John DeBenedictis has been coaching for over 35 years and has coached at many levels.
Most of his coaching has been at the youth level from the youngest of children right up to U19 league select teams playing in international competitions. He has also coached men’s teams. He ran his own soccer camps with Tony Waiters, former English International goalkeeper and Canadian National Team coach in Ontario. He played goalkeeper for York University helping them win the National Title in 1977. He played semi-professionally in the National Soccer League (a professional league based in southern Ontario, Upper New York State, Quebec and Michigan), with Toronto Ukrania. He also runs his “Secrets to Goal Scoring” course.
DeBenedictis has traveled throughout North America presenting his unique lecture on “The Secrets to Scoring Goals”. He was one of the keynote speakers at the NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America) Coaching Convention in 2004 in Charlotte, North Carolina, and 2005 in Baltimore Maryland, USA. In 2007, DeBenedictis spoke in Santa Clara California for the California Youth Soccer Association’s annual coaching conference and convention. In 2009, he brought his course to the Edmonton Juventus Soccer Club who has since won 2 Alberta titles and a National title at the U14 age group breaking the all time record for goals scored in a U14 National Championship. In 2010, he was a special guest coach at the Pro Soccer Camp in West Virginia.
DeBenedictis holds the unique distinction of having spoken to the largest soccer coaching audience by any Canadian born coach. Over 1,000 coaches attended his sessions at the conference in Baltimore.
DeBenedictis completed his Honors Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Physical and Health Education as well as earning an advanced certificate of coaching from York University. DeBenedictis has always been interested in youth player development and the promotion of the game in North America. He has also written numerous coaching articles for soccer publications and sport psychology web-sites across North America. Some of his articles have been instrumental in introducing change in player development programs with soccer clubs across North America.
DeBenedictis was also the first coach to bring the Wiel Coerver Dribbling and Ball Possession techniques to Canada demonstrating the techniques across Ontario to coaches and players. DeBenedictis also produced a video on Ball Possession and Dribbling techniques geared to North American kids which is being re-issued and re-edited and will be available on You Tube as each part is finished. Many of the players he has coached or instructed went on to play professional soccer in Canada, the USA, and Europe.
DeBenedictis has concentrated on building a course that will help players score more goals. From a goalkeeping perspective, he could never understand why players did not score more goals on him. He feels that the game would take on much more interest in North America if players would score more goals on the chances that they get and turn 0-0 games into 2-2 games thereby silencing the critics of soccer. He has developed a psychology based course to increase goal scoring. He has consulted MLS players who have improved their goal conversion rate after having spent some time with him.
In developing his course, he has extended his studies by doing extensive research into the cognitive processes used for performing tasks as it relates to perceptual motor-muscular learning. He has focused his research to include studying visual motion perception as it relates to different situations that soccer player’s encounter. DeBenedictis then used his experience as a goalkeeper and coach to tie in his research with the game of soccer. He blended everything in with sport psychology which led him to seek out different soccer facts that have helped players understand what it takes to be a great goal scorer. All this information formed the basis for his unique goal scoring course and upcoming book.
DeBenedictis is in the final stages of completing his book on goal scoring having interviewed and studied the careers of some of the world’s best goal scorers. His book will be published in 2011.
DeBenedictis also continues to volunteer his services as Executive Director of The National Soccer Coaches Association of Canada, coach his son’s team, and help promote the great game of soccer.
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