What will it take for US Soccer to become a World Soccer Power? How can we continue to grow the game at the youth levels while helping to improve at the highest too? This episode, we sit down with Sam Snow to talk about his role with US Youth Soccer and the plan for getting to the next level.
6:15 The Soccer Boom of the 70s thanks to the NASL
10:15 Positive changes in soccer over the last few decades
17:15 The Art and the Science of Sport – Soccer is more Art
32:15 There is nothing sacred about the number 11 – let them play in less numbers
38:15 John and Sam discuss the player age mandate
42:15 The need for parent engagement in soccer
52:45 Penetration to the grassroots is still a challenge for US Soccer
About Sam Snow
Sam recently retired as Coaching Director for US Youth Soccer. It was a post he had held since 2004. His reputation for teaching both players and coaches in a manner that is professional, non-threatening and enjoyable is widely acknowledged and respected throughout the nation. Snow’s accolades are impressively stacked, including the United States Soccer Federation “A” License and National Youth License, a Premier Diploma and National Goalkeeping Coaching License. Coaching is second nature for him, as he has coached at the high school (Norfolk Catholic High School), collegiate (Florida Southern College, University of South Florida, Virginia Wesleyan College), state (Florida Youth Soccer Association) and regional (US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program Region III) levels.
Prior to joining the US Youth Soccer Technical Department, Snow held positions as a U.S. Soccer National Staff Instructor and as a Director of Coaching for Louisiana Soccer Association. In 1977, Snow received his bachelor’s degree from Virginia Wesleyan College and his Master of Arts – Physical Education from the University of South Florida in 1979.
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