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U.S. Soccer Coaching Curriculum Presented at Nike International Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore.

U.S. Soccer + SPARQ Player Development Summit
Nike International Headquarters; Beaverton, Ore.
April 21, 2011

COACHING CURRICULUM UNVEILED AT PLAYER DEVELOPMENT SUMMIT: U.S. Soccer Youth Technical Director Claudio Reyna presented the new U.S. Soccer Coaching Curriculum to more than 150 of the top youth leaders in the U.S. Soccer community on Wednesday. Reyna outlined key concepts of the new curriculum designed to improve development of players in the organized player base in the United States. The curriculum concentrates on creating more organized, age-appropriate training sessions, developing coaching practices and creating an environment that is fun for players.

DOWNLOAD THE CURRICULUM: The entire curriculum is available for download in the Coaching Education section at Interested parties can download the curriculum in four parts or in its entirety.

VIDEO AND QUOTES FROM CLAUDIO: “We have created this curriculum to serve as a blueprint for the thousands of coaches across the country working with these young players at such an important time in their development,” said U.S. Soccer Youth Technical Director Claudio Reyna. has more comments discussing the release of the new coaches curriculum and the role it will play in the development of players in the United States. Watch his presentation to more than 150 leaders in youth soccer.

MCBRIDE ADDS HIS EXPERIENCE: Former U.S. Men’s National Team forward Brian McBride provided insight into his experiences and discussed the importance of functional training in his development as a player. McBride delivered a talk to the summit entitled “The Value of Training” before leading an on-field session in front of gathered coaches.

PACO DE MIGUEL: Renowned fitness coach Paco de Miguel, considered the right hand man of Rafa Benitez, demonstrated how to create a professional training plan and apply it on the training field. de Miguel spoke to summit attendees in the morning, before leading the U-18 Men’s National Team in a training session Wednesday afternoon.

THEMES FROM THE SUMMIT: delved into a few of the important themes from the Player Development Summit by talking to U.S. Soccer coaching staff on location in Oregon. The coaches talked about the process of bringing the curriculum together and also touched on the importance of training for player development.

Video 1: New Curriculum | Video 2: Importance of Training

SPARQ TO SHOWCASE ITS TRAINING PHILOSOPHY: On Thursday, SPARQ will display the latest methods in functional performance training, a practice critical to maximizing athletic potential in youth soccer players. SPARQ, Nike’s performance division and U.S. Soccer’s partner in performance and assessment, will reveal findings from SPARQ Testing of Development Academy and U.S. Youth National Team players, and provide coaches with an overview on how to effectively integrate physical conditioning work into their technical and tactical training programs. SPARQ Performance Director Paul Winsper will outline SPARQ’s training philosophy and methodology, while others from his team will share information derived from the athlete assessment that SPARQ and U.S. Soccer have been partnering on since 2008.

FOLLOW THE #USSF_SUMMIT ON TWITTER: is providing coverage of all the activities at Nike Headquarters as the summit moves into its final day in Oregon. You can follow along via Twitter @ussoccer_ynt and join in the conversation with the hashtag #USSF_Summit.