Futsal Euro Championship now underway until Feb 13. Watch live at www.uefa.tv.

THIS is world-class young talent. Pirlo surely would agree. How do we get to this in our country?

Around 1am on Sep 3, 2003 – the moment FC Barcelona started believing again

Another unbelievable youngster. Amazing artistry – the essence of soccer. There is no better foundation than skills.

Superstars that became great with the help of futsal. Your kid is playing futsal this winter, right?

Unbelievably skillful and creative youngster – enjoy!

Very entertaining (and rare) Cristiano Ronaldo interview

Just sit back and enjoy for a few minutes. The drama, the joy, the emotion. The beautiful game.

The Pele of futsal – Falcao. Enjoy!

Futsal season kicks off in a few weeks. You MUST join! It’s super fun and great for skills!

World-class goal during a Japanese high school (!) game – creative, instinctive, entertaining!

Really great clip – sit back and enjoy the magic. The lifeblood of soccer! (click on the HD icon on the bottom right for best quality)

Unbelievable 8 year olds. We need to encourage skills and dribbling more and for longer here in the U.S.!

Quick passing isn’t enough

Some of my recent posts describe my concerns about too much focus on ‘quick passing & moving’ at too young an age. Coaches are trying to copy the Barcelona style of possession play and many parents are happy to see lots of passes being strung together and tend not to like the player who doesn’t pass quickly. But I’m concerned that this leads to one-dimensional soccer and doesn’t give the players what they need to creatively solve problems during games against strong, tactically smart opposition. I am concerned that we are not emphasizing enough a critical part of youth player development: creativity, technical skills, and risk taking, that, when later combined with smart passing and fast movement, leads to top-level, entertaining soccer. So take a look at this clip from Barcelona’s youth academy. These are ten or eleven year old boys. Watch carefully the many skills and soccer IQ used just in these ten seconds. Their toolkit is large already!

Creative, instinctive, entertaining