US Soccer Lags: iSoccer Launches Technical Standards Project to Quantify and Raise the National Level
(preview of press release that will hit the wire tomorrow)
The National Technical Standards Project is a long-term initiative to improve the level of soccer in the United States through assessment, analysis, and player development tracking.
San Francisco, CA January 13, 2010 — iSoccer, the leader in technical assessment and online soccer training software, announces the launch of the National Technical Standards Project, a multi-year initiative to measure, analyze, and raise the technical standards of youth soccer players in the United States, ages 6 to 18.
With its team of Stanford graduates, iSoccer plans to collect 1,000,000 player assessments in 2010, which will serve as the baseline for the National Technical Standard. Scott Leber, founder and CEO of iSoccer, remarked: “If our collective goal is to produce more technical, skillful, players throughout our youth system, we need to start by determining our current technical level. Once this baseline is established, we can evaluate the effectiveness of our various training and player development efforts.”
The general consensus among US coaches is that domestic soccer players are consistently less technical than their international counterparts, putting US soccer teams at a competitive disadvantage. To level the playing field, the sport is borrowing from proven academic methodologies by implementing standardized assessment, evaluation, and development metrics.
A universal standard for technical ability allows players, coaches, and clubs to compare themselves to a global community. Standardized data also provides governing bodies with a way to measure long-term progress on a macro level such as comparing the rate of improvement of U10 boys in California with the same age group in New York.
Lars Richters, 2009 US Development Academy Coach of the Year and Head Coach of the U14 Michigan Wolves pre-Academy team recognizes the motivational benefits of such a standard. “Using the iSoccer assessment with my players really helped highlight what we needed to work on as a team and as individuals. Seeing how we compare to the national standard will help motivate the players even more to continue improving their technical ability.”
The National Technical Standards Project will officially launch at the 2010 NSCAA Convention, the largest gathering of soccer coaches anywhere in the world, in Philadelphia, Pa., January 13-17, 2010. The data collection phase of the project will conclude in December of 2010 and the findings will be shared at the 2011 NSCAA Convention.
In order to reach the goal of 1,000,000 recorded assessment scores, iSoccer invites coaches in all 50 states to assess their teams and upload their results at iSoccer.org. This free service for coaches will help them identify their teams’ strengths and weaknesses, and motivate players to train on their own. iSoccer also plans to host regional assessment events throughout the country.
To learn more about participating in the National Technical Standards Project visit www.iSoccer.org/NationalStandard or contact Abe Geiger for details.
iSoccer is a revolutionary online platform that provides players, coaches and clubs with the tools and motivation to improve their technical ability. Players, teams and clubs are able to assess their current level using the patent pending iSoccer Assessment, analyze their strengths and weaknesses using sophisticated tracking tools, target their training with a customized practice session builder and download over 500+ video clips to help raise their technical level through self-guided training.