PSV Union FC Academy December 27
Very proud of one of my former players at Liverpool FC, Conor Coady who made the BBC EPL team of the week alongside Hazard, Salah & Son https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/46696457 'Conor was on the U11 team I coached at Liverpool. He was very humble, hard working with a ready smile but conscientious...He was calm under pressure and could not only pass the ball out of the back but he could carry the ball out too....As coach its great to see a young player not only become a professional player but also captain an EPL club....Well done Conor!" (Gary Ireland-Founder-Director PSV Union FC)
PSV Union FC Academy December 26
Great article and advice by one of the best players in the world on his day- Only Zidane overshadowed Robert Pires at this best https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laZiOKwJ_2k Perception...decision....deception...execution...Know where the defender is...control the ball....then use dribbling/passing skills...so many young players mis-control the ball...finally if and/or after the ball is under their control the situation has now changed...because their head has been down trying to locate the ball & get comfortable on the ball...they then want to make moves or dont event try...resulting in failure most of the time...you dont get a second chance to make a good first touch.....develop the first touch and you will become a better dribbler…
PSV Union FC Academy December 26
PSV COACHES & PLAYERS ARE WORKING HARD OVER THE WINTER BREAK! 'TIMING & TECHNIQUE: Half volley inside/outside/instep /behind leg/combination & chest half volley...., side volley, chest volley....It takes years to learn these techniques and even longer to integrate into a players game....very hard to do during the season but during school holidays is when the individual special players improve through countless hours of experimentation and practice....Find a wall, or a friend and practice, practice, practice! email@example.com
PSV Union FC Academy December 19
Most young top players around the world developed their technique on concrete car parks, tennis courts, sports cages such as the legendary Robin Van Persie, one of the worlds best strikers between the years 2000- 2015 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xs0zK0OSLBs
Van Persie said he took a few thousand shots a day. Players dont need to shoot at a big goal or go to practice to develop their shooting ability. Repetition against a wall or with friends in the key. Ideally a concrete handball court is the best type of facility to use.
PSV Union FC Academy- December 19
The Relevance & Importance of Juggling: https://www.psvunion.org/page/show/463599?referrer_id= Being a good juggler who has plenty of freestyle tricks doesn't mean you will become a good soccer player, but you do stand a greater chance of becoming one. Players who incorporate juggling into some type of physical game related movement are the ones who succeed. Juggling in motion, varying height (using upper part of body; head, shoulder, chest improve physical footwork coordination more than actual juggling with feet!), combination juggling, incorporating juggling into active rest, juggling against a wall, soccer tennis, with a partner or in a group are all excellent ways to improve a players touch, balance, coordination, confidence, dexterity and harmony/relationship with the ball. Players who dont vary their movement or vary their touch when juggling rarely succeed in the game. See this interview with PSV Union FC Director Gary Ireland & Liverpool FC Academy Director John Owens https://www.psvunion.org/…/show/468877-liverpool-fc-juggling & Former Manchester United Academy coach Rene Meulensteen https://www.psvunion.org/…/sh…/468865-man-united-on-juggling and former training teammate of Gary & Simon Ireland at Chelsea FC, the legendary Pat Nevin (now BBC football pundit & commentator) https://www.psvunion.org/…/show/468864-pat-nevin-on-juggling & Australian coaching leader Ron Smith on juggling https://www.psvunion.org/page/show/524143?referrer_id=
Bayern's Thiago, Costa, Rafinha and Muller juggle three balls
PSV Union FC Academy- Dec 17
2017 was a successful year for all PSV teams! Our youngers program (11/12G & 10/11G) is growing & doing well playing in local top Norcal leagues. Our 07-09G teams all led the leagues in goals scored and played exciting and attractive soccer: PSV 09G won Region 2 top Norcal league; PSV 08G & 07G were both Runners up in top Region 2 Norcal League with the 05/06G mostly playing 1 year up in Norcal NPL Champions League as well as PSV 04G also playing playing 1 year up in Norcal NPL Champions League and more than holding their own among the top 03G teams in the State. 04G also won Silverlakes Showcase finishing top of their group, defeating US Development Academy Club & ECNL clubs along the way showing they are among the best teams in the nation. While the 02/03G also playing 02G Norcal Premier Champions League & playing attractive soccer. PSV 00/01 are also doing well in 00 NPL Champions League with many younger player playing up (some 01, and 02-04 guest players) gaining invaluable experience. PSV coaches are proud of the success but its now time for Winter season, their favorite part of the year and the time when PSV players individually excel. firstname.lastname@example.org
PSV Union FC Academy- Dec 16
Carles Puyol is truly a fairplay legend, a player with manners, with respect, sportsmanship and one of the best football players that played the game https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LeXaUeIDkNg
PSV Union FC Academy- Dec 12.
Former All White Ceri Evans & All Blacks psychiatrist on All Blacks legend Richie McCaw
(in his time working with the All Blacks, McCaw asked him more questions than any other individual and also did more work on his own."If I simply toted up the number of hours that he did individually, he stands alone.”)
PSV Union FC Academy- Dec 11
Team Defending! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=woJU87VTVSs
PSV Union FC Academy- Dec 7
"I find it terrible when talents are rejected based on computer stats.Based on the criteria at Ajax now I would've been rejected.When I was 15, I couldn’t kick a ball 15m with left & 20m my right. My qualities technique and vision, are not detectable by a computer" Johann Cruyff
PSV Union FC Academy- Dec 7
Enzo Bearzot. World Cup Winning Coach. Italy 1982
“Bearzot Speaks” (from World Soccer magazine).
the following quotes are from the Italy 2982 World Cup winning coach Enzo Bearzot on Italian 1994 World Cup coach Arigo Sacchi.
"Sacchis views, he claims, come from a fixed point of view. Absurd because the opposition in the crux of the matter and it never allowed you “to interpret at your own pleasure. Sacchis is not real football, its virtual football, based on a geometric scheme” Which means he says, getting hold of players, then the team as a whole, forcing them to make a series of movements, destined to become automatic, by means of repetition. It can be done says Bearzot. Even animals are capable of it. A dog which accompanies the blind can stop when the light is red and go when its green. But is this attractive football? How can you try for automatic play through repetition then change your dog every day? The contradiction between automatic play and changes is paradoxical, unless you regard the players as robots. “If this is the case then lets shut up shop”
PSV Union FC Academy- Dec 7
"Between 1907 and 1988 the England U/15 Schoolboys played 410 games. 1251 players were “capped” for their country during this period. Of those only 29 (well under 3 percent) went onto play for the England National men’s team. This means that one in every 41 players identified and selected through a very sophisticated schools competition and tryout process were able to go “all the way” . So what does this prove? Except for rare instances it proves that 14 years of age is a lousy age to be labeling players as great and not so great and that identification programs need to be careful not to miss the “not there yet” group.“A Lousy Time to Label Players” Tony Waiters. October 1997
PSV Union FC Academy- Dec 7
'Everyone has the freedom to play how they wish as long as they perform certain basic functions-As amazing as that might seem, it works. It comes from improvisation.I play on the wing,I'm a centre-forward, sweeper, holding midfielder-it depends on how the game is going (SOCRATES)
PSV Union FC Academy- Dec 7
those people saying you need opposed training & who criticize isolated training are not former players who have played soccer tennis, used a wall, juggled or rehearsed movements on the ball; those same system based’ educators' suck imagination from players, the very thing we're trying to instill! https://www.soccerbook.com/group.php?group_id=678
PSV Union FC Academy- Dec 3
YOUNG PLAYERS SHOULD BE CAREFUL ABOUT BEING PIGEONHOLED INTO A SYSTEM AT A YOUNG AGE. TOO MANY COACHES TALK ABOUT THE #6, THE #8, THE #9 , 'FALSE 9' ETC WITHOUT TEACHING THE FUNDAMENTALS. THEY DO DAMAGE TO PLAYERS' LONG TERM DEVELOPMENT. SKILLS IN ISOLATION SHOULD BE TAUGHT (THE 'WHAT') IN ADDITION TO THE IMPLEMENTATION ('WHEN', 'WHERE', 'HOW'). YOUNG PLAYERS NEED TO DEVELOP PROPRIOCEPTION, COGNITIVE SKILLS, DEXTERITY, COORDINATION, BALL FEELING & MANIPULATION & DEVELOP A RELATIONSHIP WITH THE BALL AS WELL AS DEVELOPING TACTICAL/POSITIONAL AWARENESS ETC. THE MYTH THAT YOU NEED TO TRAIN WITH/AGAINST A PASSIVE/ACTIVE OPPONENT/DEFENDERS HAS BEEN DISPELLED MANY YEARS AGO BY THE TOP PLAYERS & COACHES IN THE WORLD GAME. SO WHY ARE YOUTH COACHES TEACHING SYSTEMS OF PLAY TO YOUNG PLAYERS WHO POSSESS ONLY RUDIMENTARY ABILITY TO PASS, CONTROL, DRIBBLE OR SHOOT? BECAUSE RESULTS & TEAM SUCCESS MEAN REVENUE AND TEACHING LONG TERM TECHNICAL SKILLS IS A GREAT DEAL OF WORK AND TAKES MUCH LONGER. THE EASIEST THING TO TEACH AS A COACH IS TEAM STRUCTURE, TACTICS AND FITNESS AND TO PLAY VERTICALLY & A DISSERVICE TO A YOUNG PLAYERS DEVELOPMENT, DEPRIVING YOUNG PLAYERS OF THEIR FUTURE POTENTIAL & ENJOYMENT OF THE GAME AS THE GAME BECOME SO MUCH MORE ENJOYABLE WHEN A PLAYER CAN TACTICALLY IMPACT THE GAME BECAUSE OF THEIR TECHNICAL ABILITY. A TEAM IS ONLY AS GOOD AS THE TECHNICAL LEVEL OF ITS PLAYERS. SUM OF ALL PARTS IS GREATER THAN THE WHOLE. (PSV Union FC) https://www.psvunion.org/…/3989304-john-owens-playing-with-… "Let's describe players by talking about what they do, the skills they have and emphasize their potential. So if we select a player in midfield then let's not trap him/her into just being a defensive midfielder (as if they cannot attack!) or a play-maker (as if they are unable to defend!). Particularly with young players learning the game, let's keep all options open. They are all players. Let’s keep numbers where they should be – on the back of the shirt to identify the players for the observers who don’t know who the players are. Not proper fans" by John Owens.
PSV Union FC Academy- Dec 2
COMMENTS FROM UNC HEAD COACH ANSON DORRANCE (SOCCER AMERICA): "I can see that we're athletic, and in a lot of cases extremely talented, but without a lot of game intelligence. And all this stuff makes great sense to me, because one of the biggest issues I have with the culture of women's soccer in our country, is that our girls just don't watch the game...."one of the hardest things to do is train someone to become an elite goalscorer. And what that requires, in my opinion, isn't just time with the ball, it is basically watching and knowing the game. And our girls just don't watch it.One thing I would add immediately to player development, I would insist that every girl who comes into my culture is a fan of some team of some elite league on the men's side. Maybe we even have a quiz for them, to see if they're watching the game. And if they're aren't watching, we don't bring them back in. So all of a sudden the word gets out -- you've got to watch the game" "Because I promise you, if we start to watch the game, it's going to transform us' "Every time one of my elite players playing in the NWSL asks me, Should I go to Sweden, should I got to England, should I go to France, whatever. I always say, Yes. And it's not so much because I think those leagues are better or the coaching is better, it's because I want my girls to be marinated in the culture of the game" "And when they go over there, they absolutely get marinated. I remember when Crystal Dunn came to me and said, "Anson, I've been approached by Chelsea, should I go?" And I said, Absolutely. Because I know the culture over there and I know when she gets dipped in there she's going to be a lot more sophisticated, and sure enough, the next time I saw her, she was." "When you watch those kids play, they've just got an additional understanding of the game that we lack. And it's not like our girls don't have access to this. Sitting in my living room in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, I have better access to the EPL than someone living in London" "one of the things that scares me a bit is this movement that someone in a national office comes up with an idea that all of us have to implement. And I've never been a fan of having a dictated national policy of everything we have to do. Because I just don't believe in it. "Too often I think we look to the European men's side as our North Star and we try to replicate everything they do, and throw it into the women's game, and I don't believe that's always the best idea”
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PSV Union FC Academy- Nov 18
Very important to read this! One of the reasons we like players to work on coordination and their own body weight before lifting weights. Many soccer players echo these sentiments. "We don't use any weights" Maurizio Sarri (Chelsea FC Coach) "I never used to go to the gym" Thierry Henry (Arsenal & France legend) https://goo.gl/ntfoQ6
PSV Union FC Academy- Nov 17
Our thoughts are with those who have suffered from the tragic fires and we wish everyone the best of health. With so little time on the field due to poor air quality PSV players have been busy self training. There is plenty of soccer on TV to watch. Currently on Universo the USA U17's are taking on North Korea U17's in the FIFA U17 Womens World Cup while UEFA Nations League continues today. Check TV listings. We hope (with parents permission!;) that players are using every obstacle in the house to dribble around & improving their juggling skills. There is so much one can do around the house in tight spaces....Soccer players dont need a large open field to improve on their own!
PSV Union FC Academy- Dec 13
PSV BECOMES RISING STAR ACADEMY AFFILIATE CLUB https://www.psvunion.org/page/show/2675665-college
PSV Union FC Academy- Nov 3
Good try Usain Bolt...admire your passion for the game and good effort to try and live the dream of playing pro. soccer but a little too much too late...If Bolt had start playing when he was 7 or 8 years of age or played with a ball in the house or backyard, he might have developed the technical and tactical platform you cant get when you get older. Laying the technical and tactical foundation happens at 5-12 years of age. It's very hard to catch up after that. Touch takes many years to develop and harder to acquire when you get older https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/45988823
PSV Union FC Academy- Nov 2
nice of former mens national team world cup player christopher sullivan giving a shout out to us!
PSV Union FC Academy- Nov 2
This incredible Michel Platin volley 'goal' scored in Tokyo in the FIFA World Club Championships made a huge impression on a generation of soccer players. PSV players have been working on volleys and while they have a ways to go to replicate this type of shot, the joy of striking a volley is one of the most satisfying things you can do as a soccer player....enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUhOwDJQAdE
Other players who scored great volleys were; Scholes, Eder (1982 vs USSR); Henry vs Man United; Ginola; Rooney and of course the best one ever....Zidane's famous goal against Bayer Leverkusen in the UCL Final 2002
PSV Union FC Academy- Oct 29
PSV UNION PLAYER OF THE WEEK: PAUL SCHOLES: (know for his passing, striking, vision- every young player should try to watch him/see highlight videos)
"I love football, have done since I first started kicking a ball as a boy. But I am not interested in the things that go with it. For me, it is about the game, the pleasure of striking a ball. It is not about having my name up in lights"
Paul Scholes was a/the favorite player/midfielder of Viera, Zidane, Guardiola, Xavi, Iniesta, Rooney, Giggs, Figo. Considered a phenom, inspiration & legend by 'the' Ronaldo and Messi. Fabregas aspired to be like him, George Best called him 'the best' and Henry was 'scared' of playing against him. A role mode to Xabi Alonso; Zidane and Xavi claim he was the best player of his generation
February 2011, Barcelona midfielder Xavi rated Scholes as the best player in his position in the past two decades, stating "A role model. For me, and I really mean this, he's the best central midfielder I've seen in the last 15, 20 years. He's spectacular, he has it all, the last pass, goals, he's strong, he doesn't lose the ball, vision. If he'd been Spanish he might have been rated more highly. Players love him" This sentiment was echoed by FC Barcelona manager, Josep Guardiola, who considered Scholes to be the best midfielder of his generation. And also former France star Zinedine Zidane said "One of my regrets is that the opportunity to play alongside him never presented itself during my career” “When we were in training, I used to do a lot of tricks which hardly any players at the club could do. Once I was showing my skills to Scholes. After I finished it, Scholes took the ball and pointed to a tree which was about 50m from where we were standing. He said, I’m going to hit it in one shot. He kicked and hit the tree. He asked me to do the same; I kicked about 10 times, but still couldn’t hit it. He smiled and left.” Cristiano Ronaldo. “My toughest opponent? Scholes of Manchester. He is the complete midfielder.” Zinedine Zidane
PSV Union FC Academy- Oct 28
Johann Cruyff- "I have seriously considered playing with nine players instead of eleven in some cases. Just to keep them all awake. I’m certain we would have had the same or even better results." More Cruyff's Comments "Dominate the ball. Don’t let the ball dominate you
Focus on improving the individual. Clubs should focus on developing young players basic skills; passing, dribbling, receiving, shooting etc.
That ratio of skill development to physical and tactical development has not grown at the same pace. His generation out more time into their skills after school. This needs to change and clubs need to provide the skill training and less tactical and physical He sees less players using both feet. That coaching courses are much too theoretical and this is what you see reflected in the basic technical skills of the average players”
PSV Union FC Academy- Oct 27
"During those (street) games I’d use stone walls, teammates & even the curbs of the pavement. My favorite move was to kick the ball against a wall & control the rebound whilst running at speed, as this split second was often the crucial difference between a great goal or loss of possession" Johann Cruyff
PSV Union FC Academy- Oct 27
great story on former Barcelona, Bayern Munich and current Man City coach Pep Guardiola-
"Johan Cruyff remembers the first time he set eyes on Pep Guardiola. The scrawny teenager was playing in Barcelona's youth team and Cruyff had just been appointed first-team manager at the club. 'He was a boy and the people said to me, "Oh, he's one of the best". 'So (over the next year) I looked for him in the reserves, but he didn't play in the reserves. So then I looked at the first youth team, and he didn't play in that team. And eventually I found him in the third youth team. So I said to the coaches, "You said he was the best one!" And they said, "Yeah, but physically " I said, "Put him there (in the reserves). He will grow. Don't worry, everybody grows". And they said, "Yeah, but we will lose". I said, "If we lose, we lose. We need to create players". And he did very well.' Johan Cruyff
PSV Union FC Academy- Oct 27
This was written by PSV advisor John Owens (former Liverpool FC Academy Manager & Asst. Director, and current technical assessor US Soccer Boys Development Academies. All players should read this and think about marking players....or making runs....clearing balls....getting on loose balls...attacking ball off corner kick or free kick....
EVERYBODY; SOMEBODY: ANYBODY and NOBODY:
These four people all played in the same team.
There was an important job to be done and Everybody was asked to do it.
Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it.
Anybody could have done it, but, in the end, Nobody did it.
Somebody got very angry about that because it was Everybody’s job.
Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it.
It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when actually Nobody had asked Anybody.
Which one are you ?
COPYRIGHT- JOHN OWENS- 2014. This may not be re-produced without prior permission from Soccerbook Consulting
PSV Union FC Academy- Oct 25
Congratulations Tom Sermanni https://www.soccerbook.com/profile.php?user=tomserman on being appointed as National Team Manager New Zealand Womens Soccer Team to prepare for the 2019 FIFA World Cup in France! Tommy trained PSV players as a guest coach for several years before taking up his position with Orlando Pride where he coached Alex Morgan, Marta among others. Tom now heads to New Caledonia in November where New Zealand will play Tonga, Cook Islands and Fiji....while in the other qualifying group Papua New Guinea, Samoa Tahiti and New Caledonia will play off to face the winner of NZ's group. The winner heads to France to play in the World Cup! Good luck Tommy!
PSV Union FC Academy- Oct 23
GOALSCORING MADE SIMPLE: In 1994 we had a visit to our training field by the legendary Brazilian soccer Pele who ran a 'made for TV' training session with our coaches and 12 players before the USA v Brazil 1/4 Final match. It was filmed by Studio Pele for his globally syndicated TV show. When I asked him to explain to the kids his secret formula on how he scored his world record number of goals, he said it was very simple...He said if you dont place it, then you have to 'kill the goalkeeper'. I wonder how many coaches would get in trouble for saying this nowadays but we all understand where he was coming from. His points was simple....you have to shoot with such accuracy and/or power that you dont leave yourself in two minds. This is why we say that being a 'striker' and being a 'forward' are 2 different things. Being afraid to miss was not an option in Pele's mind.... He kept it very simple.
PSV Union FC Academy- Oct 22
PSV UNION FC WOMENS COLLEGE SOCCER UPDATE: PSV Union players return to NCAA play...UNC's Annie Kingman played for UNC in a 2:0 win vs Miami and Jacey Pederson returned to UCLA after being injured while Olivia Athens picked up 2 assists in a 6:0 win vs Oregon State. FR Toni Tsamasfyros has featured extensively for Colorado College; FR Natza Marin Valencia has also featured for UC Riverside; FR Hannah Matthews is impressing at San Jose State; Georgia Kingman was awarded UNLV Athlete of the Week (for all Sports); Zoe Enright is also featuring at Dartmouth Soccer & Sophia Villalta is playing at UC Santa Barbara...Alison Lu was a standout in her first 2 years at Williams, leading the scoring and assist charts and enjoying a D3 National Championship title, but is resting and injury currently.....more on PSV players in college soon!
PSV Union FC Academy- Oct 22
"When my Liverpool FC U11 boys played Manchester United we coaches didnt speak about who we were playing..neither did the players....in fact the Premier League didnt allow scorekeeping at that age so we didnt get any points or league standings out of it. After we won the boys were celebrating shouting and singing all the way home in the team bus....they knew who Manchester United were and they didnt need the coach or league standings to remind them who they had just beaten. The effort in the game and celebration would have been no different if they had kept scores or standings. One of the boys I coached is now a captain of Wolves while other very talented kids didnt make it for various reasons:" (Gary Ireland). We teach the importance of every practice and game at PSV, regardless of opposition. Teaching players to leave their best physical, tactical, technical efforts on the field at all times....The PSV Way!
PSV Union FC Academy- Oct 17
PSV players have been working on figure 8's carrying ball under body and driving into space; acceleration, deceleration, re-acceleration.......turning and carrying inside & outside of foot, right & left foot clockwise & counter clockwise..carrying the ball with supreme balance and coordination and developing strength and endurance as the ball becomes and extension of the player.....just like Wayne Gretzky (see re-posted article). Because of these types of exercises a players passing, shooting, shielding and dribbling improves with better technique and a player can conserve energy because of more efficient movement -Michel Platini also once said that once a player has full control of the ball they dont have to look down at the ball.....simple. MUST READ FOR ALL PARENTS & PLAYERS https://www.psvunion.org/page/show/1859217-gretzky-
PSV Union FC Academy- Oct 17
Fantastic soccer this past weekend!....many PSV players playing age pure but also playing up 1 and 4 years in multiple games in multiple positions which every great player in the history of the game will tell you was very beneficial for their development....Weekend match games are not the only place to gain this experience....because every day in training our PSV players interact between the various age groups in training and training games; It's great to be back in Norcal NPL having left the Girls DA. We now once again have the ability to substitute freely in cup games; no re-entry + one reentry in League games; flexible rosters; ability to play players on more than one team per day/weekend for experience & roster wellbeing; players can choose to play HS soccer (PSV policy has always been to allow players to choose HS vs Club during the Winter, not to mention middle school!); less cost + less travel (families can see their daughters play more locally and frequently); players can now travel to ID camps when they wish, unlike in the DA when permission was required; We can also control our own game schedule. We still have access to national teams, colleges, scouting and recruiting, tents and benches, fields, uniforms and similar level referees. We also retained and gained more committed coaches who believe in our model.
PSV Union FC Academy- Oct 13
Former head coach of WPS La Sol & WPS (Pro League) Coach of the Year Abner Rogers, currently head of ECNL & Academy teams at top girls club Socal Blues in Newport Beach to spend several days coaching with PSV this month. Abner is one of the most recognized and decorated youth coaches in the USA https://www.soccerbook.com/profile.php?user=abnerrogers
PSV Union FC Academy- Oct 10
Australian guest coach appearance! PSV had a guest coach from 'Football New South Wales', Australia's biggest internal soccer association. Head of Coaching Education for Football New South Wales, Oscar Gonzales observed coaches Gary, Simon and Carine Ireland and saw PSV players in training
PSV Union FC Academy- Oct 5
GREAT COACHING TIPS RESOURCES!
MANCHESTER UNITED ACADEMY
MICHEL BRUYNINCKX- COGNITIVE TRAINING
PEPIJN LINDERS- PORTO/LIVERPOOL
DINAMO ZAGREB VIDEOS
NORCAL PREMIER PDP
PSV Union FC Academy- Oct 4
Soccer players come in all shapes and sizes. Too many youth teams bully their way to success without thinking about long term technical and tactical development. Some of the best players in history have been tall and powerful (Gullit, Van Basten, Socrates etc)...see interesting article here: Manchester City & Liverpool have 2 of the smallest teams in the English Premier League. Barcelona has perhaps the smallest team in the world and has had for some time http://trainingground.guru/…/gordon-strachan-why-biggest-is…
PSV Union FC Academy- Oct 4
Players should not do too much power/strength training with young players until after they have learned to carry their own body weight,or how to hop, skip, tumble/roll, jump, leap. Some resistance training is good as long as its part of the bodies natural movement. Too many young players nowadays are doing too much power/strength and not enough flexibility, balance & coordination. Players risk becoming rigid, stiff when lifting heavy weights & this can make them slower. For enhanced soccer development we recommend dance, martial arts, gymnastics which resemble the multi faceted movement required in soccer. Also, if tendons and bones are overloaded with too much heavy weight lifting before growth spurt, this can lead to tendonitis. Mobility, agility are vital ingredients to becoming a top soccer player. Soccer players come in all shapes and sizes. Use of arms and upper body (not measured in how much a player can lift or bench!) is also critical....hands and arms are needed to 'feel' an opponent and protect the body and the ball. If the first point of contact is the shoulder and legs then players can get injured...Appropriate use of arms and hands will enable the player in possession to dictate to their opponent....These things all take time to develop and some more than others.
PSV Union FC Academy- Oct 3
2018 – a year of change in Football?
Following the 2018-World Championship in Russia we have to recognize some new highlights: successful counter-attack-football, many goals by standards/set play, video-referee!. Flashback to the World-Championship 2010 – Spain succeeded with its „tiki-taka-football“, short-pass and ball-possession-football. In 2014 Germany developed further this offense-football-tactics. Brasil, Argentina and others presented similar successful tactics on the pitch. And what happened in 2018? The top-teams, that prefer the ball-possession-football, failed in an early stage of the tournament. Even big players like Christiano Ronaldo, Messi, Neymar or Kroos couldn´t stop the flop of these offense-tactics. Others successfully created well (W. Gagg)
PSV Union FC Academy- Sep 18
Drive!; Explode! Push! dynamic; change of pace & change of direction is a mentality. You dont need to be the fastest player. Change of pace and direction are based on a players ability to tactically read the game and anticipating opportunities and threats. Defending allows you to be able to tackle or intercept, while attacking allows you to get into a scoring position. Being fit allows you to have a higher work rate but you need to have desire and effort for it to manifest itself on the field. When I asked Pele to tell our players how he scored so many goals, his answer was simple.'No consideration for the GK if you cant place it'. Thats why we say being a striker and being a forward are 2 different things...Shooting and defending is a mentality..
PSV Union FC Academy- Sp 18
5-a-Side; Futsal, 1 v 1; 3 v 3; indoor...its all good for you but dealing with balls in the air and bouncing balls is critical for players wanting to play at the highest levels. Young players should be playing catch as well and improving depth perception. Many players are good in tight areas and struggle with a big field due to the need to cover more ground & deal with longer, harder passing/kicking. Juggling & soccer-tennis help bridge the big field & small field games when players are having to bring the ball down, re-direct bouncing or aerial balls or trying to get the ball in the air (chipping, lobbing etc). Youve got to do it all. Did you know PSV has 6 Futsal/indoor goals we use every day along with 3 v 3 and 1 v 1 goals? We often dont use big goals in practice as we believe top players learn to shoot in limited spaces. Shooting inside the post of an 11 v 11 field is the same as shooting on a small sided goal...The posts dont move so the GK isnt relevant. Scraping the inside of a post is scraping the inside of the post! As for heading? Heading is catching...its all footwork and timing...the head is merely the contact point...teach players how to catch a ball and they will be able to head it.
PSV Union FC Academy- Sep 13
WIEL COERVER- THE ALBERT EINSTEIN OF FOOTBALL
When Robben arrived at Stamford Bridge at the age of just twenty he carried on his shoulders a huge weight of expectation. Fresh from a trailblazing four year spell with Groningen and PSV Eindhoven in his native country, the winger had already been marked as one destined for greatness. By the time he left London he had become one of football’s biggest names, and perhaps the defining ‘inside-out’ winger of his generation.The origins of Robben’s unique quick-footed, skillful and pacey attacking play can be traced back to his early training as a youngster in his home town of Bedum under the guidance of a forgotten hero of Dutch football: Wiel Coerver https://www.psvunion.org/page/show/526433-wiel-coerver
PSV Union FC Academy Sep 13
An amazing soccer stadium named after Legendary Hungarian player Ferenc Puskas (Pancho Arena).
PSV Union FC Academy- Sep 13
A MUST READ FOR ALL PARENTS & PLAYERS https://www.psvunion.org/page/show/1859217-gretzky-its all about the extra work you do on your own or with your friends or pals in the backyard, schoolyard, or local park in the early formative years that shapes your game. anticipation vision, movement, reading the game, positional understanding, timing are all determined by your technical skill. there is no good pass or shot or 'move' without deception and no deception without perception and no decision/execution without perception. execution requires technique. you cant do it unless you see it...you dont get this from playing too many tournaments or official games. its universally known at the professional highest levels you develop this at home or on the practice field (if your coach is actually teaching you this and allowing players to experiment). as the great michel platini once said 'once you take your eyes off the ball you can make better decisions'. you can only take your eyes off the ball if you know your first touch wont let you down (Gary Ireland)
PSV Union FC Academy Sep 10
PSV enjoyed co-hosting (with Soccerbook Consulting http:www.soccerbookconsulting.com) North Carolina Womens Soccer Coach legend Anson Dorrance & his assistant Chris Ducar at PSV fields in Palo Alto on Saturday Sep 8th. Anson Dorrance also spent considerable time with the parents and players, delivering an inspiring talk which left PSV families and staff impressed. This was a unique once in a blue moon opportunity for players in the region to be seen and learn from perhaps the most successful coach in sporting history. Contact email@example.com
PSV Union FC Academy- July 4
PSV News: Congratulations PSV Union FC U14 player Bridgette Marin Valencia for being selected to the Mexico U15 National Team Camp this week in Mexico City! .....Also, PSV players are enjoying daily training sessions throughout the summer....and former USA & Australia National team coach Tom Sermanni currently head coach of NWSL pro team Orlando Pride has confirmed he will visit PSV this coming September…
PSV Union FC Academy- July 28
PSV Union FC 04G warmed up for the fall season with training games at Silverlakes Tournament in Corona defeating Slammers FC U14G Academy 4:1 & Seattle United (ex Seattle Reign Academy) 2:0 and playing some attractive soccer and dominating possession. PSV 02/03/04G were unfortunate to lose 2:0 in their opening game despite dominating play and creating opportunities but bounced back to beat LA Premier USSDA 02/03G 2:1, once again dominating possession vs a direct team. In other games PSV 05/06G (mostly 06G) are playing on 11 v11 field for the first time, playing a year up vs. top Socal teams. They have given a very good account of themselves and have had much ball possession despite losing both games. This event is a great learning experience for the team having won Norcal 06G State Regional Championships and going undefeated for a year prior. PSV 00/01G are getting their rhythm back and yet to win a game in the event but have shown promise and will build on this for the final game tomorrow.
PSV Union FC Academy- July 1
Proud of the U14G team vs. strong opposition yesterday having to play with 10 players and opting not 'pack it in' and sit behind the ball for 25 mins. and defend. Instead we kept the ball, didnt kick it long or off the field & enjoyed possession, when many would be happy to sit on a 3:1 lead and stay behind the ball. The best way to defend is to keep the ball. The ability to do this came from the training field and practice, not showcase or event competition. Well done PSV players & coaches- back to the practice field and will come back even better!\
PSV Union FC Academy- June 30
PSV Union 04G completed the tournament with a 4:1 win vs the Washington Spirit Academy. After going 3:1 up, PSV lost a player and was forced to play with 10 for the last 25 mins (in a previous game a PSV players sustained a broken collar bone but were not allowed to replace the player and played shorthanded for 25 mins...did anyone mention these are 13 & 14 year olds?). PSV scored again & played keep away for the final 20 mins, maintaining approx. 90% possession. Overall a convincing win capped by some fine performances. The 03 & 04G teams played 6, won 5, tied 1, scored 23 goals conceded 7 goals vs good opposition. All this without shooting practice, use of large goals, fitness & 7 weeks without a game. A long way to go but on the right track. Well done PSV players and coaches and thanks for the support from family and friends! Cant wait for the summer to start and get back to the training field.
PSV Union FC Academy- June 28
Not a bad performance for the first game together. PSV Union FC 04/05G defeated FC United (Illinois) 3:1 today. A little rusty and a bit physical but we tried to play good soccer. Our aim is to improve first touch, dribbling, passing & receiving which will improve speed of play & tempo change. In time our players will become more robust and resilient because they are committed and love the game and the coaches are dedicated to helping them improve. The players are dedicated, show good sportsmanship (picking opponent up after falling down) and good people as the Harvard coaches remarked to us after one of our games. At PSV it important we also help players become good people & respectful of others despite battling our opponents on the soccer field. This all takes time but headed down the right path. We are hoping to improve in final game on Saturday!
PSV Union FC Academy- June 27
After not playing full field games for 6-7 weeks, PSV Union 03/04G hit the field flying winning 3:2, 8:0, 4:2 in SoCal this week. Although the team could have score many more goals, we instead played players in various positions as well as playing six U/14 players 'up' to provide meaningful competition, focusing on the way we play & working on various concepts for long term player & team development. We don't always need 'crunch' games for players to learn and develop!
PSV Union FC Academy- June 8
Craig Johnston's story is incredibly moving and motivational. Want the secret to success? watch his video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzCk01xCYsk
PSV Union FC Academy- June 8
PSV Union 06/07G are Norcal State Champions! (Cross Regional Playoffs) https://www.psvunion.org/pa…/show/1570414-psv-union-fc-06-07
PSV Union FC Academy- June 3
Orlando Pride Coach Tom Sermanni will spend multiple days with PSV Unon FC coaches & players after the NWSL season ends mid-Sep. Tommy currently coaches the likes of USA star Alex Morgan, 5 time World Player of the Year (4 x runner up) Marta (Brazil), Ali Krieger (USA), USA Gker Ashlyn Harris, USA star Sydney Leroux, Poliana (Brazil), former Stanford standout Chioma Ubogagu. firstname.lastname@example.org
PSV Union FC Academy- June 3
PSV Union 07/08G lost narrowly to San Juan 2:1 in the Norcal Inter-Regional Semi-Finals after defeating Stanislaus in the 1/4 Finals 3:0; while PSV Union 06/07G won the Norcal State Championships with a convincing 2:0 win over Placer United in the Final after defeating Palo Alto 3:1 in the Semi Finals. In the 1/4 Final on Saturday PSV 06/07G beat Stockton 6:0. Contact email@example.com for info
PSV Union FC Academy- May 23
PSV UNION FC YOUTH ENJOYS SUCCESS: Congratulations to PSV Union FC Champions of 2010/11G Norcal Silver League & 08G Black Champions of the Norcal Premier Gold South Division & PSV 08G White Champions of Norcal Premier Gold North Division & PSV 07G Runners Up in Norcal Premier Region 2 Premier Division & PSV 06G Champions of Norcal Premier Region 2 Premier Division. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org