Soccer is a magical game that brings communities together. Teachers during school hours are stoned faced, but once the bell rings, the inner child comes out and the entire community floods the soccer field. Soccer can connect people across generations. It is a way of escaping the horrific cards the children were felt in this so called game of life. The community tends to forget all the hardships and rally behind each other, as they forget all their problems.
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This article fantastically points out the necessity for our country to re-evaluate our focus on player development. Young players should be getting 10,000 touches per day in order to be comfortable enough on the ball so they can progress into great players when they are older. You can't solely depend on practice with your team to get this done, so take the initiative to train on your own daily! Remember, your Soccer Sidekick is the best way to train game-like touches by yourself, so make sure to bring it with you everywhere you go.
By Jon Townsend for These Football Times - part of the Guardian Sport Network
February 14, 2014
Great article revealing the flaws in the system of player development in the United States. Youth clubs should definitely be compensated for producing professional players. This would help keep the focus on development rather than on winning the next youth tournament. Definitely worth reading!
The Guardian- Elliot Turner - Wednesday 16 March 2016 05.45 EDT
In 2014, more than three million young Americans played for youth soccer clubs and ESPN estimates that 30% of young Americans play the game at some level. The Aspen Institute believes that approximately five million Americans play soccer – that’s roughly equivalent to half the population of Portugal. It’s trite and presumptuous to ask why the US has not produced a Lionel Messi, but you’d think that we could consistently turn out a Joao Moutinho or two. Yet we don’t. Why?
ByRory Carroll - Reuters
SANTA CLARA, California (Reuters) - The United States might having been hosting Copa America for the first time but a legion of Colombia fans brought a distinct flavor of South America to a sweltering Levi's Stadium for the tournament opener on Friday.
Throngs of yellow-shirted fans partied in the parking lot well before kickoff, belting out salsa music in tribute to the country where the Cali strain of the rhythmic musical style originated.
U.S. fans were there in numbers too, of course.
Decked out in the colors of the "Old Glory" flag and downing beers over smoky barbecues, they chanted "When the Yanks go marching in!" as they approached the stadium in temperatures well above 90 degrees fahrenheit (32 Celsius).
Although many of the Colombia fans had traveled up from their homeland, some, like Santiago Velez, were born in the U.S.
By Mike Nicholson
Great article regarding the "winning mentality" of coaches and parents and how it negatively impacts the development of youth players. - June 24, 2015
There are many ways a coach can give themselves a better chance of winning youth football matches, and in my opinion many of those are short-term wins at the expense of long-term player development. In this blog post, I have recognized some of the traits of youth coaches and tried to explain what I believe are the pros and cons of each.