Bridging the Gap

So many talking points in the article, “We Are Woefully Lacking in Qualified Coaches” here are my ideas where to begin. *The quality and content of coaching education are not what they should be. *We SHOULD deploy our proven, experienced coaches with younger age groups as one means of developing and retaining kids. *We SHOULD […]


We are woefully lacking in coaches that really know how to coach the game well in the US.  Most coaches say, “I want to teach my players to love the game.” That’s a great goal, but how do you do that? First, you must know that you can’t “make” your players love soccer.  Just like […]

The Development Gap in the USA Soccer Pyramid

  Great topic and article,  ‘Players Path to Proficiency.’  I agreed with the Kontributors’ comments especially resonated with Werner Roth. He wrote, “The most critical elements in building those players mentioned… Early childhood development starts when the kid leaves the crib with their ball at their feet, dribbling it wherever they go. Growing up in […]

Why Aren’t Our Youngsters Doing It?

Here are just a few of the responses to my article ,  Reevaluating The Role of Youth Coaches! A sign of the times.  Alcwyn Elliott This is a more significant question than it appears on the surface and lies at the foundations of our challenges.  Children do not do things on their own as we […]


Thanks for the opportunity to expand upon what Graham and Jan rightly pointed out in the article, “Players Path to Proficiency.” The two critical factors in development; are access to small-sided courts or pitches (often with poor surfaces) and vertical pick-up play (playing up against older kids). The two aspects mentioned by Graham and Jan […]


The critical elements of keen youngsters, plenty of opportunities to play, can WALK to a pitch, often small-sided – 5v5, 7v7, rarely full-sided, and accessible to any child.  Players control their environment, not adults.  Often the pitches are asphalt or tarmac.  This encourages skillful play.  How often do you slide tackle on a hard surface? […]

Resolutions Aren’t Just for the New Year.

During this time of the year, we reflect on goals we set for the previous year or years past and set new goals. I want everyone to consider taking a different approach when setting goals for the New Year. From a coach’s perspective, setting goals that are not based on the results of matches are […]

Inspiring Christmas Message

A few years ago, a semi-big-time soccer coach came to our area to enlighten our coaches about the correct way to teach youngsters to play winning soccer. The session went well; the coach presented ideas and demonstrated a few games and exercises many of us hadn’t seen before. It was a worthwhile afternoon. Before he […]


An old man meets a young man who asks: “Do you remember me?” And the old man says no. Then the young man tells him he was his student, And the teacher asks: “What do you do, what do you do in life?” The young man answers: “Well, I became a teacher.” “Ah, how good, […]