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Wim Van Zwam ( is the former lead instructor for United States Soccer Federation Pro license, and currently is back in the Netherlands teaching the UEFA A Youth license. He works in a mentorship and instruction role with coaches at the professional academies in the Netherlands such as Ajax, AZ Alkmaar, Go Ahead Eagles and others. He is preparing to teach the UEFA B course for ex-pro players who want to start a coaching career, and since July 2021 he has worked as a coach of coaches for a professional coach and his staff who work at the second tier of pro soccer in the Netherlands. Wim is a wealth of knowledge on mentorship, creating optimal learning environments, and the X’s and O’s of football (soccer). But more so, he understands the human element of teaching and leading athletes, and is dedicated to helping coaches to see the person in front of them before they see the athlete. We also talk about why every coach needs a mentor, and how powerful it is for a coach to be coached!

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We asked Wim for links he wanted to include and he gave us these articles as ones that really resonate with his approach to modern coaching, enjoy:

Cognitive processes in soccer   

A Different Approach to Player Development at AZ Alkmaar

Animation about differential learning, the importance of variation and creating “noise”
(Steve Cooper, former England U17 coach and WC winner, about a player led approach and a multi disciplinairy approach during the tournament)
(All kind of articles that can be very interesting for coaches working on all kind of levels)

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