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Sam's Blog is a bi-weekly addition to the US Youth Soccer Blog. Sam Snow is the Coaching Director for US Youth Soccer.


My Experience as a Clinician at the Ontario Soccer Association Coaching Conference

Sam Snow

A week ago I had the pleasure to be a clinician at the Ontario Soccer Association Coaching Conference as a part of the Canada Soccer Association implementation of Long Term Player Development (LTPD) for their Olympic sports.  For our sport LTPD takes into account that it takes more than 20 years to deeply develop a top notch soccer player.

On March 23rd I gave a class session to the technical directors. Please click here for the PowerPoint presentation: [link]. On March 24th I conducted a demo session on Defending Games for the public.


Club Head Coach and Technical Director Workshop



When: Saturday March 23, 2013 from 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM EDT
Where: Four Points by Sheraton - Toronto Airport
6257 Airport Road
Mississauga, ON L4V 1E4



Hello Club Head Coaches and Technical Directors! 

The workshop schedule will go as follows:

  • 12:30 - 1:30 - Workshop Registration
  • 1:30 - 1:45 - Opening Comments - Alex Chiet
  • 1:45 - 2:30 - Sam Snow
  • 2:30 - 3:00 - Nick Levett
  • 3:00 - 3:15 - BREAK
  • 3:15 - 4:00 - John Herdman
  • 4:00 - 4:45 - Panel Questions
  • 4:45 - 5:00 - Coach Department Update - Mark Marshall

It was quite encouraging to hear from a national team head coach an approach to not only coaching a national team, but also the plan for the development of female football for an entire nation hitting on many of the same philosophies and methods that we advocate. Mindset and problem solving/tactical awareness were central themes of coach Herdman’s lecture and practical sessions.

It was also good to receive indirect validation of the American approach from a renowned national association, the Football Association. The Future Game is the new model in England. Indeed, as you look now at the coaching and player development schemes of many nations you’ll see common ground with the direction that US Youth Soccer has taken for many years. The common points are the use of guided discovery, player-centered training and matches, small-sided games, problem solving by players in training to create a soccer savvy player, the use of games based training, etc.

2013 Ontario Soccer Association
Coaching Conference Information and Schedule