Two more 1v1 Soccer FC players receive recognition

Two more young players from 1v1 Soccer FC, Daniel Mun and Ryan Robinson have been selected for more advanced playing opportunities.

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Daniel Mun

Daniel Mun has been selected for the next stage of Regional development program – even though he is a year younger than other players participating. The Regional development programs are the “feeder” programs for the Ontario provincial team and identify and develop players 12-13 Years of Age

Ryan Robinson (who’s 10 years old) has been selected to participate in Mt. Hamilton’s Elite U13 Toronto FC Academy program.

Over 200 players participated in the identification process and only 12 players were selected.

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Ryan Robinson

Both players have trained with 1v1 Soccer FC since 2009 and have impressed 1v1 Soccer FC Director of Coaching, Ian McClurg, with their dedication to learning and continuously improving their skills. Both have regularly attended 1v1 Soccer FC training 3 times/week.

” We are pleased that two more of our young players, Daniel and Ryan, have received this recognition. This follows our recent announcement about Brian Botorce, Liam Outlaw and Will Cseresnyes. Daniel has been recognized during the last few years for his dribbling ability and creativity with the ball while Ryan is a very direct player with a good change of pace. Both players regularly attend training early and stay afterwards in order to practice more on their own or with other players. This provides a great example to our next generation of young players coming through. We fully expect both Daniel and Ryan to keep progressing to higher levels of the game-providing they maintain their current commitment to training.”

Three 1v1 Soccer FC players Selected for District Program

brian-will-and-liamThree 1v1 Soccer FC players, Brian Botorce, Liam Outlaw and Will Cseresnyes have been selected for the Hamilton and District development program. Players born in 1999 (U12 – 2011) are identified and selected to participate in the district program. The district coaches initially rely on written recommendations from Rep Coaches and Club Head Coaches regarding the better players at this age group. All three players were invited into a try-out process and demonstrated good technical skills and abilities to gain selection to the program. The district program develops players for the elite regional and ultimately the provincial programs.

All three players have trained with 1v1 Soccer FC since 2009 and have impressed 1v1 Soccer FC Director of Coaching, Ian McClurg, with their dedication to continuously improve their skills.

” We are pleased that Brian, Liam and Will have received this recognition. They are three of the most talented players in the area and have impressed me with their training mentality. All three have different strengths as players but they all have a tremendous desire to improve themselves as players and as young people. They work extremely hard in training, week in and week out and we are expecting all three to progress further in the sport and play at higher levels during the next few years”.

1v1 Soccer FC Launches New JNR Program for Ages 3-5

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1v1 Soccer FC Junior’s is an ECE inspired soccer program for young children, of all abilities, ages 3-5. The program is overseen by UEFA “A” Licensed Coach, Ian McClurg.

1v1 Soccer FC Junior’s is staffed with high coach to child ratios to allow for the needs of all players to be met with a patient (ECE) approach.

We encourage young minds to pick up new skills in their own time and try them in small-sided games. The program begins early October at Ancaster and Burlington locations!

Registration can be completed online at www.1v1soccer.ca or call us at 289-239-9602

Program Benefits • Early teaching of soccer specic themes and techniques • Develops core movements of agility, balance and co-ordination • Encourages positive social interaction • Promotes an early understanding of rules and boundaries, respect, teamwork and fair play • Inspiring an early passion and love of the game

Observations from Spain -Part 2

sevilla-fc-coaching-staffThis is the second article about my recent trip to Spain and observing training at the Sevilla FC academy. During a week long visit in May I was able to observe training sessions for players aged four, right up to the 1st team.

Spain are the current world champions and Sevilla FC are recognized as having one of the most successful youth academies in the world. After yet another disappointing performance by Canada in an international tournament-Canadian female’s failure to win any games at the 2011 World Cup-surely it it time to change our philosophy and current player development structures.

The information I am presenting is freely available yet in Canada we fail to do the following:

  • Adopt a training to playing game ration of 3 or 4 training sessions per game
  • Spend sufficient time on developing and maintaining technical skills during the peak season (we spend less time in summer months working on skills)
  • Place greater emphasis on long term development versus winning meaningless tournaments or games
  • Embrace the work of private academies with highly qualified instructors within our system

To produce top player’s who can succeed in the modern game there are 5 main components. The 5 main components are detailed below and this issue will focus on how Spain develops players with great technique. I have included some video footage from Sevilla Fc training sessions.

Technique

Well-developed ball-skills so players are very comfortable in possession

  • 1v1 situations and in tight spaces under pressure.
  • Ability to execute with precision in all match situations

Coordination

Good coordination is achieved when players have the ability to merge fluid, efficient and effective movement with technical and tactical aspects of the game

  • Coordinated movements between the ball and body
  • Quick changes in speed and direction

Tactical Knowledge

Develop broad tactical understanding of the game to quickly assess situations on the field

  • Make the correct choices for their team
  • Rigid team roles and positions will not succeed in the future; therefore players will be required to be flexible in where and how they play

Speed of Reaction

The pace of the game has reduced the time that players have to react under intense pressure from opponents. Increases the value of skills repetition, which helps to develop ‘automatic’ responses on the field.

  • Rapid execution of movement based on what they see/hear
  • Quick transitions between attack and defense

Mental Skills

  • Optimism
  • Focus
  • Pride
  • Competitive anger
  • Relentlessness
  • Courage
  • Passion

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Coaching Observations from Spain

Ian McClurg at Sevilla FC's Stadium

Ian McClurg at Sevilla FC’s Stadium

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I would like to  take  this  opportunity to share some observations from my recent trip to Spain. During a week long visit I was able to observe training sessions at Sevilla FC for players aged four, right up to the 1st team. The trip provided me with great insight on how professional football players are developed and the various stages that players must go through during their 10,000 hours of training.
Spain are the current world champions and Sevilla FC are recognized as having one of the most successful youth academies in the world, so I felt very privledged to be able to observe their training methods and share ideas with their coaching staff. Adam’s success and the recent signing of a
10 year old American player by FC Barcelona (see story in newsletter) demonstrates that there are young players in North America who can play at the highest levels of the game. Sevilla has asked me to assist them in identifying more players and it is my feeling that the work that we are currently doing at 1v1 Soccer FC can develop more talented players…..and more and more of them!
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1v1 Soccer FC Player Adam Bouchard Completes Successful Trial with Sevilla FC

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Ian McClurg and Adam Bouchard with Sevilla FC Coach Sergio Dominguez Cobo

1v1 Soccer FC player Adam Bouchard has completed a successful week long trial with Spanish La Liga club Sevilla FC. Adam trained with the U16 academy team and was praised for his technical ability during his stay. This is a major accomplishment, given that Spain are the current world champions and are noted for their high technical ability.

Adam’s performances earned him an invite to return to Sevilla FC in August 2012 for another trial. 1v1 Soccer FC Director of Coaching, Ian McClurg, has also been asked to identify and bring other players to Sevilla FC for assessment, as early as August of this year.

To progress to the next level, the Sevilla FC coaching staff has advised Adam to improve his upper body strength and be more aggressive during game situations. Sevilla FC coaches believe that to become a top professional player it is important for players to have a “warrior-type” winning mentality and impose themselves consistently during training and game situations.

1v1 Director of Coaching Ian McClurg believes that it is now up to Adam if he is to progress to the next level “ Adam has performed technically well in training at Sevilla FC.  To successfully earn a place in one of their academy teams he must be accepting of all the feedback he has received and commit immediately to the necessary physical and psychological work. The next step for him will be to “take a place away” from another player and to do that, he will have to prove to Sevilla FC that he is capable of controlling and dominating the central midfield area on a consistant basis during training and game situations”

Measure, track and improve your technical skills with 1v1 Soccer FC

isoccer1v1 Soccer FC in Ancaster, ON, Canada is partnering with iSoccer to drive technical development to higher standards in Canada. isoccer’s unique measurement system will be paired with our “proven and progressive coaching curriculum” accurately measure, track and improve our players technical abilities. These results will be shared with players on a regular basis and compared to the scores of other players worldwide. How Does iSoccer Work?

Measure: Assessing a player’s technical ability is the cornerstone of the iSoccer Method of individual player development. To empower the player and team so that they know how good they are technically and know their base level, iSoccer developed an assessment test.

Track: The assessment results provide insights into a player’s technical ability helping to identify specific strengths and weaknesses towards which training can be targeted. Over time, historical data highlights the efficacy of training efforts and provides a roadmap for ongoing development.

Improve: A player’s iSoccer Level is the basis for setting goals and designing an efficient and effective training program. Deliberately focus your training on the areas where you need improvement while continuing to develop your strengths. This is when a player needs to get outside and make it happen. iSoccer doesn’t replace training, it enhances training. Armed with the knowledge of his or her unique strengths and weaknesses, each player can maximize the efficiency of their training to see the greatest possible improvement in their game.

Assessment

The iSoccer Assessment is a test that measures an individual player’s overall technical ability. The assessment is comprised of 16 skills across a range of 7 topics (Comfort, Juggling, Dribbling, First Touch and Passing, Aerial Control, Ball Striking, and Speed-Strength-Flexibility). Each skill represents the most basic and fundamental ability required for a player to have a strong technical foundation

Local coach builds ‘pathway to the pros’

Hamilton Spectator – March 02, 2011

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You’ve probably never heard of the Cape Verde Islands. No surprise. It’s a largely unknown tiny cluster of islands just off the west coast of Africa which is home to barely half a million people.

Canada’s soccer-playing population is five times that. Yet with all those players and all our resources, we remain buried on FIFA’s world rankings, 80th overall, just ahead of places like Mali, Benin and Jordan. And yes, behind Cape Verde.

Ian McClurg would love see this change. All of it.

The new assistant coach with the junior team for Toronto FC’s elite soccer academy says there’s no reason Canada has to continue languishing in mediocrity or worse. Which is why he thinks some recent changes in the way the game is overseen will pay big dividends down the road. Maybe rather quickly.

If you are a young soccer star in this country, getting spotted at a young age has long been a crapshoot at best. You’ll need luck and probably some connections to be discovered. By the time a talented kid is identified as such, he may have lost a number of years of prime instructional and development time which puts him way behind players from other countries that are finding their top prospects early – age seven or eight in some European countries – and giving them the resources to become elite.

Further, few Canadian kids dream of a career in the pro game because they have no idea how to achieve such a thing. Hockey has a clearly defined hierarchy and path unlike soccer whose ladder remains a mystery to most.

“I believe firmly Canada hasn’t maximized (its talent),” the Ancaster resident says.

Hence our terrible international record in men’s competition over the past few decades. Throwing young men into games against opponents who have had top training since they were boys usually isn’t a fair fight.

McClurg knows a little about being on the other side. Growing up in Belfast until his family came to Canada in 1981, he was raised in a soccer culture. He later earned a tryout with a British team but he says he always felt he had a coach’s mindset more than that of a player.

“I definitely challenged coaches when I played,” he chuckles. “I would ask questions about why we would play in a certain way.”

He simply couldn’t figure out why some things were done the way they were. Still doesn’t. When he drives around town and sees practices going on, he occasionally finds his blood pressure rising as he watches drills he believes are rather unhelpful.

Coaching allowed him to fix that. With the kids he instructs, anyway. He ran a provincial team for a few years and for the past decade has run a soccer school that stresses building technique and skills ahead of winning games. Last fall, he was asked to help with TFC’s academy.

The idea behind the program is to scour the country for top kids, bring them to Toronto and train them effectively. Get kids as young as 14 and start getting them ready not only for a career in the pros but also to take on the rest of the world. McClurg, who recently got his top-level coaching licence in Europe, explains the kids don’t pay to come, so economics don’t weed out some of the best talent.

“This is the first time in my lifetime a young player in Canada can see a pathway to the pros,” he says.

Already it’s bringing some results. Canada’s Under-17 men’s team just qualified for that age group’s World Cup with 14 of the players on the roster coming from Toronto FC or the Vancouver Whitecaps’ academies. Last year, the Montreal Impact started its own academy, suggesting the number of elite players could continue to grow.

Further, McClurg says with Vancouver joining the MLS – the top level of professional soccer in the country – this year and Montreal in 2012, there will be more pro jobs for Canadians which will also help develop talent.

So, with all this effort being made to shore up the foundation of the sport here, is there really a possibility Canada could get back to the World Cup one of these years for the first time since 1986? McClurg doesn’t hesitate.

“Oh definitely,” he says. “Maybe not this time, but the one after.”

Maybe climb the FIFA rankings past the Verde Islands, too

Adam Bouchard Progresses in Toronto FC Academy Try-Out’s

1v1 Soccer FC Player Adam Bouchard1v1 Soccer FC player, Adam Bouchard, has successfully progressed to the next phase of the Toronto FC Academy try-out’s. Over 120 young players entered the try-out process at the beginning of November and Adam is one of 40 players that has been invited back for January training.

This is a tremendous accomplishment as the players that Adam has been competing against include some of the the best young players in Ontario. Adam is also one of the younger players and has performed very well during a challenging month of training and evaluation.
Players at the Toronto FC Academy are evaluated on the C.A.S.T. system of development. The four key elements are:
  • Competitive Edge
  • Athleticism
  • Speed of Play
  • Technique
We have been working with Adam for the last 4 years and are delighted that his commitment to excellence, perseverance and training focus are bringing rewards.

1v1 Soccer Relaunched

We are delighted to announce the relaunch of 1v1 Soccer. When we launched the company in 2000 we aimed to provide young Canadian soccer players with training opportnuities comparable to leading soccer nations.

The logo has changed, we are relaunching as 1v1 Soccer FC but our passion and commitment to delivering on this mandate has never waivered.  For the last two years we have focused on delivering Brazilian soccer training techniques but are now able to build upon this work and deliver “best practice” training development models from leading  professional club academies from Brazil, Spain, England, France, Germany, Italy, Holland and Argentina.

We look forward to improving the soccer ability of more and more young players and more importanatly helping to develop “good young people” who have been taught values that will stand them in good standing for all life’s challenges

About Us

1v1 Soccer was established in 2000 and quickly established itself as one of Canada’s leading soccer developement companies. We provide specialist soccer coaching to boys and girls of all abilities aged from 5-16+.

Best Practices from Leading Soccer Nations

During the last two years, 1v1 Soccer has successfully delivered a Brazilian training program to our young players in Burlington and Ancaster developement centres.  New partnership agreements now provides us with the opportunity to include training methodologies from other leading soccer nations such Spain, Germany, Argentina, Holland and England.

Our training now reflects the training methodologies used by some of the world’s most successful clubs such as Real Madrid (Spain) , Santos (Brazil), Bayern Munich (Germany), Boca Juniors (Argentina),  Ajax (Holland) and Chelsea (England).

This new partnership arrangement enables us to provide coaching development training and support for ambitious local coaches who are constantly looking to upgrade their knowledge and skills.

Our Mission/Values

Our aim is to provide young Canadian players with soccer training experiences comparable with leading soccer nations. We achieve this by providing a positive educational and training environment where young players follow a proven and progressive coaching curriculum delivered by qualified coaching instructors.

‘We believe that the game soccer can positively impact the  lives of young people and we seek to develop life skills that can be transferred to education and other areas of our player’s lives…in addition to improving soccer performance”   

Player Developement is  a Long-Term Commitment

We take a long-term view of player development. Research confirms that it requires 10,000 training hours for athletes to reach elite levels. 1v1 Soccer provides coaching instruction and pathways for development that enables our players to have realistic opportunities to ultimately join professional academies in North America and Europe , pursue US scholarship opportunities and derive greater enjoyment from the game, due to their enhanced level of skills development.

Our Team

The successful selection and training of  our coaching staff is critical to our success. 1v1 Soccer employs highly skilled and qualified staff who must successfully complete initial training and then an extensive mentorship program under the direct supervision of our Director of Coaching, Ian McClurg.

All coaches are handpicked, certified and have a complete understanding of our coaching philosophy. To ensure the delivery of high quality coaching programing, all of our coaching staff are required to participate in continuing educational programs to keep up to date with the latest trends in youth soccer development.

Director of Coaching – Ian McClurg

Ian recently completed his UEFA “A” license which is Europe’s top coaching qualification. He also holds US and Canadian B license qualifications and is a former provincial team coach for Ontario.  He has extensive coaching contacts throughout North America and Europe and has worked 3 years, in partnership,  with English professional club Crewe Alexandra FC. Crewe Alexandra have traditionally been recognized as one of the premier youth development clubs in England