MODEL SOCCER CLUBS The Next Kick in American Soccer US Youth Soccer MODEL SOCCER CLUBS Sam Snow, Assistant National Director of Coaching Education for US Youth Soccer and U.S. Soccer National Staff Instructor US Youth Soccer AGENDA Define types of Clubs Factors to consider when developing a Club Problems and solutions during formation Club samples Sister Clubs Facilities US Youth Soccer Growth of Club soccer The continued development of Club soccer is necessary in order to meet the increasing demands of player development. The importance of Club soccer is magnified considering it provides players with their “daily soccer diet.” The cornerstone for player development lies within the Club system. US Youth Soccer Types of Clubs Open Club – Club providing parent administration and parent coaching with volunteer positions only (sometimes there are outside trainers brought in to assist different programs) Developmental Club – Volunteer board and administration with certified coaches who are volunteer or paid to offer greater player development opportunities Professional Youth Club – Providing coaching and administration with paid coaches and administrators to offer maximum opportunities to play at a high level US Youth Soccer Enhancing and Creating the Clubs of Tomorrow Starting new Clubs Preserving and enhancing existing Clubs Our Club system will drive the game’s growth and development at all levels What purpose does your Club serve to its members? US Youth Soccer Four Necessary Components 1. Organization, planning and leadership FACILITIES STAFF 2. Facilities Pl ayer s 3. Staffing 4. Programming PROGRAMS US Youth Soccer Goals and Problems The goals of a Recreational Club have been to provide fun and safe play for all players. Often while offering different types of programs in order to meet the requests of all its member parents. US Youth Soccer Goals and Problems Offering opportunities for players and parents who wish to have certified coaches and player development as a focus has been the goal of Developmental Clubs. US Youth Soccer Goals and Problems The goals of a Professional Youth Club have been to maximize the player development process by using professional educators and professional players to increase the opportunity to play at a high level. US Youth Soccer Goals and Problems The goals of a Professional Soccer Club are to integrate the above characteristics and create our metropolitan soccer Clubs as is done throughout the world. Clubs that have youth through professional teams in order to develop, buy and sell players as a business (Bayern Munich, Ajax, Santos, etc.) US Youth Soccer Goals and Problems Risk management Competition for recruitment of the best players Quality coaching and quality officiating Not for profit and for profit status US Youth Soccer Goals and Problems Competition within the local leagues Annual calendars and programming Providing the appropriate environment within the frame work of child growth and development Employment benefits for paid coaches and administrators US Youth Soccer Goals and Problems Female coaches Growth and facility usage NCAA and sports agent youth player contracts Selecting a mission statement to establish services US Youth Soccer Goals and Problems International rules adaptation Replace tournament revenues Parent education The value of membership Professional administrators with a degree in sports administration, sports management or sports marketing. US Youth Soccer Goals and Problems The value of a ticket to see the first team Receiving services from over seeing organizations (US Soccer, US Youth Soccer, AYSO, YMCA, etc.) Dual registration issues and interstate, intrastate and foreign relationships The Super Club, Y-League, etc. phenomenon US Youth Soccer Goals and Problems Pay to play vs. play for pay Pressure for wins at the youth level Comparison to other sports Academic school soccer integrated with the pure youth soccer program US Youth Soccer Goals and Problems Infant soccer More is better – less is more phenomenon Special needs programs Try-outs prior to 12 years of age US Youth Soccer Influencing Factors Geography, population, per capita income Facilities and staffing Budget and programming History – tradition Other Clubs and competition Affiliations and relationships FIFA, USSF, USYSA, USASA or others Rules and regulations US Youth Soccer LEADERSHIP The planning and administration of a Club cannot be detached from the players and the game. Planning needs to be comprehensive and includes a business plan as well as a technical plan for player development. US Youth Soccer FACILITIES Facilities have an impact on programming and also provide a physical home and identity for the Club. US Youth Soccer STAFFING Staffing is an integral and essential part of what the Club can offer to its players. Coaches directly interact, and have an impact upon, the one product in the game: players. The coaching staff are responsible for formulating and developing the technical plan for the Club. This is their blueprint for player development. US Youth Soccer PROGRAMMING The extent of a Club’s programming amounts to what it’s able to offer after registering its players and teams. This includes both recreational and select players. Programming to affect development must amount to more than two training sessions and one competitive match per week. Programming has a direct relationship with the expertise of the technical staff and facilities. US Youth Soccer Solutions and Opportunities Directors of Coaching Minimum certification of coaches Qualified board members Business plan Organizational structure US Youth Soccer Decision Making Formula Based first and foremost on the player Based second upon the team Based third on the Club Based fourth on logistics and the family US Youth Soccer SISTER CLUB Develop a “sister club” system to exchange ideas, problems/solutions and personnel. Have a “sister club” in each of the four U. S. Soccer regions. Have a “sister club” in each of the FIFA confederations – CONCACAF, UEFA, CONMEBOL, CAF, AFC & OFC. US Youth Soccer CREDITS Graphics and content contributions were made by Dave Simeone, U. S. Soccer National Staff Coach and Gary McKinley of the Genesis Soccer Club US Youth Soccer The First Step Dr. Tom Fleck – “We must work to create an environment to develop the American player’s growth and development! In the past we have tried to train the Dutch way, the Brazilian way, etc. We can and will together create the finest players in the world if we understand the growth, development and specific characteristics of our youth. Distributing the body of information from the “Y” License is the first step.” US Youth Soccer
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