Developing Successful Soccer Programs and Players
Soccer, one of the largest participation sports in the world, is played at it's highest level by the most highly technically and financially successful professional soccer clubs in the world.
In the USA football, baseball, basketball and ice hockey generated almost 98% of 2015 professional sports revenue. Pie chart at upper left.
In Germany soccer generated 91% of 2015 professional sports revenue. In 2015 handball, ice hockey and basketball generated less than 9% of professional sports revenue. Pie chart at upper right.
Bibliography: "Statistica's online Internet datebase of professional soccer's gross revenue"
Professional Player Development Advantages
In contrast to the USA, soccer clubs at all levels worldwide are an integrated part of FIFA's development of professional soccer players, share in the financial rewards for developing elite players and actively encourage, scout for, recruit and develop players.
In areas of the world where highly successful team's play aspiring young players watch their games and learn how the game should be played by watching their role models play and learning from their example.
Coaches Assume Players See What They See
In clubs and schools worldwide coaches and teachers often assume players and students see what they see. In some cases they do, but often:
Assessing Player Strengths and Deficiencies
Technology offers coaches and teachers many tools to screen players and students to accurately assess potential player deficiencies and strengths, including differences in developmental ages.
Technology also offers additional learning resources for the assessment and development of players and students beyond the limited time and resources available in traditional practices, gym classes and games.
Continuously Improving Players and Students
Coaches and teachers are essential for initial and on-going assessments of players and students to best determine what each player and student needs to learn next to play up to their full potential.
Coaches and teachers assess players and students in games, practices and using online assessment exercises on an on-going basis to:
To assist coaches and teachers the Player Development Center features hundreds of simple online visuals, tutorials and exercises to help players development. The club, coach or teacher assesses what the player or student needs to learn at each point in time and provides each player with the links to those developmental pages that will most help that player learn what they need at that point in time. If the player's or student's soccer program does not participate in the Soccer Development Center a family program is available for interested families.
Player pages are strictly private and secure. There are no links from assigned player development pages to pages, websites or commercial ads to distract players or students from what they need to learn.
Soccer Development Center Programs
The Soccer Development Center offers players, teams, classes and developmental age groups training progressions based on:
The Soccer Development Center offers programs for clubs, schools, specific age groups, coaches, teachers, teams, classes and the children of families not participating in any of these programs.
Edited and Published 2 January 2018