of you will inevitably receive a call or email. Odds are you know the coach, have attended one of their camps, or are a nationally recognized player.
For those of you who were contacted, congratulations! This is merely the start of the college recruitment process.
For those who didn’t…take another deep breath.
What can the NCAA Division 2 Men's Soccer College Cup tell us about the average D2 roster? Lots. Using data from the tournament, this article shows the NCAA D2 Men's Soccer roster, positional, and class trends. This article is a recruitment tool to educate high school students on the realities of the collegiate game.
Preseason is a grind. Managing the grind with outside interests and pursuits isn’t an obstacle to fulfilment. Rather, those core values and desires give meaning to our professional and playing pursuits. Here are 10 tips to managing the grind as you pursue greatness.
Let’s continue with the theme of summer training opportunities for youth soccer players.
In last week’s blog post, we covered private training. We’re going right back to topics covered in The Soccer Parenting Handbook this week, looking at alternative training options.
School is out, the club soccer season has come to an end, and your kids have loads of free time. Did that sentence make your heart skip a beat? Su...