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The Players Podcast is dedicated to youth soccer players. We’ll explore a wide range of topics surrounding youth soccer with some of the most interesting coaches and people in the game today. We want to help players in their journey in the game with education and information to promote a fun experience that keeps them playing forever. The goal of this podcast is to become an educational medium that assists players in their journey in soccer. Our discussion topics will include playing themes (playing out of the back, pressing, set pieces, etc…), developing player qualities (technical, game intelligence, game initiative, physical, emotional), position profiles, playing formations, next level progression (what it takes to play in college, professional), game study (breakdown a single game), player study (well known players and what makes them good), and more related to player development and the overall youth soccer landscape.

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The Players Podcast is dedicated to youth soccer players. We’ll explore a wide range of topics surrounding youth soccer with some of the most interesting coaches and people in the game today. We want to help players in their journey in the game with education and information to promote a fun experience that keeps them playing forever. The goal of this podcast is to become an educational medium that assists players in their journey in soccer. Our discussion topics will include playing themes (playing out of the back, pressing, set pieces, etc…), developing player qualities (technical, game intelligence, game initiative, physical, emotional), position profiles, playing formations, next level progression (what it takes to play in college, professional), game study (breakdown a single game), player study (well known players and what makes them good), and more related to player development and the overall youth soccer landscape.

    College Recruitment in 2021

    College Recruitment in 2021

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    “There’s a lot of panic buying going on.”







    The pandemic has wreaked havoc on the college recruiting process and there’s no playbook from which players and coaches can draw wisdom. It’s unchartered territory and everyone is dealing with things as best as possible.







    The NCAA dead period has been extended to the end of May. There has been no in person recruiting since March of last year. It will be 14 months since coaches can evaluate players in person when the dead period is over . . . if there are no further delays.







    What are college programs doing to deal with these restrictions?







    What will be the impact of players looking to take their extra year of eligibility granted from the NCAA? Will all this just end with the class of 2022?







    Or are there issues that are not as obvious that could come into play down the road?







    Will there be more transfer activity as a result of these issues? Will that cause other domino effects for recruits and programs?







    Should high school players look to take a gap year and sit out this noise? Or will the landscape be any better a year from now?







    Most importantly, what can players do to best position themselves in a difficult situation?







    We dive into these questions and more with a great group of panelists to walk us through their observations on what they are seeing.







    Jeff Negalha from NC State’s men’s program, Tim Santoro from NC State’s women’s program and Travis Clark from Top Drawer Soccer join us to offer their thoughts on how this might play out as the process unfolds as well as some suggestions on what players can do to make the best of the situation.







    While there are no easy fixes and everyone is in the same boat, we hope this discussion offers some context and perspective that is useful to players trying to navigate the process.







    Thanks for listening and we hope you enjoy the discussion!

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Youth Soccer & COVID-19

    Youth Soccer & COVID-19

    COVID-19 has impacted all walks of life in 2020. Recently, the Wall Street Journal indicated that as many as 4 million small businesses may not survive the pandemic. In the soccer world, MLS announced it would lose as much as $1 billion this season, and around the world, some of the largest clubs in the world have implemented layoffs, furloughs and pay cuts. How has the youth soccer community been impacted by the pandemic?







    We look at this question and much more on our show with our guest Kevin Payne, one of the most experienced and accomplished soccer executives in the game today. Kevin is the CEO of US Club Soccer and has served in leadership roles across a wide range of the soccer landscape over the course of his career. 







    In addition to the impact the pandemic has had on youth soccer, we take a look at the overall landscape of the youth game today and Kevin touches on a number of topics ranging from the different leagues and competitive platforms to identifying some of the things we do well as a community in addition to some of the deficiencies and areas of opportunity.







    Kevin also shares some of his vast experience in comparing and contrasting our approach and culture to his experiences and observations around the world, including in Spain where US Club and La Liga have partnered to develop a coach education program.







    There’s no shortage of experience, perspective and opinion with Kevin and so there’s a lot in the discussion that offers something interesting for everyone about where youth soccer stands today.







    Thanks for listening and enjoy!

    • 45 min
    Coaches Series: George Karl

    Coaches Series: George Karl

    “External motivation is a failing force. Internal motivation is more powerful.” – George Karl







    George Karl is one of the most successful coaches in NBA history with 1,175 Career wins, making him the 6th most winningest coach in the history of the league. In 27 seasons, his teams missed the playoffs twice in full seasons. He was named the NBA Coach of the Year in 2013. 







    One of George’s many legacies is his ability to bring change to an organization, and for this change to be immediate. Consider:







    * In his first year with the Cavaliers they made the playoffs after a six year drought * At Golden State, they went to the playoffs in his first year after a 10 year drought* With the Bucks, they went to the playoffs in his first year playoffs after a seven year drought* With the Nuggets, he inherited a team that was 17-25, and they ended the season 32-8.







    One of the most common phrases heard in soccer is “it takes time.” For George, it almost never took time for his teams to have success. How did he achieve such consistency at the highest level of coaching? In this Coaches Series episode, George goes into detail on his experience and success, his coaching philosophy, and much more.







    The episode was recorded from a talk George recently gave to 100+ youth soccer coaches. George’s connections to soccer go back to when he coached the Real Madrid basketball team and had the chance to observe Real Madrid’s soccer teams and culture. George has further become a fan of soccer through his daughter Kaci, who has played since she was four. There’s so much good material in here that we thought it would be powerful for players, parents, and other coaches to hear on the Players Podcast platform.







    Stream or download the episode through the media player and learn more about George’s coaching journey, the players he coached, the best ways to motivate a player (not what you think!), his quest to constantly improve and grow as a coach, and the foundational impact his time at North Carolina and with Coach Smith had on his coaching career and life.







    We think you’ll enjoy it. Thanks for listening!

    • 1 hr 33 min
    Race and the Soccer Player: Part 2

    Race and the Soccer Player: Part 2

    “It’s crucial for me to pave the way for the next generation of black people, to create a legacy that people can look up to.”







    In part 2 of “Race and the Soccer Player”, we dive into our soccer discussion, players Kei Kamara and Kellyn Acosta share some of their experiences with racism in the game, and we conclude with a message looking forward at how we can all impact change!







    We’re excited to have two professional players join us – Kei Kamara and Kellyn Acosta – both of whom have represented their countries and who each bring a unique perspective to discussing their experience as a black man in America. Kei came to the U.S. from Sierra Leone as a teenager and settled in southern California before embarking on a career that has taken him overseas and across many markets in the US in Canada. As an immigrant, Kei brings a different perspective to Kellyn, who was raised in a suburb of Dallas. Kellyn discusses growing up in a mostly white, suburban environment and shares some very personal experiences that would not be obvious to American soccer fans, who have followed him from a teenager featuring for FC Dallas to the US National team. You won’t be disappointed in what these two men share about their experiences.







    We’re also lucky to have Norton Herbst join us for the discussion. Norton is a pastor and professor of history, bringing a fascinating historical perspective to the topic of the black experience in America. He offers some thought provoking insight into how we’ve arrived where we are now on this important subject. 







    Thanks for listening to our first episode(s) of The Player’s Podcast! Stay tuned to our website, social media pages, and the launch of our iTunes and Spotify channels for new episodes as they release and more info on upcoming guests, articles by contributors, and more!

    • 46 min
    Race and the Soccer Player: Part 1

    Race and the Soccer Player: Part 1

    “It’s hard when you start life down 0-1.”







    The Players Podcast is dedicated to helping young soccer players grow as students of the game by providing an entertaining and educational show that covers some of the biggest topics in the sport today. Kicking off our first episode is an issue that’s not just been prevalent in soccer, but running throughout our country for generations: racial injustice. This moment has become a flashpoint in American history, a fixture in the headlines this year, and it will have a lasting impact on our local and soccer communities. In this two part series we will use soccer as a lens by which to assess “Race and the Soccer Player” with help from our three guests Kei Kamara, Kellyn Acosta, and Norton Herbst. 







    We’re excited to have two professional players join us – Kei Kamara and Kellyn Acosta – both of whom have represented their countries and who each bring a unique perspective to discussing their experience as a black man in America. Kei came to the U.S. from Sierra Leone as a teenager and settled in southern California before embarking on a career that has taken him overseas and across many markets in the US in Canada. As an immigrant, Kei brings a different perspective to Kellyn, who was raised in a suburb of Dallas. Kellyn discusses growing up in a mostly white, suburban environment and shares some very personal experiences that would not be obvious to American soccer fans, who have followed him from a teenager featuring for FC Dallas to the US National team. You won’t be disappointed in what these two men share about their experiences.







    We’re also lucky to have Norton Herbst join us for the discussion. Norton is a pastor and professor of history, bringing a fascinating historical perspective to the topic of the black experience in America. He offers some thought provoking insight into how we’ve arrived where we are now on this important subject. 







    Stay tuned until the end, where we’re excited and honored to close the show with Bryant Gumbel’s essay on his experience of being a black man in America. To hear someone as accomplished as Bryant Gumbel talk about his personal journey provides some powerful thoughts for reflection for all of us. 







    Thanks for listening and enjoy!

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