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YOUTH PROFESSIONAL TRAINING brings the best training
methods and techniques, from Europe's top professional club systems, to
the American player and coach.
For over 30 years top clubs in
Europe have been perfecting what the United States Soccer Federation is
just beginning to figure out about developing young soccer talent. At
these clubs, players are signed as 'youth professionals' as young as 8
and 9 years old. A contract at this age (8 - 18 years ) does
not mean money but means that a player will receive some of the best
training in the world, wear the clubs colors, and compete in a national
youth league against other youth professionals from other clubs around
the country, and Europe.
At the end of each year, each youth
professional is evaluated and either offered another contract, or asked
to leave. If a youth professional stays in the system through age 18 he
is virtually guaranteed a lucrative professional contract in one of the
worlds top leagues. These clubs are in the business of winning
championships. Their youth trainers are in the business of producing
world class talent.
Every aspect of a youth professional's
development is monitored during his time with the club. Players are also
educated in the areas of nutrition and physical development.
Expectations are just as high off the field, for a youth professional,
as on the field. Academic progress is of primary importance. If a young
player shows a decline in academic productivity he is not permitted to
train, or compete, until his performance in the classroom improves.
YPT programs has its roots at some of the top professional club teams in
Europe. YPT founder John Fisher, over the last several years, has spent
significant time working closely with professional youth trainers from
clubs such as Manchester United, PSV Eindhoven, Bayern Munich, and Ajax
of Amsterdam. One of John's experiences gained national
exposure in 1999 when
SOCCER AMERICA, Americas
leading soccer publication, carried a
his visit to one of the top clubs in Holland- PSV Eindhoven. Very few
American trainers have had the opportunity to witness these highly
sought after methods first hand. Very few young American players will
have the opportunity to learn the game in this environment.
AMERICAN PLAYERS ARE READY FOR THIS LEVEL OF TRAINING.
All training methods used by YPT are the same as those that are used
within some of the worlds best professional youth systems. Many of the
methods and techniques used have been witnessed first hand. Serious
players are instantly motivated when they hear how players their own age
are doing the same exact training sessions at the sports most familiar
clubs - players who are on their way to becoming the future stars of the