Everton America is a premier youth soccer club based in Norwalk CT. Our club offers expert soccer coaching for boys and girls from 6 to 18 years. Everton America is the exclusive U.S. affiliate of Everton Football Club of the English Premier League.

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Team Snap for improved communication
by posted 09/20/2018


To improve our lines of communication, Everton America has set up a club-wide account with TeamSnap. TeamSnap is an award-winning mobile and web app for managing competitive sports teams and groups.

This enables quick and easy communication between parents and coaches, access to text alerts, updating player availability for games/practices and much more.

Please accept the invitation sent by your coach so that you can receive team notifications. Moving forward, this will replace our website based notifications.

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Ten tips to get an edge when practice is called off
by posted 09/12/2018


When a session or game is canceled it can be frustrating. You may even have a snow day, in which you have the whole day to improve yourself as a goalkeeper.

Here are some ways you can gain an advantage over your competitors when they are sat at home watching TV. 

1 – Build up your upper body strength.  Players need to have strong upper body strength. Use the time that a cancellation gives to improve your strength with a push-up routine.

Normal, Wide, Heart to heart, Military, claps, and dippers are all different push-ups styles to do.

Do 10 of each three times – Don’t forget to stretch after.

2 – Stretch. Often a neglected part of our game and a lack of flexibility can reduce our performance. Use the down time to stretch hamstrings, quads, hip flexors, groins, glutes and back.

30 seconds on each stretch – Do three repetitions.

See below for hamstring stretches 

Hamstring stretches. 30 secs hands level with knee, 30 secs hands level with ankle, 30 secs hold on to foot.Screen Shot 2015-03-23 at 10.31.12 PM

 

Check out foam roller exercises here

 

 

 

 

 

3 – Be a student of the game. At Everton America, we believe there are three pillars of coaching. Evaluation, knowledge and understanding and repetitions. By having a practice canceled, you are only really missing out on the repetitions. You can evaluate yourself or other by watching a game or highlights if time is short. You can gain knowledge by reading up on players who play in your position.

When watching a game, look out for positioning, different distribution techniques and range of goalkeepers coming for crosses.

Goalkeeper HQ offers a service where we evaluate part of your game. See the service here.

4 – Get your equipment in order. Clean your boots, rinse your water bottle, check the quality of your shin guards, size of undergarments etc. Ensure your equipment is not an excuse for poor performance.

5 – Get a cardiovascular workout. Are you one of the fittest members of the team? Use this off time to get the heart pumping. If you can’t get to the gym, give yourself a routine that can include stair runs, Jumping Jacks, Burpees, High Knees, Push-ups, and sit ups. Do each for 1 minute with 30 seconds rest in-between. Do each routine three times. 

 

 

 

 

6 – Get your homework done. The extra time off might be the perfect opportunity to get your homework done. By getting it done, you can fully focus on your game or next practice without stressing about project deadlines for school.

7 – Catch up on some sleep. You are up early for school, you put your heart and soul into practices and games three to four times a week, some of you even play other sports. If you are tired, use the additional time off to catch up on some sleep and be back to your best when games and practice resume. 

8 – Practice ball skills. Players need to be comfortable with the ball at their feet. Use the time to be comfortable with the ball at your feet. You can practice in a 5×5 area. Top taps, foundations, inside & outside of the foot, figure 8 using inside & outside of feet, turns etc.

9 – Research your opposition. Check out your league website to see who you are playing next. Where are they in the League? How many goals have they scored? Who is their best goal scorer?

10 – Fill out your self-evaluation. How did you play in the last game? Where can you improve? What was your distribution success rate? How many goals did you score? Are there any trends in the goals that went in and could you have done anything about it? 

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College Coaches Consider Parents When Selecting Recruits
by posted 09/03/2018


Everton America is lucky to have coaches currently working in college programs. In a recent club meeting, a couple of things came up.

Colleges are identifying players very early on. Players graduating in 2022! are currently on the radar.

Take a look at what players should be doing at various stages of their High School.

Interesting also to note that at college showcases, not one college coach ever asked what the score was in the games, but it was the parents getting worked up on the side that can only have a negative effect on players going to the college of their choice. This video from the Positive Coaching Alliance talks about the important role that parents have when players are expressing an interest in a school. 

Notes can be taken regarding club programs also.

 

All coaches want to try to create a positive environment, and the parent on the side that becomes critical of their own son / daughter, the team, coach or opposition becomes a red flag for any future recruits.

 

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by posted 08/08/2018


Everton America's "Tiny Toffees" program introduces soccer in a fun & exciting environment for 3-5 year old players. (Players born between 2015 & 2012)

The introduction of our newest curriculum will provide our youngest players with the development of motor skills, encourage group interaction, develop communication skills and provide the fundamentals for a great start in the Everton America program.

The Tiny Toffees program is the start of the Everton Player Pathway.

The sessions take place at SONO Fieldhouse on Saturday mornings.
 

Learning outcomes 

 

The class had a theme of movies that the players may or may not have seen.
Toy StoryFrozenHow to Train Your DragonTurbo, 101 Dalmatians, The Lego Movie, Sherman & Peabody have all been recreated. 

See below for what the players were able to do - all of which were hidden tasks within our weekly adventure.
Ball skills
Foundations, Toe taps, Rolling the ball, using different parts of the foot.

Motor skills:
Running, jumping, ducking, hopping, crawling, stopping & starting, ladders

Turns: 
Stop turn, drag back, outside hook, cruyff ( older group ) 

Attacking moves:
Change of pace to beat an opponent. Avoiding opponents. Striking a ball

Defensive moves:
Catching opponents, shielding the ball ( older group ) 

Game Play: 
Directional, sharing, recognising "out of bounds", teamwork.

Other:
Friendships, communication, listening, bonding with parents, soccer homework
See our video here.
 
 
  

New players receive a uniform to be worn at the sessions

Times:  Birth year 2015 & 2014 - 9-10 am       Birth year 2014 & 2013 - 10-11 am
 
Our earlier session is full parent participation and the later session has some parent participation. 
 
The Tiny Toffees program includes a weekly newsletter outlining the learning objectives and provides activities and soccer homework for the players to do during the week.
 
Dates: September 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th ( No Class October 6th ),  October 13th, 20th, 27th, November 3rd
 

Program cost: $249.00 for the 8 weeks

Contact:  Leon Othen -  

CLICK HERE to register

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