Training Holding Midfielders – With Victor Pace

  Vic Pace is Executive Director of USSF Programs at Lonestar Soccer Club, in Austin, Texas. In 25 years of coaching he has worked with club, USL Pro and college teams. At Spartanburg Methodist College as Men’s assistant he won the NJCAA National Title. Vic has the USSF A license and a degree in education…

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Coaching Free Kicks and Corners – Tommy Wheeldon Jr.

  Tommy Wheeldon Jr. is Technical Director at Calgary Foothills Soccer Club, assistant coach with Team Canada U17 Men and head coach of the Foothills U23 PDL team. As a professional he played for Swindon Town and Torquay United in England, and Calgary Storm in the A-League. Tommy has a degree in sports science and…

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Tim Hankinson on Coaching Abroad

…We had a game away in Kolkata against East Bengal. In the stadium there must have been 500 riot police with 5 foot shields, German Shepherds and rifles. In the 90th minute we tied the game and took a point. After the press conference we get on the bus and start to leave along the one…

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Playing MLS and US National Team Soccer – Shane O’Neill

Shane O’Neill currently plays as a center back for the Colorado Rapids in the MLS and was voted Defensive Player of the Year in 2014, despite missing nine games through injury. He was signed by them from their Development Academy in 2012 and has become a regular on the first team. In October he captained…

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Player Development at the Olympique Lyonnais Academy – Laurent Courtois

Laurent Courtois is the head coach for the Olympique Lyonnais U15 Groupe.  ‘OL’ has one of the most successful academies in Europe, with 33 graduates currently playing in the Big Five European leagues. Unlike most regular Champions League contenders, the majority of OL’s first team squad came through their own academy. As a player, Laurent…

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Tactical Coaching for Younger Players – Kyle Lineberger

Kyle Lineberger is U9-12 Boys Director at FC Boulder and previously had a similar role at Stingers Soccer Club in Evergreen, Colorado. His U12 boys team won a State Cup in 2014. Kyle has been a NSCAA Associate Staff member since 2007, administering coaching education courses through the NSCAA to coaches in both Texas and…

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Warm Ups, Fatigue and Injuries, from Espanyol Jordi Escura Aixas

Jordi Escura Aixàs is a professor of sports sciences at the University of Lleida in Spain. Previously he was a physical therapist for RCD Espanyol – in Spain’s top division, UE Lleida, and Buriram United in Thailand. He was responsible for players returning to play after injuries. Jordi is a UEFA A licensed coach and…

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Coaching Flank Play – Tactical Considerations – With Roy Dunshee

Roy Dunshee is the head coach at D3 Washington College. Previously he was assistant coach at Northwestern Univerity and spent ten years coaching at the high school level in Maryland. Roy served as NSCAA State Technical Coordinator for both Maryland and Delaware and, most recently, as a National Academy coach. For the past 17 years,…

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Adding Position-Specific Training to your Practices – Gary Curneen

Gary Curneen in the head women’s coach at D1 California State University Bakersfield. Previously he was the assistant coach at the University of Cincinnati and Wingate University. Gary holds a UEFA ‘A’ License from the Irish FA and the NSCAA Premier Diploma. He is the author of two books, including The Modern Soccer Coach: Position…

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