Maryland Junior F.C,
Modern Youth Training
Updated Thursday April 18, 2019 by Maryland FC .
Children's soccer is different from adult soccer, and understanding children is an important part of youth coaching. What are children capable of, what are their needs and what do they enjoy? Each academy, camp and clinic offers valuable drills to these questions, solidly based on years of coaching experience.
Too many clubs in this country use the Adult System when developing players at a very early age. The focul point, therefore, is winning instead of applying the right building blocks for the proper age. Each year the building blocks adjust and coaches need to have the proper education coupled with experience to apply it. How many teams focus on coordination training at the age of 8 regularly or at all? This wide-spread philosophy candidly hinders systematic player development. The Golden Age, ages 8-12, is the most important time to develop players technically and their 1 on 1 skills. Many clubs fail to take advantage of this precious time. For example, technique should be fully developed by the time a player reaches the age of 13. The result of the Adult System is that many promising players' performance, ages 8-12, start declining shortly after and the ones who did not receive equal attention never received a chance to develop properly. US Soccer published an article that over 80% of youth players quit club soccer between years 12-17. Here at the Fußball Academy we developed a training model developing every player! This allows for proper development at every age group.
"I was always the smallest and skinniest player while growing up. I did not hit a growth spurt and fill out until I was 18. If this Adult System would have been in place in Germany I would have never played for 1. F.C. Kaiserslautern, the German Youth National Teams, become a DI All-American and be drafted to play professional soccer in the US because bigger and stronger players would have received all the attention!", says Founder Richard Möller.
- Played for 1. FC Kaiserslautern's Youth Teams (was offered a professional contract at the age of 16)
- Won the German National Championship
- Top 5 goal scorer in Germany ages 16-19
- Played for the German Youth National Teams
- First NSCAA DI All-American at Towson University
- First NSCAA DI Scholar All American at Towson University
- First America East Conference Player of the Year at Towson University
- Still holds the America East scoring record today
- First to earn back-to-back America East Scholar of the Year Awards
- First DI student-athlete from Maryland to win the prestigious ECAC Scholar of the Year Award
- Drafted as a second overall pick by the Baltimore Blast
- Drafted as Number 1 overall pick by the Maryland Mania (A-League) associated with DC United
- Retired from professional sports after two years to pursue a career in coaching
- German Youth National Team Staff Coach (U16 & U17) for the last eight years; assisted the Youth National Team winning three Euro Cup's and one World Cup
- Former College Coach for 15 years at Vassar, Dartmouth and Hopkins winning 6 Conference titles and 3 Coach of The Year titles (8 NCAA appearances in 15 years)
- UEFA A-license holder obtained in Germany
- Helped the German Soccer Federation develop the curriculum for Player Development (presently applied across the country)
- Assistant Women's Soccer Coach at FFC Frankfurt (top 3 club in Europe at that time); assisted the club winning the Bundesliga, German Cup and the Champions League (squad consisted of six German World Cup Champions, two Japanese World Cup Champions, two Swedish National Team players and one US National Team player)
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