Soccer Education for the Serious
Ep 330: On Culture, Japan’s Success, America’s Failure, Neuroscience, Plus Much More with Tom Byer
Today, I’ve got a multi-decade long practitioner based out of Japan, Tom Byer. He’s American, but Japan has been his home for 38 years. As I was writing this intro, which is the only thing I ever script, it occurred to me: What is a practitioner? For me, anyway, there’s that cliche of “I know [...]
Ep 329: Seeing the American Soccer Landscape Clearly, and the Most Recent MLS/USSF Conflict of Interest
Lifelong American soccer practitioner and entrepreneur, Kephern Fuller, joins me again from Holland. On September 15, news came out that an MLS owner, Arthur Blank, who operates the Atlanta franchise, was going to fund US Soccer with $50 million in order for them to build a National Training Center in Atlanta. Kephern then posted the [...]
Ep 328: Why is the American Soccer Mentality so Soft?
Player attributes are compartmentalized in 4 general attributes: Technical Tactical Physical Psychological They’re all critical. But that 4th one, man that 4th one is quite a bit different from the others. It’s tough to put your finger on it. One thing is certain though, without having the requisite mentality, not only will the player not [...]
Ep 327: From Playing Pro to Coaching D1 College, MLS Academies, and Now Overseas – Paul Holocher is a Reservoir of Experience
The following is a conversation with longtime friend and colleague, Paul Holocher, a former professional player with experience in MLS, pre-MLS, and in Europe when Americans overseas was barely conceivable. After his playing days, he turned to coaching, starting with youth teams, then coaching Division 1 college soccer back when that was a very big [...]
Ep 326: On Messi, The Mentality of Players, Suburban Soccer Culture, Pro/Rel, and More
I am joined today from Holland by a long-time soccer friend, colleague, and fellow builder who continues to push the envelope of what’s possible: Kephern Fuller. After founding a club named Joga SC on the east coast of the United States in 2010 and operating it in the DC area until 2016, he moved overseas [...]
Ep 325: The 2 Most Important Influences on Player Development, Plus Why the US Women Are Not Good Enough
Today I’m joined once again by Joey Cascio. One of the extremely rare exceptional American coaches He wanted us to discuss what are likely the 2 most critical components (of the 5) to player development: The parent, family, household influence. And The structured club team influence. This led us to chat about a variety of [...]
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