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PROGRESSIVE INDIVIDUAL LEARNING MODEL FOR SOCCER TALENT DEVELOPMENT

INDIVIDUAL PLAYER DEVELOPMENT – 5 TIPS ON HOW TO ACCELERATE YOU PERFORMANCE

 

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

 

Technical Training – Lessons from Dennis Bergkamp

So what were some of the attributes that made Bergkamp such a great player and the key attributes in young players that he has identified as a coach?

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Tactical Training – Understand the trends in the modern game

Game understanding is an area that young North American players can improve upon. Not being part of a culture where soccer is not the dominant sport can be challenging. However, young players can improve their understanding of the game by taking full advantage of resources currently available online. For example what tactical changes have Manchester City use to dominate the years EPL?

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Physical Preparation – Cristiano Ronaldo Training, Workout Routine, and Diet Plan

Besides long and intense team practices and footwork training, Cristiano Ronaldo focuses on improving his strength, stamina, speed, and functional movements to remain at the very top and produce consistent performances playing at the highest levels

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Mental Preparation – Meditate like Messi

Researchers from Ulleval University Hospital in Norway report that sportsmen who use meditation after tough training sessions reduce their production of lactate – the ache-inducing by-product of anaerobic exercise – and recover their fitness levels faster.

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Accelerate your learning – participate in the Spanish Youth Development System.

Spain is regarded as one of the best youth development systems in the world. Here, we look at how young players at Valencia CF are developed Learn More

We are now accepting applications for young players who want to take their game to a higher level by training and playing at a club in Valencia, Spain.

Apply at 1v1 Soccer FC now 

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

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

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

Technical Training – Make Technical Training a Daily Habit

Give yourself an advantage over others by putting your time in on the training field. Daniel Coyle from the Talent Code has written about forgetting about 10,000 hours and just focusing on the quality of your practice time – even if it is for 10 minutes/ day. Learn More

By doing this, young players will benefit from their time spent with a ball and will gain tremendous advantages over other young players who do not put this time in.

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Tactical Training – Let Futsal be your coach

Futsal can play an important role in the individual development of young players in North America.

Our weather dictates that many months are spent indoors and futsal can greatly accelerate the technical and tactical development of young players.

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Physical Preparation – Train Like the Pros: Improve your speed

Being able to out-pace your opponents gives you a huge advantage in football. Strengthening your glutes and hamstrings will give you the power you need to accelerate explosively, but you also need to ensure that your running technique is right.

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Mental Preparation – Reduce your stress

One of the largest obstacles to peak performance in young players is stress. Young players are frequently under stress at school in order to achieve high marks for acceptance to post secondary education. In addition, they are often under stress in terms of time management to fulfill both their academic and athletic commitments.

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Accelerate your learning – participate in the German Youth Development System.

We are now accepting applications for young players who want to take their game to a higher level by training and playing in Germany. Learn more abut their development system in the documentary below. Apply at https://1v1soccerfc.ca/international/

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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!

Young Canadian Players can Play Professional Football (soccer) in Europe – Here is how!

In 2000, I formed 1v1 Soccer with the objective to provide young Canadian players with training experiences comparable to leading soccer nations.

Seventeen years later and we currently have 5 players training in Europe!

Matthew Roberts is at the Swansea City Academy, Luke McConnell is playing at a semi-professional level in Portugal, Drazan Rakovac and Noah Pacheco are attending the international academy program at Chievo Verona in Italy and Luca  Jankovic is at the Hercules Soccer Academy in Spain.

JOIN OUR MASTERS PROGRAM – ATTEND TRIALS IN EUROPE IN 2018 

We are currently training over 70+ players and are looking to train and place several players in academy programs in Europe in 2018.

We will also be offering formal trial opportunities in Germany, Portugal, UK and Spain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHY NORTH AMERICAN PLAYERS SHOULD TRAIN & PLAY IN EUROPE

Train with 1v1 Soccer FC and take your next step towards professional playing opportunities in Europe. Semi-professional players can earn 800-1,000 euros/month, receive free room and board and play in front of 8,000 fans each week.

APPLY TO TRAIN AND PLAY IN EUROPE IN 2018

Longer stays and more frequent trips will allow the North America player to better understand the performance standards in Europe and improve their performance levels in all four areas – technically, tactically, physically and mentally!

 

 

INDIVIDUAL PLAYER DEVELOPMENT – 5 FREE TIPS ON HOW TO ELEVATE YOUR PERFORMANCE LEVELS

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

Technical Training – Supplement Team Training with Individual Training

Several studies have confirmed that the number of hours of “deliberate practice” play a greater role in the development of young players that go on to play at higher levels, rather than innate talent.

A positive linear relationship was found between accumulated individual plus team practice time and the level of skill when a group of international, national and provincial players were assessed. ( Helsen, W., Hodges N.J., Winckel, J. & Starkes, J., (2000) Journal of Sports Science)

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Tactical Training – Be Prepared to press, persist and possess

The modern game is one of flexibility. The game is more fluid than ever and the top teams now deploy “inverted full-backs and wingers”, false number 9s and ball-playing goalkeepers to deal more effectively with retaining possession and winning it back quickly. The game today resembles more and more the sport of basketball where the winning team typically is the one that has managed transitions between attack/defence better.

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Physical Preparation – The Importance of Sleep for Optimal Performance

One of the main challenges of young players in North America is ensuring that they are getting enough sleep for optimal performance. Academic demands at school can be high, the North American lifestyle of families is typically fast-paced and many young players are training late at night, too often and are not getting sufficient sleep. The ability to scan the field of play, process information quickly and make good decisions are essential attributes for top players. A lack of sleep can severely limit this ability and impair the pace of development.

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Intensive Small-Group Training Classes Now Available at NEW Ancaster Facility – Learn More 

 

 

 

Mental Preparation – Dare to Dream

During last summer, I was fortunate to travel to France to watch Northern Ireland play in the 2016 Euros. We over-achieved as a small country of only 1.8 million people. The team successfully navigated through a tough qualifying group containing Germany, Poland and the Ukraine to reach the last 16? Why does a small nation like Northern Ireland hold the record as the smallest nation to win a game at the World Cup finals? How can we be ranked as high as 26 in the FIFA world rankings? The players dared to dream!

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A Motivational Video from Anthony Robbins

High Performance coach Tony Robbins has identified hunger as the main trait that separates the best in sports from the rest. Do you have a relentless desire to reach higher levels and when you reach those are you willing to push on to reach even higher levels?

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1v1 Soccer FC are now formally accepting applications for placement in Europe for 2018 at academies in Spain, Germany, Italy and England

During the last 12 months we have testing the players that have attended our international ID camps on performance measurements used by top European professional club academy programs.

In reviewing the data alongside top coaches in Europe we have concluded that to reach the levels of the European players, young players in North America have to be exposed earlier to training and playing in Europe. Longer stays and more frequent trips will allow the North America player to better understand the performance standards in Europe and improve their performance levels in all four areas – technically, tactically, physically and mentally!

Why should North American Players Train & Play in Europe

1v1 Soccer FC are now formally accepting applications for placement in Europe for 2018 at academies in Spain, Germany, Italy and England.

Accepted players will be evaluated by myself and individually placed based upon their performance levels. They will be fully immersed within academy programs and the programs will be for extended stays (2 weeks or more)

The majority of programs will include training and games and at price points more competitive than 1 week programs provided by competitors.

This program is for young players that are fully focused and committed to pursuing professional playing opportunities in Europe. All players will be expected to work directly with myself in preparation for the opportunity to train and play in Europe in 2018.

Apply Online at 1v1 Soccer FC – International

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!

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

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

Free Consultation – 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 FREE consultation by UEFA A licensed coach Ian McClurg – click here

1v1 Soccer FC Partner with World’s Number One U.S. Soccer Placement Consultants, 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.