Albion SC; San Diego, CA [www.albionsoccer.org]
A member of the Southern California Development League, Albion is lead by TD/DOC, Noah Gins, who “has pushed the club to the top of youth soccer in the US.” They “aim to be recognized as the model program for youth soccer players…to fully develop and be capable of reaching” any level. Noah had this to say about iSoccer: “We looked long and hard at iSoccer and after really looking at it, recognized that it was a perfect fit to give our players something new and allow them to challenge themselves against their own teammates or players from around the country on a technical level. What will end up really happening is each player will challenge themselves more and in the end progress their individual game by gaining more touches and become more motivated to achieve success on the ball. We are excited to be launching the program at Albion SC immediately!”
Ballaz International; Kingston, Jamaica [www.goballaz.com]
iFootball (iSoccer) forms its first partnership in Jamaica! In early 2002, Ballaz Director and Founder, André Virtue, began sharing his dream to use his talent in football to impact the lives of Jamaica’s youth and has continued to share every since! Scott Leber, iFootball Founder & CEO had this to say about the relationship: “”We’re thrilled to be working with such a like-minded organization and very excited to establish our first partnership in Jamaica as well as the Caribbean! Their dedication to player development through individual ownership of, and dedication to, ball mastery ties directly to iFootball’s methodology of motivating the individual player to spend more time with the ball. Also, teaching life lessons through the game of football is a big part of what iFootball does, and Ballaz International clearly strives for the same goals…”
Heat FC; Las Vegas, NV [www.heatfcnevada.com]
Heat FC was founded in 2003. The Board of Directors of Henderson United Youth Soccer Association (now Southern NevadaSoccer Association) has had from its inception a commitment to excellence in the development of youth soccer players. Heat FC is the result of its determination to provide a full range of playing options for youth players, recreational through the highest competitive levels. Starting its 8th year, Heat FC has become one of the largest competitive clubs in Nevada. Led by Club Director, Eric McDonald, Heat FC lives by the motto: “Player Development for Competitive Success…it is what we do and what we achieve!”
Issaquah SC; Issaquah, WA [www.issaquahsoccerclub.org]
About Issaquah SC: Founded in 1980, the Issaquah Soccer Club has established itself as a valuable member of the greater Issaquah/Sammamish communities and is dedicated to promoting sportsmanship and the love of soccer. The Issaquah Soccer Club is home to over 300 youth soccer teams, helping more than 3,000 children each year, learn, compete and grow as athletes and citizens. The club is one of the largest and most successful youth soccer clubs in the Northwest.
Milwaukee Kickers Soccer Club; Milwaukee, WI [www.mksc.org]
About MKsc: “In the late 1960s, organized soccer was virtually unknown in most areas of the country. However, the soccer phenomenon swept the Milwaukee area in 1968 when the Milwaukee Kickers Soccer Club (MKsc) began formal operations. MKsc founders had a vision: attract, develop, and retain soccer players of all ages and abilities without regard to gender, race, national origin, religion or socioeconomic status. To do this, MKsc created a cost-effective and financially stable organization with quality coaches, referees and administrators. While American youth soccer did exist before 1968 through ethnic clubs, the sport was not widely accepted. In its first year of operation, MKsc started small with 78 players on five teams (four youth and one adult). Games were played on a weekly recreational basis. But MKsc quickly grew.
Today MKsc enjoys a membership of 7,000. Players range from 5 to 21 years of age and enjoy recreational soccer as well as highly competitive play. MKsc spans from as far north as Germantown to as far south as Mukwonago. Remarkably, MKsc is home to 650-plus teams encompassing 1,300 coaches and 64 different leagues. Our membership includes 40 percent women and serves nearly 14,000 children throughout the Milwaukee area with our programs and clinics. The Kickers are as diverse as they are large and are committed to children as well as the game of soccer.”
NYPS & FPS; Rochester, NY & Longwood, FL [www.globalpremiersoccer.com]
New York Premier Soccer launched in 2010 via a partnership with Rochester Futbol Club. NYPS also operate a premier program in the greater Buffalo region under the name NYPS Knights.
Florida Premier Soccer was launched in the summer of 2010 in Orlando in partnership with multiple clubs in central Florida including FC America.
“Some youth academies worry about winning, we worry about education. You see a kid who lifts his head up, who plays the pass first time, pum, and you think, ‘Yep, he’ll do.’ Bring him in, coach him. Our model was imposed by [Johan] Cruyff; it’s an Ajax model. It’s all about rondos [piggy in the middle]. Rondo, rondo, rondo. Every. Single. Day. It’s the best exercise there is. You learn responsibility and not to lose the ball. If you lose the ball, you go in the middle. Pum-pum-pum-pum, always one touch. If you go in the middle, it’s humiliating, the rest applaud and laugh at you.
It’s a pity. Talent has to be the priority. Technical ability. Always, always. Sure, you can win without it but it’s talent that makes the difference. Look at the teams: Juventus, who makes the difference? Krasic. Del Piero. Liverpool? Gerrard, or Torres before. Talento. Talento. When you look at players and ask yourself who’s the best: talento. Cesc, Nasri, Ryan Giggs – that guy is a joy, incredible. Looking back, I loved John Barnes and Chris Waddle was buenísimo. [Open-mouthed, eyes gleaming] Le Tissier! Although their style was different I liked Roy Keane and Paul Ince together, too. That United team was great – my English team. If I’d gone anywhere, it would have been there.
Think quickly, look for spaces. That’s what I do: look for spaces. All day. I’m always looking. All day, all day. [Xavi starts gesturing as if he is looking around, swinging his head]. Here? No. There? No. People who haven’t played don’t always realise how hard that is. Space, space, space. It’s like being on the PlayStation. If the defender’s here, play it there. I see the space and pass. That’s what I do.
It’s good that the reference point for world football right now is Barcelona, that it’s Spain. Not because it’s ours but because of what it is. Because it’s an attacking football, it’s not speculative, we don’t wait. You pressure, you want possession, you want to attack. Some teams can’t or don’t pass the ball. What are you playing for? What’s the point? That’s not football. Combine, pass, play. That’s football – for me, at least. For coaches, like, I don’t know, [Javier] Clemente or [Fabio] Capello, there’s another type of football. But it’s good that Barcelona’s style is now a model, not that.”
Joined Barcelona’s youth system at the age of 11 and made a scoring first-team debut aged 18 in the 1998 Spanish Super Cup final. He has made 557 appearances for the club, scoring 56 goals.
3 Champions Leagues 2006, 2009, 2011
1 Club World Cup 2009
5 La Liga titles 1999, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010
1 Spanish Cup 2009
4 Spanish Super Cup 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010
1 Uefa Super Cup 2009
Represented every Spain youth team from Under-17 to Under-23 level, making his senior debut in 2000 at age 20. He has scored eight goals in 99 appearances. He has also scored twice in eight matches for Catalonia
1 World Cup 2010
1 European Championship 2008
1 Under-20 World Cup 1999
Olympic silver medal 2000
The world’s best playmaker, he completed 104 passes more than the next most prolific passer at last year’s World Cup which Spain won. He has made more assists than any other player in the past two La Liga and Champions League seasons
European Championship player of the tournament 2008
Champions League final man of the match 2009
Fifa World Cup All-Star Team 2010
Fifa Team of the Year 2008, 2009, 2010
Uefa Team of the Year 2008, 2009, 2010
Third place in Ballon d’Or 2009, 2010
La Liga Player of the Year 2005
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Focused Football Education and iSoccer partner to raise the technical performance of junior and youth soccer players in Australia.
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Starting March 20, the Focused Football Education network in Melbourne, Australia will introduce its development players and coaches to the United States National Assessment of iSoccer. Although there are many teams and players already using the iSoccer program in Australia, Focused Football Education will be the first official club to launch in Australia!
“We are delighted to include iSoccer as an integral part of our Player Development programs. The Football Federation of Australia (FFA) has initiated programs across Australia to emphasize the importance of appropriate player development with young players,” stated Focused Football Education founder Daniel Jarvis Director of Player and Coach Development.
“We intend to utilize iSoccer as a platform to assess, monitor and initiate individual player development in conjunction with our training programs that incorporate the FFA’s National Curriculum and Skill Acquisition Programs. We plan to expose our club players, coaches and soccer and Futsal network partners to the iSoccer NSP immediately,” stated Glen Waverley Soccer Club, Coach Educator Daniel Jarvis.
Scott Leber, CEO and Founder of iSoccer, says, “We are thrilled to form our first partnership with an Australian organization. Focused Football Education is taking a long term approach to player development and we look forward to a long, lasting relationship beginning to raise the level of players in Melbourne and across Australia.”
Focused Football Education plans on its Players, Coaches and Parents utilizing iSoccer for the following reasons (to name a few):
• Promotes individual assessment and goal setting
• Presented in a media form that youth identify with
• Utilizes learning styles
• Ability compare personal scores to other players’ scores
• Ability to plan their own training
• Fun and engaging—motivates players to get better scores
• iSoccer is a leveled assessment and player development tracking tool
• Identifies players’ technical strengths and weaknesses
• Identifies key areas to individually tailor training programs
• Assess coaches training programs through player development
• Drills and activities available include APS to help coaches in the field
• Targets the four learning styles
• Great homework tool
• Collaborative goal setting
• Become more knowledgeable with regards to player development
• Able to review and compare their child’s technical development with a cohort of children
• Use as a tool to positively reward individual practice (hard work) i.e. If you do 3 iSoccer activities for the next 20 minutes you can have 15 minutes on the computer or Xbox
About Focused Football Education
Based in Melbourne’s Eastern Suburbs, Focused Football Education was formed as a sub group under the Inter Sporting Essentials banner in 2007, by Daniel Jarvis. Focused Football Education offers a variety of programs and services to junior and youth soccer and futsal, including, consultancy to soccer and futsal organizations, school holiday clinics, community outreach, school clinics, active after school care programs and regional/State team management and training.