THIS!

Last Saturday’s Atletico Madrid vs FC Barcelona game was a perfect example of modern top-level soccer. It had everything – skills, technique, creativity, excellent off-the-ball movement, great defending and goalkeeping, playing out from the back, spacing, pressing, shooting, passion, pace, team work….the list goes on. This is how huge the gap is in our country. This is where we need to be if we want to compete internationally. And to reach this level of soccer sophistication requires a fundamental revamp of how we teach, play, and organize soccer. It starts with our coaching quality, and includes finding a way for our best/better players to avoid college soccer. I’m including here a 12-minute highlights clip, but it doesn’t do the game justice. I strongly encourage you to find a recording of the full game and watch it with your soccer-playing kids. It’s very entertaining and a great learning opportunity.

Gabriel Jesus Documentary – Made in Brazil

We won’t compete internationally until we develop players like Coutinho. Period.

 

Excellent documentary on the German soccer youth development approach

Example of elite talent with excellent technical skills: Martin Ødegaard (age 17) @Real Madrid

Futsal season opens in six weeks! It’s super fun and awesome for player development.

If there’s one learning clip your youngster should watch it’s this one. Over and over and over again.

Phenomenal 13 year old Karamoko Dembele – you will watch this in stunned silence

Dribbling, creativity, and movement of U12 FCB vs RM. I doubt they hear “stop dribbling, pass quicker” much! And notice the size difference.

We hold this truth to be self-evident, but let’s hear it from one of the best coaches in the world

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The making of a futbol genius – and I predict the best it yet to come

Breathtaking: Happy Birthday, Messi!

We’re not developing risk-averse robots, right?

RIP Johan Cruyff. Legend, Visionary, Superstar. And a good human being.