Coach, we get it. You have a full time job and afternoon hits. Rushing to the field you think, “What am I going to do with the kids tonight?” You are not alone, and iSoccer wants to help you by simplifying practice! We believe the goals of the season are:
1. Players become better soccer players.
2. Players enjoy competing and want to play next season.
3. Players grow as people and socialize with their peers.
That is it. Lets keep it simple. Winning is of course important, but secondary to those three season goals! Ready? Let’s do this!
The clearer the session is to the coach and players, usually the more effective it will be. This ‘four part’ practice plan tries to give you both structure and progression. Every kid is guaranteed lots of of quality touches, tons of decision making opportunities and a chance to compete every practice! With those three things + energy from the coaches, you are well on your way to making every player better and creating an effective practice session! Feel free to incorporate any drills you already know or ones you find online. This hopefully serves as a framework for an effective, fun session. When you are done with 8 weeks, just repeat! Good luck and you can always reach out to iSoccer at: Support@iSoccer.org. We are here to help you Raise the Level of your Players!
If you are an experienced or professional coach, please forward to any coaches you think might benefit from this practice guide. And if you have any thoughts on this plan for recreational coaches, (how to make it simpler, more effective, clearer) please let us know – We are always looking to make everything we do better and greatly appreciate honest feedback!
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San Francisco, CA. To supplement its existing camp and training curriculum, UK International Soccer Camps has teamed up with iSoccer to continue raising the level of players across America. This summer, UK International have introduced the iSoccer assessment to thousands of players attending camps from Maine to Hawaii.
Nik Alsop, Director of UK International Soccer Camps says, “Our new partnership with iSoccer will provide players with an additional, exciting way to continue improving their soccer skills. Through standardized skills tests, players will be able to measure, track and actually see their progress. This mirrors the skills tests we conduct on our camp programs and supports our philosophies with player development.”
“This is a very exciting new relationship for us,” states Scott Leber, CEO of iSoccer. “UK International Soccer Camps has a proven track record of providing fun yet effective camps to players across America. The players of UK International will now be able to walk away from camp with a tangible program that they can continue to work on their skills at home and in the fall season. We are looking forward to building upon this first summer and continue providing value to their players across the country.”
About UK International Soccer Camps
UK International Soccer Camps was established in 1990 and since that time, we have become recognized for our professionalism and commitment to player development. Originally a west coast-based company, they have strategically grown to become one of the largest providers of soccer education throughout the entire USA with programs from Hawaii to Florida. UK International is also the official camp provider for AYSO. For more information on UK International Soccer Camps please visit their website: http://www.uksocca.com/
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In the last twelve months, the De Anza Force have logged 1,245 iSoccer scores and Raised Their Overall iSoccer Level +18.85%. Every single player has raised their technical level and feel more comfortable with the ball during games. The Force are an iSoccer Featured Team because of there incredible commitment to maximizing the potential of not only team but also every individual on the team. Congratulations to the De Anza Force on being an iSoccer Featured Team and motivating and inspiring teams near and far!
In the last 12 months, each player got thousands of focused touches on the ball. Because every player knew their iSoccer level, they were able to push themselves to raise their individual level. Thus, when they were practicing, they were motivated to be faster, more accurate and more consistent so they could beat their highest score. And that is what iSoccer calls deliberate, focused and more efficient training!
In the words of their Coach Andres Deza; “Last year the skill level gap between all the players was wider. The team was a little more unbalanced. The level began to drop off a bit when we began making adjustments. This year it was great to see a much more balanced team. Most players were able to execute technically. They were comfortable with the ball playing out of the back under pressure and keeping possession until the right moment came to make an attacking play.”
In fact, their technical level improved so much, at the young age of 12, they even surpassed the College Women’s 50th percentile in Toe Taps, Foundations, Juggling PF, and Juggling NPF. Please note that our continually growing Women’s College Standards includes the top 3 teams from 2010: Notre Dame (1), Stanford(2) and UNC(3)! Not bad for 12 year olds!
Here is what the girls had to say about technical ability:
“It helps us perform. Passing out of the back is really dangerous so we have to be able to pass and receive quickly.”
“When you do a drill repetitively. Your muscles remember the skill and it becomes second nature.”
“I used to juggle 3 or 4. Now I can juggle over 40 with my preferred foot and over 30 with my non-preferred foot.”
“In games, it helps us control the ball more.”
To close, these technical improvements are worthy of high praise – but there’s more. They just won the Nor Cal State Cup. They just won Surf Cup. And they are currently ranked the #1 U13 girls team in the country by Got Soccer! Of course, iSoccer does not take full credit for the team’s on field success. But we are proud to be a piece of the De Anza Force training program by making their players sharper and sharper on the ball.
Congratulations De Anza Force! Keep Raising the Level!
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In the second year of the players taking the iSoccer Assessment at the Region IV Girls Camp, over 1,100 girls were assessed in just under three weeks this summer in Moscow, Idaho.
[Official Press Release from Demosphere]
08.11.2011– Falls Church, VA. In an effort to raise the level of technical ability of youth soccer players nationwide, Demosphere International, Inc. has named iSoccer its Official Soccer Assessment Partner. Demosphere, the leading provider of web-based tools for sports organizations, will work closely with iSoccer, the leader in technical assessment and online youth soccer training software, to deliver a highly effective and motivating program for players, parents and teams across the country.
iSoccer, the Leader of the National Standards Project, is an online training platform that motivates players of all ages and abilities to improve their technical skills. A revolutionary program, iSoccer uses standardized testing, web technology, and competitive learning to drive positive, objective results.
“Based on Demosphere’s relationship with hundreds of recreational clubs around the country all the way up to U.S. Soccer, we are very excited about this new partnership,” stated Scott Leber, Founder and CEO of iSoccer. “Our mission is to ‘Raise the Level of the Game’ and we believe we are taking a great step forward by working together. We look forward to providing a valuable assessment and motivational tool to tens of thousands of clubs, teams and players in the their network and being a platform for them to Raise Their Level!”
While many features of iSoccer are free, Demosphere customers will receive a 10% discount if they choose to upgrade to a premium account using the code ‘Demosphere’.
“iSoccer has developed strong momentum in the technical assessment market so it was a natural partnership for us,” commented Marketing Director Sean Rose. “With many of our customers already using iSoccer, we see a tremendous benefit to exposing everyone to their industry-leading tools.”
About Demosphere International, Inc.:
Demosphere is an Information Technology company based in Northern Virginia that has catered to the technology needs of sports organizations for over 21 years. From league and state administrative tools to website development and registration services for U.S. Soccer, Bermuda FA, and hundreds of community organizations, Demosphere has invested heavily in sports so they can reach their highest levels with the logistical support of advanced technology. For more information, visit the company’s website at http://www.demosphere.com.
iSoccer is an award winning, online training and coaching platform that provides players, coaches and clubs with the tools and motivation to improve the technical ability of youth soccer players. Players, teams and clubs are able to assess their current level using the proprietary iSoccer Assessment, analyze their strengths and weaknesses using sophisticated tracking tools, target their training with a customized practice session builder and download over 500+ iPod ready video clips to help raise their technical level through self-guided training. For more information, visit the iSoccer’s website at http://www.isoccer.org.