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.

Take aways from Philly Convention
by posted 01/23/2018

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 or






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by posted 08/12/2017

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

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.

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 & 2011 - 9-10 am       Birth year 2012 & 2011 - 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: Jan 27th, Feb 3rd, 10th ( No class 2/17) Feb 24th, March 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th

Program cost: $250.00 for the 8 weeks

Contact:  Leon Othen -  

CLICK HERE to register

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