Folks in Colorado who complain about the future of U.S. Soccer have no one to kick but themselves if they miss any of the coaching development opportunities passing through the state from July 8 to 15.
- Director of coaching or head coach too busy? Send someone else.
- Too far for you to drive? They’re coming from Mexico, Germany, and distant states feeding the USWNT pool.
- Not a coach, but your kids are rising through the youth ranks? Call your club and make sure someone is going to at least one of the coaching clinics and special sessions between Fort Collins, Colorado Springs, Vail, and Boulder.
- Don’t have kids but love to complain about the slow growth of American soccer? Become a coach yourself or consider becoming a mime in another state.
July 9–15: Mainz 05 comes to Colorado Springs and Vail for five-day soccer camps in each city (ages nine to 18). On Monday, Thursday, and Friday, the Mainz 05 training sessions are open to the public at the Air Force Academy, in addition to coaching clinics. Coaches can watch U-18 Colorado youth all-star games before the Mainz players put on a show at Switchbacks Stadium on Tuesday and Cadet Soccer Stadium on Wednesday. The girls kick off at 5:00 on Tuesday in east Colorado Springs, and the boys’ game precedes the Mainz 05/Leones Negros contest on Wednesday. Although the Mexican second-division team is only here for three days, they too will be working with local coaches.
Here is the full schedule of events from the Colorado Cup 2016 Web site. Coaches, players, and fans have a rare chance to compare professional teams from Germany, Mexico, and Colorado Springs.
July 8–10: Unlike mental development for individual players from Pro Performance, a symposium for coaches from Way of Champions approaches the core of excellence from the coaching point of view.
July 12: Affiliated club coaches (not collegiate) are invited to a symposium during the USWYNT camp in Fort Collins on July 12. Events run from 2:00 to 6:30 on the Colorado State University campus, a rare opportunity considering that most of the camps take place in California. The afternoon and evening includes a presentation, an inter-squad scrimmage, and post-game comments from April Kater (U-14 USWYNT coach). For 10 of the 36 players in camp, this is their first exposure to a national team event. Coaches can “get an inside look” of the system, according to Kater. It’s a chance to learn. To register, contact coach Kater at AKater@ussoccer.org.
July 13–17: If all else fails, come to the Adult Soccer Fest at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park to watch older men and women from across the country (as well as Japan, Brazil, and Europe). Ages range from women’s open to an over-70 men’s division (more than 115 teams). Coachable moments guaranteed.