Registration for the European Soccer Academy winter clinics is now open!
The Napoli Girls U15 Blast had a tremendous showing at the 2014 Region 1 President Cup event hosted Pennsylvania West Soccer Association.
With 2 Open Cup wins over the weekend, FC Napoli’s Girls U15 team has advanced to the semi-finals on May 31st.
The NSCAA’s May 2012 “I am a Coach Because” winner is Robert Lopez. While his story may sound common, his interview and words expressed are anything but in their poignancy and resonance.
The interview with Coach Lopez can be read in full here. An excerpt appears below with the article portion as well.
“A coach should first and foremost be humble – no one owes you anything; you’re a teacher and an example to all those who see you on and off the pitch. Without true humility, you can’t grow as a coach. There’s nothing wrong with pride in its proper place and accepting the positives when they come your way, but the true student and teacher can learn from every situation and every person he or she comes in contact with. The negatives have just as much input as the positives. A coach should be able to adapt his or her teaching style and keep the team and players creative, but still be able to provide structure and a system to become successful at their level of play. For every plan “A” in a training session or match, there needs to be a plan “B”, “C” and so on. These qualities influence your players and teams, because you are the example and that is the standard they will move forward with in their soccer and life experiences.”
It was memorable Memorial Day weekend for FC Napoli to say the least! At Fort Devens, Napoli families and players gathered under what seemed like more tents than ever for loads of food, fun, sun and let’s not forget some great soccer during the 36th Annual John Smith Soccer Academy Tournament.
The U17 Sparks knew they had the opportunity to finish their MAPLE Spring Season undefeated last Wednesday when they played their postponed matched against SF Vikings. Showing the same character that this team has shown during their entire season, the” no quit attitude” came into play as the prospect of an undefeated season and securing a first place finish would vault them into Division 1 for the MAPLE 2013 Spring Season!
This was not their usual game in hand at halftime, but with work to be done and in the closing minutes they would make a statement as a team – and that’s just what they did. Coach Darman said, “time was running down, Emily Dawidczyk had a beautiful combination play with Meaghan Whalen who found the back of the net and scored. It was so great for this team – no losses in D2 and now they will move on to D1.”
And with that the equalizer goal was done with just a few minutes remaining, as Coach Darman said, that is the statement this team said this MAPLE Spring Season. The Sparks held on to tie and finish their MAPLE season without a loss and they will move up to Division 1 next Spring Congratulations Sparks!