iSoccer.org is Now an Official Technical Development Partner of Idaho Youth Soccer
San Francisco, CA and Boise, ID – Idaho Youth Soccer and iSoccer.org are pleased to announce their new partnership to help raise the technical level of youth soccer players throughout the state.
iSoccer.org will aid in Idaho Youth Soccer’s commitment to individual player technique at the grassroots level. 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 look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with Idaho Youth Soccer, and are excited to help every player in Idaho have more fun with the ball!” says iSoccer founder and CEO Scott Leber.
Much of iSoccer.org is free to use through Basic subscriptions, including its new mobile app for iOS/Android, and both Idaho Technical Directors Steve Adlard and Skyler Bell have encouraged players and coaches of all ages and skill levels to take advantage of this resource. For those who wish to do more with iSoccer, they are able to upgrade to Plus subscriptions. The easiest way to learn more is to register free at http://www.iSoccer.org.
“IYSA is excited about our partnership with a brand like iSoccer that is innovative, and constantly searching for ways to help players get better at playing the game, but always keeping a focus on having fun,” Bell said. “iSoccer is a great way for players to challenge themselves technically, and gives them something to work on while playing on their own in their backyard. It is something we plan to use for our Olympic Development teams as well.”
About Idaho Youth Soccer
Idaho Youth Soccer is non-profit and educational organization whose mission is to foster the physical, mental and emotional growth and development of Idahos youth through the sport of soccer at all levels of age and competition. Our job is also to make it fun, and instill in young players a lifelong passion for the sport.
Idaho Youth Soccer is also the representative of US Youth Soccer in the state of Idaho. US Youth Soccer is largest member of the United States Soccer Federation. US Youth Soccer is a nationwide body of over 600,000 volunteers and administrators, and over 300,000 dedicated coaches, most of who also are volunteers. US Youth Soccer registers over 3,000,000 youth players between the ages of five and nineteen.
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” and make soccer more exciting along the way. 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 social game within the game that motivates players to spend more time with the ball.
For more information, please visit http://www.iSoccer.org
Quick Tip: Energize Players with 20 Seconds in Practice
Using time constraints in practice makes training more effective for players of any age:
- Turns skills training into a game! How many can you do in 20 seconds?
- Gaming psychology kicks in, and each player’s work rate naturally goes up.
- Creates a new dynamic in training that’s exciting and fun.
- Apply time constraints to any drill or exercise – get creative!
See a team use 20 seconds in practice, and why Sparq uses time constraints:
Why 20 Seconds?
20 seconds strikes that ideal balance of having a player perform the specific skill consistently while becoming tired, but not exhausted. Players of all ages and skill levels begin to sharpen their ability by pushing themselves and maximizing effort during the 20 second window.
So take 20 seconds beyond the iSoccer Assessment, and use it in your next training session to motivate players to work harder with the ball!
Quick Tip: Find a wall!
Dennis Bergkamp, the great Dutch striker said that when he was a young player at Ajax, they had little three foot high walls. He would knock the ball against it for hours. Every time he hit the ball, he would know whether it was a good touch or a bad touch. He would do it over and over, trying to establish a rhythm.
“I would also hit the ball against the side of the house… Hitting the ball with both feet, seeing how long I could return the walls passes without losing control. I found out later that so many pros spend lots of their childhood doing that.”
- from More Than Goals, by Claudio Reyna
So whether you are a player training on your own, or a coach instructing your team, the message is simple this week – go find a wall!
Once you do, don’t forget to test your iSoccer Passing Skills and see if you can beat your high score
Good luck and have fun this season!
Quick Tip: Setting Monthly Goals
The beginning of the month is always a good opportunity to set goals, and although it may seem like a small thing, setting an iSoccer goal is an easy way to get motivated. Be sure to sweeten the deal with a fun reward for reaching your goal!
1. Coaches: Team Goals
Setting a team goal is a great way to get everyone working together as a group and excited to spend more time with the ball. It can be as simple as, “If we raise our overall iSoccer team level by May, we’ll go out for pizza!”
2. Players: Personal Goals
Whether you want to raise your overall level this month, or focus on a specific skill that you have been struggling with, set a personal goal for April. Beating your high score and achieving your goal is a great feeling and you’ll know that you’re becoming a better player!