Player Development Schemes In Soccer Clubs Coaching Education Department US Youth Soccer
Player Development Schemes In Soccer Clubs “There are many people, particularly in sports who think that success and excellence are the same thing and they are not the same thing. Excellence is something that is lasting and dependable and largely within a person’s control. In contrast, success is perishable and is often outside our control… If you strive for excellence, you will probably be successful eventually… people who put excellence in first place have the patience to end up with success… An additional burden for the victim of the success mentality is that he/she is threatened by success of others and resents real excellence. In contrast, the person fascinated by quality is excited when he/she sees it in others.” Joe Paterno – Penn State football coach – 1990
Player Development “The process by which a player grows and matures psychologically, technically, tactically and physically within their soccer environment.” Technical Tactical Player Psychological Physical
Tactical Technical PLAYER
Tactical Technical PLAYER Physical
PLAYER DEVELOPMENT • American soccer clubs must have a scheme for the development of all players, in all age groups and all levels of play within the club. • The scheme must take into account the factors that affect the development of soccer skill.
SCHEME INFLUENCES • Player development is impacted by the club’s ability to provide facilities & coaching. • Budget & programming • Affiliations & Relationships • History – Tradition
SCHEME INFLUENCES • The club in turn is impacted by the existence/quality of the league/state/region. • Geography, Population, Per Capita Income • Other Clubs & Competition • Rules & Regulations
Extracurricular Programs • TOPSoccer • Soccer Start
CONCLUSIONS The player must be the focus of all decisions. The closer the organizational level is to the player, the more important that level is to player development. The different organizational levels must develop quality, open relationships with mutual respect for the benefit of all the player. “Ego’s are out … Development is in!!”
The Successful Road to Player Development It’s all about the kids!