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.
Coaches return from United Soccer Coaches convention having been educated by some of the best coaches in the industry.
Six of the Everton America coaches went to this year's convention in Philidelphia to educate themselves with the many field and classroom sessions that were on offer. Sessions such as "A typical Foundation Phase training session at Manchester United", "Efficient incorporation of performance training into field sessions" and "Effective strategies for players with AD/HD" were just some of the 40+ sessions that were sat in by the Everton staff.
The sessions have inspired and invigorated us and we hope to implement many of the best practices used by professional and college teams such as Tom Statham from Manchester United, Ian Barker, Head of coach development for United Soccer Coaches, Andrew Sparks of Swansea City, Sam Snow, Technical Director of US Youth Soccer, Anson Dorrance, Head women's coach UNC, Beast mode soccer, John DeWitt, Sports Performance Coach, Houston Dynamo.
Here are some of the takeaways from the event;
There is a big push in the coaching world for "Whole, part, whole" in which players start practices with games.
As coaches, we should create more "game like" environments in practice to help with real challenges players face in a game
We will be revisiting our club philosophy and pathway for all the players at the club
The need for individual performance plans and opportunity for feedback
Incorporating adversity and stress into practice to develop coping strategies for players
Players with AD/HD are an asset to any team when managed correctly
Social media is a great way to engage with both parents, players and coaches. More, less professional posts to give a behind the scenes feel.
Practices must reflect all aspects of the game, not just the pretty moments
Eight minutes of a high intensity warm up of 20 seconds work, 10 seconds rest is more beneficial than a 30 run.
Goalkeepers need specialist training but also need to be incorporated into team practices as they provide the most passes in the team and need to know the traits of their team members.
Youth clubs with great sponsorship / advertising deals are better able to offer scholarships to their best players.
We will be implementing the best practices for Futsal sessions advised
The convention also hosted the NPL yearly meeting in which we heard about;
NPL play offs for 2018
Inter NPL games against the northeast region
NPL Regional finials dates
PDP program as a pathway to the national team ID
The event also hosted the MLS draft and ex-Everton America goalkeeper, Mauricio Arrango was awarded "All American High School" honors.
Any player or parent wanting to know more on the event, please contact