Are there 19 soccer addicted dreamers as myself who would like to create a REAL Youth Soccer Club?
In the past years I’ve often underlined what a REAL soccer club is.
What a soccer club is in the rest of the world (part 1)
What a soccer club is in the rest of the world (2d and last part).
Here and There. Two different ways to create a Youth Soccer Club.
And because a REAL soccer club is formed by REAL soccer teams, it’s supposed that REAL soccer players are playing on them, no matter what their age is!
What a REAL soccer player is (in my opinion).
When I published these articles, my goal was to stimulate the creation of these kinds of structures instead of seeing youth teams (????) constantly being born and dying in a few years leaving nothing behind them! I really hope that someone got the message and started something that will not disappear when the players (????) spread out onto other teams (????).
Coming back to the topics above, I received many emails. And because we live in a country of free speech and free opinions, many couldn’t resist insulting me for my opinions. Fortunately, many other soccer lovers were thanking me for the ’different point of view’ but also were saying: ”You keep telling us what a club is, what a team is and what a soccer player is. Why don’t YOU create a soccer club that will show, with facts, how things should be done instead of just writing about it?”
This fact, the creating of a REAL soccer club, is a thought that often does ‘damage’ in my mind with the dangerous, insane result of pushing me to make a decision that could ruin my ability to sleep for the next few years!
Soccer is a serious illness almost without cure because it’s more than that. It’s an addiction that can be cured only with the following ‘medicines’:
-walk on a soccer field minimum 2 hours a day.
-when crossing that white chalk line feel the same emotion as when we were 6 years old even if now we are 60!
-hear the sound of a soccer ball perfectly kicked.
-feel the smell of grass just cut.
-take away the mud that is stuck between the cleats.
-hear the voices of youth players that say “hi” to the coach when they arrive at the field and say “thanks coach, see you at the game” when they leave the practice field.
-watch teams that move as soccer machines, perfectly applying in the reality of games what was simulated HUNDREDS OF TIMES at practices.
-help youth soccer players to develop their unique gifts that mother nature put there and NO coach in the world can put there if it’s not there from the beginning!
-hear enthusiastic parents who are cheering for the team, as a unit, and NOT just to their sons or daughters individually, by yelling “Good try honey“ , “Try again honey” when the ball just passed through their legs like they where marble statues in the middle of the field!
Naturally, there are other specific remedies but this simple block of ’fist aid kit’ could permit a soccer ’addicted’ dreamer to try to survive.
So, I had the insane thought of creating a REAL soccer club!
Can I do this by myself? Of course NOT! No one can do it by himself!
To exist, a Club needs a group of people, more precisely, a group of dreamers, bound together by the same passion, motivation, aspiration, desire, dedication, determination and discipline. (have you notices that the last four are: The four “D’s” of success in soccer and in life, too! ?)
So, a group of people (dreamers) would come together and occupy these positions in the Club, that would be a non-profit organization:
President (who will cover 1 of the positions below)
Vice-president (possibly 2, who would cover a few of the positions below)
Assistant Coach (possibly 2)
Contacts with Leagues, Media and public relations
Transportation and soccer gear
These are 8 people. And with another 12 people (insane soccer lovers like the other 8!!!) there will be 20 founders of the Club. I give my availability of being the head coach of the first team that would be created.
I’ll also give space in my web-site and the possibility to send out news to almost 6,000 (Six Thousand!) soccer lovers in the Bay Area, in the US and in the whole world!
And because everything that is founded correctly is done with TIME and MONEY, these 20 people would donate time and tax themselves with $100 a month! (you can count on my $100) So, $2000 a month equals $24,000 a year. Enough to buy soccer balls, uniforms, soccer shoes, rent fields, pay league fees, referees fees, tournament fees, travel fees, and so on.
The creating of the first team of the club.
I simplified the topics that I pointed out in the articles above (links) just to give you a general idea, but please read them to have a correct idea.
-It would be formed by boys (girls would follow the second year) between 10 and 12 years old. They would play TOGETHER on the same team in a League U13. Yes, they will make the team thanks to their soccer skills, NOT for their age! A REAL soccer player 10 years old plays much better than any 12 year old that just plays soccer !
-To make the team, many try-outs would be held, REAL ones, among hundreds of kids (not just 13/15 that automatically would be the ‘team‘!).
-50 players would be chosen and 22 would form the final roster. (3 would be keepers).
-The families of the players chosen, WOULD NOT PAY 1 CENT to insure that their youth REAL soccer players would play soccer!
-the players chosen would play ONLY on this team (part of the Club). They would be allowed to play a couple months at school (and practice 1 day a week) ONLY WHEN the games don’t conflict with a club games!
-The team formed, would practice 2 times a week (probably Tuesday and Thursday) all year round in the Bay Area. Possibly in San Francisco, where the potential sponsors of the Club, ARE!
-The team would not play more than 50 games a year. The calendar of tournaments would be accurately chosen to not pass this quota!
-The following year, this team would pass to the U14 level and 2 new teams (1 boys - 1 girls) U13 would be created with the same mechanism.
-If there is a need for more money, the founders would tax themselves $150 plus the money of the 2 new head coaches and the 2/4 assistants that would be chosen.
-Coach Gianni, would transfer to them the same methodology of training as the first team and supervise their practices. This would happen year after year and when the mechanism works, after a couple of years, there would be no need of coach Gianni………………………… ANYMORE! He could even leave the Club and NOTHING would change. The club would be there……… forever, thanks to the soccer lovers that sustain it, INDEPENDENTLY (and totally disconnected) of the fact that their sons or daughters play or not for the club!
-The activity would continue like this in the following years, adding teams and coaches. When, after 6 years, the players of the first team reach the age of 18, it will be time for them to go to college (99% of them with a top scholarship from Colleges !!!!!) or………… have a try-out with a top team in Europe and have a credible chance to play professionally!
When this happen (and it will happen after having chosen among hundreds of youth REAL soccer players) and just ONE of the players signs a top professional contract, there will be plenty of money for the club that formed him and, at that point, all the founders of the Club would stop putting money in the club (supposing that, in the meantime, there are not sponsors yet so they get paid anyway) and finally will start to get paid as good professionals should be, coaching or managing the Club!
It just takes a ‘little’ time, a ’little’ faith, a ’little’ money and a lot of insanity! Just like any REAL dreamer has.
Do you have these 4 things? If so, please write to me and…….let’s talk!
Posted on 22 Oct 2008 by coachgianni