iSoccer Launches Standards Project to Measure Technical Ability of US Soccer Players

The National Technical Standards Project is a long-term initiative to improve the level of soccer in the United States through assessment, analysis, and player development tracking.

Jan 13, 2010, 11:17 ET from iSoccer

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- iSoccer, the leader in technical assessment and online soccer training software, announces the launch of the National Technical Standards Project, a multi-year initiative to measure, analyze, and raise the technical standards of US youth soccer players, ages 6 to 18.

Scott Leber, founder and CEO of iSoccer, remarked, "If our collective goal is to produce more technical, skillful, players throughout our youth system, we need to start by determining our current technical level.  Once this baseline is established, we can evaluate the effectiveness of our various training and player development efforts."

The Project borrows from proven academic methodologies by implementing standardized assessment, evaluation, and development metrics. Standardized data will provide coaches and soccer governing bodies with a way to measure and compare long-term improvement on a macro level.

Lars Richters, 2009 US Soccer Development Academy Coach of the Year, recognizes the motivational benefits of such a standard. "Using the iSoccer assessment with my players really helped highlight what we needed to work on as a team and as individuals.  Seeing how we compare to the national standard will motivate the players even more to continue improving their technical ability."

The National Technical Standards Project will officially launch this week at the 2010 NSCAA Convention, in Philadelphia, Pa., and the initial findings will be shared at the 2011 Convention next year.

With its team of Stanford graduates, iSoccer plans to collect 1,000,000 player assessments in 2010.  Coaches are invited to participate by assessing their teams and uploading their results for free at iSoccer.org.  Regional assessment events will also be hosted throughout the country.

To learn more about participating visit www.iSoccer.org/NationalStandard or contact Abe Geiger.

About iSoccer:

iSoccer is a revolutionary online platform that provides players, coaches and clubs with the tools and motivation to improve their technical ability. Players, teams and clubs are able to assess their current level using the patent pending iSoccer Assessment, analyze their strengths and weaknesses using sophisticated tracking tools, target their training with a customized practice session builder and download over 500+ video clips to help raise their technical level through self-guided training.

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