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Our Mission Statement
Soccer Development Center LLC was founded in 2017 to create and provide online training content for the never ending improvement of the game for the benefit of all who coach, teach and play.
To that end the Soccer Development Center:
Research and Testing
The key to developing new and effective content is on-going research, testing of proposed training progressions and tweaking of solutions to constantly improve programs and players. As a student at Georgetown University's School of Business, we were told we would be taught to "think" because we would need to apply and use what is being worked on in research labs, not what's in outdated text books.
The Soccer Development Center has reviewed and selected from the best of over 9,500 Soccer Research Studies and Articles for the development and testing of progressions for program and player development. These studies suggest:
Most sports researchers study players from professional clubs using sophisticated data collection and training systems. In contrast, Soccer Development Center creates and tests simple training progressions to help players, regardless of age or playing experience.
Soccer Development Center Dedication
Soccer Development Center is dedicated to the coaches, trainers, teams, players, club officials, league officials and referees I have worked with. With a special thanks to the former professional players, coaches and professors of Futebol.
In 1978 I was asked to coach recreational soccer for VYS (Vienna Youth Soccer, Vienna, VA.). In 1980 I was asked to coach a competitive team.
In 1981 ABC (Annandale Boys' Club, Inc., Annandale, VA.) asked me to coach a boys travel team. I accepted because ABC had many of the best teams, and won the U.S. Soccer Boys National Championships in 1976, 77 and 82.
The first ABC team I coached had a losing record. Eight months later, based on ABC teams winning National Titles, the team played in the Premier Division of a tournament against 5 State Champions and Finalists in New England. The only loss was 1-0 to the New York Champion game 5. In 1984, the team beat the U.S. U-16 Boys National Champion, at that time, 4 to 2.
In the 1990's, the 3 competitive teams I coached played Futsal every summer and 2 of these teams played in the Final 4 of the State Soccer Championships each year, one won the WAGS tournament and other teams went on to play in Soccer and Futsal Regional Championships.
Learning never stops and for almost 35 years I hired coaches and professors of football from Europe, Brazil and Columbia to work with teams. I also served as Technical Director of a multi-location Futsal League, formed to promote competitive Futsal for travel soccer teams and to play in both Regional and National Futsal Championships.
Jack Wall, Coach, League Technical Director, Author
Annual Research Studies
The Soccer Development Center has reviewed abstracts from over 17,000 sports research studies and articles for those that suggest the possible development of new progressions for better training and play. See Research & Testing in column 1.
be based on
and emulation of
Journal of Sport Science
23 July 2005
"There were few
regardless of skill
or age, implying
an absence of
any notable age
or skill related
Journal of Sport Science
8 March 2010
"I detest those
a failed move.
You must teach
a player before
a move what
they must do,
FC Barcelona, Manager
but if we chase perfection we
can catch excellence."
Vince Lombardi, Coach
NFL Greenbay Packers