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  • 5 Ways Your Child Can Train Their Soccer Skills This Summer

    Summer is a time for kids to relax, enjoy their break from school, and spend time with family and friends. However, it’s also an excellent opportunity for young soccer players to improve their soccer training even when formal practices aren't in session. Here are five ways your child can continue to develop their soccer abilities over the summer break in Nashville. 1. Watch Soccer - Focus Away from the Ball Watching professional soccer can be both educational and inspiring for young players. This summer is especially exciting, with the European Championships, the Olympics, and COPA America showcasing the best players in the world. Challenge your child to watch these games and focus on the players without the ball. This will help them better understand spacing, timing, and positioning. They can learn how players move to create space, support their teammates, and anticipate plays. Encouraging them to analyze these aspects can enhance their game intelligence and overall understanding of soccer dynamics. Attending a live game, regardless of the level, can be an incredible experience that deepens their love for the sport. 2. Get Touches Against a Wall to Train First Touch One of the simplest yet most effective ways to improve soccer skills is by using a wall. Have your child practice passing and receiving the ball against a wall. This exercise helps improve their first touch, control, and passing accuracy. It’s a solo activity that can be done almost anywhere, making it a convenient way to keep their skills sharp. Encourage them to vary the speed and height of their passes to simulate different game scenarios. 3. Do Plyometric Exercises Plyometric exercises are fantastic for developing quickness and explosive power, which are crucial for soccer players. These exercises typically involve jumping, hopping, and bounding movements that don't require much equipment. Some great plyometric exercises include jump squats, box jumps, and lateral hops. Incorporating these into your child’s routine can help them become faster and more agile on the field. 4. Improve Footwork with Soccer Dribbling Skills Dribbling is a fundamental soccer skill; summer break is the perfect time to work on it. Use cones or other markers to set up a simple dribbling course in your backyard or at a local park. Encourage your child to practice various dribbling techniques, such as using different parts of their feet, changing pace, and performing feints and turns. Consistent practice will help them become more confident and proficient in controlling the ball under pressure. 5. Maintain Physical Fitness with Regular Conditioning Staying in shape is vital for soccer players, even during the off-season. Encourage your child to engage in regular conditioning exercises to maintain their fitness levels. Running, cycling, and swimming are excellent for building cardiovascular endurance. Additionally, incorporating strength training exercises, such as bodyweight squats, lunges, and push-ups, can help improve overall strength and reduce the risk of injury. Enjoy the Break and Rest While young athletes need to continue improving their skills, it’s equally essential for them to rest and recharge. Summer break allows kids to enjoy their time off, relax, and spend quality time with family and friends. Encourage your child to take breaks, enjoy other activities, and have fun. A well-rested and happy player will be more motivated and energized when the new season begins. By incorporating these activities into their summer routine, your child can stay active, improve their soccer skills, and be ready to hit the ground running when the new season starts. Remember, balance is critical—make sure they enjoy their break while finding time to develop as a player. Let us know if you’d like help crafting a plan for your child!

  • Unlocking Potential: Exploring Our Club's Progressive Approach to Player Development for U9-U19 Play

    At Nashville Fútbol Club, we understand the importance of individualized attention in a child's development. As a newer club, we pride ourselves on providing personalized coaching that larger clubs often can't match. Our coaches know our players by name, understand their strengths, and work closely to enhance their skills. Here’s a closer look at our approach to player development across different age groups: U9 Academy - Mastering the Ball At the U9 Academy, our primary goal is to instill ball mastery skills in young players. Each player gets over 1,000 ball touches during practice, ensuring a solid foundation of technical proficiency. Players will experience various positions in game scenarios, enhancing their understanding of field spacing and tactical awareness. Competing in the 7 vs. 7 format, our U9 Academy focuses on local games and tournaments within Middle TN, maximizing playing time for each child. U10 Academy - Building Upon Foundations, Fostering Team Concepts In the U10 Academy, we continue to build on the skills developed at the U9 level. With a focus on refining individual skills and incorporating team concepts, players are encouraged to engage in combination play and defensive support. The 7 vs. 7 format remains, providing ample opportunities for game time and skill application in local tournaments. U11 and U12 - Individual Development Meets Tactical Understanding As players progress to U11, we emphasize individual development within a 9 vs. 9 format. Our coaches introduce different team shapes, helping players grasp the tactical implications of each formation. At the U12 level, players transition to 11 vs. 11 games, facing new challenges and opportunities for growth. With a focus on combination plays and touches, inspired by "Rondo" training methods, we prepare players for increased competitiveness and participation in state tournaments. U13 to U19 - Unleashing Potential through Commitment and Training In the U13 to U19 age groups, our smaller team sizes ensure that players receive more game time and personalized coaching. These age groups may compete in the State League and State Championships, reflecting a higher level of competition. We recognize the importance of commitment and skill development, offering varying levels of commitment and skill requirements to challenge players appropriately. Our extracurricular training and camps further support continuous growth, with practice sessions tailored to the specific needs and goals of each team and player. Why Choose Nashville Fútbol Club? Individual Attention: Smaller team sizes mean more personalized coaching and playing time for each child. Skilled Coaches: Our dedicated coaches focus on developing each player's strengths and addressing their weaknesses. Local Competitions: We prioritize local games and tournaments, ensuring frequent play and less travel time. Holistic Development: Our philosophy emphasizes technical skills, tactical understanding, and the emphasizing the life lessons available to players and teams through sports. Balanced Approach: We encourage multiple-sport participation and understand the need to balance soccer with other aspects of life. At Nashville Fútbol Club, we believe in nurturing young athletes to become well-rounded soccer players. From the U9 Academy to the U19 teams, we strive to create an environment where players can excel both individually and collectively. Join us and let us help your child unleash their full potential on and off the field.

  • Commitment, Mental Toughness, and Team Spirit: What Parents Need to Know About Our Club Culture

    At our club, we understand that choosing a soccer club for your child is a significant decision. Our club soccer program offers more than just training; it's an environment designed for skill development, competitive play, and instilling mental toughness, overseen by experienced coaches. These are the core of our club culture. Our coaches are seasoned professionals, well-versed in different global soccer strategies. They conduct regular training sessions, focusing on enhancing your child's technical skills and game intelligence. The techniques they impart are part of our unique 'Integrated Soccer Style,' which incorporates a mix of Brazilian/Latin, Guardiola-inspired, and English-style counter-attack methodologies. Weekends are dedicated to competitive play. Most weekends each month, your child will get a chance to put the skills they've learned into action. They'll be part of a team, learn to strategize and navigate the highs and lows of a soccer game. Mental toughness is more than a skill at our club; it's a cornerstone of our coaching philosophy. We instill resilience, teaching athletes to view setbacks as opportunities for growth, and adaptability, preparing them to navigate the unpredictability of soccer and life alike. Our coaches' dedication transcends the soccer field; they aim to shape not only better players but individuals of strong character. We believe in nurturing confident, resilient, and adaptable athletes, ready to meet life's challenges head-on. We offer an environment where your child can thrive. With a focus on skill development, resilience, and adaptability, we are dedicated to helping each player reach their full potential, both on and off the field. Beyond mastering the tactics of soccer, your child will learn invaluable life skills, building confidence and cultivating a strong character. Guided by our experienced coaches, they'll experience personal growth within a supportive, team-oriented atmosphere. Ultimately, we're not just preparing your child for soccer games; we're equipping them with skills for the broader game of life. We believe in nurturing well-rounded individuals, ready to face any challenge with determination and grace.

  • Our Integrated Coaching Philosophy: Boosting Soccer IQ and Confidence

    Our competitive club program blends various soccer cultures and methodologies to cultivate players' confidence, ball control, game intelligence, and game flow understanding. We incorporate elements from Brazilian/Latin soccer, Pep Guardiola's coaching philosophy, and English-style counter-attack. Coaching Philosophy: Possession-Based Game Control We focus on a possession-oriented soccer style, promoting ball control through quick, precise passing and smart off-the-ball movement. This technique lets us manage the game tempo and boost scoring opportunities. Tiki-Taka Techniques We integrate the fast-paced "tiki-taka" style from Brazilian/Latin soccer. High levels of technical skill, quick decision-making, and fluid movement allow our players to maintain ball control and outsmart opponents. Guardiola-Inspired Tactics Taking cues from Pep Guardiola's coaching, we foster positional awareness, intelligent pressing, and spatial comprehension. By understanding their field roles and adapting to varying game situations, our players exploit opponent defense gaps and create scoring chances. Counter-Attack Strategies We leverage the English-style counter-attack method. Our players swiftly transition from defense to offense, using technical skills and tactical awareness to capitalize on the space left by opponents. Soccer as Evolved Childhood Games We relate soccer to evolved "keep-away" and "monkey in the middle" games. Our approach encourages ball control, possession maintenance, and intelligent passing. It also fosters teamwork and trust among our players. Player Development We aim to mold well-rounded players with exceptional technical skills, tactical intelligence, and game understanding. We emphasize individual development and adapt training to each player's strengths, weaknesses, and goals, promoting a positive, inclusive environment for continuous growth.

  • Nashville Futbol Club's Elizabeth Kagay Wins 2024 Regional Coach of the Year - NFC's Pride

    Nashville Futbol Club (NFC) is delighted to announce a significant achievement in the world of Tennessee soccer coaching. Our esteemed Coach Elizabeth Kagay has been honored as the 2024 Regional Coach of the Year by the Positive Coach Alliance (PCA) and TeamSnap, marking a remarkable milestone in her career and for our club. Elizabeth Kagay: A Beacon of Excellence in Nashville Soccer From a pool of 500 nationwide nominations, Coach Kagay distinguished herself as one of the 36 regional winners. Her unique distinction as the only coach named in the state of Tennessee, and one of just seven soccer coaches across the country to receive this honor, underscores her exceptional contribution to Nashville soccer and youth sports. NFC’s Coaching Philosophy: Impacting Youth Sports in Tennessee Coach Kagay embodies NFC's commitment to excellence in youth sports. Her dedication to the Positive Coaching Alliance's vision shines through in her approach, fostering an environment where young athletes, irrespective of their background, thrive both in soccer and life. Her work goes beyond coaching; it’s about nurturing the future of sportsmanship and leadership. Leading with Passion and Excellence Under her guidance as NFC's Head Coach for the Girl's Academy Program, Coach Kagay has made a profound impact on the lives of young athletes. Her leadership, passion, and commitment to the holistic development of her players set her apart as a true luminary in the coaching community. Celebrating Success at Nashville Futbol Club We invite our NFC family and the broader community to celebrate Coach Elizabeth Kagay's well-deserved achievement. Her contribution extends beyond the soccer field, influencing the lives of our young athletes and shaping the future of sports coaching in Nashville and beyond. Congratulations, Coach Kagay! Your unwavering dedication and passion are an inspiration to us all at Nashville Futbol Club. We look forward to continuing our journey of excellence in soccer coaching. Learn more about NFC’s programs and follow our journey.

  • Our 2012-13 Boys Black Team: TN State Cup Finalists!

    We congratulate our 2012 Boys Black team on an outstanding season, finishing as the TN State Cup finalists. Competing in the western division, the highest division of 9v9 in the state, these young athletes went undefeated, showcasing their skill and teamwork throughout the competition. Our team secured a 4-2 victory in the semi-final match. Although they narrowly missed the championship title in a hard-fought 2-1 game, we couldn't be prouder of their performance and sportsmanship. This season has been a dedication, growth, and learning journey for these boys. They have represented Nashville Fútbol Club excellently, making this an unforgettable season. We sincerely thank Tennessee Soccer for organizing a great State Cup weekend. Special recognition goes to our Director of Coaching and Head Coach, Jason Roufs. Congratulations to our team on a fantastic season! We look forward to seeing what the future holds. Until next year!

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