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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.
The launch of U.S. Soccer’s Girls’ Development Academy (GDA) this August is probably the single most discussed topic in girls’
I was watching the European La Liga Promises youth tournament a couple of weeks ago and, apart from the quality soccer these
GoalNation published an interview with soccer legend Paul Breitner about youth player development in our country. Below is an excerpt
This is a long post, but I think it’s an important one. I hope you stay with me on this.
Here’s the well-researched story on how German soccer reinvented itself to finally win the World Cup again last year: Das
Take a moment to watch Lewandowski score an incredible five goals in 9 minutes for Bayern Munich (link below) to
I can strongly recommend FoxSoccer2Go. It’s about $20 per month but I get to watch games from all the major national leagues and tournaments, including the UEFA Champions League. It streams nicely on my laptop, tablet, and smartphone. Enjoy!
My country of birth, folks, and where I grew up playing the game. My first post simply had to be