After a season full of practicing, traveling for games, and training on your own, summer is a great time to just enjoy the game of soccer! So no matter where you’re off to this summer, bring your soccer ball!
- Beach soccer is great for touch and balance, and there’s nothing better than jumping in the ocean to cool off after a game.
- Camping has a lot of down time, so why not bring your soccer ball and get some freestyle juggling in?
- Picnic at the park? It’s the perfect place to get a family game going, or you can play ‘Soccer Golf!’ Use your imagination and create holes as you go!
All you have to do is toss the soccer ball in the car before you head off on your next vacation this summer. You’ll be getting touches in, staying sharp for next season, and most importantly, having fun! While you’re at it, throw in a few iSoccer Skills to stay extra sharp!
The iSoccer Team
The Activity Feed is a great way for teams to stay in touch over summer! Download the free iSoccer Mobile App (Apple/Android) so that you can post to your team’s Feed and see what everyone is up to when you are on the go. Here are a couple ideas:
- Tell your players to regularly log activities.
- Give instruction, guidance, or shout outs to your players through the Feed.
- Upload videos or photos through your phone that you want your team to check out.
- Set goals for the upcoming season!
- Post videos and photos! Take your soccer ball on vacation and show off your iSoccer Skills in wherever cool spot you go.
- Challenge your teammates to stay sharp over summer, so when next season rolls around, everyone is ready to go!
The Activity Feed is an easy way for teams communicate and stay close, even over summer when everyone is off doing their own thing. Keep it fun, motivate each other to spend time with the ball, and be ready for next season!
The iSoccer Team
Charleston Battery and iSoccer.org Announce Partnership
San Francisco, CA and Charleston, SC – iSoccer.org and the Charleston Battery, one of the longest standing and most storied pro franchises in the country, are pleased to announce their new partnership. iSoccer will aid in the Battery’s commitment to youth players at the grassroots level throughout the Charleston area.
“The Battery are doing some great things for the Charleston community, and we look forward to helping them make technical development more fun for kids!” says iSoccer founder and CEO Scott Leber. The San Francisco based company has developed an on-field assessment and online training platform, which helps make technical training fun, engaging and measurable.
Much of iSoccer.org is free to use through Basic subscriptions, including its new mobile app for iOS/Android. Former D.C. United player, current Battery first teamer and camp director John Wilson, encourages players and coaches of all ages and skill levels to take advantage of this resource. “Spending time with the ball is the most important thing for players, and iSoccer helps them have more fun doing it.” 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.
“We are excited to start using iSoccer at our camps, “ says Battery head coach, Mike Anhaeuser. “iSoccer brings a new dynamic to technical development that will be a great addition to our programs and is a step in the right direction for the Charleston soccer community as a whole.”
About Charleston Battery
Charleston Battery is an American professional soccer team based in Charleston, South Carolina, United States. Founded in 1993, the team plays in the American Division of the new USL Professional Division. Charleston is one of the more successful minor-league soccer teams in the United States, having previously won the USISL Pro League in 1996, the USL A-League in 2003, and the final season of the USL Second Division in 2010. The team has played its home games at the soccer-specific Blackbaud Stadium since 1999. The team’s colors are yellow, black and red. Their current head coach is Michael Anhaeuser.
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: iSoccer for Parents and Coaches
We encourage every coach and parent out there to actually score themselves on the iSoccer Assessment! Competing against mom, dad, or coach to see who can improve the most is a great way to get players excited about spending more time with the ball. It doesn’t matter what scores you get, as long is everyone is having fun and players are improving their touch.
- Parents: iSoccer is all about improvement, so even if you have never played soccer before, take the Assessment with your child, set up a player account for yourself, and see who can improve the most. Make a game out of it and get the whole family involved!
- Coaches: Challenge your entire team to beat your scores or the amount you improve. Not only will players take iSoccer more seriously, there will be extra motivation to try and beat coach!
Getting involved in your player’s development by taking the Assessment yourself is an effective motivational tool and creates a fun game as well. So the next time your player is about to score themselves, grab a ball and join them!
The iSoccer Team
First Featured Club: Bozeman Blitzz FC
We are excited to present Bozeman Blitzz FC in Montana as our first Featured Club! Starting with only a few teams using iSoccer last year, it has now exploded across the club. The Blitzz FC are an incredible example of how an entire organization, from the players, to the parents, to coaches, can truly embrace a culture of technical development and individual improvement.
about how iSoccer impacted their club:
- Used creativity: Gave players stars to iron onto their jerseys for raising their Skill Level at fun award ceremonies.
- Technical Director Dan Ferguson on feedback from parents: “Instead of sitting on the couch playing Xbox [players] were out in the backyard trying to level up.”
- Staff Coach Tyler Eischen on tangible improvement: “Players don’t have to score a goal or make a pass… They know they are getting better by going on iSoccer.”
- Blitzz Player on why he likes iSoccer: “I use iSoccer to help motivate me to become a better player”
If your club would like to partner with iSoccer, let us know at email@example.com.
Quick Tip: Get Ready for Tryouts
Whether tryouts are going on now, or they are a few weeks away, it’s the perfect time for players to set a quick goal to raise two of their iSoccer Skill Levels. Parents and coaches can help too – follow these steps!
- Pick two iSoccer Skills: Whether it’s non-preferred foot dribbling, passing, or aerial control, pick the two skills that you want to improve the most.
- Score yourself once or twice a week: Track your progress until tryouts.
- Practice on your own: Be sure to spend time with the ball working on those skills in between scoring yourself.
- Raise your level: If you spend time focusing on only two of your weaknesses, you will be amazed at how you can improve those specific skills. Raise your iSoccer level and your confidence before tryouts!
Tryouts can be a stressful time, but whether you make the team or not, try and prepare yourself as much as you can. And even if you don’t have tryouts coming up, setting goals around only two skills is a great way to become more and more comfortable on the ball.
The iSoccer Team
Quick Tip: Maximize Your Time Juggling
At a soccer camp recently, a player who could juggle over 600 times took the
iSoccer Assessment. He scored a 10 on Non-Preferred Foot Juggling. His response: “I guess I’m not as good as I thought!”
1. Isolate the Feet
Often, the strong foot makes up for poor touches by the weak foot resulting in high juggling numbers. Isolate the feet, plus use other specific juggling combinations to truly sharpen skills.
2. Add Space and Time Constraints
Just like in games, external factors force players to focus on each touch. How many left foot juggles can you do in 20 seconds? 5? Try to get to 10! 30? Try to get to 35! And so on.