We need to create a deeper and richer culture of soccer in our country from an earlier age. This may include parent/child leagues and funding grade school soccer initiatives. US movies and TV series based on soccer. Early childhood head-start soccer funding. Religion/church soccer tie in’s. Soccer CPG food lines and additional soccer family events.
FUN & GREATER REACH
Develop more unique small-sided games and pitches that add depth and breadth to the general population playing ANY form of the game. Let’s make Futsal, soccer-tennis, beach soccer, table soccer, 1v1 leagues, freestyle, and other games/activities more popular — And accepted as a connection to soccer-not making them the enemy or unrelated.
This would create more soccer fans for life, increase average youth ball time, and encourage FUN. Hence reduce drop-out during those pubescent years. We have a complete theory on the dopamine loop being responsible for a significant percentage of attrition from U13-U15 and increasing advertising and sponsorship pools.
Develop math, science, geography, social studies, and literature curriculums that teach these subjects using soccer play, models, and occurrences. I taught my middle son math by tying in sports, and he excelled in the fun and challenging aspect of both (see him solve the Pythagorean Theorem at 6 years old in his club kit.)
PLAYER DEVELOPMENT PHILOSOPHY – HOLISTIC IMMERSION MODEL
A shift in player diversity and depth will occur by redefining our player development model with areas like the environment and focusing on a balanced mind and body. Our model also speaks to our elusive “IT.” In some cases, it is natural, but we also believe it can be nurtured. No one ever talks about how to identify and cultivate “IT.” (see our model below)
Let players have opportunities to be free to experiment and be creative. Clubs and organizations that restrict diversity in training, playing, and experiences limit exceptional growth, uniqueness, and adaptability. More freedom, open play facilities, mandated free play, and “goofing around” (organic playtime).
At WABA Development, we have many models of evolutionary ideas and methods on how the above additions would dovetail into the next development phase and elevate the evolution of the great work started with US Soccer. Let’s take it to the next level.
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