Definition of Insanity
Reflection from the past week: October 2017
I am writing this in Sitges, Spain because I could not sleep in the evening. The two clubs that are amongst the top at producing the most youth players turning professional have something in common. Ajax and FC Barcalona had Johan Cruyff within their system as a player and presenter of a new idea of how to play football.
North America has never produced a world class player even though soccer is the most played sport amongst youth, why is that? Why is it that Canada has only qualified once for the World Cup and USA missed the qualifications this year? Why are we putting kids in lines and drills at practice, and not letting them play functional games or applications? Why are coaches or the authority figures not waking up to the fact there is a better way but other organizations have the formula and had it for awhile. It seems to me that the blind are leading the blind.
The most common push back is that, it works in that country, but it would never work here in North America. This is the biggest mistake and an irrational argument! Guess what, youth are youth around the world, kids all learn the same. A german kid doesn't learn differently than a Canadian kid. They are both kids, and they are both humans. Yes, some culture differences play a smaller factor but the bigger picture remains the same. I challenge coaches in Canada that there is a better way and that Premiere Academy has been doing it for awhile now and will continue to strive to get even better through our journey of learning as facilitators, teachers, coaches and adults who have a passion for the game that approach the game a certain way.
Our development plan has stemmed from: cognition, competence, and character while using specific exercises and systems of play that stimulate the brain on how to take in the variables and how to solve the problem.
I am excited to return to my group of boys and girls and fine tune our system and get going on educating our youth not only on the game principles but their character. Barca has core values that you see on the field which has lead to their success over the years. Without character attributes you will ever succeed on the field or in life.
This is my position as founder of Premiere Soccer Academy and I challenge you to self reflect that there is a better way and that it's not a coincidence that Canada has never produced a star player, only entered the world cup tournament once but continues to deny curriculum and obvious principles that have lead other nations and professional clubs to abundance of success.
Defintion of insanity is when you do something over and over again the same way but expect a different result!
A great example is North American soccer. This week has been self reflection of myself as a coach but also taking a stand to the Canadian coaches & the authority figures of the Canadian system. A country that has a massive amount of talent and resources but continues to not realize their errors and are either arrogant or ignorant. I'd argue both.
I want to change Canadian soccer but will start with my own Academy and the amazing boys/girls that are within it. This will pave the way for the rest of the nation over time.
The game of football has the same language around the world. JOGA BONITO and I am here with coaches from around the world, we are battling the same problems, but have the same common goal and love for the best sport in the world. Truly the best experience as a coach I have ever had.