Earthquakes San Jose U-14 Pre-Academy Participates in iSoccer Skills Assessment
San Jose, CA – On Saturday February 11th, the San Jose Earthquakes U-14’s took to the field to take on new competitors — themselves. A select group of potential future Earthquakes put their technical skills on display by taking part in the iSoccer Skills Assessment. The iSoccer staff comprised of former professional players put the group through all 16 skills, from juggling and toe taps, to dribbling and ball striking. Through these skills challenges, the players and ‘Quakes U-14 coach Jeff Jenkins are now able to see their technical strengths and weaknesses.
“What an amazing tool we have now for our players. iSoccer not only allows us to track their progress, but also gives the players the ability to set goals and continue to work on improving their game” said U-14 coach Jeff Jenkins. “iSoccer will change the way we evaluate and motivate players.”
“This was a great day for both the San Jose Earthquakes and iSoccer,” says iSoccer Founder and CEO Scott Leber. “It is always great to work with the talented players and assist them with their development as players and young men. iSoccer not only addresses the technical deficiencies in our young players’ game, but is also a “Game Within the Game,” which gets players excited to spend more time with the ball away from practice. Our hope is that these young men will utilize iSoccer to become the next generation of Earthquakes first team players.”
The U-14 San Jose based team is the first Earthquakes group to perform the iSoccer Skills Assessment, but in the coming weeks the U-16 and U-18 teams will also participate. The goal is to establish an “Earthquakes Standard” for different age groups. These measurements will provide a motivational benchmark for young players as they seek to join the Earthquakes organization. The results of the assessment will be published in the next few weeks.
The Earthquakes U-14 Pre-Academy Regional Development School program is designed to bring professional experience and guidance to the best youth soccer players across Northern California. The club operates training centers at seven different locations in an effort to bring elite players into a competitive environment with a uniform structure.
Each training center will host tryouts to consider the best 1997, 1998 and 1999 players in Northern California to participate in the Earthquakes U-14 Pre-Academy program. Players selected to this program are not required to leave their current youth club of registration for participation in the pre academy program.
iSoccer, the fast-growing online training and assessment tool for soccer players, coaches and teams of all levels became the Official Technical Assessment Provider of the San Jose Earthquakes in December 2011, making it the first partnership between iSoccer and a Major League Soccer club.
In its commitment to grassroots development, PA West recognizes that a focus on individual technique at a young age is key to the future of soccer in Pennsylvania, and the country as a whole. To aid in this mission, PA West has identified iSoccer as a vital partner. The San Francisco based company has developed an on-field assessment and online training platform, which helps make technical development fun, engaging and measurable.
“We are excited to start using iSoccer with our ODP teams in January, and hope all of our members will take advantage of this powerful resource,” says PA West Director of Coaching Paul Halford. “It gives coaches the ability to identify specific strengths and weaknesses and track improvement, while teaching all types of players how to get better.”
Though much of iSoccer is free, through this partnership, every ODP player and coach will have complete access to iSoccer’s premium resources, such as over 500 professional training videos for creative skills and the ability to compare scores to players around the country, even elite college players.
“PA West is leading the way in western Pennsylvania, and we look forward to a long relationship helping players around the state get better and have more fun playing soccer,” says iSoccer founder and CEO Scott Leber.
About PA West Soccer
PA West State Soccer Association has a current membership of over 60,000 youth players, 2,000 amateur adult players, 7,000 active coaches, 2,300 referees and thousands of volunteers involved in its network of over 120 local member clubs (and growing) across the western half of the state of Pennsylvania.
Founded in 2008 by Scott Leber, iSoccer is a technology company with a passion to “raise the level of the game, one player at a time.” iSoccer has taken the concept of blended learning (combining online individualized resources with traditional education systems) and applied it to sport, revolutionizing the way players interact with the game. iSoccer is the game within the game that motivates players to improve.
For more information, please visit http://www.iSoccer.org