About Coach "V"
Why did Coach 'V' quit "coaching" soccer?
Coach V has been a lifelong soccer player and
soccer coach. However, there came a point where he knew
there was a greater calling. Many years ago after the last
game of the season, he was driving home and made the hardest
decision of his life. It would mean leaving what he loved.
Coach V decided to quit "coaching" and devote
his time to developing the study and research of youth
soccer training. This started a long multi-year process that
involved players and coaches from all around the world.
He is one of the founding members of the
Youth Soccer Institute and contributing author to many youth
soccer information services. His time and efforts have been
recognized by many and he has helped develop free play and
instructional programs around the world.
Blending research, science and proven
training techniques he answers the questions that ALL soccer
players, coaches and parents want to know.
He was the supervising producer of Blast The
Ball in 2007, is currently developing the new series One
Hour Soccer to be released in 2009, and is the author of
numerous youth training related research articles. He
also conducts private training and analysis for both college
and Pro level soccer teams.
From Coach V
My biggest challenge when
making this video?
Keeping in mind that I had to wear all three hats
at the same time.
This video had to make sense and be very
useful for a soccer coach, soccer player and a soccer
parent. I constantly was pausing during training sessions to
make sure what we just shot would make sense to all three.
Editing was not easy because of this, but I think you will
find that we accomplished this goal.
I used the golden rule that my son inspired in me
while I was training him.
Keep it simple and make it understandable. We cover simple
thoughts all the way up to very complex science issues. It
had to be a valuable training tool to some one who is a
professional player or a soccer parent who has never played
the game. NOT EASY.
Simple fixes in skills make a good player great.
I have to chuckle when I hear the same comments over and
over. A parent or coach will see one of the players I have
worked with and say, "Wow, they are a great soccer player."
You know what, they really aren't.
They are just average to good players that have been trained
and learned the basics. This
allows them to perform all other aspects of the game well.
If a player doesn't know how to properly kick with the inside
of their foot, they will never be a great defender, passer
or finisher. A professional player will never increase their
scoring averages if they can't control their ball flight on
Most people think this video is about just shooting on goal.
It is everything about the game soccer and is a must for
game is a beautiful thing for players of all ages. As long
as we can remember they call it PLAYING SOCCER not WORKING
SOCCER, players of all ages will continue to love the game.
Remove your desire to win and replace it with the desire to
teach. When you do this, three things will happen.
Players will learn skills. Players will enjoy the game. You
will also win because you now have skilled players that play
with a FUN PASSION, rather than a demanded level of