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Summer Coaching Education Series Begins In Full Force Next Month

Despite not hosting a Summer Coaching Symposium due to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the opportunities to learn at the highest level from NorCal Premier Soccer are still vastly abundant, with several quality clinicians offering sessions at a variety of locations around the area.

“While the series already began with a DOC course from the Falkirk and Latvian National team assistant coach Gordon Young, and a guided discovery lesson from former Manchester United and current Almaden FC Technical Director John Devine, there are still many clinicians on the docket who can provide valuable continued learning to NorCal coaches,” said NorCal Premier Coaching Education Coordinator David Robertson.

“We are excited to offer a number of courses that cater for the various needs of coaches,” Robertson added. “We will have clinicians who work with players from six-years-old all the way through to professional level. We have also focused on making our courses as accessible as possible to our coaches by hosting clinics in various locations throughout Northern California “

Back by popular demand is former Director of Real Madrid Academies of Mexico Javier Lopez, who has provided a series of well-attended Spanish language courses to NorCal’s clientele. He’s scheduled to teach sessions on phases 1 and 2 of the game on July 9 and 10 in Fresno and July 11 and 12 in San Jose.

Following Lopez is another popular NorCal figure in current Saudi Arabia goalkeeping coach and former Manchester United, Barcelona, and Dutch national team goalkeeping coach Frans Hoek, who will deliver multiple lessons on set pieces and goalkeeping on July 21 and 22 at Las Positas College in Livermore.

Two of Frans Hoek’s colleges Jos Van Veelan and Gerritt Panhuid will deliver courses focusing on phase 1 (8-12 years ) and the speciality of Goalkeeping, respectively.

Finally, the coaching education series will end in August, with lessons from two of the most sought-after clinicians currently in the game as Todd Beane, the son-in-law of the late Johan Cruyff and operator of TOVO Academy will make a two-day presentation on August 8 and 9 in  Livermore.

Following Beane will be three-time defending NCAA Division I men’s soccer champion coach Jeremy Gunn, who will present his vision of “The Stanford Way” and Phase 4 in college on August 24 and 25 at Stanford. This will include a match analysis on the evening of the 24th when Stanford take on local rivals San Jose State .

For a list overview of all courses and details, including registration, click here.

“As the World Cup begins we will witness the global reach of soccer,” said NorCal Premier Soccer President Benjamin Ziemer. “Worldwide soccer is enjoyed by players of all ages and abilities. In order for the game in the US to not only grow but thrive it is vital our young players enjoy their club soccer experience.”

“After parents, coaches are one of the most important influences because the coaches knowledge, enthusiasm, ability to connect and provide an enjoyable “footballing” experience often determines if a player has a lifelong connection to the game,” he added.  “From these players come fans, referees, board members, volunteers and one day parents.”

“For these reasons and more, we invest so many resources into improving Norcal Premier Soccer coaches,” Ziemer concluded. “We are excited about the slate of clinicians offered and we absolutely encourage you to seize these opportunities to learn and improve your ability to coach.”