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MICHIGAN FIRE JUNIORS UTILIZES WELL TESTED AND PROVEN COERVER METHOD FOR TRAINING
The Michigan Fire Juniors Winter Technical Training Program will follow the Coerver Methods which have been world tested and developed longer than any other structured development program. For more information on this program, go to this link: http://www.coerver.com/home.php/history. Our overall program utilizes the futsal ball during our small-sided play in order to maximize touches, the unique actions of a futsal ball, and follows a proven program that the most technical players in the world use, the Brazilians. The combination of these elements should make our Winter Technical Training Program very effective in helping our players improve their skills, in an environment that is enjoyable for the players where fun and improvement mesh.
The In-Season Technical Training we did this fall follows some of the Coerver Methods, while also emphasizing other technical skills, application of those skills, and some unique training "tools" such as soccer tennis. The Winter Training Program will have a somewhat different format as follows:
30 Minutes of Coerver Training - Skills
30 Minutes of Coerver Application Play (Often with Futsal Balls)
30 Minutes of Futsal Small-Sided Play
While there are a variety of ways to train player skills or the use of a "method", more importantly is the presentation of the skill(s), the environment in which the player learns, and the opportunity for repetition that moves players towards mastery of that skill. Players and/or parents can be "sold" on a method, however in research such as what has been written in The Talent Code by Dan Coyle, there is much to be said about proper "practice" and the focus on each technical skill for any sport or musical instrument, for example. These are some of the elements that have guided our Technical Director to develop a comprehensive, coordinated program in order to maximize learning in an environment they will enjoy, hence improving their learning experience and potential.
CHICAGO FIRE JUNIORS LAUNCH ‘FEMALE INITIATIVE’ PLAYER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
With more than 1,600 girls participating in Fire Juniors programs across the United States, the club recognized a need to provide a pathway for success for the female players that make up 35 percent of all Fire Juniors participants.
“The Fire Juniors club mission is to ‘lead the evolution of youth soccer in the United States,’” said Fire Juniors Affiliate Manager Brian Roberts. “There is currently a full developmental pathway for boys that potentially leads from the grassroots level to the first team. To truly be a leader in the sport of soccer, we saw the need to provide long-term support for our female players. The current pinnacle in women’s soccer is the collegiate game, and we want to provide all Fire Juniors players, boys and girls, with every opportunity to succeed.”
In June 2012, the Chicago Fire will launch the first female Elite Player ID Program at Lake Forest Academy to identify the top talent in the Juniors programs. Coaching staffs from each of the nine Fire Juniors clubs will elect the top three player in every age group U-13 to U-17 to participate in the camp, which will include a series of practice sessions led by members of the Fire first team coaching staff and U.S. Soccer staff. Off the field, players will attend college placement, mental preparation and hydration/nutrition workshops. The top 20-24 players in each age group will be chosen to participate in a number of signature tournaments and showcases throughout the country.
“Results from a random survey revealed that all of our Fire Juniors players, boys and girls, participate in soccer for the same reasons,” said Roberts. “Everything that we do from a Juniors perspective -- the curriculum, skills benchmark and the way we educate coaches -- has to be to develop both boys and girls. The fundamental difference between boys and girls is the lack of regional and national provisions for girls. U.S. Soccer doesn’t have a U-16 or U-18 girls league and there is no stable professional women’s league. So what we are aiming to do is to lead the evolution by improving provisions and establishing long-term player development pathways for female players.”
ABOUT CHICAGO FIRE SOCCER CLUB
Founded on the 126th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire on October 8, 1997, the Chicago Fire Soccer Club enters its 15th Major League Soccer season. The Fire won the MLS Cup in its inaugural campaign in 1998 and was crowned champion of U.S. Soccer's national tournament, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, in 1998, 2000, 2003 and 2006. In June 2006, the Fire moved into its world-class home of TOYOTA PARK, located in Bridgeview, IL. For more information on the Chicago Fire, please visit the club’s official website at www.Chicago-Fire.com.