OK after I watched this video the educator in me took over and it strikes me that our decision makers, of every capacity, would benefit from viewing the clip; be those leaders at the national, state or local level. I am sure that in one fashion or another we all will be involved in the development of the American game. So here’s the food for thought…
I want to show you a TED talk by Sir Ken Robinson.
I am enjoying this one – it helps that Sir Robinson is such an engaging speaker. I think it is one that we should share not only with our coaches, but our administrators too. Is not youth soccer in America at a point of needing revolution thus allowing us to evolve?
From what is taught in the National Youth License coaching course he touches on the Flow State Model and on the deleterious effect of drills. In paraphrasing one of his comments I see how player development is an organic process. We cannot fully predict the outcome. You can only create the conditions under which players can flourish.
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The people who serve in these roles make up the Off-Field Team.
For the past six years, it has been a pleasure to serve the Iran National A Team as Assistant Coach, Team Coordinator and Goalkeeper Coach. I am excited to explore new opportunities and share the valuable knowledge and experiences I gained working on this amazing and challenging project.
I am proud that I was a part of the team that qualified for the 2014 Brazil World Cup, 2015 Asian Cup and 2018 Russia World Cup – triumphs for the Iranian people. Our many successes were the result of a hardworking and talented technical staff and administrators. I am honored to have worked alongside them all.
I have admiration for the Team Melli players. Despite the many obstacles, they played with courage, determination and love for their country.
I have enormous gratitude for the fans that offered incredible support during the entire journey. They are amazing passionate soccer fans.
I wish the Iran National Team success as they prepare for the 2018 Russia World Cup. I have no doubt they will represent their country with dignity.