CHICAGO (Thursday, March 14, 2002) - As part of the ongoing cooperative relationship between U.S. Soccer and U.S. Youth Soccer, five U.S. Soccer National Team coaches led a recent coaching symposium that was held in conjunction with the 2002 U.S. Youth Soccer National Olympic Development Program Championships in Richardson, Texas, on March 9.
Seventy coaches attended the free clinic, and nineteen used the event to earn a Coaching Education Unit toward an “A” License Renewal. The symposium was organized around the U.S. Youth Soccer Girls and Boy's ODP National Championships that featured 16 total teams that were competing for the ’84 and ’86 boys’ and girls’ national titles.
U.S. Soccer National Staff Coaches Dave Simeone and Mike Haas opened the symposium by reviewing the recent activities of the Men’s and Women’s National Team programs.
"When we are able to deal with coaches on a more personal level, it makes the event more valuable for everyone," said Haas. "The National Staff and National Team coaches were able to interact with the coaches in attendance, and it helped the coaches in attendance get a better idea of what goes into the National Teams program at U.S. Soccer."
The symposium also included presentations from a variety of U.S. National Staff and National Team coaches. In addition to Haas and Simeone, Juan Carlos Michia, Jerry Smith and Jay Entlich all spoke at the event.
Highlights from the symposium included:
- Haas, Region IV Men’s National Staff Coach, reviewed the 2001 FIFA Under-17 World Championship and the USA’s participation in that event. Haas highlighted his presentation with video clips of the USA’s world championship matches against Nigeria and France, the two finalists in the tournament.
- Juan Carlos Michia, the Region III Men’s National Staff Coach who served as part of the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team staff during the World Youth Championship in Argentina last year, spoke about issues surrounding the Under-20s and their time in Argentina, as well as the impact of multicultural efforts on the Men’s National Team program.
- Jerry Smith, U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team head coach, reviewed the past year with the Under-21 Women’s National Team, including the identification of players and the review of events and competitions. Smith placed added emphasis on the impact of scouting and experiences from the Nordic Cup, which is regarded as the top women’s youth tournament in the world.
- Jay Entlich, Region IV Women’s National Staff Coach, spoke about the player identification and development and how these challenges relate to the U.S. Under-19 Women’s National Team.
- Simeone, Region III Women’s National Staff Coach, presented ideas to the coaches about ways to accelerate player development in the women’s game. He showed a video tape from a recent Under-16 Women’s National Team camp that included physical testing, technical and tactical demands.