SAN FRANCISCO, June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- In an effort to raise the level of technical ability across the country, the NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America) and US Club Soccer are going high tech to measure, assess and train the future soccer stars of America. In partnership with iSoccer, the leader in technical assessment and online youth soccer training software, the NSCAA and US Club Soccer will be participating in The National Standards Project, a long-term initiative to measure, benchmark and track the technical ability of the 18.2 million soccer players in the US.
To ensure a representative sample, iSoccer will collect 1,000,000 assessment results from players and coaches around the country by the end of 2010. Scott Leber, iSoccer's Founder and CEO, explained: "If our collective goal as coaches is to produce more technical players, we need to start by determining our current technical level. Once we have standard benchmarks, we will be able to evaluate and improve our player development efforts." With their youth soccer expertise and combined memberships of roughly 1.5 million players and 40,000 coaches, the NSCAA and US Club Soccer will be instrumental in achieving these goals.
"This partnership and initiative is representative of NSCAA's mission to help our members excel in their coaching careers through advancing the coaching of soccer and improving players," states Joe Cummings, NSCAA CEO and Executive Director.
"For more years than I care to admit, I have advocated the need for improved technical ability in our players as the number one priority in American soccer," said Phil Wright, Chairman of US Club Soccer's Board of Directors. "Often the first step in improving anything, whether in sport or in business, is to assess the current 'status quo.' This joint venture between iSoccer, the NSCAA and US Club Soccer will provide that critical first step. I have put players through the iSoccer program and they have thoroughly enjoyed seeing their individual improvement over time."
iSoccer becomes the official "Assessment Provider" of the NSCAA and US Club Soccer. The NSCAA becomes the "Official Coaching Education Partner" and US Club Soccer becomes the "Official Player Development Partner" of The National Standards Project. All National Assessment tools are free for both coaches and players at www.TheStandardsProject.org. Additionally, the NSCAA is sponsoring one-month free premium iSoccer memberships for every coach who registers during the month of June. US Club Soccer will also sponsor player upgrades for specific premium content in the coming months.
SOURCE iSoccer, Inc.