PSV Union 94G & Liverpool FC U14 Girls
PSV Union 93G & 94G girls teams played 5 games each vs English Academy teams, winning 9 and drawing 1. Although there were some talented players on the opposition squads, their top did not play against PSV Union - these players typically play up (e.g. U18 or on the women’s team or reserves). The 94G played teams that were mostly younger (a mix of 12-14 year old players -- not unlike our own squad, but with more players in the 95 to 96 age range than 94). The Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC teams had their first experience playing together in 11 v 11 format when they played our 94 team (European teams don’t play 11 v 11 until U14) and it was also the first training game since May for each team we played. The 93G also played mostly younger players (we had some guest players too so this worked out). We had the benefit of being 3 weeks into our pre-season with our touch and fitness already pretty high as well as our chemistry. Everton FC canceled on us because they were still on summer break. Questions were asked about the level of competition and while it wasn’t as high as we would have liked because of the timing of their season and their top players playing up as stated above, we did find more than ample competition, especially with the 93G. We also had the benefit of being in good shape individually and collectively.
Remember, we train often 2x more here at PSV Union than girls' teams in most other countries (and even more than most US teams) and are improving week in and week out. PSV Union FC is a unique football environment and we prepared the players well for these games. This is not to say that players in other programs or in other countries do not train on their own -- its very common in fact -- to improve their game. It is important to be aware of the fact that our own players are improving rapidly so be sure not to undermine our ability as players and coaches! It wasn’t long ago that many of our teams and players weren’t even on the soccer map locally.
Through hard work, high caliber material/teaching and adding players to our squad, our teams have improved. We play in a way that takes many years to develop. The style and philosophy are difficult to play and difficult to teach -- some of the technical, physical and tactical training the players are receiving are higher level than college soccer and can be found in men’s professional teams sessions throughout the world. Its normal that over time the players will start to exhibit some of the finest qualities you will find on the football field.
Overall, the opposition was adequate and what we needed for our pre-season. Most of the younger players got some experience with the 93G team (some played in several games with ample time) who rested several injured players so the balance of the tour competition was good for them.
93G vs. Croydon FC W 10:0
94G vs. Croydon FC W 5:0
93G vs. QPR FC W
94G vs. QPR FC W 1:0
93G vs. Liverpool FC D 4:4
94G vs. Liverpool FC W 3:0
93G vs. Blackburn Rovers FC W 3:0
94G vs. Blackburn Rovers FC W 1:0
93G vs. Chelsea FC W 6:3
94G vs. Chelsea FC W 2:1
by Annie Kingman, (former PSV player, UNC Tarheels & USA Youth National Team)
When we first arrived in England I was stunned. It was everything I imagined and more. Just driving to the College, I saw at least a dozen fields occupied by kids and adults all playing football. There is such a difference in the soccer culture between the US and England. At the college we jogged to the park to stretch. The parks are great. The grass in some parts is perfectly cut, which was great for our game against the 93s.
Also in London we played great games of soccer tennis and mini games on the tennis courts. We needed to have closer touches and move the ball faster. While in London we saw a ton of cool sights. Earlier on the tour, we went on the famous London Eye, which I learned is only supported on one side. It was a ton of fun to ride up in it with our teammates. We also saw Buckingham Palace, and the Queen was in! In addition we saw the castle where the Queen’s family lives. Men in red uniforms with the famous tall hats guarded the castles. We learned that the people who guard them have four or five hour shifts, and their goal is to work their way up the ranks to be one of the guards of the queen herself. We took the train and a double deck bus. Some of the girls even went into the National Gallery.