People often try to figure out what separates good players from great players. They wonder how their child can take the next step towards an elite level. One common denominator shared by the best players is that they continue to work on their game during the "offseason". The best players who have come through FC Alliance were all kids who supplemented their development with winter and summer activities. Winter League, Summer League, and specialty training all filled their agenda. These activities don't take much time or commitment- a couple of hours per week- yet they drastically elevate a player's level.
For Winter 2013, FC Alliance recommends three great options for players. These proven activities are affordable, yet highly effective.
(1) Brazilian Skills with Coach Paulo Neto. This program focuses on high-level skill development and is founded on Brazilian training principles. Coach Neto, a native of Brazil, uses the same fundamental philosophies which developed some of the world's greatest stars: Neymar, Ronaldo, Pele, Kaka, Bebeto, Ronaldhino and many others. Coach Neto is currently the head men's coach at Shorter University. Prior to that, he led multiple FC Alliance teams to Division 1 and Premier League championships. The program runs on Wednesday nights at The Field House at Amherst.
(2) Elite Soccer Training with Coach Kris Ray. This is the first time this program is offered in Knoxville and it brings with it an excellent resume of results. It is highly recommended for serious soccer players looking to quickly elevate their game. Players who have participated in this program have moved on to regional and national levels of ODP and college soccer at the highest levels. Former FC Alliance player Summer Lanter, who made the US National team U20 pool, participated in Elite Soccer Training in Chattanooga. Coach Ray is widely considered one of the region's best player developers. The program runs on Monday nights at The Field House at Amherst.
(3) Winter League at The Field House. Directors of FC Alliance are all huge on playing small-sided soccer on turf. The quickness of the ball and gameplay quickly improves foot skill, first touch, and the ability to think quicker. The games are naturally faster due to the surface, and improving speed of play is a goal of every coach. Not only that, kids love to play. The Field House at Amherst will be offering 3v3 formats in addition to the traditional full-sided games (5v5 for U12 and older; 6v6 for U11 and younger). Games are played on the weekends.