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For those of us are involved in youth soccer I thought it'd be nice to have a place where we can toss around ideas about LTPD. Specifically, what works and what doesn't. I'd rather avoid philosophical tactical discussions as well as avoid talking about how changes aren't as dramatic as they should be (it's obvious that something like this needs to occur via incremental changes). Keep it practical. This year was my first in any sort of coaching role. I coached U6 managed a U10 boys travel team. My experience with some of the LTPD changes: Good: - Smaller fields, nets, fewer players per team - Better distribution of coaching material (even if the length of said material is rather intimidating to most volunteers) - Not keeping score/standings - I'm slowly being won over to this as I see coaches bawl out players and referee because a game 'means something' Bad: - Kick-ins rather than throw-ins. Ugh. It works for U6, but *not* for U10. While I appreciate the idea of having a quick restart, most teams seem to be using it as a free kick, which seems quite silly to me. If the motivation is to not be distracted by a foul throw, why not just not call it for U10? What are other people's experiences?
After working with youth soccer players between the ages of 15 to 20 years of age, it is evident that our soccer system is not serving their needs well. We need a proper scouting system for our top players, and a strong network of business professionals who have contacts both locally and abroad in leagues to allow our young players the best opportunities to go pro. Europeans are now more than ever interested in our Canadian players, due to our work ethic, our positive attitude, and our willingness to always improve. We are top in the world in hockey--- it's time to do the same with soccer. I work closely with northern Italian clubs and I can tell you they are more than happy to see our youth players. See more at www.player2prosports.com
Sigma FC's D1 (1999) and C1 (1997) teams are currently in Europe for games in Holland, Belgium and Germany. Here is a link to a preview article and some videos with comments from some of the players. http://www.sigma-sports.com/newsEvents/sigmaFCTeamsTakeOnEurope.html