is simple: To help raise the level of training for young players.
We do this through advanced training programs for
players, as well as, coaching education programs based
on the European Model of Youth Player Development.
YPT (Youth Professional Taining)
brings the best training methods and techniques from
Europe's top professional club systems to the American
player and coach.
For over 30 years top clubs in
Europe have been perfecting what the MLS academies are just beginning to figure out about
developing young soccer talent. At these professional European clubs, players
are signed as 'youth professionals' as young as 8 and 9
years old. A contract at this age (8 - 18 years ) does
not mean money but means that a player will receive some
of the best training in the world, wear the clubs
colors, and compete in a national youth league against
other youth professionals from other clubs around the
country, Europe, and the world.
At the end of each year,
each youth professional is evaluated and either offered
another contract, or asked to leave. If a youth
professional stays in the system through age 18 he is
virtually guaranteed a lucrative professional contract
in one of the worlds top leagues. These clubs are in the
business of winning championships. Their youth trainers
are in the business of producing world class talent.
Every aspect of a youth professional's development is
monitored during his time with the club. Players are
also educated in the areas of nutrition and physical
development. Expectations are just as high off the
field, for a youth professional, as on the field.
Academic progress is of primary importance. If a young
player shows a decline in academic productivity he is
not permitted to train, or compete, until his
performance in the classroom improves.
YPT programs has its roots at some of the top
professional club teams in Europe. YPT founder John
Fisher, over the last several years, has spent
significant time working closely with professional youth
trainers from clubs such as Manchester United, PSV
Eindhoven, Bayern Munich, and Ajax of Amsterdam. One of
John's experiences gained national exposure in 1999 when
SOCCER AMERICA, Americas
leading soccer publication, carried a
his visit to one of the top clubs in Holland- PSV
Eindhoven. Very few American trainers have had the
opportunity to witness these highly sought after methods
first hand. Very few young American players will have
the opportunity to learn the game in this environment.
AMERICAN PLAYERS ARE READY FOR THIS LEVEL OF TRAINING.
All training methods used by YPT are the same as those
that are used within some of the worlds best
professional youth systems. Many of the methods and
techniques used have been witnessed first hand. Serious
players are instantly motivated when they hear how
players their own age are doing the same exact training
sessions at the sports most familiar clubs - players who
are on their way to becoming the future stars of the