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Raymond Verheijen Believes American Coaches Should Be Developed to Think for Themselves

“They want to buy menus.” That is what Raymond Verheijen said when talking about American soccer coaches. He also said that American coaches are “susceptible to the flavor of the month.” You know what? I completely agree. Why? Because those statements describe me perfectly when I was a young coach trying to figure out my own beliefs about the game and experiment with different ideas on the field. I have a feeling they might describe you perfectly as well. Raymond isn’t afraid to say the things that you probably don’t want to hear. In fact, it’s just normal for him. That blunt, all-business attitude is ingrained in him and is a big part of Dutch culture. He and I discussed that, and much more throughout this entire episode. I always try to conduct a slightly different interview than most listeners (and guests) would expect. So, even if you’ve listened to Raymond speak before, you still in for a treat. I was able to get him to open up and tell me about: What he was like as a young player and how injury at a young age led him to early retirement and a career in coaching His early coaching days, including how he captured the attention of the Frank Rijkaard and Ronald Koeman The feelings he experienced when he was appointed as an assistant coach with the Dutch national team in his mid-twenties How Dutch culture shaped him into the coach and instructor he has become The process he goes through before sending out some of his bold tweets and the purpose behind them that only certain people will understand And so many gold nuggets once he started talking about his observations of American soccer coaches towards the end of the interview These days Raymond is the CEO of World Football Academy. On the WFA website, Raymond is described as a man “with an immaculate track record and extensive background in football and a leader in football conditioning and has introduced his unique football specific approach successfully throughout the world.” If you don’t already, I highly suggest following Raymond on Twitter. I’d like to say thank you to Tim Gentles and Aaron Byers for helping arrange this interview with Raymond. I was able to meet those two guys at our meet-up in Downtown Los Angeles in January 2017 and we’ve exchanged a bunch of messages since then to set this up. Alright, I hope you enjoy this episode of the #343podcast with Raymond Verheijen. World Football Academy USA World Football Academy Courses Raymond on Twitter The post Raymond Verheijen Believes American Coaches Should Be Developed to Think for Themselves appeared first on 3four3.

1hr 16mins

22 Jun 2017

Rank #1

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Mandy Pocho Tells Her Side of the Story About When She Met the Entire 3four3 Crew for the First Time.

In 2016, Mandy Pocho did something that captured our attention. She drove all damn day just to come catch a glimpse of the work we do here at 3four3. She arrived just moments before we started our first ever 3four3 press conference and then stayed as our whole crew wrapped up the night with a backyard BBQ at 3four3 headquarters. It was an incredibly rare occasion. It’s not often that Gary, Brian, Danny, Joey, Choco, Arvel, and myself are all in the same room. But this was one of those times and Mandy was there with us. She tells the story much better. Press conference setup. pic.twitter.com/HX2hlrs8mh — Gary Kleiban (@3four3) September 3, 2016 Since then, Mandy has continued to stay on our radar. She has been using her networking skills to get inside of training sessions at Stanford University and face-to-face conversations with former FC Barcelona Technical Director Albert Puig. Now, she is trying to get herself over to Europe to further her education. In this episode, Mandy tells talks about the beginning of her coaching journey. She tells the story of how she found 3four3 through one of her mentors, Michael Prunty. She also tells a story about the time when she got a chess lesson from San Jose Earthquakes Development Academy Director Paul Holocher.Mandy Pocho (top left) with her team.This was a fun interview. After it was over, I asked Mandy if she had any experience being interviewed before because she seemed so comfortable. She said no. So, it seems like she has a natural ability to just flow, which is an important trait when it comes to coaching. If you’d like to connect with Mandy, I suggest getting in touch with her on Twitter. She does a great job of posting relevant points and interesting questions. She is the type of coach (and person) that isn’t interested in surface level conversations. She wants to drill deeper and explore why things are the way they are – even if the topics are challenging. She is currently fundraising to herself over to Spain. If you’d like to help out, you can do so by visiting her GoFundMe page. I hope you enjoy this episode of the podcast with Mandy Pocho. Coaching Education Program This is brought to you by the 3four3 coaching education program. Learn more and join over 400 coaches using our proven possession-based methodology. The post Mandy Pocho Tells Her Side of the Story About When She Met the Entire 3four3 Crew for the First Time. appeared first on 3four3.

53mins

24 Apr 2018

Rank #2

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Episode 108: I Called Kyle Martino and Recorded the Conversation. You Don’t Want to Miss This.

Kyle Martino (@kylemartino on Twitter) is former MLS and US Men s National Team player. Currently, Kyle is part of the NBCSN s (@nbcsn) broadcast team and is now the chairman of Street Soccer USA. In 2017, Kyle made the decision to run for US Soccer President. We spent the majority of our phone call talking about what prompted him to do that, what he learned during the campaign process, and a little bit about his thoughts on the future of US Soccer. This was an important conversation for both of us to have. He and I believe that American soccer players, coaches, parents, investors, and fans deserve better than what is currently being offered, but we don t necessarily see eye to eye on how to fix things, or what the problems even are, to begin with. I anticipate having at least a few more conversations with Kyle in the future. We didn t get a chance to talk about his investments in RCD Mallorca, a second division Club in Spain. I also didn’t get to the questions that I would normally ask – like what was it like as American player trying to make it in MLS and the national team. We’ll get to those another day. And I m sure by then, we ll have a whole new set of American soccer topics to discuss as well. Connect with Kyle and Street Soccer USA on social media: Kyle’s Twitter | Street Soccer USA’s Twitter | Street Soccer USA’s website This episode of the #343podcast is supported and funded by the 343 premium coaching education membership. Coaching Education Program This is brought to you by the 3four3 coaching education program. Learn more and join over 400 coaches using our proven possession-based methodology. The post Episode 108: I Called Kyle Martino and Recorded the Conversation. You Don’t Want to Miss This. appeared first on 3four3.

23 Aug 2018

Rank #3

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Eric Wynalda Podcast

I spoke with the real Eric Wynalda – the father, the son, then the eventual player, teammate, and manager. On a rare rainy and cold California morning, he called me as he was dropping his kids off at school. Already a signal this wasn’t going to be your typical podcast. He reminisced about his first time seeing soccer in Southern California as a child, and admitted he had no clue what his dad was making him watch. He described what captured his attention at a young age, and what stuck with him that created a lifelong love for the game. Later we discussed his life after playing. How he got into managing. Other coaches and managers who have made an impact on his life. How he handles tough situations with players. Plus more. The most important and interesting part of the interview was hearing Eric describe how he sees himself making an impact on U.S. Soccer in the future. His views on the current state of MLS and the National Team. And what needs to be done in order for the United States to win a World Cup. My takeaway from this conversation? Hope. Because someone with a strong platform is using it appropriately. Because someone with a voice is not only talking, but yelling, that change must happen. Because he refuses to be silenced. We are a soccer nation that is unwillingly, and in most cases unknowingly, trapped inside of a smoke a mirror show. Conversations like this are what give me hope. Hope … that someday, change will come. The post Eric Wynalda Podcast appeared first on 3four3.

21 Jan 2016

Rank #4

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Episode 157: Don’t Be Fooled! You Can Coach Possession Soccer and Win, Too.

This episode with John Kokkoris is one of my favorites. Why? Because of the language he uses. But I’m not talking about cussing or anything like that. I’m talking about the way he describes different actions and moments of the game. He sounds completely different than the typical American soccer coach. It really impressed me. He’s from New York and has a Greek background. Naturally, those cultures have influenced how he sees and teaches the game. But he also gives a lot of credit to his mentors that come from different backgrounds and provide different perspectives. One of the best parts of the episode is when John talks about his desire to win. I absolutely loved that. And I hope you do, too. I’ve never recommended this before, but I really think you should grab a pen and paper and take notes during this episode. It is loaded with gold nuggets. Follow John on Twitter. From there, follow all of the links he has to find videos of his teams and programs he works with. Visit Bounce Athletics online to search products and take advantage of the discount they are offering 3four3 listeners and members. When you’re ready – email info@bounceathletics.com to start the order process and mention 3four3 to get 10% off your first order. Other relevant episodes and resources: Finally, An Episode About Youth Soccer Coaching and Player Development with Pete Stuart David Robertson Explains Why Soccer Parents Are Important, Plus More. Mandy Pocho Tells Her Side of the Story About When She Met the Entire 3four3 Crew for the First Time. Here s What Happens When You Build Your Own Club and Disrupt Your Local Soccer Market How to Navigate the USSF License Pathways While Implementing a Proper Training Methodology Never miss new episodes: Subscribe to 3four3 FM on iTunes Subscribe to 3four3 FM on Stitcher Subscribe to 3four3 FM on Spotify Coaching Education Program This is brought to you by the 3four3 coaching education program. Learn more and join over 400 coaches using our proven possession-based methodology. The post Episode 157: Don’t Be Fooled! You Can Coach Possession Soccer and Win, Too. appeared first on 3four3.

1hr 14mins

5 Mar 2019

Rank #5

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Adam Finney Crushes Every Excuse and Delivers a Proper Soccer Experience to His Players. You Can, Too.

Adam Finney (@adam_findog on Twitter) is the director of Mariposa FC, a small club located in a small town that is mostly known as being the gateway to Yosemite National Park. The town of Mariposa is a classic case of US Soccer s struggle to include rural and geographically isolated communities. At one point, Adam was told that Mariposa FC would be removed from the NorCal gaming circuit if they failed to produce a team. But in a town of just 1,500 people, and a one-hour drive to the next nearest clubs home field on top of that, it s hard to expect that each age group will be able to produce a team year after year. That didn’t stop Adam from pushing forward. The struggles that Adam encounters with his club and high school teams would drive most coaches insane. He literally has every excuse at his disposal. He could give up and everyone would probably understand. He’s doing the exact opposite, though. Instead of throwing in the towel, he has started weekly pick-up games for kids of all ages to participate in. He has continued to educate himself as a coach and club director. He has developed a clear vision of how he wants his teams to train and play. All of that has translated to a noticeable identity on the field, increased participation, and an experience that kids look forward to. Adam is also like the unofficial Mayor of Mariposa. When I rolled into town in 2017 for the first camp, the locals were curious about who I was. But when I said I was there for a soccer camp, they immediately knew Adam was involved. He took me to dinner at a local restaurant called 1850 and as we were eating, we couldn t go more than a few minutes without someone stopping by the table to say Hey Finney! Finney (that’s what he usually goes by) is a teacher at the local high school and says that most of the people interrupting us at dinner are just former students. But I ve never met a high school teacher who has an item on the menu named after him. Yep, that s right. Stop by 1850 and get yourself an order of Finney Fries. You won t regret it. Speaking of regrets, Adam did happen to tell a story during this interview about two things he does regret. One of those was not snagging the 3four3 membership when he first heard about it. This was back when Gary would open and close the registration and would say things like who knows when it ll open again! Finney missed out on the first round, but dove in head-first at the next opportunity. And he hasn t looked back since. I think this interview provides some great perspective. Adam and Mariposa FC operate in extreme geographic isolation with incredibly low population and have every imaginable obstacle in their way and still decide to give their players opportunities to develop by providing things like pick-up games and camps. They also have every reason to not care, but they choose to teach and play possession-based soccer. So, whats your excuse? What s stopping you from giving your players the education they deserve? Actually, what s stopping you from getting the education that you deserve? We all have something that can stop us, but refusing to be stopped, no matter what the circumstances are, is what 3four3 is all about. Coaching Education Program This is brought to you by the 3four3 coaching education program. Learn more and join over 400 coaches using our proven possession-based methodology. The post Adam Finney Crushes Every Excuse and Delivers a Proper Soccer Experience to His Players. You Can, Too. appeared first on 3four3.

1hr 23mins

24 May 2018

Rank #6

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Adam Belz Talks About the U.S. Men’s National Team, and the Players Who Could One Day Make It Better

Adam Belz (@zlebmada on Twitter) is the host of The Scuffed Podcast, an in-depth show about the U.S. men’s national soccer team, the players who could one day make it better, and American soccer in general. You ve probably heard me say that I absolutely hate podcasts that talk about scores, transfer rumors, injuries, and crap that just doesn t matter. At first, I thought Adam’s show was going to be another one of those. But it’s not. His show is something special. Adam burst onto the Twitter scene late in 2017 and became the premier source for quick, in-depth analysis of youth and senior national team players with the use of GIFs and short videos. Then, his podcast opened the door for deeper and more meaningful conversations about American players. He found a void in the American soccer world that desperately needed to be filled. High quality, independent analysis. Adam and his co-host Greg don t work for MLS, and as you ll hear in this podcast, they don t aspire to work for anyone at all. They re fans of the sport who just want to see the United States win, discuss the players in the pipeline, and talk about what s holding our country back. The work these two guys do is truly refreshing. I think its important to highlight good work and send people towards it. And I have full confidence in recommending these guys and encouraging you to check out their work. Follow Adam on Twitter Follow his co-host Greg on Twitter Listen to their podcast 3four3 is where you can see exactly what went into the making of some the young American players that Adam is excited about. Guys like Uly Llanez, Alex Mendez, and Efra Alvarez. The 3four3 premium coaching education course gives you a look inside of the real training sessions that built these national team caliber players from the time they were 10-years-old until now as they are starting to sign pro contracts as teenagers. And its the 3four3 premium coaching education course that actually funds this podcast. But if you re new to 3four3, no worries. Dip your toes in the water with our free course and get a feel for how and why we do what we do. Coaching Education Program This is brought to you by the 3four3 coaching education program. Learn more and join over 400 coaches using our proven possession-based methodology. The post Adam Belz Talks About the U.S. Men’s National Team, and the Players Who Could One Day Make It Better appeared first on 3four3.

1hr 27mins

13 Jun 2018

Rank #7

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Episode 196: What Do Soccer Scouts Look For?

Chris Rich is an Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator for Duke Men’s Soccer. He is also a U.S. Soccer Scout and coaching educator for United Soccer Coaches. In this episode, we discuss: His path to Duke and what he learned along the way What he looking for when he works as a scout for U.S. Soccer How his own education has influenced the way he educates others. You can connect with Chris on Twitter. Never miss new episodes: Subscribe to 3four3 FM on iTunes Subscribe to 3four3 FM on Stitcher Subscribe to 3four3 FM on Spotify Coaching Education Program This is brought to you by the 3four3 coaching education program. Learn more and join over 400 coaches using our proven possession-based methodology. The post Episode 196: What Do Soccer Scouts Look For? appeared first on 3four3.

53mins

10 Jul 2019

Rank #8

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Episode 224: What Is A Game-Model and Why Do You Need One?

Joe Demay has decades worth of coaching experience at various levels including a full-time youth academy, high school, college, and regular ol’ American club soccer. Over the years, he’s been able to develop a very specific game-model that he now uses with his teams. That game-model didn’t magically appear overnight, though. In fact, like many other coaches, he didn’t have a game-model or even know what a game-model was when he was first getting started. Since developing his, it’s been a constant building and tinkering process that is still ongoing. In this episode, Joe and I discuss: How Mourinho introduced him to the idea of periodization What a game-model means to Joe Why it’s important to have a clear vision, philosophy, and principles of play You can connect with Joe on Twitter. He does a good job of sharing videos of his own work. He is also very active in discussions with other coaches on a regular basis. Never miss new episodes: Subscribe to 3four3 FM on iTunes Subscribe to 3four3 FM on Stitcher Subscribe to 3four3 FM on Spotify Coaching Education Program This is brought to you by the 3four3 coaching education program. Learn more and join over 400 coaches using our proven possession-based methodology. The post Episode 224: What Is A Game-Model and Why Do You Need One? appeared first on 3four3.

1hr 4mins

24 Oct 2019

Rank #9

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Forget About American Outlaws. Joey Anthone Is the Real American Soccer Fan That You Need to Know.

Joey Anthone (@USAprospects) is one of the best resources when it comes to discovering, tracking, and highlighting young American players that are eligible for the U.S. men’s national soccer team. I ve always enjoyed following Joey on social media. He offers something different than most American fans who have blogs or podcasts that follow the national team. Joey puts in a shitload of work to inform his followers of what is actually happening with players and identifying players that are worth your time. Where does he get the information? Directly from the source most of the times. In this interview, I ask Joey about the process he goes through when he wants to reach out to a player, how his relationships are with agents, families, and players, and why he invests so much of his time doing what he does. Long before Adam Belz burst onto the scene with GIFs and great analysis of his own, Joey was quietly filling a niche in the Americqn soccer world that needed to be filled. High quality, independent analysis that highlights the next generation of American players. Like I ve said before in other episodes, I think its important to highlight good work and send people towards it. Joey is doing good work. And I have full confidence in recommending that you check out what Joey does. The 3four3 premium coaching education course gives you a look inside of the real training sessions that built the national team caliber players that Joey talks about in this episode. It’s the only place where you can see exactly what went into the making of some the young American players that he has tracked for years. Guys like Uly Llanez, Alex Mendez, Efra Alvarez, and one of Joey s favorites, Charly Aguiano. Coaching Education Program This is brought to you by the 3four3 coaching education program. Learn more and join over 400 coaches using our proven possession-based methodology. The post Forget About American Outlaws. Joey Anthone Is the Real American Soccer Fan That You Need to Know. appeared first on 3four3.

27 Jun 2018

Rank #10

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Episode 198: Why Players like Christian Pulisic and Uly Llanez are Different According to Shaun Tsakiris

Shaun Tsakiris is a former professional player and U.S. Youth National Team coach. He is now a director at Los Gatos United in Los Gatos, California. In this episode, we discuss: His biggest influences as a young player Playing for Sigi Schmid at UCLA How to coach players like Christian Pulisic and Uly Llanez Hearing Shaun riff about how to utilize these crafty dribblers was my favorite part of the conversation. It was impromptu. It was authentic. It was real. We also spent time talking about structured vs. unstructured environments and we each share our observations. Connect with Los Gatos United on Facebook to follow the work Shaun and his colleagues. A link to their page is available in the write up on 343coaching.com. Visit Bounce Athletics online to search products and take advantage of the discount they are offering 3four3 listeners and members. When you’re ready – email info@bounceathletics.com to start the order process and mention 3four3 to get 10% off your first order. Never miss new episodes: Subscribe to 3four3 FM on iTunes Subscribe to 3four3 FM on Stitcher Subscribe to 3four3 FM on Spotify Coaching Education Program This is brought to you by the 3four3 coaching education program. Learn more and join over 400 coaches using our proven possession-based methodology. The post Episode 198: Why Players like Christian Pulisic and Uly Llanez are Different According to Shaun Tsakiris appeared first on 3four3.

36mins

16 Jul 2019

Rank #11

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Finally, An Episode About Youth Soccer Coaching and Player Development with Pete Stuart

On this episode, Pete Stuart and I take a deep dive into the world of youth soccer. Pete is a 3four3 coaching member and someone that Gary and I had the pleasure of meeting during a trip we took to Denver in 2016. During this episode, Pete talks about his start as a youth coach and also his evolution to where he is at now. He has a unique program in Colorado and is currently working alongside coaches from Barcelona. It might not be as glamorous as you think when you hear the word “Barcelona” but the story is interesting and what Pete is taking away from it is remarkable. Of course, we talk about some problems. We talk about coaching education. We talk about recruiting. We talk about how to handle certain situations and the different approaches and solutions we each had. It’s been a wild year for the podcast, but it’s great to get back to the roots of this show and talk exclusively about youth soccer. Enjoy this episode with Pete Stuart! Also, don’t forget to subscribe to 3four3 FM on Apple Podcasts or Stitcher. The post Finally, An Episode About Youth Soccer Coaching and Player Development with Pete Stuart appeared first on 3four3.

1hr 18mins

19 Oct 2017

Rank #12

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Episode 107: Stuart Singer Can Help You Understand the Benefits of Training Your Players’ Brains.

Stuart Singer (@wellperformance on Twitter) is a performance psychologist who has worked with U.S. Men’s National Team and MLS soccer players, USA Basketball Team members, and Olympic Gold Medalists. His work focuses specifically on ‘the HOW’ in the development of the mental skills needed for his athletes to regulate their emotions and attention in high-performance environments. This conversation provides great insight into the minds of professional athletes, but I made sure to steer the conversation back to youth soccer, and specifically what coaches can do in their own environments that are often less than ideal. In this episode, you’ll get: Insider stories from a professional practitioner Ideas for developing trust and a better relationship with your players Practical advice on how to manage your own unique environment Stuart is also the creator of the WellPerformance, an on-line Sports Psychology training platform. Connect with Stuart on social media: Twitter | Instagram Just a reminder… the #343podcast is supported and funded by the members of the 343 premium coaching education program. Coaching Education Program This is brought to you by the 3four3 coaching education program. Learn more and join over 400 coaches using our proven possession-based methodology. The post Episode 107: Stuart Singer Can Help You Understand the Benefits of Training Your Players’ Brains. appeared first on 3four3.

21 Aug 2018

Rank #13

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Coaching Education Is Important. So, Who Are You Learning From? And Why? [Coaching 09]

There is a unique aspect of our sport that separates it from most others. Especially, here in the United States. For whatever reason, soccer has a required education component attached to it. The expectation is that coaches push themselves to learn more and more about the game throughout their entire life. This happens worldwide and here at home with official licenses and certifications that must be obtained in order to move up the coaching ladder. Learning outside of the traditional license pathways is also quite normal, and in many cases is where coaches experience the most growth. The desire to learn more about the sport and how others teach it is often compared to a bug or disease that some of us catch. It can infect us in a number of different ways and at different stages of our coaching journeys. For example, you could have a team of 8-year-olds and be in way over your head and be searching for soccer drills on Google every week. You could have a team of 14-year-olds that go undefeated 3 years in a row and you’re now looking for new ways to keep pushing them forward. Or you could have decades worth of professional coaching experience and still have an interest in keeping up with the newest research and developments from around the world. But regardless of where you land on that spectrum – it s safe to say we all started our coaching journeys at pretty much the same point. In a presentation to a group of club coaches, Gary Kleiban summed up his first coaching experience by saying, What did I do during my training sessions? Well, I did what my coaches did during their training sessions. That is something that most of us can relate to. You can relate to that, right? Now, this where the unique education component of soccer comes into play. In the soccer world, coaches are encouraged (if not forced) to seek out and obtain an education. And in a lot of cases, coaches have the freedom to choose who they want to learn from. Brian Kleiban was no different from you and I. He started his coaching journey with a small toolkit that consisted of whatever he had been exposed to as a player growing up in Southern California. But his coaching education journey took him down a path that included studies in South America and Europe that most of us won t ever have the opportunity to experience. Traveling to see top, top-level coaches working in their real team environments exposed Brian to a different way of doing things. Things that he had never seen or experienced first-hand here in the United States. And what he saw resonated with him. After having multiple opportunities to study top, top-level coaches and teams, Brian had a big task in front of him. It was to somehow find a way to take what he saw in those environments and find ways to make it work in the traditional American soccer environment. You know, the practice 2x per week and 2 games every weekend with tournaments all summer long. I m sure you re familiar with that. Following in the footsteps of someone like Marcelo Bielsa and a club like FC Barcelona, Brian had a great head start and a wonderful framework to emulate. And over time, he was able to determine what worked and what didn t work in his own true environment here in California. We usually call this the trial and error phase. Again, that s probably something most of you are familiar with in your own environments. One of the unique parts of Brian s educational journey is that the overwhelming majority of it has been captured on film. I think about it quite often – how the hell did these guys have the foresight to start recording training sessions of 10-year-old soccer players? Whatever the answer is – I m thankful they did it. Because it s an unprecedented moment in American soccer. The making of one of the most dominant youth teams in American soccer history is available for anyone to see and study. The real drills and real games, starting from when the players were 10-years-old until more recently when some have already signed professional contracts as teenagers, is accessible 24/7/365. I remember talking with Gary and Brian years ago about a time when Brian snuck into a stadium pretending to be part of the grounds crew just so he could catch a glimpse of a national team training. I had a similar experience in 2015 or 2016 when I somehow obtained a press pass and went inside of a U.S. National Team training session as a photographer – but decided to take video for my own personal collection instead. I even interviewed the coach. It was quite a show I put on. There have been plenty of other times that I have watched training sessions at StubHub or in Spain or other places around the world from behind the bushes. Just recently, I was able to watch an MLS team train and be on the field as the guys knocked the ball around, almost hitting me several times. At one point, I thought for sure they were aiming for me. Those in-person moments have been and continue to be great experiences. But the most impactful resource for my own personal coaching development has been the insider access to Brian s trial and error process that he s been courageous enough to share with the world. When I sat down to write this, I had a prompt at the top of the page that said, Who you learn from is important. I kind of went all over the place. Touched a few different things. But now that I ve reached the bottom of the page – I want to end with a question that will hopefully tie everything together. Feel free to reach out and share your answer with me if you d like – but it s not necessary. I simply want you to think about the impact that education has on your own development as a coach. So, here is the question. Actually, two. Who are you learning from? And why? Coaching Education Program This is brought to you by the 3four3 coaching education program. Learn more and join over 400 coaches using our proven possession-based methodology. The post Coaching Education Is Important. So, Who Are You Learning From? And Why? [Coaching 09] appeared first on 3four3.

11mins

12 Apr 2018

Rank #14

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Yael Averbuch Talks About Her Own Development and How to Get Better When It s Just You and a Ball

Yael Averbuch (@Yael_Averbuch) has incredible story. It s a story that has so many twists and turns. But somehow she was able to navigate the murky New Jersey soccer scene and emerge as one of America’s best female players. Her story is special. Some of the highlights include: Playing up on a U14 boys team. Skipping high school soccer. Playing college soccer at her dream school. Earning 26 caps with the USWNT. And navigating some sketchy deals with teams overseas. Her insight into the player development process and what it actually takes to become a special player is incredibly valuable. She talks about how much time she spent hitting the ball against a wall and how important it was for her to train on her own away from the organized team practice. Personally, I think this is the type of stuff that every American player, coach, and parent needs to hear. In addition to playing professional soccer, she also launched her own business that focuses on player development. A quote from her website reads, The Techne Training System is very special to me because it encapsulates a process that has come to define who I am — the process of striving for mastery. If you re interested in learning more about that program or connecting with Yael on social media – you can find links to everything she does on 343coaching.com Yael’s website Techne Futbol Instagram and Twitter This conversation with Yael is easily one of my favorites that I ve ever recorded. Why? Because Yael tells it like is. She gives you an authentic look at her development process. And that s exactly what the 3four3 membership gives you as well. An all-access pass for you to see real training sessions and real games showing you the entire journey of one of this countries best teams – from U10 until the guys started to play professionally as teenagers. The 3four3 coaching membership is actually what supports and funds this podcast. So if you are already a member – thank you! Check out the benefits of becoming a member or just dip your toes in the water with our free course. Coaching Education Program This is brought to you by the 3four3 coaching education program. Learn more and join over 400 coaches using our proven possession-based methodology. The post Yael Averbuch Talks About Her Own Development and How to Get Better When It s Just You and a Ball appeared first on 3four3.

59mins

21 Jun 2018

Rank #15

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Episode 113: Kai Edwards Addresses One of the Biggest Elephants in American Soccer’s Room.

It s always difficult for people to talk about the elephant in the room. No one wants to bring it up. No one wants to acknowledge it. But if the elephant in the room is race – it makes things even harder. Kai Edwards (@kaiedwards13 on Twitter) decided to take the challenge straight on and helped me have the type of conversation that we as a society tend to ignore because we don’t know what to say or how to say it. Kai explained to me that, “If you do it with knowledge instead of emotion – and you do it with respect – there is a lot you can say.” Despite having every coaching license you can think of, plus head coaching and assistant coaching experience at youth and college level, and multiple college degrees, Kai Edwards struggled to even get interviews for jobs that he felt he was more than qualified for. He has been wanting to talk about it for a while. It’s not that easy, though. He told me, People don t like people who speak out even if it s true. So the job search quietly continued. After an exhausting nationwide search – one that included being turned down for many jobs he did have the opportunity to interview for and ignored by many others that never even returned the phone calls – he finally did land a new coaching job. He also decided it was time to talk about what life is like as a black soccer coach in America. Coaching Education Program This is brought to you by the 3four3 coaching education program. Learn more and join over 400 coaches using our proven possession-based methodology. The post Episode 113: Kai Edwards Addresses One of the Biggest Elephants in American Soccer’s Room. appeared first on 3four3.

11 Sep 2018

Rank #16

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Episode 184: It s About Time John Pranjic Answers Some Questions

This is a special episode of the show. It s the audio from an episode of the #SoccerChat podcast hosted by my friends Shaun Soderling and Nick Rizzo. They interviewed me in early 2019. I thought they asked some very interesting and lively questions. So, I figured it would be a good opportunity to share a little bit of my story with you since I m usually the one asking the questions. In this episode, we talk about: How I got into coaching How I got into podcasting The problems that I think American soccer suffers from Big shout to the guys at #SoccerChat. Be sure to check them out. Visit Bounce Athletics online to search products and take advantage of the discount they are offering 3four3 listeners and members. When you’re ready – email info@bounceathletics.com to start the order process and mention 3four3 to get 10% off your first order. Never miss new episodes: Subscribe to 3four3 FM on iTunes Subscribe to 3four3 FM on Stitcher Subscribe to 3four3 FM on Spotify Coaching Education Program This is brought to you by the 3four3 coaching education program. Learn more and join over 400 coaches using our proven possession-based methodology. The post Episode 184: It s About Time John Pranjic Answers Some Questions appeared first on 3four3.

1hr 20mins

30 May 2019

Rank #17

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Episode 190: Ted Kroeten Offers a Different Approach to Free Play

Ted Kroeten is the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Joy of the People. Ted leads the way in rethinking and delivering player development always championing kids and possibilities based on his experienced, dedicated, and innovative soccer career. Joy of the People’s mission statement provides a clear idea of what they’re attempting to provide: To support the idea of play as an important part of a child’s development, to build small soccer spaces for kids to play, to serve disadvantaged youth, and to build community spirit. This episode came about after I had heard Ted speak with Adam on the Scuffed Podcast. I wanted to follow up with some questions of my own and get to the bottom of how Ted is using his brand of soccer to help kids play and learn more about the sport. You can connect with Joy of the People on Twitter or learn more about their work by visiting their website. Please enjoy this episode with Ted Kroeten. Visit Bounce Athletics online to search products and take advantage of the discount they are offering 3four3 listeners and members. When you’re ready – email info@bounceathletics.com to start the order process and mention 3four3 to get 10% off your first order. Never miss new episodes: Subscribe to 3four3 FM on iTunes Subscribe to 3four3 FM on Stitcher Subscribe to 3four3 FM on Spotify Coaching Education Program This is brought to you by the 3four3 coaching education program. Learn more and join over 400 coaches using our proven possession-based methodology.The post Episode 190: Ted Kroeten Offers a Different Approach to Free Play appeared first on 3four3.

1hr 12mins

18 Jun 2019

Rank #18

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Episode 116: A ‘Behind the Scenes’ Conversation About American Soccer with Ian Sarachan

When I started this podcast, one of the goals was to tell stories about American soccer from a different angle. I’ve always wanted to help provide a new perspective. Because I truly believe that is where the most value lies. Some of you might remember listening to my interview with Christian Pulisic’s father, Mark. That interview happened during a time at which everybody was trying to interview Christian. He had just debuted for Dortmund’s first-team. He was coming off some really good performances with the U.S. youth national teams. He was on the cusp of something bigger, and everyone wanted in on the action. But no one could get access. So, instead of waiting for Christian – I decided to ask his dad to share a different side of the story. It was kind of unique. American soccer fans (parents especially) seemed to enjoy it. So did I. It’s not always easy to tell the other side of the story, though. When it comes to American soccer, there are usually a lot of hoops to jump through to get access to people who are closest to the stories that we all want to hear. Sometimes you have to go back and forth with a front office for weeks just to talk to a player. Sometimes you don’t even get a response. And if you do get access – you absolutely have to watch what you say and how you say it… or else! The U.S. men’s national team players, coaches, and all others attached to it have always been subjects that I’ve wanted to cover more closely for quite a while. But playing the “access-game” is something I just haven’t been willing to dump a ton of effort into. So, I’ve always covered it as an outsider looking in. But this particular interview is about as close to the action as you can get without having to jump through a single hoop. Following the U.S. men’s national team game against Mexico on September 11, 2018, Ian Sarachan tweeted: There tends to be a lot of negative talk about the #USMNT, but to say I was able to watch my dad coach @ussoccer_mnt to a win over Mexico, on September 11th is pretty special. The added bonus that my kids saw their Papa do it…priceless. Makes the noise very irrelevant.#USAvMEX Ian Sarachan (@iansarachan) September 12, 2018 As soon as I saw that, I reached out to Ian and asked if he would be willing to talk about what it’s like watching the game from his vantage point. He agreed – and here we are. I hope you enjoy this ‘behind the scenes’ look into someone’s life who has been sitting front row for some of American soccer’s biggest moments. Connect with Ian on social media: Twitter | Coach In Full Coaching Education Program This is brought to you by the 3four3 coaching education program. Learn more and join over 400 coaches using our proven possession-based methodology. The post Episode 116: A ‘Behind the Scenes’ Conversation About American Soccer with Ian Sarachan appeared first on 3four3.

20 Sep 2018

Rank #19

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Episode 213: You Were Never Supposed to Hear This Conversation with Brian Kleiban.

In the summer of 2018, I recorded a series of conversations with Brian Kleiban that have never been released. They were actually put in the vault and were never going to be released. Until now. I’m unlocking the 3four3 vault and I’m sharing this one conversation with you. Here’s the deal… Each conversation that Brian and I recorded was designed to build off of an already released series of short podcast episodes. Here are those original episodes: Why Vision is Important For Coaches and A Personal Story About Developing My Own (Coaching 01) How to Avoid Getting Trapped in the Trial and Error, Error, Error Cycle (Coaching 02) What Is the Most Powerful Training Activity Known to Soccer? (Coaching 03) The Benefits of Teaching and Rehearsing Throw-In Choreography. (Coaching 04) What Is Losing Your Man? And Why Do Armchair Analysts Think It s so Easy Even Though It s Not? (Coaching 05) What Are the Two P s That Best Describe the 3four3 Style of Play? (Coaching 07) How to Establish a Proper Culture in Your Possession-Based Team. (Coaching 08) Coaching Education Is Important. So, Who Are You Learning From? And Why? (Coaching 09) How to Develop a Style of Play and Educate Your Players in Global Standard Fundamentals. (Coaching 10) What Is One Fundamental Element That Is Often Ignored In Traditional Coaching Education? (Coaching 11) After releasing all of those short episodes, I wanted to dive even deeper and extract more information from him because he sees the game and talks about the game so much differently. So, I got Brian on the phone and we got into the specifics about a bunch of topics. And then I pretty much locked them in a treasure chest and buried them. Here is why I am digging this particular episode up… The other day I went to watch a live game with Brian. And it was a reminder that he operates on a completely different level. For example, on a corner kick, I was watching how the teams set up, and so was he, but as the play happens he commented that the left-back had won the last several 2v1 battles when the attacking team decided to play short. They did it again, and the left-back, outnumbered, won the battle again. We’ve joked that we should just mic him up while he’s watching a game so people can listen to his commentary. We still might do that someday. But for now, we’re going to open up the vault and let you listen to Brian discuss the topic of vision. In this conversation, Brian discusses: His original influences His vision (now and then) Newer influences that he continues to learn from Without further adieu, here is what Brian had to say about vision. Coaching Education Program This is brought to you by the 3four3 coaching education program. Learn more and join over 400 coaches using our proven possession-based methodology. The post Episode 213: You Were Never Supposed to Hear This Conversation with Brian Kleiban. appeared first on 3four3.

37mins

12 Sep 2019

Rank #20