Gary Ireland Interview with Abner Rogers on the merits of juggling
Gary Ireland Interview with Abner Rogers on the merits of Juggling. Considered one of the top youth and [professional womens' soccer coaches in the USA, Abner is current Technical Director/Head Coach of Orange Country Waves- WPSL & current President & Technical Director of Laguna Hills Soccer Club Eclipse which has been ranked as a top 20 girls club in the USA for five consecutive years. See Blog.
* Named the 2009 Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) Coach of the Year
* Coach of the Women's Professional Soccer WPS All-Star team 2009
* Founded the Laguna Hills Soccer Club Eclipse. Created the program philosophy, curriculum and guidelines, including coaches education, which has boosted the club into national distinction and landed three National Championships (2002, 2005 and 2010).
* Nationally respected coach with extensive experience and a history of success in women’s soccer.
* Induction into the USASA Hall of Fame 2010.
* Awarded the California Youth Soccer Association Coach of the Year in 1995 and 2005 for his commitment at the youth level.
* Head Coach of USASA National Team. Coached international games against Australia, Mexico and several U20 National teams.
* Head Coach of the Region IV Women’s Olympic Development Program (ODP) team which won multiple gold medals at the US Soccer Festival in 1996, 1998, 2000, and 2002.
* Mentored and developed 11 players to play to the professional ranks, 27 to Regional teams and 18 to National teams. Five of his players have played in World Cup competition.
* In 2009 he was named as Head Coach of the LA Sol in the Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) League featuring Brazil's Marta and Japan's World Cup winner, Miyama. The team won the league championship and were WPS finalists.
Our coaches are instructed to make sure all our players juggle for the first 5-10 minutes every practice with no exceptions using both feel and other body parts. Players are challenged with soccer tennis 1v1 and 2v2, and older teams 5v5. We also ask them to juggle the ball with no spin; this puts their foot in a correct position to strike the ball better. As they get better they are encouraged to kick the ball up and collect it and keep juggling without it hitting the ground, all with no spin.
Juggling gives young players a feeling for the ball as well as a good first touch... Thus giving them the confidence to play in tight space under pressure