[Go to iSoccer.org to begin knowing your level so you can raise your level]
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (September 29, 2011) – iSoccer.org, the popular online training product and motivational tool for recreational and competitive soccer players, has added former WPS Commissioner and Stanford soccer standout Tonya Antonucci to its Board of Directors. Antonucci is the CEO of the Women’s Soccer Initiative (WSII), which launched Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) and was Commissioner of the league from 2007-2010, as well as a member of the board for professional soccer with US Soccer from 2009-2011. She launched the Yahoo! Sports property and was formerly a General Manager at Yahoo!, overseeing the company’s award-winning 2002 FIFA World Cup ™ site.
“We are incredibly pleased to have Tonya join our board. She brings a wealth of experience in a space that is critical to our development and success: the merging of technology and soccer,” said iSoccer CEO & Founder, Scott Leber. “Her insights will be invaluable as we continue to grow our brand and refine our product.”
iSoccer launched its new web interface in early September 2011 and has collected nearly 500,000 individual assessments since launching as an online training tool in 2010. Following a series of ball tests on the field, each individual assessment is then entered online by players. The aim of iSoccer’s assessment is to provide a standard by which players can gauge their progress and coaches can pinpoint areas for technical improvement and individual progress.
“iSoccer’s product is unique in the marketplace,” said Antonucci. “It fuses the benefits of online technology and national standards with individual player assessments to provide a platform for technical proficiency and improvement. It’s such an incredibly useful tool for all teams, coaches and individuals that I envision it growing into a must-have in both elite and recreational training and development..”
Go to www.iSoccer.org to begin Raising Your Level!
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.
Here is the new US Men’s National Team Coach, Jurgen Klinsmann, speaking on ESPN a year ago during the World Cup in South Africa. He focuses on two main points that he thinks would help US Soccer improve on the world stage: 1. involving players of all socio-economic backgrounds and 2. being better technically.
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves Coach Klinsmann! It comes as no surprise that we at iSoccer are in complete agreement with both of these statements as 1) the iSoccer assessment is freely available to
all youth players, and 2) Our mission is to Raise the Level emphasizes technical development…. Time will ultimately tell, but at iSoccer, we believe that this is right (and necessary) direction for US Men’s Soccer.
And here is Coach Wilmer Cabrera of the U17 Men’s US Team after the U17 World Cup in Mexico.
“Unless we have an unbelievable team where we have six, seven very skillful players who can make the difference on the field. But we don’t have those types of players. I haven’t seen those players yet.”
“We have to grow, little by little. And I’m not blaming anybody. It’s the system. It’s cultural. I’m part of this culture. I can’t change what I cannot change. I want to try to help where I can. “
Sense a consistent theme here? We have to Raise the Level!
PS. We also felt that it was important to note, that as the U20 World Cup kicks off today in Colombia the US will not be present. We did not qualify….
Charlotte Soccer Academy, a US Soccer Developmental Academy and ECNL Club, partners with iSoccer to take Raising the Level of its players to another level!
Brad Wylde, the Executive Director Charlotte Soccer Academy, stated “iSoccer’s training module is a fantastic motivational tool for young players too continue to develop their technical ability during practice and more importantly during their own time. Having gone through the 16 skills that each player is assessed on, it is very easy to conduct for a team as well as an entire club and covers all aspects of the game for all field positions. Its a great way to set a bench mark for each age group or level and inspires players to work at their game through continuous testing on each skill each season. We at Charlotte Soccer Academy are excited about implementing this program throughout our club at both recreation and competitive levels”
“Charlotte Soccer Academy is a leader at every youth level across the US and we are excited to be partnering with them. Brad and the entire organization have created a wonderful environment to develop players in North Carolina, and we look forward to being key ingredient to motivating their players to raise their technical level,” states Scott Leber, the Founder of iSoccer.
Together, We are going help motivate players, parents and teams by empowering them to ‘Raise Their Level’ while having more fun!
Cincinnati, OH – June 2, 2011. In an effort to raise the level of technical ability of players and create a more motivating environment, SAY Soccer has partnered with iSoccer as their National Player Development Partner. SAY Soccer, a leading national youth soccer organization, 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.
According to Doug Wood, the National Operations/Marketing Director or SAY Soccer, “iSoccer gives SAY Soccer members the ability to look past the win loss column and focus on the players technical development. With iSoccer, players have the tools to develop a strong foundation that is vital to building confidence, having fun and seeing real improvement. We are equally excited for our coaches and leagues to experience the synergies iSoccer will bring. The ability to assess training methodology on a broad scale has never been this easy and effective.”
“We are very excited to be working closely with SAY Soccer to help ignite player development within their organization,” said Scott Leber, iSoccer Founder and CEO. “SAY Soccer has a commitment to providing the best possible experience for recreational players across the country and although we definitely want our players to compete on the weekends, we also want to ensure they are developing. iSoccer will provide a tool for each and every SAY Soccer player, that if they choose to make the commitment, will be able to maximize their potential and take their soccer ability to the next level!”
Although many features of iSoccer are free, SAY Soccer members will receive a 10% discount if they choose to upgrade to a premium account using the Promo Code ‘SAYSoccer’.
About SAY Soccer
The Soccer Association for Youth, USA (SAY Soccer) was founded in 1967 in Cincinnati, Ohio where it remains nationally based today. SAY provides a wide array of services and support to our members including but not limited to insurance, coaching and referee support, legal and administrative support, US Soccer Affiliation, publications for all members, Online Store, and an opportunity for children to experience the game of soccer in a fun and safe environment. SAY Soccer is “The” Leader in Youth Soccer Support. Learn more at www.saysoccer.org.
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Starting this month, the Los Angeles Premier FC will begin rolling out iSoccer in order to motivate its players to spend more time individually with the ball working on developing technical skills.
LA Premier FC’s Director of Coaching, Barry Ritson, has this to say about working with iSoccer: “LA Premier FC is a nationally-recognized leader in youth soccer development, and has produced many top level soccer players throughout the years. One key component to our success is having our coaches encourage their players to touch the ball everyday at home to foster their passion of the sport and to be creative in a non-training session environment. The tools that iSoccer have created allows us to give our players ideas and skills to try on a individual basis with development the only focus”.
Barry goes on to say, “We want players to understand where they are in each step of their development, iSoccer’s National Standards Project is an exciting concept that the club will be using to access the technical skill level of our players in order to highlight areas of needed improvement. We are excited at our partnership and look forward to seeing the level of soccer improve not only in our club but across the country due to [iSoccer’s] focus on technical training and standardized testing.”
It will be exciting to see how much LA Premier FC and their players can improve technically in the next six months to a year by supplementing the club’s already progressive development programming with iSoccer.
Together, We Can Raise the Level
The National Standards Project is a multi-year initiative to raise the technical level of youth players in the United States. The resulting National Standards will be the benchmark against which future player development will be measured at both the national and individual player level.
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Contact support@iSoccer.org for a copy of the full report for free!
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 19 — iSoccer, the leader in technical assessment and online soccer training software, released the first annual National Standards Project report at the 2011 NSCAA Convention. The National Standards Project is a multi-year initiative to measure, analyze and raise the technical level of US youth soccer players ages 6 to 18.
“This was a very successful first year. With the support of our partners, the NSCAA and US Club Soccer, we were able to collect data from all 50 states and from all age groups. Our 2010 goal was to create an initial baseline for technical ability in the United States and we accomplished that. As we move into 2011, we very excited about the second phase of this Project and the growing movement to raise the technical level of players across the country,” stated Scott Leber, Founder and CEO of iSoccer.
The Project borrows from proven academic methodologies by implementing standardized assessment, evaluation, and development metrics. Standardized data provides players, coaches, clubs and soccer governing bodies with a way to measure and compare long-term improvement on a macro and micro level.
For the 2011 National Standards Project, iSoccer will continue to collect data from an ever growing number of players, coaches, clubs and youth soccer organizations. As a new feature, club directors, coaches, parents and players will have the opportunity to share their observations and feedback. Adding more standardized data to a growing assessment database will enable us to analyze the technical level of soccer in the United States both qualitatively and quantitatively. The more coaches and players that record assessment results regularly and share their observations, the more valuable the National Standards Project will become.
In its first year, iSoccer collected over 250,000 assessments for the National Standards Project and plans to double that number for 2011. Coaches are invited to participate by assessing their teams and uploading their results for free.
To learn more about iSoccer visit http://www.iSoccer.org or contact iSoccer at support@iSoccer.org
iSoccer is proud to announce a new relationship with Youth Soccer Insight. Youth Soccer Insight is a great new way for players, parents and coaches to see and hear what leaders in youth soccer are saying and doing. There are videos from professional players to high level coaches to nutritionist to recruiting experts – All in one place! What a great resource for players and parents of all ages!
Here is a Blurb from Youth Soccer Insight:
“Discover the secrets to improve your game with an exclusive look into the world of soccer experts. YSI offers an all-access pass to the experts, so you can gain valuable insight on every aspect of the game.”
Use the Promo Code “isoccer” to get over 3 months of free access!
What are iSoccer Skillzys?
iSoccer Skillzys are high-quality, portable bag tags (with the same size and feel of a typical credit card) that give players, parents, coaches, and clubs a visual indicator of rising levels in each of iSoccer’s 16 different technical assessments. Players and teams will be motivated to raise their level when they are able to collect, carry, and display their iSoccer Skillzys wherever they go. Each iSoccer Skillzy has the 10 iSoccer Level icons on the card, allowing players to use a standard hand-held hole punch to notch an earned level
“Kids love putting things on their bags and seeing their progress. I can not wait to get these for my team. I think it is going to awesome!” WA, U8 Coach.
How do players respond?
In a word – Amazing! Being able to create an environment of individual achievement in a team setting can have tremendous results. By bringing together technology, testing and now tangible achievement badges, your players will be inspired to raise their level!
“My players were all pumped up when they achieved a new level and were able to punch a new hole in the card! Thank you iSoccer and Skillzys for helping me motivate my team!” NY, U12 Coach.
How Much Does it Cost?
iSoccer Skillzys are sold individually, or they can be purchased in the iSS Set, which includes all 16 iSoccer Skillzys cards (1 for each iSoccer assessment) and a Skillzys Clip to display your cards on your soccer backpack.
$2.00 Each (Attachmentz sold separately)
$7.00 Pick 4 Mini-Set (4 iSoccer Skillzys of your choice + Clip Attachment)
$26.00 iSS Set (all 16 different assessment cards + Clip Attachment)
$22.00 Team pricing for 10 or more iSS Sets Club pricing available upon request
iSoccer iDIt Skillzys
Add your logo, team name, player name, or player jersey number to each iSoccer Skillzys
$3.00 Each (Attachmentz sold separately)
$10.00 Pick4 Mini-Set (4 iSoccer Skillzys of your choice + Clip Attachment)
$32.00 iSS Set (all 16 different assessment cards + Clip Attachment)
$28.00 Team pricing for 10 or more iSS Sets