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Soccer is being taught only as a simple game. 

That decreases the importance of the sport's historical knowledge, leaving only the interest for results and financial benefits. The idea of formal coaching has turned into focusing on the coach's progress instead of developing the players' techniques.

From this point, we recognize the need to encourage players to experience soccer differently: a way of enjoying the thrill of the sport itself rather than stressing the need for a trophy, whether or not the necessary skills have been developed. We believe that teaching soccer is based not only on developing technical-tactical elements but also on the development of the individual's control skills. Knowledge of the sport's rules and meanings plays a vital role and questions them to adapt them to their style. Restoring values ​​that stress group unity instead of the individual, mutual respect, and players' autonomy is vital.

Based on this philosophy, OLE SOCCER ACADEMY was born to bring our children a different conception about soccer. We will focus on getting them a real love for the sport by enjoying their smile while playing alongside their teammates.

Soccer must be accessed for all independent of social class!

Any soccer player can reach their full potential if they don't learn the EARLY FUNDAMENTALS. Our mentality is to provide a TECHNICAL foundation for all the players before they start any competition level. We agree that spending excessive training time running and other nonspecific exercises won't help our players develop the essential quality: MOTIVATION. Young players are thirsty for their chance to succeed and are more than willing to learn. Yet they are seldom allowed to practice techniques to devote themselves, heart, and soul. Their ambition, dedication, and inspiration are undermining, and they lose interest in playing soccer. It's up to us, coaches, to keep that inner stimulation and drive our players to enjoy and continue to play soccer.

The Importance of Learning Technique in Soccer, the quality of a soccer team, depends on its players' technical abilities. Two specific movements are essential to play well: Pass and Reception. However simple, these two techniques can either make the game more beautiful or ugly.

This simple process develops when the player is in their early stage as an athlete at their youngest age. Therefore, I am always focusing on the quality of this formation up to the goals. How important is it to win a soccer's titles in lower categories? Is there any compensation (besides winning) to play for trophies and titles? If you focus on winning, you already forgot what is most important: the PLAYER'S DEVELOPMENT. The main problem is that both coaches and parents of young athletes have to carry around this "pride" that their child is a champion, which is perfectly normal, but they don't count on the other side; "did your child have good technique?" Then I ask, "By adulthood, will the player have gained the quality to play at a higher competitive level?" Will they be ready for a High school or even College level with enough technical development to give them the ability to play better soccer instead of just getting rid of the ball as soon as they get it? The answer is in the games we usually watch in different tournaments and leagues. Most of the coaches and parents think only about winning those games. And besides that, in these games, they expect that those who have more physical conditioning solve their dispute independently of strategy/technique. It is like you already know who can make the Goal or who will bring the team up! I question what kind of development do these mistakes get to the athletes? Certainly any...! The first step to modify this type of conception is to change the coaches' mentality because they are the ones who train players, and the only ones that can help them to improve their formation. Also, coaches need to be mentally prepared to know how to react to the parent's and directors' pressures around the team. 

For coaches, calm is necessary and should be more critical than their players' evolution until they reach the right soccer level. The truth is, as coaches, we can give to our athlete's good condition of development to make them progress in all levels inside SOCCER. For this, we need to remember that GOOD RESULTS will come if the technique is adjusted, and the most important, all the players need to play the game and have the same opportunity like the ones with more physical/technical skills. 

Finally, I agree that players between 5 and 14 years of age must focus on technical development because, in the future, their whole team's performance will always depend on the individual qualities of the players. Also, I believe that each player has an essential role inside the team! Most players have technical difficulties in PASSING and RECEPTION, reflecting for whoever is watching how soccer games are stereotyped as a "boring" or as a "tennis game" on which the ball goes from one side to another by the air. 

With this mentality, Ole Soccer Academy arrives to give a chance to any player that loves soccer and expects to get the proper training, reaching enough technical level, and consequently be prepared to play in high-level competitions.

​​​​​​​Marcos Matos - Founder of Ole Soccer Academy

Techinique, technique and technique!