Monthly Archives: October 2011

BCSA: Grassroots soccer and LTPD Volume 2

Went to a meeting last night for the rollout of BCSA’s new plan for grassroots soccer (defined as anything below BCPL) and the Long Term Player Development Curriculum. I’ll do a longer post later but just wanted to put it … Continue reading

Posted in BCSA, Coaching | Tagged , , , , , | 8 Comments

Suitable, simple metrics for assessing youth development

(pretty catchy title…) A couple of weeks ago, Andrew Latham, Head Coach for Lower Island Soccer Association (LISA) put a very interesting story on his blog. You can read it here. It was based on his impression that the current format … Continue reading

Posted in Coaching | Tagged , , , , , | 14 Comments

As a Scot, this pains me…

But as a football fan, it fills me with hope. This is a clip of the build up to Spain’s three goals yesterday against Scotland in their Euro 2012 qualifier. It’s five minutes long. Three goals. Five minutes. You do … Continue reading

Posted in Making the game better, Video highlights | Tagged , , , , , | 13 Comments

National U14-U18 club championships: new format needed

I complained about this last year when a game finished 18-1. It’s now gone a step nuttier. This morning an Alberta U16 girls team beat the U16 rep from the Yukon 21-0. How and why does this happen? Well, when you … Continue reading

Posted in Making the game better | Tagged , , | 23 Comments

Goal of the season competition is now over. Wow.

Is anyone really going to be this one from Bayer Leverkusen’s Eren Derdiyok? Three perfect touches to win the game against Wolfsburg on the weekend.

Posted in Video highlights | Tagged , , | 13 Comments

Arsenal v Spurs: Mertesacker is not what Arsenal need

Arsene Wenger’s recent teams are known for two things: free-flowing attacking football that’s easy on the eyes and defenders, particularly central defenders, who are simply not up to the physical aspects of the EPL. So Wenger’s transfer deadline solution? Bring … Continue reading

Posted in Game commentary, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

Girls soccer: Are we really trying to play? (updated)

“These games, these track meets with jostling, they just don’t look very enjoyable to play in.” Part 1 Even Pellerud nailed it when he came here. He was hired to get the best results for the women’s national team possible … Continue reading

Posted in Making the game better | Tagged , , | 76 Comments