Youth Sports Development


Could we learn some lessons from the French soccer development process? Here is some food for thought. This transcends soccer!

At Clairefontaine- National Training Center for French Football Federation:

  • Emphasis on experimentation and creativity not matches. Access to top coaches
  • Value on unstructured play
  • 7 year olds play no format larger than 5V5
  • No child slotted into one position until teenage years
  • Individual technique emphasized through age 16 over tactics
  • Coaches need to be quality demonstrators
  • Yelling at players not tolerated
  • All training must be fun
Vern Gambetta

Vern Gambetta

Director at Gambetta Sports Training Systems
Vern is the Director of Gambetta Sports Training Systems. He has been the a conditioning coach for several MLS teams as well as the conditioning consultant to the US Men's World Cup Soccer team. Vern is the former Director of Conditioning for the Chicago White Sox and New York Mets. He has lectured and conducted clinics in Canada, Japan, Australia and Europe and has authored six books and over one hundred articles related to coaching and sport performance in a variety of sports. He has a BA in teaching with a coaching minor and an MA in Education with an emphasis in physical education from Stanford University.
Vern Gambetta


Athletic Development Coach & Consultant. Founder of GAIN Network. Proud dad. Love to read everything.
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