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PROGRESSIVE INDIVIDUAL LEARNING MODEL FOR SOCCER TALENT DEVELOPMENT

5-Bullet Friday: Individual Player Development Tips on how to Accelerate your Performance Process

I have borrowed the 5 bullet Friday idea from one of my favourite performance leaders, Tim Ferris. You can subscribe to  these weekly individual player performance tips here

INDIVIDUAL PLAYER DEVELOPMENT – 5 TIPS ON HOW TO ACCELERATE YOUR PERFORMANCE PROCESS  

Technical Training – Never Stop Learning

Even the best players in the world continue to improve their performance levels with individual sessions. Here are some individual training videos of Lionel Messi and some video analysis clips to learn how to adapt technical skills in game situations

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Training Exercise for the Week. 4 touches with insides , 1 touch with outside. Play Video

 

Tactical Training – Become a student of the game

Young players should be encouraged to go to as many live games as possible. If attending live games is not possible then with TV and Internet coverage, young players can watch an enormous amount of soccer from overseas to improve their understanding of the game.

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Physical Preparation – Are you as fit as a Premier League Footballer

How do you compare and what types of physical fitness benchmarks should you in aiming to achieve in your performance cycle

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Mental Preparation – Develop a Growth Mindset

The varied tactical approach’s of the modern game demands players who are more flexible in their thinking and willing to embrace change. Today, top teams restructure their tactical approach many times during the course of a game and “intelligent” players who can identify challenges on the field and provide effective solutions will thrive. The modern player will literally be required to “think on their feet” and embrace and thrive during change.

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How can North American Players become World Class? A Case Study – Christian Pulisic

North America’s first young player to have the potential to be among the best in the world was recently profiled on 60 minutes. Christian Pulisic has benefited from training and playing outside the mainstream system in North America

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Embrace Hard Work in all your training sessions & games this week. Hard Work beats talent ……when talent doesn’t work hard!

I am looking to work with 30 dedicated players (male & female) in an intensive training program

This week we launched our new high-performance training facility in Ancaster. Learn More

This new facility will provide me with a greater opportunity to provide intensive training sessions in small-group and individual formats and prepare more young players for training and playing opportunities at professional club academies in Europe.

Learn More About My Training Philosophy

Four young players that I have worked with are currently at professional club academies in Europe – Swansea City (UK), Chievo Verona (Italy) and Spain (Hercules).

I am looking to work with 30 dedicated players (male & female) who will commit to 1 individual training session and 3 small-class sessions with me each month. The goal will be to place them at European Club Academies in 2018! The monthly training fees will be $200 +HST/month – a discount of 20 % of our regular fees.

The programs are based on the unique individual training program that I have developed based on my study visits to top professional clubs in the UK, Spain, Portugal and Italy.

FC Porto Trip Observations – Read More

Wolverhampton Wanderers Trip Observations – Read More

Chievo Verona Trip Observations – Read More

Seville Trip Observations – Read More

All players working directly with me in this program will receive Individual Development Plans (IDP’s) as deployed by top professional academy programs in Europe and will be tested regularly to measure performance progress.

We have access to scientific data now from top academy programs in Europe that allows us to accurately measure player how our players compare to young players in Europe and their potential to be able to play at the highest levels.

Players will also receive access to my online home training program that provides 600+ minutes of training content each month.

To register for this program simple email me at ian@1v1soccer.ca, outline your soccer background to date and why you think you should be good candidate for this program. I will be capping this unique opportunity at 30 players!

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5-Bullet Friday: Individual Player Development Tips on how to Accelerate Performance Improvements

I have borrowed the 5 bullet Friday idea from on my favorite performance leaders, Tim Ferris. You can subscribe to  these weekly individual player performance tips here

INDIVIDUAL PLAYER DEVELOPMENT – 5 FREE TIPS ON HOW TO ACCELERATE YOUR PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT  

Technical Training – Increase Contact Time with the Ball

One of the biggest challenges that young Canadian players face is the lack of contact time with the ball.
Young Brazilian players are spending 12-15 hours a week working on their ball skills and young European players are training five or six times each week. Consequently, Canada must adopt the same philosophy towards technical development if we wish to be truly successful in soccer in competition with these nations. Learn More

Training Exercise for the Week – Complete our 4 Box Ball Mastery Exercise – Play Video

Tactical Training – Understand your starting position and roles on the field

The development of young players is much more successful when they understand what is required of them. I advocate that up to U15 young players tactical training should be restricted to developing awareness on the field. In effect, what space can be exploited and decision-making should be developed around what technical skills and movement should be used to exploit this space. Learn More

Physical Preparation – Manage your Training Load 

The speed of the game is quicker and the time that the ball is in play is almost fifteen minutes greater than in the 1990’s. Speed, agility, acceleration, strength and endurance are all physical attributes that must be developed by young players (at the appropriate phase) during their long-term development. Learn More

Mental Preparation – Be Smarter Than Other Players 

Men’s Health magazine reported in 2012 that research by Predrag Petrovic (PhD and lead researcher at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm) concluded that soccer players score within the top 2 to 5 per cent of the population when tested on memory, multitasking and creativity. Soccer is a rapidity changing game with quick movements of the ball, teammates and the opposition. It is a random game when compared to other North American sports such as NFL football or basketball where there are more stoppages and set plays. Petrovic argues that adapting constantly to a changing environment (which elite soccer players do) develops skills that are easily transferable to executive business functions such as changing strategies and suppressing old, out-dated plans. Learn More

A Motivational Video from Sir Alex Ferguson – Working Hard is a Talent

Watch Video and Embrace Hard Work in all your training sessions & games this week

Train with UEFA A licensed coach Ian McClurg at our NEW Ancaster Performance Centre

We are delighted to announce that 1v1 Soccer FC will be launching intensive NEW individual and small-group technical/physical training classes at our new Ancaster indoor performance centre.

How can North American Players become World Class – Read More

Register for intensive small-group sessions – learn more

 

These NEW programs will provide young players in Canada with supplemental training hours with a UEFA A licensed coach at a level of intensity and volume on par with leading academies in Europe. I am a North American coach and Scout for English Professional club Wolverhampton Wanderers and have traveled to Europe on numerous occasions to study academy programs at top professional clubs in Spain, the UK, Portugal and Italy.

FC Porto Trip Observations – Read More

Register for private individual training sessions – learn more

The programs will begin on Wednesday November 8th and players will have the option of registering for individual classes (1:1 or small-group) or taking advantage of discounts by registering for monthly or eight-week training packages.

The small-group sessions will be capped at a maximum of 8 players!

All players will receive access to our online training program that contains over 600 minutes of training content via video per month.

1v1 Soccer FC players can now be immersed in Professional Club Academies in Europe – Read More

Each player registered will also receive FREE consultation on potential placement in training and playing opportunities at academy programs in Spain, Germany, UK, Italy and Portugal.  

Successfully Pursue US Scholarship Opportunities – Read More

 

How can North American Players become World Class? Case Study – Christian Pulisic

North America’s first young player to have the potential to be among the best in the world was recently profiled on 60 minutes. Christian Pulisic has benefited from training and playing outside the mainstream system in North America

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have three 1v1 Soccer FC graduates now training at professional academies in the Unite Kingdom, Spain and Italy   

Since I began 1v1 Soccer FC in 2000, I have identified three main obstacles that are preventing young North American players from becoming world class! Canada and the US (combined population 355 million) have not produced a world class outfield player capable of playing at the highest levels of the game.

The three main obstacles are: 

1) Quality of coaching – in Spain there is 1 UEFA A or B licensed coach for every 27 players, in North America there are 865 players for every A or B licensed coach

2) Technical ability – this is the most limiting factor on what level a player ends up playing at. That is why at 1v1 Soccer we spend the most time on this! As Arsene Wenger famously said “If you have no technical skill by 14 you can forget it, you will never be a football player”

3) Training mentality – young players in academies in Europe are training 12-15 hours/week after age 12! Our players are typically training 5-8 hours/week and many do not continually develop their skills during the main part of the season. They mistakenly believe that playing games = development!

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We have a proven four step process for young players in North America so that they can successfully compete with young players in Europe and challenge for opportunities there:

1)   Supplement your team training so you can get closer to 10-12 hours /week

2)  Select a highly-qualified performance coach to work with and/or take advantage of attending training opportunities with academy coaches from professional teams

3)  Continue to work on your skills and earn an opportunity to train in Europe at some of the top academy programs so that you can get a complete understanding of the standards, the methodology to develop professional players, improve your game understanding and an opportunity to test yourself against academy players

4)  Commit yourself to continuous improvement so that you earn opportunities for extended stays at a professional European club with game playing opportunities. This is an opportunity for you to demonstrate the full extent of your abilities in front on academy coaches at professional clubs.

1v1 Soccer FC is now able to individually place our young players within academy programs in Europe for extended stays (2 weeks+). Players will be individually placed based upon their performance levels and will be fully immersed in the academy program of the professional clubs. Players wishing to take advantage of these opportunities will sign up for our Masters Program and train directly with myself.  MY COACHING PHILOSOPHY .

I will be training the players and monitoring the performance data of all the players. This information will be shared with the professional clubs.
Interested players can apply to join our 2017/2018 Masters Program

 

1v1 Soccer FC Players Can now be immersed in Professional Club Academies in Europe

Last week we made a significant announcement at 1v1 Soccer FC – we are now able to individually place our young players within academy programs in Europe for extended stays (2 weeks+)

 

 

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Players will be individually placed based upon their performance levels and will be fully immersed in the academy program of the professional clubs.  

Players wishing to take advantage of these opportunities will sign up for our Masters Program and train directly with UEFA A licensed coach Ian McClurg. 

 

Learn More about Ian`s Coaching Philosophy 

 

He will be training the players and monitoring the performance data of all the players. This information will be shared with the professional clubs.

Interested players can apply to join our 2017/2018 Masters Program Apply Now

 

We will Measurably Improve the Performance Levels of 100 players in next 3 months

This week I spoke about the 3 obstacles preventing young North American players from being world class! See link

During the next 3 months we are aiming to work with 100 young players to achieve the following milestones in their soccer development

·Get selected by English Professional club Wolves at a June Player ID Camp to travel overseas next spring

·Earn selection by 1v1 Soccer to travel to Spanish Professional club RCD Espanyol in October

·Get selected to attend Clarkson High School beginning in the fall and receive an additional 10 hours training/month on a sports/education model that is based on the FC Barcelona academy

·Earn selection by our new partners Sports Recruiting USA to pursue US Scholarship and professional playing opportunities in Europe

All 100 of these players will be placed on Individual Development Plans (IDP’s) as deployed by top professional academy programs in Europe and will be tested regularly to measure performance progress

Contact us today if you are dedicated and committed about achieving measurable soccer goals in the next 3 months – Spaces are limited and we have only 30 positions available

Successfully overcome the 3 obstacles that all players in North America must overcome to be world class

Our High Intensity Technical Training Services are now more Flexible and Affordable for Ambitious and Committed players Looking to pursue European and US Scholarship Opportunities

Since I began 1v1 Soccer FC in 2000, I have discovered three main obstacles that are preventing young North American players from becoming world class!

Canada and the US (combined population 355 million) have not produced a world class outfield player capable of playing at the highest levels of the game.

There are three main obstacles preventing this:

1) Quality of coaching – in Spain there is 1 UEFA A or B licensed coach for every 27 players, in North America there are 865 players for every A or B licensed coach

2) Technical ability – this is the most limiting factor on what level a player ends up playing at. That is why at 1v1 Soccer we spend the most time on this! As Arsene Wenger famously said “If you have no technical skill by 14 you can forget it, you will never be a football player”

3) Training mentality – young players in academies in Europe are training 12-15 hours/week after age 12! Our players are typically training 5-8 hours/week and many do not continually develop their skills during the main part of the season. They mistakenly believe that playing games = development!

1v1 Soccer FC is an individual player soccer training and pathways company – we improve the performance levels of individual players and provide them with opportunities to play at higher levels.

During the last few weeks we have began to significantly reduce pricing and provide more flexible training schedules so more players can take advantage of our training services

Contact us today for a detailed evaluation and  consultation by UEFA A licensed coach Ian McClurg – click here

We are pleased to announced our exciting new partnership with Sports Recruiting USA

We are pleased to announced our exciting new partnership with Sports Recruiting USA that will help current and future 1v1 Soccer FC players to be given unrivalled assistance in being recruited by College Soccer programs.

Sports Recruiting USA have helped 100’s of players over the years to take the next step into college soccer (and beyond) and are working with our organization exclusively in Canada to give the platform our players need to be seen by U.S. College Soccer programs.

For the past few months we have been in talks with the company about bringing their expertise and technology to our players to help give real pathways to the players who want it. So they will be offering their SRUSA Premier service at a discounted price to all our players, and they will identify the top players through that to join their SRUSA Elite service (where they individually market the players).

1v1 Soccer FC Founder, Ian McClurg commented;

“We are delighted to be partnering with Sports Recruiting USA and improving the higher level pathways available to Canadian players. We have been evaluating several opportunities within this area for several months. However, the focus and commitment of Sports Recruiting USA towards not only providing pathways but improving performance levels in order to take full advantage of these opportunities fits perfectly with our vision and passion for continuous performance improvement with all our players  

SRUSA’s Head of Operations, Chris Cousins commented;

 “It has been great getting to know the program in Canada that Ian and his staff run, over the past few months. We are really excited to offer our services to all players wanting to play college soccer at the club, and with what we are offering, it will really make this a unique organization in Canada, if not the whole of North America.’

We look forward to seeing 1v1 Soccer FC players continuing their careers in college, and hopefully many pushing onto the professional game after that, through the opportunities that SRUSA and 1v1 Soccer FC provide.

 

Train and Play in Europe at Professional Academies – A Proven 4 Step Process

 

Since I launched 1v1 Soccer FC in 2000 our vision has remained the same – to provide players in Canada with training experiences comparable to leading soccer nations.

Our players have attracted the interest of Sevilla (Spain), FC Porto (Portugal), Wolves (England), Crewe Alexandra (England) and Chievo Verona (Italy). Over 500+ players have gone through the process of attending our international player ID camps, travelling to train at professional academies overseas and attending formal trials.

Matt Roberts has subsequently went on to sign for the Swansea City Academy.

1v1 Soccer FC will be hosting a Player ID camp with academy coaches from English Premiership team West Ham United on April 28-30thLearn More

Young players in Canada face challenges that they must overcome in order to compete with their counter-parts at academies in Europe:

1)      Training Hours – After U12, the top academies in England  have 12-15 hours/week contact time with players. Young players in North America typically have between 4.5-8hours/week

2)      Quality of Coaching – in Spain there is 1 UEFA A or B licensed coach per every 27 youth players. In North America, we have 1 A or B licensed coach per every 800 + youth player

3)      Game Understanding – as our players do not live in a ”soccer obsessed” culture, and see fewer professional games live they need to travel to Europe (or South America) in order to gain a greater understanding of the game at the highest levels

4)      Technical skills – Our players continue to play too many games which negatively impacts the time that is being spent on developing technical skills. As Arsene Wenger famously said – a player’s level of technical skill will determine what level a young player ultimately plays at.

1v1 Soccer FC will be launching an academy program in Clarkson High School in the fall – this will provide Elite players (Boys & Girls) with an additional 10 hours training/week –  Learn More


We have a proven four step process for young players in North America so that they can successfully compete with young players in Europe and challenge for opportunities there:

1)      Supplement your team training so you can get closer to 10-12 hours /week

2)      Select a highly-qualified performance coach to work with and/or take advantage of attending training opportunities with academy coaches from professional teams

3)      Continue to work on your skills and earn an opportunity to train in Europe at some of the top academy programs so that you can get a complete understanding of the standards, the methodology to develop professional players, improve your game understanding and an opportunity to test yourself against academy players

4)      Commit yourself to continuous improvement so that you earn opportunities for extended stays at a professional European club with game playing opportunities. This is an opportunity for you to demonstrate the full extent of your abilities in front on academy coaches at professional clubs.

We have been taking players to European Academy Programs for several years – read our training observations

FC Porto

Chievo Verona

Wolves

 Sevilla

At 1v1 Soccer FC we are happy to assist you as you move successfully through this four step process.

Please feel free to contact me directly at ian@1v1soccer.ca to let me know your unique training requirements and to learn about some areas that we can provide assistance in. You ca learn more about my coaching philosophy and methodology at www.ianmcclurg.com