These days, many players create an online presence to get their information in front of college coaches. Some send DVDs to coaches, but these tend to get misplaced and might not be seen. An online résumé and video is a good alternative.
To be the best you have to learn from the best. One of the main reasons soccer in North America – but more specifically Canada – cannot develop into a world class program is because the right people are not at the pinnacle of the soccer pyramid. We desperately need the best people for the job to be in charge because they act as magnets for the best.
To better demonstrate my point, I will use one of the best soccer organizations in the world: Manchester United. The owners of Manchester United have appointed arguably the best manager in the world, Sir Alex Ferguson, as the head of the program. Sir Alex Ferguson sets high standards for his coaching staff, for his team, for his players and for the program as a whole. He has worked very hard to morph the program into one of the — if not the — best . As a result, the best trainers, players and management are all drawn to Manchester United. The program has become immaculate and it can largely be attributed to Sir Alex Ferguson. What should we be learning from this, above all else? Put the right people in charge and everything else will fall into place.
North America has been very slow in accepting that the best need to be at the head of our soccer programs in order for it to grow. The “best” is a wide-open term that can refer to a lot of different things, so by best I mean we must find coaches, managers and trainers with world class knowledge to lead our programs. Once these types of figures are in place, a trickle down effect will occur where soccer as a whole in North America will become increasingly better because we have the best leading us. Although these types of leaders are currently not abundant in North America, there is a handfull of cases where we begin to see the right people taking the right positions. Here is a perfect example: his name is Jose Bento Vieira.
A brazilian star who has been through the ups and downs as a soccer player, coach, manager and leader, but who has co-existed with the best. I have had the priviledge of training in numerous sessions he has held and it is evident he has the capacity to change soccer in North America. Although it isn’t mentioned in his blog, he has embarked on a mission to create a soccer academy in Canada. His intent is to develop true soccer in this country and eventually abroad. Read his blog (click on his name above) and admire what he’s been through and where he aspires to go.
I was recently browsing one of my soccer friends facebook page and noticed he put the link to his personal soccer website. Like many young soccer players, he is trying to be noticed by professional clubs, make a name for himself and play at a higher level. After looking through his site I noticed a number of areas where he could greatly improve his site. These areas aren’t so much about design and colour but the content of his site.
Ever heard of a colleague or friend getting a job because they already knew somebody in the company? How about making the high school soccer team because the coach had a class favorite? Or even getting cut from a team for personality reasons? Silly as these possibilities may be, they exist on both ends of the spectrum for receiving a “lucky” or unlucky break. Networking in soccer is just as big as in other parts of life and business.
At some time everyone that has a child gets asked to become a soccer coach. Some people are dubious when they are asked to coach their child’s soccer team. The fear lies in nerves. Your first time as a soccer coach should be a pleasant one for players, parents, and most of all you. These are some important tips that will make the experience, if you choose to take it, enjoyable
ALWAYS BE POSITIVE :: This is essential with everyone involved, including the parents, players, the other coaches.
If you want to play soccer in college, you’ll be meeting with a few coaches. They’ll be trying to get a feel for you, and you’ll want to do the same with them. While you’re there, you’ll also want to gather some information to help you decide if you’d like to attend that school and what your chances of playing on the team are.
Go to the interview with a few questions—and be prepared to make an impression. Arrive on time or a couple minutes early. A suit isn’t necessary, but be neatly dressed. Don’t slouch or mumble.