Archive | September, 2013
Under-10 players at work at the Ajax academy in Amsterdam

How a Soccer Star is Made

I would like you to take a look at the following article written American Journalist “Michael Sokolove” of the New York Times in June, 2010.  Though I have never been to the world famous Ajax Youth Academy (De Toekomst), I do see a lot similarities with the academies that I have visited over in Brazil. [...]

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Coach Randle Loses a Talented Player

So, as the old saying goes, you can make some of the people happy some of the time but you can’t make all of the people happy all of the time… That rang true for me this week…this week I lost one of my most gifted players on my girls U9 team…and it basically came [...]

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Detach the Emotion from the Game

Coaching my U8 boys team has really taken me to a new level as a coach.  It has taught me how to detach myself from the boys and the game, and solely focus on the development…. With my girls it has always been different…I have been emotionally wrapped into them which has secretly wanted me [...]

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Kimmie Zeffert Concussion

The Hidden Dangers in Soccer

Parents and Coaches, Please read this carefully! This is an article regarding girl’s soccer and the epidemic of concussions that are starting to plague it. I cringe many times when I see youth coaches practicing heading drills at 8, 9 and 10 years old in their trainings.  Heading is a specialized skill in soccer and [...]

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Putting it all in perspective

So yesterday my U9 girls had their 14 game win streak snapped… That was a series of 4 tournaments…a second place, 2 first places, and a quarter-final loss… Now, as you know, I don’t even value the wins or even the competitions… My point here is to demonstrate that my philosophy of never sacrificing development [...]

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