Tom Byer is a former professional soccer player originally from New York but who is now based in Tokyo, Japan as one of the most decorated and admired grassroots soccer coaches in the Asian region. HIs official title is Tom is the Technical Consultant for the Ministry of Education School Football Campus Program”.  He was the first American soccer player to sign in Asia. Over the past 24 years, Tom has been conducting events in more than 2,000 locations with a total of 500,000 children participating. To culminate his achievement, Adidas honored Tom with the Golden Boot award, which he accepted in France after the World Cup draw of 1998 for his contribution to youth soccer in Asia.


In this episode, we discuss ideas about how to create a culture of ever-improving performance, the role of sports academies, and the dark side of high-achieving, performance-driven young athletes.


Judged by his football peers, the local and international media, and the countless number of young Japanese over the space of 24 years, Tom Byer has forever changed the way Soccer is taught and played throughout Japan and now his name and reputation begin to attract great interest from other parts of Asia.


Highlights from the Podcast:
  • How having your own children changes how you coach other children
  • Creating a methodology of coaching
  • What is the role of sport specific academies?
  • What does the Homelife of a child effect his or her level of performance?
  • The dark side of high performance at a young age
  • How to make your best players better


Connect with Tom Byer


Resources Mentioned 
Tom Byer’s Soccer Starts at Home [ebook]
Tiger Woods Biography [book]


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