Between the Posts E19: The Footy Factory Philosophy with Guest Sean Afkhaminia

Between the Posts E19: The Footy Factory Philosophy with Guest Sean Afkhaminia

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Article Written By Caleb Wossen of The Dallas Observer:

https://www.dallasobserver.com/arts/a-new-soccer-school-is-redirecting-the-focus-from-winning-to-technique-to-the-dismay-of-some-8951088

“Most training sessions for youth soccer feature a dozen or more players engaged in rigorous group exercises and fitness tests, mirroring the sport’s homonymous counterpart, football. Practice at Footy Factory, based in Addison, TX more closely resembles a martial arts or improv session.

Players ranging from kindergartners to high school seniors scrimmage in groups of three or four per session and occasionally one is pulled aside to polish a flaw in technique. During these drills, little to no reference is made to games or competition. This is by design, says founder and CEO Sean Afkhaminia. The goal of Footy Factory is to revolutionize American youth soccer with training that is individualized and focused on developing specific skills by taking the focus and pressure off winning.

“We’re trying to develop players, and no else is doing that [in Texas],” Afkhaminia said. “What’s going on in Dallas is that a lot of the big clubs will take parents’ money and put them on a team, they’ll practice twice a week for an hour, and then play a game on the weekend. It’s not enough. There’s no player development going on here.”

Footy Factory is trying to work against the prevailing mindset that the purpose of playing team sports is to pad a resume for college. The attitude of Footy Factory’s coaches recalls soccer clubs in Europe that incubate students for years without interruption.

In conversation, Afkhaminia refers to his philosophy of passion trumping hard work. He insists that no person is born with natural talent, citing Daniel Coyle’s 2009 book The Talent Code.

Afkhaminia specifically disagrees with the bias favoring athleticism and winning records over skill, and he wants Footy Factory to help eager, young players who lack the access or funds to continue developing their craft. Players train three times a week, while members of the club’s various teams practice twice a week and play a game on the weekend. As students grow older, the number of games played per week increases, but training is the highest priority.

“Right now, individual training is always last,” Afkhaminia said. “It’s something that happens after their team practices and games, but that should be their main work so they can take what they know and apply it outside.”

Jude Anuwe, who became a Footy Factory coach in early 2015, majored in biology and physiology at the University of Texas at Dallas. He’s helped create a scientific foundation for the company’s ethics and regimen. It’s all rooted in proprioception or the science of body awareness in space. The plan is to mold players who are able to move more efficiently and better prevent injury.

“Nowadays, you see a particular type of soccer player,” Anuwe said. “Guys pirouetting on the spot, overhead kicks — all of these skills are only mastered if you have a strong core, know where your body is in space, and master your balance. Can we move in a functional way?”

Afkhaminia founded Footy Factory in late 2014 after graduating with a degree in business from West Texas A&M University. Feeling dissatisfied with the school’s soccer program, Afkhaminia briefly managed a soccer club before assuming coaching duties at Shelton High School, there realizing an idea that would evolve into Footy Factory.

For more info on Sean and the Footy Factory philosophy we invite you to check them out on their website as well as social media platforms!

https://www.footyfactory.us/

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Between the Posts E18: Why We Need More Leaders! (with Former US National Team Staff Coach Graham Ramsay)

Between the Posts E18: Why We Need More Leaders! (with Former US National Team Staff Coach Graham Ramsay)

Between the Posts Episode 18 Links:

Episode 18 comes to us from guest Graham Ramsay of the Soccer School (est. 1969) on a topic that coach Ramsay has written about many times as a guest on multiple soccer blogs, coaching websites, and global publications. After a busy summer covering the World Cup, coach Ramsay’s take on soccer in the US is not only a valid one but also one of great knowledge based on his many years as a national team staff member.

On a sidenote from your host: Coach Ramsay is brilliant, his perspective on US Soccer couldn’t be more accurate and more worth the listeners time. We face a moment of reflection in the US as a soccer loving nation and Coach Ramsay offers a perspective steeped in expereince at every level on the pitch and off. He’s the type of leaders we all can look to for guidance! He’s the type of leader we need to create in our players!

In a message to other coaches through his own weekly publishment coach Ramsay writes:

Dear All,

From observing a college try-out and a month of World Cup soccer we are in dire need of producing “LEADERS”. That are players who can read the play and the game that can rearrange the tactics of the team to inflict damage on our opponents. The coach is too important and often too far away from the critical zone that needs attention.

The two areas of recent concern was watching a college try-out where there was next to no coaching of each other. Most of the coaching was of the limp/meek variety. Compare that with a pro example of young players and the commitment is total. The demanding of both effort and coaching of each other is audible across the pitch.

At a higher level players, especially the captains, have to recognize the changing mood of a game and adapt your tactics to counter your opponents game. England fell into this trap versus Croatia. This can be done jointly between the captain and the coach and change on the fly. This means the captain & coach must have a great relationship. The best example I can think of is the relationship between Bill Nicholson, coach of Tottenham and Danny Blanchflower, captain & leader of Spurs. Nicholson had total trust in Blanchflower who often made tactical changes without telling his coach. A very rare & talented pair.

We need to create a lot of Danny Blachflower’s if this country aspires to make a mark on the game.

GOOD LUCK & GREAT SOCCER,

Graham Ramsay

The Soccer School (est.1969)

Between the Posts E17: The Biggest Myth in Goalkeeping

Between the Posts E17: The Biggest Myth in Goalkeeping

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It may come as a shock to a lot of people, but being a goalkeeper is actually relatively simple. Many people, either keepers desperate to learn the ‘secrets’ of becoming the best keeper they can be or parents trying to push a coach to teach their child the “advanced training”.

The myth: There are “Secret training techniques” only used by the professionals.

The truth is that there is no secret advanced training out there that magically takes a keeper from zero to hero. In fact, goalkeeper training stays pretty much the same throughout a keepers career. Whether you’re a professional or just starting out, you’ll be practicing pretty much the same stuff. The difference is that the professionals train these training drills at higher a pace and shot strength which requires higher levels of physical fitness and greater command of technique.

This might seem unfortunate to some people but there are two ways to look at it:

You can see this as a negative – No, there isn’t a “magic bullet” that will help you make huge differences in your ability as a keeper. The training stays the same no matter the level. Bad news if you’re not comfortable training at your current level.

Or, you can see this as a HUGE positive! The training stays the same no matter the level – this means if you are comfortable and successful with your training at your current level, then you should have no problem moving onwards and upwards with your goalkeeping career. Of course, you have to stand out from the crowd and only the best keepers will ever make it to the top level of the game BUT you already know the steps to get there, you train them almost every day.

To hear the rest of the story tune in to this week’s podcast!

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Between the Posts E16: How Can Your Keepers Save Their Next Spot Kick (penalty kick)?

Between the Posts E16: How Can Your Keepers Save Their Next Spot Kick (penalty kick)?

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Between the Posts episodes are all about inspiration, education, and motivation to help you the coach, player, parent, or fan be a better version of yourself on the pitch or sideline!

My name is Tyler Vaughan and this is the podcast devoted to goalkeepers and coaches bringing you the most relevant topics discussed weekly to help you tackle each season’s challenges. It doesn’t matter whether your a veteran coach or new to coaching, we strive to deliver a variety of topics and strategies for everyone!

This week we’re going to change things up and deliver a bit of a more focused episode that came to us in the form of a question from one of our very own listeners. Last week Brendan emailed in a question regarding penalty save strategies for his son who is a goalkeeper.

Brendan writes:

Tyler, my son has struggled with saving penalties during his club games. Though PK’s don’t happen all that often they somehow always end up defining the outcome of the games he’s in. As a parent, we’ve told him that it’s really not a situation where keepers are expected to make saves. As you can imagine he struggled with that response which I get. My question is this, are there methods, strategies, or even ways to help him have a better chance of saving the next PK? Or is this just a matter of guessing which way to dive and going for it? I’ve got a 14-year-old who hopes you have the secret sauce!

Today’s episode tackles this question and more as we introduce some great strategies for approaching the spot kick as a goalkeeper. After a World Cup full of penalty kicks we certainly saw how these short moments can have massive implications on the outcomes of a result and who moves on or goes home. It’s really no different at the youth levels anymore, penalty kicks can define matches and send some players home disappointed while others celebrate.

But, is that really a fair position to be in as a goalkeeper? Is it really even a save your supposed to make?

In today’s episode, we will introduce a few strategies backed by years of experience and… you guessed it…SCIENCE! We typically don’t like to rely on our understanding of human anatomy but in today’s episode we will push the boundaries of our knowledge and introduce a full proof way to make your next penalty a save!

Goalkeepers aren’t expected to save penalty kicks. The stats say 1 out of 10 PK’s is a save. So this means that keepers should take these moments as opportunities to be the hero of the team as opposed to carrying the burden of a situation that truly has their backs against a wall. After today’s podcast episode you or your keeper will have the confidence to be the hero their team needs the next time they’re faced with a 12-yard moment!

Questions or Feedback about the show? Want to be considered for one of our upcoming episodes? Reach out to Tyler at tyler@renegade-gk.com and he’ll get back to you!

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Between the Posts E15: The 5 Habits of Truly Effective Coaches

Between the Posts E15: The 5 Habits of Truly Effective Coaches

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What are the things that great coaches do every day that makes them great? Is it their ability to inspire, to educate, or to Motivate? On today’s episode of Between the Posts, we will tackle the 5 habits of effective coaches giving you a few things to think about as you prepare for your next coaching season.

1. Make training more challenging and more demanding than the game you face each week.

Great coaches realize that competition is not the time to find out where your athletes’ physical and mental limits are. Training needs to be more challenging and more demanding – physically, mentally, technically, tactically, emotionally – than the competition your athletes are preparing for.

2. Never cease to Learn and develop as a coach faster than the players you’re coaching.

Great coaches realize that success is a moving target and to stay relevant they must be committed to life-long learning, honest personal and professional evaluation and continuous improvement.

3. Accelerate your rate of learning faster than your opposition.

The Internet has ensured that there are no secrets in our sport. Everyone knows what you know. Anyone can get anything, anytime, anywhere and for free. Everyone is learning something every day. Great coaches understand this and strive to accelerate their rate of learning faster than their opposing coaches.

4. Enhance your creative thinking skills.

Creativity is the defining difference between good coaches and great coaches. Ironically, creativity is the one thing that we are robbing our players of in youth sports.

5. Coach individuals – even in team sports.

There are no true team sports left anymore. Every significant moment in every sport boils down to “person vs person” and with performance analysis now at the level of millimeters and fractions of seconds, every athlete’s strengths and weaknesses are well known by their opposition.

For more great resources, episodes, and content like you’ve heard here please check us out at https://renegade-gk.com. If you have any questions, feedback, or would like to be considered as a guest on an upcoming episode of Between The Posts we encourage you to reach out to Tyler via email: tyler@renegade-gk.com.

Between the Posts E14: How To Play College Soccer with Coach Bradley Morrison (Part 2)

Between the Posts E14: How To Play College Soccer with Coach Bradley Morrison (Part 2)

Between the Posts Episode 14 Links:

How To Play College Soccer with Coach Bradley Morrison (Part 1)

On today’s episode of Between The Posts we welcome back for the second part of last weeks episode Bradley Morrison. Bradley is a current Division 1 collegiate coach, former youth state director, and all around top-level coach who we’re humbled to have on the show. For those of you that weren’t able to tune in last week and get to know coach Bradley he has a wonderful perspective and brings an all-around unique view to the podcast that will leave listeners full of energy and information to get the process of playing at the collegiate level started.

Bradley’s history on both sides of this table delivers sound advice that he’s learned from his many years as both a youth state director now through his time as a collegiate coach. With rules, regulations, do’s and don’ts constantly changing Bradley is an expert whose opinion you can trust and follow with confidence. In a world where technology provides a unique vantage point for college coaches into the player profile, we tackle some key ideas around standing out amongst the crowd and how your player can differentiate themselves from others.

Here are the facts, yes, seeking to play college soccer is achievable for most young athletes, but, it’s critical that the process is given the time needed to make these goals come true. It is also extremely important and covered in today’s episode that both players, parents, and coaches develop a realistic approach and respect for this process. The numbers, unfortunately, don’t lie: the NCAA estimates that out of approximately 450,000 male players only a total of 25,000 ends up participating in college soccer. For female athletes, out of an estimated 400,000 players, only 27,000 end up playing college soccer.

The positive for today’s listeners is that Bradley provides a very detailed, yet simple roadmap to get your young college hopeful from their freshmen year of High School through signing day their senior year. With Bradley’s wealth of knowledge and unique perspective, we know today’s Part 2 episode will impact our listeners by giving them the tools to be successful along their own personalized college soccer journey.

For more information other wonderful soccer related topics facing our coaches and players please check out Coach Bradley’s website:

http://tacticscorner.com/

Between the Posts E13: How To Play College Soccer with Coach Bradley Morrison (Part 1)

Between the Posts E13: How To Play College Soccer with Coach Bradley Morrison (Part 1)

Between the Posts Episode 13 Links:

On today’s episode of Between The Posts we welcome on Bradley Morrison, Division 1 collegiate coach, former youth state director, and all around top-level coach. Bradley has a wonderful perspective and brings an all-around unique view to the podcast that will leave listeners full of energy and information to get the process of playing at the collegiate level started.

Bradley’s history on both sides of this table delivers sound advice that he’s learned from his years as both a youth state director now through his time as a collegiate coach. With rules, regulations, do’s and don’ts constantly changing Bradley is an expert whose opinion you can trust and follow with confidence. In a world where technology provides a unique vantage point for college coaches into the player profile, we tackle some key ideas around standing out amongst the crowd and how your player can differentiate themselves from others.

Here are the facts, yes, seeking to play college soccer is achievable for most young athletes, but, it’s critical that the process is given the time needed to make these goals come true. It is also extremely important and covered in today’s episode that both players, parents, and coaches develop a realistic approach and respect for this process. The numbers, unfortunately, don’t lie: the NCAA estimates that out of approximately 450,000 male players only a total of 25,000 ends up participating in college soccer. For female athletes, out of an estimated 400,000 players, only 27,000 end up playing college soccer.

The positive for today’s listeners is that Bradley provides a very detailed, yet simple roadmap to get your young college hopeful from their freshmen year of High School through signing day their senior year. With Bradley’s wealth of knowledge and unique perspective, we know today’s episode will impact our listeners by giving them the tools to be successful along the college journey.

For more information other wonderful soccer related topics facing our coaches and players please check out Coach Bradley’s website:

http://tacticscorner.com/

Between the Posts E12 – 9 Steps To Practice with Coach Karl Dewazien Part 2.2

Between the Posts E12 – 9 Steps To Practice with Coach Karl Dewazien Part 2.2

Between the Posts Episode 12 Links:

Did you miss the first few episodes in our mini series with “Koach” Karl Dewazien? Prior to listening to Episode 12 feel free to learn more about “Koach” Karl on his “About” page here:

https://fundamentalsoccer.com/koach-karl-2

Today we wrap up our world class mini-series with “Koach” Karl Dewazien centered around his “9 Steps Practice Routine”. The finale of our opening episodes where Tyler and Karl dive deep into the first half of practice covering topics from the 5 principles of Attacking and Defending to a simple yet effective way to break down the field into thirds, structuring practices like games, and having a clear player focused approach to training. For those of you who have tuned in to our earlier episodes we hope you have enjoyed the time we spent with Karl and humbly want to thank you for lending us your ear! Check out a recap below on the “9 Steps” that come to a close in today’s episode.

9 Step Practice Routine:

  1. Begin Practice: Demo & Explanation of Theme
  2. Warm-Up: Figure 8 Stretching
  3. One + One: Cooperative Game
  4. One vs One: Competitive Game

Half-Time Routine

  • Small Sided Game(s): Cooperative & Competitive
  • Scrimmage: Cooperative & Competitive
  • Cool-Down: Physical
  • End Practice: Review & Compliment

Don’t forget to check our Koach Karl’s website for more information and content! He’s a true front-runner in impacting this generation as well as future generations of players in the United States!

https://fundamentalsoccer.com/

Between the Posts E11: 9 Steps To Practice with Coach Karl Dewazien Part 2.1

Between the Posts E11: 9 Steps To Practice with Coach Karl Dewazien Part 2.1

Between the Posts Episode 11 Links:

Want to know more about Koach Karl Dewazien prior to listening to Episode 11? Check out Koach Karl Dewazien’s “About Us” page here:

https://fundamentalsoccer.com/koach-karl-2

Today we continue our mini-series with Coach Karl Dewazien former California State Director around his “9 Steps To Practice Routine”. A continuation of our opening episodes  (part 1.1, part 1.2 and part 1.3) where Tyler and Karl now begin to tackle the second half of practice.

Today’s episode picks up with the half time mindset in your training sessions and then begins to take a closer look at Step 6, small sided games.

Here’s a recap on the first half of practice that we discussed in past episodes:

  1. Begin Practice: Demo & Explanation of Theme
  2. Warm-Up: Figure 8 Stretching
  3. One + One: Cooperative Game
  4. One vs One: Competitive Game

Don’t forget to check our Koach Karl’s website for more information and content! He’s a true front-runner in impacting this generation as well as future generations of players in the United States!

https://fundamentalsoccer.com/

Between the Posts E10: 9 Steps To Practice with Coach Karl Dewazien Part 1.3

Between the Posts E10: 9 Steps To Practice with Coach Karl Dewazien Part 1.3

Between the Posts Episode 10 Links:

Want to know more about Koach Karl Dewazien prior to listening to Episode 10? Check out Koach Karl’s “About Us” page here: https://fundamentalsoccer.com/koach-karl-2

Today we continue our mini-series with Coach Karl Dewazien around his “9 Steps To Practice Routine”. A continuation of our opening episodes (part 1.1 and 1.2) where Tyler and Karl dive deeper into the first half of practice covering topics from the 5 principles of Attacking and Defending to a simple yet effective way to break down the field into thirds.

Today’s episode picks up with our duty as a coach to encourage creativity in players as well as empowering players to take charge of their development away from the pitch. Karl dives into how parents can get involved with player growth outside of the training pitch as well as how we should allow players to “create” their own environment leading to creativity and growth!

A recap on the first half of practice that will be discussed in today’s episode:

  1. Begin Practice: Demo & Explanation of Theme
  2. Warm-Up: Figure 8 Stretching
  3. One + One: Cooperative Game
  4. One vs One: Competitive Game

Don’t forget to check our Koach Karl’s website for more information and content! He’s a true front-runner in impacting this generation as well as future generations of players in the United States!

https://fundamentalsoccer.com/