Winstars News

 

Congratulations To Our Academy Player Daniel Luccisano

It is a great day for our academy player Daniel Luccisano who will attend McMaster University where he earn a Bachelor of Science and will look to play soccer for the Marauders Varsity Soccer team who play in the OUA and CIS.

Daniel is an excellent soccer player who has worked so hard in the classroom as well as on the soccer field. Daniel excelled in the class room and will be a fine ambassador for our academy. I would like to congratulate Daniel from all of us at our soccer academy as well as everyone who played a role in his development as an athlete and as a student/ person. I would like to recognize his high school Villanova.

Really enjoyed coaching Daniel and see him grow as a player and as a person. Daniel has chosen McMaster which is one of the best schools in the country and will be studying Life Sciences.

McMaster University has gained an international reputation for the innovative educational programming offered by each of its six faculties, the DeGroote School of Business and the Faculties of Engineering, Health Sciences, Humanities, Science and Social Sciences.

I would like to congratulate and recognize Daniel Mom Anna and Dad Marco who has been there every step of the way.

Our academy and myself personally would like to congratulate Daniel and wish him only the very best as he enters the next chapter of his life.

Sincerely,

Bobby Graham
Academy Director

 

 

Congratulations To Our Academy Player Dylan Falconer


It is a great day for our academy player Dylan Falconer who will attend Queens University where he study to earn bachelor of science and will look to play soccer for the Gaels varsity soccer team who play in the OUA and CIS.

Dylan is an excellent soccer player who has worked so hard in the classroom as well as on the soccer field. Dylan excelled big time in the class room and will be a fine ambassador for our academy. I would like to congratulate Dylan from all of us at our soccer academy as well as everyone who played a role in his development as an athlete and as a student/ person.

Dylan has chosen one of the best universities in the World and you can see below the entry average is 90% and is well recognized throughout the World.

Queen’s students want to think, do and excel. Students who choose Queens are among the most academically accomplished in the world, with an entering average of 89.1%. They come from across Canada and more than 114 countries worldwide to be taught by some of the finest academics anywhere – acclaimed philosophers and social scientists, innovative engineers and first-rate scientists who see scholarship as a balanced partnership between discovery and teaching.

I would like to congratulate and recognize Dylan Mom Nancy who has been there every step of the way, as well as his brother. Nancy has worked so hard and really been the backbone of Dylan with all his success. I know she will be most proud of her Son and a fine choice for a school.

Our academy and myself personally would like to congratulate Dylan and wish him only the very best as he enters the next chapter of his life.

Sincerely,

Bobby Graham
Academy Director

 

 

Congratulations To Our Academy Player Peter Andreakos

It is a great day for our academy player Peter Andreakos who will attend Ryerson University where he study Business Management and will look to play soccer for the Rams varsity soccer team who play in the OUA and CIS.

Peter is an excellent soccer player who has worked so hard in the classroom as well as on the soccer field. Peter excelled in the class room and will be a fine ambassador for our academy. I would like to congratulate Peter from all of us at our soccer academy as well as everyone who played a role in his development as an athlete and as a student/ person. I would like to recognize his high school St. Michael’s College School.

Really enjoyed coaching Peter as I had the privilege of coaching his Dad with my Wexford Soccer Club Team. It is most special when you get to Coach former players Son and it was a pleasure to have that opportunity and I thank the Andreakos Family for being able to do that.

Peter has chosen a well-recognized Ted Rogers School of Business where entry average is 85% and your degree will be highly valued.

If you want to study in the heart of Toronto’s business district, in the largest undergraduate business school in Ontario, then the Ted Rogers School of Business Management at Ryerson is the place to be. Ryerson-educated business managers use their extensive knowledge of business functions and marketplace dynamics to effectively manage teams, achieve business objectives and increase profits. Working at all levels of industry and government, or as entrepreneurs, Ryerson graduates are highly valued executives who excel at helping companies grow, innovate and succeed.

I would like to congratulate and recognize Peter Dad Bob and Mom who has been there every step of the way, as well as his brother Robert.

Our academy and myself personally would like to congratulate Peter and wish him only the very best as he enters the next chapter of his life.

Sincerely,

Bobby Graham
Academy Director

 

Congratulations To Our Academy Player Aaron Sant

It is a great day for our academy player Aaron Sant who will attend Queens University where he study Engineering and will look to play soccer for the Gaels varsity soccer team who play in the OUA and CIS.

Aaron is an excellent soccer player who has worked so hard in the classroom as well as on the soccer field. Aaron was our smartest player in our soccer academy who excelled big time in the class room and will be a fine ambassador for our academy. I would like to congratulate Aaron from all of us at our soccer academy as well as everyone who played a role in his development as an athlete and as a student/ person. I would like to recognize his high school Bill Crothers Secondary School.

Aaron has chosen one of the best universities in the World for Engineering and you can see below the entry average is 90% and is well recognized throughout the World.

Queen’s students want to think, do and excel. Students who choose Queens are among the most academically accomplished in the world, with an entering average of 89.1%. They come from across Canada and more than 114 countries worldwide to be taught by some of the finest academics anywhere – acclaimed philosophers and social scientists, innovative engineers and first-rate scientists who see scholarship as a balanced partnership between discovery and teaching.

I would like to congratulate and recognize Aaron Dad Ron and Mom who has been there every step of the way, as well as his two brothers.

Our academy and myself personally would like to congratulate Aaron and wish him only the very best as he enters the next chapter of his life.

Sincerely,

Bobby Graham
Academy Director

 

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR ACADEMY PLAYER JACOB GRANT

It is a great day for our academy player Jacob Grant who is a recipient of the Premier of Newfoundland Athletic Award as one of the top athletes in the province and received scholarship to attend Memorial University where he study and will play soccer for the Sea Hawks in the

Jacob is an excellent soccer player who has worked so hard in the classroom as well as on the soccer field. He will now play under the leadership of Head Coach Jake Stanford in the Atlantic University Conference and the CIS. Jacob is a very good soccer player and he also is a very good student and he will be a fine ambassador for our academy as well as Canadian Soccer. I would like to congratulate Jacob from all of us at our soccer academy as well as everyone who played a role in his development as an athlete and as a student/ person. I would like to recognize his high school St. Andrews College and head coach David Manning and his teammates at the College.

I would like to congratulate and recognize Jacob parents Rick and Lisa who has been there every step of the way, as well as the rest of his Family.

Our academy and myself personally would like to congratulate Jacob and wish him only the very best as he enters the next chapter of his life.

Sincerely,

Bobby Graham
Academy Director

 

Winstars Soccer Academy Update May 22, 2018

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Good morning, it was a very good weekend for our academy, we just got better everyday and wonderful display of soccer today. Very proud of all of all of you. Also look forward to having Lucas Vukovic back from California State University of Bakersfield as well great to have the Coletti brothers return last week, Anthony and Jordan.

Look forward to seeing everyone tonight at training 9pm at GS Field

This week training – Tuesday May 22 9pm – 10:30pm / Thursday May 24 9pm – 10:30pm / Saturday May 26 1pm – 3pm / Sunday May 27 1pm – 3pm - Field Map Here

Bobby Graham – Academy Director
www.winstarssoccer.com

Mens U18 Super Pro

Bracket A

Saturday, May 19, 2018

FC DURHAM ACADEMY
FC DURHAM

3-2

OAKVILLE
OAKVILLE BOYS 2000

TORONTO YOUTH FC

0-2

WINSTARS
WINSTARS SOCCER AC

Sunday, May 20, 2018

OAKVILLE
OAKVILLE BOYS 2000

2-0

TORONTO YOUTH FC

FC DURHAM ACADEMY
FC DURHAM

2-0

ANB FUTBOL '00

Monday, May 21, 2018

FC DURHAM ACADEMY
FC DURHAM

2-4

WINSTARS
WINSTARS SOCCER AC

Team Name

MP

W

L

D

GF

GA

Pts

1) FC DURHAM ACADEMY
FC DURHAM

3

2

1

0

7

6

6

2) OAKVILLE
OAKVILLE BOYS 2000

2

1

1

0

4

3

3

3) TORONTO YOUTH FC

2

0

2

0

0

4

0

Bracket B

Saturday, May 19, 2018

ANB FUTBOL '00

1-1

ERIN MILLS 2000A

Sunday, May 20, 2018

ERIN MILLS 2000A

2-3

WINSTARS
WINSTARS SOCCER AC

Team Name

MP

W

L

D

GF

GA

Pts

1) WINSTARS
WINSTARS SOCCER AC

3

3

0

0

9

4

9

2) ERIN MILLS 2000A

2

0

1

1

3

4

1

3) ANB FUTBOL '00

2

0

1

1

1

3

1

 

 

 

CONDITIONING 2018 - WINSTARS SOCCER ACADEMY


EXCELLENCE  IN ACADEMY SOCCER

The goal of your own training program is to assist you to get the most of your athletic ability so you can succeed on the soccer field. Improving your Strenghth and Endurance are the foundation for training and competing at the Elite level. Your dedication will be easily noted with your progress in our fitness testing, fitness training and team training sessions. The length of your training sessions will depend on how carefully you follow the work to rest ratio and your specific volume of training program.

This year is a big year for many of you with goals in mind of playing soccer at the highest level NCAA Division 1 / Professional Soccer

When we are on the tour, always have a bottle of water with you at all times.

Components of program

Warm-up (1) commit yourself to quality and effective warmup (2) The intensity and technique should be optimal to prepare you both physiologically and psychologically for your workout.

Speed development – (1) Technique is a priority, learn it and do it well. (2) Each of the exercises needs to be done with as much speed an explosiveness as possible. (3) Ensure enough recovery between repetitions. Do not rush thru the exercises.

Strength Training – (1) following full warmup (2) each exercise performed in the full range of motion. (3) Maintain proper technique and respect tempo assigned. (4) Recovery between sets should be no more than 60 seconds.

Core Training – (1) The abdominal muscles are almost entirely slow-twitch in nature. This means they respond very well to slow and controlled movements.

Aerobic training – Aim to have the times of the intervals consistent. You will get the greatest benefit if you keep your pace strong and under control. Try and get faster towards the end of the workout. *** Remember it is not where you start but where you finish ***

Cool Down – 5 minute easy jog. Perform Static stretches for each muscle group, hold position for 10-15 seconds. The stretch should feel like a slight tug and should not be painful.

RECOVERY / REGENERATION

The role which recovering your body over a tough pre-season cannot be underestimated. The Example weekly layouts all prescribe recovery sessions three times per week. This is a minimum expectation. You should be recovering after every session, every day. As much as many dislike certain aspects of recovery because of the discomfort is places you under it cannot be stressed the advantages which are seen when athletes complete correct recovery techniques. The easiest way to look at this is the Ice Bath should be come your best mate for 7-10 minutes each day. Training hard yet failing to recovery, is filing your body in its ability to adapt and improve to the imposed training stimulus.

Below is a list of recovery techniques you can look to implement into your training program:

• Hot / Cold shower - 1min hot, 30sec cold x 3-5 rotations (finishing on cold).
• Ice Bath - 7-10min in water at a temperature of 50-60 degrees
• Pool / Beach - spend time walking around, stretching and relaxing.
• Self-Massage
• Foam Rolling
• Stretching
• Compression garments
• Rehydration and Nutrition

Rehydration:
For each pound lost during exercise, 16 ounces of fluid should be consumed as soon as possible. A combination of water and sports drinks should be used to ensure that electrolytes and glucose (fast-absorbing carbohydrate) are also being ingested. Another strategy for assessing hydration status is to monitor urine color and output.

Replenish:
Carbohydrates and protein are critical for glycogen repletion post-workout. For prolonged intense exercise (aerobic or anaerobic) the best post-exercise carb to protein ratio appears to be 3:1 or 4:1. For resistance (strength-power) workouts a ratio of 2:1 to 3:1 may be more appropriate. *Low-fat chocolate milk is a perfect post-workout choice- it provides the necessary 3-1 (carb-protein) ratio

Repair:
The rapid introduction of carbohydrate, protein (and minimal fat) post-workout allows the body to begin repairing and rebuilding. The timing of protein intake is important and should be eaten every 3-4 hours. Post-workout protein should be consumed immediately (within 30 minutes).

Reduce:
Reducing oxidative damage (minimizing free radical damage) after exercise is also extremely important. Free radicals are unstable molecules produced during the metabolism of oxygen that promote inflammation and cell damage, leading to muscle soreness and delayed recovery short-term, degenerative disease long-term. Antioxidants are effective quenchers of free radicals, so it makes sense that ingesting antioxidants post-exercise would be an important strategy. The most effective antioxidants are Vitamin E and Vitamin C, and a wide variety of other phytonutrients found in fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds.

Our Current Approach to Physical Preparation of Youth Soccer Players – (Part 2)

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The Physical Preparation of our Academy Players

In Part 1, I outlined the importance of physical preparation in developing soccer players. In part 2, I go into detail about the five elements of our physical preparation program, how they fit into our program, and some interesting case studies.

Step One

The first step in developing a program that would integrate with practice was simple - understand the environment. Every team has rules, expectations, processes ­- aka culture ­- that shape the training environment.

I always listened closely to coaches and players, along with getting to know everyone’s names.

A successful program starts with good relationships between myself, the players, and coaches. While gaining their trust, I would continue experimenting with ways to squeeze in elements of strength, power, speed, and conditioning into the 15-20 minute blocks I am afforded.

Although some things change from a programming standpoint, the goal remains consistent – a well-rounded physical preparation program for developmental soccer players!

Conditioning

In this section, I present the conditioning demands of soccer, how we monitor conditioning levels, and how intensity is viewed within the program.

It doesn’t take someone with a degree in sports science to tell you that conditioning is critically important for soccer. The game itself is a test of conditioning – two 45-minute continuous halves, in which each team is trying to outperform the other.

Preparing for the demands of the game requires more than being able to run for 90 minutes.

Soccer is more than a continuous running sport; it also requires the ability to perform repeat sprints (RSA), separated by intermittent recovery. The length of recovery between high intensity runs changes with match situations, ranging from 20-60 seconds (1,2,6).

Our go-to conditioning test is the Yo-Yo Intermittent Recovery Test, developed by soccer physiologist Dr. Jens Bangsbo. Not only is it widely used amongst other academies, it’s also been well researched in soccer players, both professional and youth. A score of >2,320 (stage 58) has been proven beneficial in promoting RSA in elite junior soccer players (age 19) (3).

In our academy, I’d like all players to reach a benchmark of 50. Currently, half of our team has met this benchmark, with a few surpassing 60.

Case Study

Since June, we’ve seen an average increase of 13.1 stages in the Yo-Yo test in the players who are still with us (many 15+ stages!). As a team, we’ve increased the average score from 35.2 to 47.2 (June-February).

Although we’ve had players come and go during that time, the fact is, we are fitter today than we have been in the past.

The Conditioning Continuum(s)

Our soccer practices are two hours (120 minutes) and provide the bulk of conditioning required for soccer players. Most importantly, practice must have both low and high intensity components to prepare for the demands of a match.

The best way to digest the different components of conditioning for a soccer player is to view them on a continuum of intensity.

Using Heart Rate (HR) monitors throughout the indoor season, I’ve been able to confirm that our practices include an appropriate distribution of work in each of the intensity “zones” listed above.

But that doesn’t paint the complete picture.

For most of practice, it is rare that a player reaches close to their top speed, or makes a run over 50 meters with pace.

These gaps at high intensity are where conditioning without a ball fit into the program.

Running without the ball may be a prerequisite for achieving certain high intensity qualities; specifically max speed. Distance covered at high intensities fall within both speed endurance and repeat sprints (with and without ball).

I find it best to view these qualities on a continuum of speed.


Within these 2 continuums, there is surely cross over. As you can see, the speed continuum (Figure 2) exists on the intensity continuum (Figure 1).

Application to Practice

As I stated earlier, practice covers the bulk of conditioning. We are looking to ensure we are training at high intensities, across all qualities of the continuum – with and without the ball. To complement practice, players are advised to run at a low intensity on most non-practice days.

Speed

Below, I explain why speed development is a key component of the program, how we train it, and present a case study.

As made clear in the above section, running is important to soccer performance. Both speed and endurance will lead to better running performance. Speed sessions have been a mainstay of the program since the beginning and there are important 3 reasons for this:

  1. The higher your top speed, the easier it is for you to run at a submaximal speed – leading to improved endurance.
  2. The force and velocity that your body is producing to reach top speeds cannot be matched by any other exercise. That means you are getting more powerful AND faster when sprinting.
  3. You do not reach the speed you will be exposed to in a game enough during practice and small-sided games – which can leave you exposed in a game, both to injury and tactically. We must supplement this type of work in practice to effectively prepare for this component of match play.

 

Speed training is usually done in our Saturday practices, the reason being, they are theoretically well rested since Tuesday’s practice – which is a MUST for speed training.

Currently, we are getting 4-5 high quality sprints per week. I’ve started to use warm ups for speed prep, and finish off the warm up with 2-3 sprints with long periods of rest (2-5 minutes, depending on the distances) – we are experimenting with this 2x/week.

Case Study

With one speed day and resisted acceleration day per week between November and February, we’ve seen improvements in 30m sprint times as high as 0.15-0.29s in some of our players’ sprint times. This is quite impressive in a short block of training that included a holiday break.


Strength

In this portion, we dive into the influence strength has on reducing injuries, power, program structure and general guidelines for soccer players.

Soccer is a physical game, and you must be prepared for it when making the jump to the college game. Beyond the physicality of soccer, a balanced strength program can help to reduce common injuries. The stronger your muscles, tendons and ligaments, the more resilient they are to injury.

“Strength is the mother of all qualities” – Dietmar Schmidtbleicher, German Sports Scientist

It is a fundamental quality of power (Power = Force x Velocity), which underpins many athletic qualities. How powerful you kick a ball is dependent on both the force you strike the ball with strength and speed. 

Whether it is power, speed, or endurance – having a good base of strength is a perquisite. It is critical that we maintain some type strength training in our weekly plans for its injury reduction benefits.

Logistics trump all when it comes to programming.

Being resourceful in programming is important when time and equipment is limited. Strength training is not limited to only lifting weights. For me, it also includes our “ankle strengthening” routine - a series of low amplitude jumps -  and our sprints which are a part of our “hamstring strengthening” routine.

For most of the year, we have trained for 20-30 minutes, one time per week. Our strength program consists of 4-6 exercises in a circuit format that alternate between upper and lower body to allow recovery time between similar exercise groups.

Currently, we are experimenting with non-competing supersets (four exercises total). Using an “every minute on the minute” (EMOM) style program, we are able to rest 2 minutes between upper and lower body exercises – ensuring we are recovering adequately for power and strength work.

My recommendation for any soccer player would be to lift weights 2-3x/week to supplement what we are doing in practice. It is critical that a well thought out lifting program be done to avoid competing soccer demands, injury, and putting on too much muscle leading to loosing speed. 

  • - 4 players got injured this past year in the gym
  • - 4 players have put on too much muscle/weight at points over the year leading to poor performances in the Yo-Yo test and 30m Sprint

 

Power


The following segment outlines the three parts of our power program, insight into a week of jump training, and a case study about an testing tool that has been useful for monitoring lower body injury

. Power training is about moving fast – which is critical to soccer. Our power training program is simple:

  1. 1. Sprints
  2. 2. Jumps
  3. 3. Throws

 

By performing these explosive movements at different loads and speed, we are training to be more powerful. Similar to strength training, performing a balanced power program will help strengthen your muscles, tendons and ligaments, making you more resilient to injury.

Take our jump training for example. Most of the year, we’ve completed extensive-low amplitude skips/hops/jumps one day a week, while complementing intensive-high amplitude jumps (ie. Repeated jumps, tuck jumps, loaded jumps) throughout the week.

Case Study

The ability to produce force rapidly is important for sport, which is why we are looking to quantify it through testing. Of particular importance in young soccer players is the asymmetry between legs – common to many athletes. When this asymmetry gets outside of a tolerable limit, it can lead to overuse injuries.

The Single Leg Hop test (SLH) is an important marker for us. Not only a test of single leg power, but an opportunity to monitor athletes returning from injury, or those who may have a potential risk to developing one.

From November and February’s results, a combined 7 of 8 athletes who had an asymmetry > 5% between legs had either been returning from injury, had an injury at the time of testing, or later developed some sort of pain/injury in the lower body.

In 4 of the 7 cases, athletes picked up lower body injuries following testing.

This SLH is a go-to in our testing battery, serving as an important monitoring tool for our athletes.

 Agility

The below section on agility will define the components agility, why it’s complex, and how we are approaching it with training.

Training “agility” is very elusive, partly due to the many components that are involved, and the lack of transfer to sports performance (See Figure 3).

Within each component exists further subcomponents. For example, within change of direction, we must consider an athlete’s ability to accelerate, decelerate, co-ordinate their limbs, change their center of gravity, etc. 

Making matters more complicated, each athlete has a unique agility skillset - often specific to their position. For example, midfielders who are often in the “right place” to receive the ball have strong decision making and visual processing skills which make their style of play seem effortless (ie. Iniesta). On the other hand, defenders require strength to win challenges and the ability to anticipate, and change direction based on an attacker’s play (ie. Sergio Ramos).

Sport is chaotic, and ultimately, your ability to succeed depends on your ability to read and react to the game.

The good news is that soccer practice allows players to work on these skills, in a sport specific context. Without sporting context (i.e.. use of the ball, positional tactics, game objectives) there is hardly any transfer of the critical skills required to read and react to the game.


So, what are we currently doing for agility?

Simply put, we focus mainly on change of direction.

As is the theme with this article, we must physically prepare for the demands of the game. Most injuries occur during changes of direction (deceleration, landing, cutting) – so we must allow our players to build proficiency and strength in these positions.

Throughout the year, we have used the end of warm ups as a time to introduce and work on different movement skills (i.e.. cutting, shuffling, landing, accelerating, decelerating etc.). Adding another layer on top, we may add visual/decision making stimuli by performing partner reactive drills, or position specific tasks (i.e.. defenders react to attackers change of directions).

Putting it Together

This article is the result of over 100 sessions with the Winstars this past year. It represents our current approach to physical preparation, and will surely evolve as time passes. I hope it provides context to our program, and the current thought process behind it.

For more information about Coach Joe and to learn more, visit joevecchione.com. 

 

 

Passing on the Dream - Past Player Craig Patton

Just loved to see these pictures, former player of mine Craig Patton, full scholarship player at
West Virginia University, who is back in Morgantown, West Virginia for Alumni weekend.

Fantastic Player and I am looking forward to having his two Sons in my soccer academy in
the not to distant future. I hear they both are lighting it up in their age groups.

Great memories live on forever,

Academy Director Bobby Graham

 

 

Our Academy Players Visit their Future New Home - Rogers State University


Two of our academy players visited Rogers State University, where it will be home for the next four years. Jas Dhaliwal our excellent goalkeeper
and Anthony LaRosa our excellent striker, they will also have our
excellent central defender Nathaniel Minott with them when they start in August. They loved the visit and are really looking forward to August
when they start pre-season.

All I can say is that Rogers State has three fantastic players and I am confident they will impact their soccer program. As well, all the boys are fantastic young Men.

We will honor all three of the boys before they leave as well as all of our senior academy players.

Bobby Graham – Academy Director

 

 

 

 

Realize your Potential

Realize your Potential from Winstars Soccer Academy Video on Vimeo.

Our Current Approach to Physical Preparation of Youth Soccer Players – (Part 1)

By: Joe Vecchione

With over 100 training sessions in the books with the Winstars, I’ve been inspired to write this two part series sharing our current approach towards the physical preparation of our academy players – for college coaches, parents, and more importantly – our players. As a Strength & Conditioning (S&C) coach, my role is to physically prepare athlete’s for the demands of their sport, with the goal of improving performance and reducing injuries.

Training for sport is completely different than what you’d find in a commercial gym – AND on TV when you see athletes training.

Sport science has helped us push the limits of performance, which have shifted the culture of physical preparation in various sports – particularly in soccer. Many professional teams in Europe’s top leagues employ half a dozen people like myself to take care of their first team. Today’s modern soccer player must be physically fit to compete at the highest levels.

Simply put, physical preparation is important.

Which is why we’ve worked towards incorporating elements of S&C into each practice over the course of a week. Being at every practice over the last 12 months presented the opportunity to always be working on the physical development of our players.

It’s also brought a heightened level of professionalism to our approach – with S&C being commonplace in professional academies around the world.

When developing young soccer players who are pursuing college scholarships, the importance of their physical development cannot be understated. Although a bias perspective (since I am a S&C coach), top coaches understand it’s importance in developing high performance athletes.

Particularly those who are recruiting players for the next level in College.

Don’t believe me? We had a D1 coach come up to recruit a few months back, and he told me “There are a lot of programs that feel if a player has the physical traits, they can bring up their technical and tactical skills. The college game is so fast and physical, if you’re not built for it, you won’t see the field.”

Still don’t believe me? Out of our current graduating group, we have 2 players going to D1 schools next year.
They happen to be two of the fastest players on our team
(30m sprint test).

Your physical ability, whatever your strength may be – speed, strength, endurance – can be the difference between you and someone of equal technical/tactical ability.

An Integrated Approach.

On the soccer field, through warm ups, cool downs, and 10-20 minute blocks throughout practice, we’ve been able to effectively blend elements of strength, power, speed and conditioning into our soccer practice (details to follow in part 2).

Communication between coaching staff has allowed for this successful integration.

We must have a common understanding of practice intensity/goals in order to marry the two. Like chefs, we have our ingredients (exercises/drills), but we must create the right recipe (structure/program) to bring forward the true flavour of each ingredient in a delicious dish.

The results have been impressive.

Here are a few things that stand out in particular:

1.            Zero injuries on 2017 Summer Tour where we played 4 games in 4 days (90 minute, full field).

2.            The Yo-Yo Test (one of our Key Performance Indicators – KPI) has improved from a team average of 35.2 (June) to 47.2 (February) – 12 stages!

3.            Inquiries from a College Coach (who has 2 of our former players) about our S&C programs

•             One player had the best long jump score on team as a freshman.

•             One player had the best yo-yo score (aerobic fitness) on team as a freshman.

4.            Limited injuries over the course of the year

5.            More players on scholarship!

These are just a few highlights among many from over 100 training sessions and 12 months with the Winstars.

Stay tuned for the next part in this series where I’ll go into detail about the elements of our physical preparation program – including rationale, results and observations, along with some of the ways we are applying it into our daily training environment.

For more information about Coach Joe, visit joevecchione.com to learn more!

 

Dejan Jaković




Los Angeles Football Club

Defender
5
Real Name: Dejan Jaković
HT: 6' 2" WT: 176
Age: 32 (07/16/1985)
Birthplace: Karlovac, Yugoslavia
Hometown: Karlovac, Yugoslavia

ACQUIRED

Signed on February 5, 2018.

PERSONAL

Speaks Serbian, English, and a bit of Japanese.
Grew up participating in soccer and karate.
Was six years old when his family moved from Karlovac, CRO to Etobicoke, ON, CAN.

STATS

https://www.lafc.com/players/26/dejan-jakovi


Dejan Jakovic and Mark-Anthony Kaye being interviewed – Two Canadians on LA FC.

https://twitter.com/LAFC/status/985326613326807045

 

 

Winstars Promo Video

Flashback from 2007 – All players went on scholarship, mainly NCAA Division 1 and our Academy won SAAC League and SAAC Cup against Bryst at BMO Field, we went undefeated in the first year of SAAC competition and first year of our academy.

Winstars Promo Video from Winstars Soccer Academy Video on Vimeo.

 

Winstars Tryouts

 

From Oakville Winstars to General Manager – MLS Team

Having Coached many fine players over my many years of coaching, you always remember the special ones. We had an amazing Team and a boy who was from Kitchener was on our younger Team and asked to come to our Training and train with our squad and the first weekend he came out we had Trevor Adair, good friend of mine up from Clemson University and we both said who is this player and the rest is history, if you are good enough you are old enough.

Niki was a very good player and became our Captain, was MVP of the Tampa Sun Bowl, scored two goals for us to beat Scott Gallagher of St. Louis in the Championship Final of the Capital Cup. Played with our Team in the opening game of the Dallas Cup Super Group where we were the opening game of the event against eventual winner AC Milan, advanced in the group only to lose to Boca Juniors in the quarter Finals.

Niki went on to James Madison University, Dr. Tom Martin who is one of my best friends recruited him and he had many choices and chose JMU. This Oakville Winstars Team was very special and had all 18 players go on athletic scholarship to NCAA Division 1 Universities. Niki went on to receive his Masters Degree back here at Wilfred Laurier University, went pro in Europe for a few years and then went into the Soccer Scouting Business and now with Orlando FC of the MLS.

Really proud of this young man, a fine player and more important a fine individual who always represented our program with pride and class.

 


Niki Budalic-General Manager – Orlando City FC - MLS

 

 

Summer Tour Itinerary – Friday August 24 – Saturday September 1 - Living the dream

Summer Tour 2018

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Friday August 24 - Depart at 6am from our soccer office in Woodbridge / 1115 Woodstream Blvd. Unit 1
Travelling with Dallas Coach – 56 passenger Luxury Coach – our travel partner

Winstars Coach Bus

August 24 - September 1, 2017
Our Academy has our annual summer tour, which is one of our best events that we do during our calendar year.  We are away one week and travel on a 56 passenger Coach Bus and all food is included and hotel, as well as all expenses incurred during trip, we have 3-4 games against Top Academy Teams/ Universities and showcase our Players.

Deposit due now $1295
Full amount of trip $2595
Parent $500 Coach Bus only
We have to prepay many costs so I appreciate at least a deposit,  Bobby Graham – Academy Director

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Summer Tour 2016 Summer Tour 2016




The Route to a Dream

Harvard
2015 Summer Tour

 

 Checkout our past summer tour –so it will give you an
idea on what we do besides the soccer, we visit the
schools, meet the coaches, tour the campus.


 

 

Staying at the Residence Inn – Marriott Harrisonburg, Virginia – will be at this hotel for 4 nights ***

Residence Inn Harrisonburg

James Madison University www.jmu.edu


www.bridgewater.edu

After game head to Philadelphia
Our hotel while in Philadelphia will be the Westin Mt. Laurel.  We will stay at this Hotel for the second part of our trip.  For Parents who have not told me to book rooms, please let me know if you need a room as this Hotel is expensive and I got a really special rate, so do not book directly it will cost too much. We are staying at this Hotel, from Tuesday thru Saturday morning.
http://www.winstarssoccer.com/Images/events/summer_tour_aug_2016/Westin-Hotel.jpg
Westin Mount Laurel
555 Fellowship Road
Mount Laurel, New Jersey 08054
westin.com/mountlaurel

Wednesday August 29 -
Day off – visit Philadelphia / tour UPENN and Drexel/Villanova/ LaSalle


Thursday August 30 -
scrimmage Philadelphia Union Academy – at their training facility (time to be confirmed with the Union)


Philadelphia Union www.philadelphiaunion.com
http://www.philadelphiaunion.com/academy/ysc-facilities
Union/YSC Youth Training Facility

YSC Sports in Wayne, PA offers a first-class, professional training environment for the Union Academy. The state-of-the-art facility includes a full-size indoor field, small-sided indoor field, new outdoor turf training fields, and an expanded main outdoor field with a professional-grade playing surface.
Additionally, YSC Sports features locker rooms, a full weight room/ADT Zone, and a Physical Therapy & Recovery Room

 

Franco Lo Presti - Our Academy Player and URI Player

 

Franco

Franco LoPresti - 6'3" - 185 - D - Whitby, Ontario /Father Leo J. Austin HS
 

"When Franco visited campus back in the fall I immediately saw how well he fit in with the outgoing personality of the team. He comes from a very good Academy up in Canada and, over the last year, has had the opportunity to compete against some of the better college programs in showcase events. So, he knows what it will take to play at this level and be successful. We look forward to what he will bring to URI soccer over the next four years."

Prior to URI: Played alongside classmate Josh Gonsalves for the Winstars Soccer Academy and coach Bobby Graham... Helped lead team to an undefeated and SAAC League and Academy Championship... Was a member of Canadian National Training Centre (NTC) and Team Ontario Was a four-year MVP at Father Leo J. Austin Catholic Secondary School... Scored 37 goals and led FLJACSS to the Ontario HS championship title... Was a member of the United Nations Symposium and received Student
of the Month honors as well as the Outstanding Achievement Award for Law Mock Trial.

We always ask our players to do things in the community and just appreciate what we have and to help people who are less fortunate or who have disabilities or who are ill and in hospital. Giving back is important and teaching life lessons.

Franco, was such an amazing ambassador for our academy, and this video is an example of what we ask of all of our academy players. Just like when we come to training we shake hands with everyone and likewise when we leave.

We are not just teaching soccer, we are trying to teach things we do in our life that are the right things.  Like holding a door open for someone, giving up a seat on the bus for a Lady or a Senior Citizen. Doing when you should not when you have to.

Bobby Graham – Academy Director  

 

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR ACADEMY PLAYER BERNARDO ALVARADO

Bernardo Alvarado

It is a great day for our soccer academy and especially our academy player Bernardo Alvarado who has made a commitment to attend University of Texas at Tyler on a scholarship where he will play soccer for the Patriots at the NCAA Level as well as earn a Degree at their prestigious and well renowned School.

Bernardo is a very good player who has worked so hard in the classroom as well as on the soccer field.  He will now play under the leadership of Head Coach Kenny Jones in the American Southwest Conference.  Bernardo is a very good soccer player and he also is a very good student and he will be a fine ambassador for our academy as well as Canadian Soccer.  I would like to congratulate Bernardo from all of us at our soccer academy as well as everyone who played a role in his development as an athlete and as a student/ person. 

I would like to congratulate and recognize Bernardo Dad Ivan and his Mom who has been there every step of the way supporting him.

Our academy and myself personally would like to congratulate Bernardo and wish him only the very best as he enters the next chapter of his life. We will work hard to help him make sure he is most ready for the exciting challenge and be prepared to impact at University of Texas at Tyler from the start.

Sincerely,

Bobby Graham
Academy Director

 

 

CONGRATULATIONS ARIAN - WE ARE VERY PROUD OF YOU

 

Congratulations to Our Academy Player Jovin Grewal

It is a great day for our soccer academy and especially our academy player Jovin Grewal who has made a commitment to attend Wheeling Jesuit University on an athletic/academic scholarship where he will play soccer at the NCAA Level as well as earn a Degree at their prestigious and well renowned School.

Jovin is a very good player who has worked so hard in the classroom as well as on the soccer field. He will now play under the leadership of Head Coach Jim Regan in the Mountain East Conference. Jovin is a very good soccer player and he also is a very good student and he will be a fine ambassador for our academy as well as Canadian Soccer. I would like to congratulate Jovin from all of us at our soccer academy as well as everyone who played a role in his development as an athlete and as a student/ person.

I would like to congratulate and recognize Jovin Mom and Dad and Brother and Sister who has been there every step of the way.

Our academy and myself personally would like to congratulate Jovin and wish him only the very best as he enters the next chapter of his life. We will work hard to help him make sure he is most ready for the exciting challenge and be prepared to impact at Wheeling Jesuit University from the start.

Sincerely,

Bobby Graham
Academy Director

 

 

Congratulations to Our Academy Player Danilo Bakoc




It is a great day for our soccer academy and especially our academy player Danilo Bakoc who has made a commitment to attend Spring Hill College and study Engineering and play for their Badgers Team.

Danilo is an excellent player who has worked so hard in the classroom as well as on the soccer field. He will now play under the leadership of Head Coach Steve Wieczorek in the Gulf South Conference of the NCAA. Danilo is a very good soccer player and he also is a very good student and he will be a fine ambassador for our academy as well as Canadian Soccer. I would like to congratulate Danilo from all of us at our soccer academy as well as everyone who played a role in his development as an athlete and as a student/ person.

I would like to congratulate and recognize Danilo Mom and Dad who has been there every step of the way, as well as the rest of his Family.

Our academy and myself personally would like to congratulate Danilo and wish him only the very best as he enters the next chapter of his life. We will work hard to help him make sure he is most ready for the exciting challenge and be prepared to impact at Spring Hill College from the start.

Sincerely,

Bobby Graham
Academy Director

 

 

Congratulations To Our Academy Player Nathaniel Minott

It is a great day for our soccer academy and especially our academy player Nathaniel Minott who has committed to attend Rogers State University on athletic scholarship where he will study as well as play soccer at the NCAA Collegiate Level with Teammates Anthony LaRosa and Jas Dhaliwal.

Nathaniel is a very good soccer player who has worked so hard in the classroom as well as on the soccer field. He will now play under the leadership of Head Coach Derek Larkin in the Heartland Conference. Nathaniel is an excellent Defender and he also is a very good student and he will be a fine ambassador for our academy as well as Canadian Soccer. I would like to congratulate Nathaniel from all of us at our soccer academy as well as everyone who played a role in his development as an athlete and as a student/ person

I would like to congratulate and recognize Nathaniel Mom Shannon who have been there every step of the way for Nathaniel.

Our academy and myself personally would like to congratulate Nathaniel and wish him only the very best as he enters the next chapter of his life. We will work hard to help him make sure he is most ready for the exciting challenge and be prepared to impact at Rogers State University from the start.

Sincerely,

Bobby Graham
Academy Director

 

 

Congratulations To Our Academy Player Joshua Pedretti



It is a great day for our soccer academy and especially our academy player Joshua Pedretti who has committed to attend Spring Hill College on athletic scholarship where he will study Psychology as well as play soccer at the NCAA Collegiate Level.

Joshua is a very good soccer player who has worked so hard in the classroom as well as on the soccer field. He will now play under the leadership of Head Coach Steve Wieczorek in the Gulf South Conference. Joshua is an excellent player and he also is a very good student and he will be a fine ambassador for our academy as well as Canadian Soccer. I would like to congratulate Joshua from all of us at our soccer academy as well as everyone who played a role in his development as an athlete and as a student/ person

I would like to congratulate and recognize Joshua Mom Sandra and Dad Rob who have been there every step of the way for Joshua.

Our academy and myself personally would like to congratulate Joshua and wish him only the very best as he enters the next chapter of his life. We will work hard to help him make sure he is most ready for the exciting challenge and be prepared to impact at Spring Hill College from the start.

Sincerely,

Bobby Graham
Academy Director

 

 

Spring Tour March 2018 - UAB

Spring Tour March 2018 - UAB
Click on picture to enlarge

 

Congratulations to our Academy Player Jas Dhaliwal

Jas Dhaliwal

It is a great day for our soccer academy and especially our academy player and Goalkeeper Jas Dhaliwal who has committed to attend Rogers State University in Oklahoma on athletic scholarship where he will play soccer at the NCAA Collegiate Level as well as study to receive his Bachelor of Science as he wants to pursue Pharmacy.

Jas is a very good soccer player who has worked so hard in the classroom as well as on the soccer field.  He will now play under the leadership of Head Coach Derek Larkin in the Heartland Conference.  Jas is an excellent Goalkeeper and he also is a very good student and he will be a fine ambassador for our academy as well as Canadian Soccer.  I would like to congratulate Jas from all of us at our soccer academy as well as everyone who played a role in his development as an athlete and as a student/ person and especially our Goalkeeper Coach Roberto Carranza as well as Jas high school St. Edmund Campion.  

I would like to congratulate and recognize Jas' Dad and Mom and Brother who have been there every step of the way.

Our academy and myself personally would like to congratulate Jaspreet and wish him only the very best as he enters the next chapter of his life. We will work hard to help him make sure he is most ready for the exciting challenge and be prepared to impact at Rogers State University from the start.

Sincerely,

Bobby Graham
Academy Director

 

Congratulations to our Academy Player Anthony LaRosa

 

LaRosa

It is a great day for our soccer academy and especially our academy player and captain Anthony LaRosa who has committed to attend Rogers State University in Oklahoma on athletic scholarship where he will play soccer at the NCAA Collegiate Level as well as study Business at their prestigious and well renowned Business School.

Anthony is a very good soccer player who has worked so hard in the classroom as well as on the soccer field.  He will now play under the leadership of Head Coach Derek Larkin in the Heartland Conference.  Anthony is a very good soccer player and he also is a very good student and he will be a fine ambassador for our academy as well as Canadian Soccer.  I would like to congratulate Anthony from all of us at our soccer academy as well as everyone who played a role in his development as an athlete and as a student/ person

I would like to congratulate and recognize Anthony Dad Paul and Mom Marilyn who have been there every step of the way.

Our academy and myself personally would like to congratulate Anthony and wish him only the very best as he enters the next chapter of his life. We will work hard to help him make sure he is most ready for the exciting challenge and be prepared to impact at Rogers State University from the start.

Sincerely,

Bobby Graham
Academy Director

 

Small clip from Tuesday nights session

https://twitter.com/twitter/statuses/974008242509508608

 

Get to know LAFC defender Dejan Jakovic

Learn all about the incoming center back.

Jakovic in his Shimizu S-Pulse days. Photo by Masashi Hara/Getty Images

Age: 32

How LAFC acquired him: Signed on a free on Jan. 30, 2018.

Position(s): Central defender

Previous pro playing experience:

New York Cosmos (2017):
• 24 NASL matches (all starts), 1 goal
• 1 U.S. Open Cup appearance
Shimizu S-Pulse (2014-16):
• 41 J-League appearances (40 starts)
• 1 J2-League appearance/start
• 8 domestic cup appearances (all starts)
• Earned promotion to first-tier in 2016
D.C. United (2009-13):
• 98 MLS regular season appearances (94 starts), 1 goal
• 4 MLS Cup Playoffs appearances (all starts)
• 4 U.S. Open Cup appearances (all starts)
• 4 CONCACAF Champions League appearances (2 starts)
• Title: 2013 U.S. Open Cup
Red Star Belgrade (2008-09):
• 3 Serbian SuperLiga appearances
• 2 UEFA Cup appearances (1 start)
International: Canada (2008-present):
• 40 senior caps, 1 goal
• 5 U-23 caps
• Played in 2009, 2015, and 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cups
• Played in World Cup qualifying for 2018 World Cup

Scouting report

Dejan Jakovic had a lot of challenges to overcome when he arrived at the Cosmos. Joining New York very late in the preseason, he had little time to build chemistry with his partners in defense, and quickly had to readjust to the physicality and intensity of playing in the United States after a stint in Japan. However, he was able to hit the ground running, quickly solidifying a place in the Cosmos’ back four because of an injury to Carlos Mendes. Although the backline as a unit didn’t have the best of years due a lot to the uncertainty around the club during the preseason, Jakovic was a very good defender for the Cosmos, and I expect him to be a very solid option for LAFC especially with a full preseason under his belt. ~ Michael Chiara, Twice a Cosmo

How will he feature for LAFC in 2018?

Jakovic will be an insurance policy for Walker Zimmerman and Laurent Ciman, a veteran with experience here and abroad who can fit in in a pinch. If Ciman goes to the World Cup this summer, there are a handful of games that he’ll likely miss, and Jakovic will be the likely candidate to step in. As a center back who has been known more for his physicality than his speed, he is not at the level of the two presumed starters, but if neither of the guys ahead of him suffers a significant injury, Jakovic will likely be in line to play roughly 7-10 games across all competitions during the season.

Video

Have you ever wanted to watch nearly NINETEEN MINUTES of Jakovic highlights? Click here

Fun facts:

• Born in Yugoslavia (what is now Croatia), Jakovic immigrated to Canada with his family as a boy
• Played under legendary manager Zdenik Zeman at Red Star
• Played a vital role in one of the weirdest seasons in MLS history, at D.C. United in 2013. The team had a historically bad regular season, but rather miraculously won the U.S. Open Cup that year
• During the 16-17 NASL Season, Jakovic was the only New York Cosmo in FIFA 18 available for clubs to sign as a free agent

https://www.angelsonparade.com/2018/2/10/16999454/get-to-know-lafc-defender-dejan-jakovic-ny-cosmos-dc-united-shimizu-s-pulse-red-star-canada-uab

 

 

FC Dallas Game Videos


CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR ACADEMY PLAYER ARIAN MEHRANG

It is a great day for our soccer academy and especially our academy player Arian Mehrang who has made a commitment and received an athletic scholarship to attend Western Illinois University where he will play soccer at the NCAA Division 1 Level and earn a Degree.

Arian is a very talented soccer player who has worked so hard in the classroom as well as on the soccer field.  He will now play under the leadership of Head Coach Dr. Eric Johnson in The Summit Conference of Division 1.  Arian is a very good soccer player and he also is a very good student and he will be a fine ambassador for our academy as well as Canadian Soccer.  I would like to congratulate Arian from all of us at our soccer academy as well as everyone who played a role in his development as an athlete and as a student/ person. 

Arian will be my second player to attend Western Illinois University. Elton Fernandez who was a fantastic player for myself and for Western Illinois University.

Elton Fernandes (All-Tournament: 2004) (Second Team All-Conference: 2004, 2006)

I would like to congratulate and recognize Arian Dad Sean who has been there every step of the way, as well as the rest of his Family.

Our academy and myself personally would like to congratulate Arian and wish him only the very best as he enters the next chapter of his life. We will work hard to help him make sure he is most ready for the exciting challenge and be prepared to impact at Western Illinois University from the start.

Sincerely,

Bobby Graham
Academy Director
www.winstarssoccer.com

 

FC Dallas Showcase March 2-4, 2018 - Game Videos

 

March 2, 2018

FC Dallas Showcase Game 01 - Winstars vs Real Colorado Olympico - 1st Half - March 2, 2018

FC Dallas Showcase Game 01 - Winstars vs Real Colorado Olympico - 2nd Half - March 2, 2018

March 3, 2018

FC Dallas Showcase Game 02 - Winstars vs Richland College - 1st Half - March 3, 2018

FC Dallas Showcase Game 02 - Winstars vs Richland College - 2nd Half - March 3, 2018

March 4, 2018

FC Dallas Showcase Game 03 - Winstars vs Colorado Storm North - 1st Half - March 4, 2018

FC Dallas Showcase Game 03 - Winstars vs Colorado Storm North - 2nd Half - March 4, 2018

March 5, 2018

Winstars vs UAB game - March 5, 2018





CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR ACADEMY PLAYER BEN WILLIAMS

It is a great day for our soccer academy and especially our academy player and captain Ben Williams who has signed the letter of intent and received an athletic/academic scholarship to attend Bryant University where he will play soccer at the NCAA Division 1 Level as well as study Business at their prestigious and well renowned Business School.

Ben is a special player who has worked so hard in the classroom as well as on the soccer field.  He will now play under the leadership of Head Coach Seamus Purcell in the Northeastern Conference of Division 1.  Ben is a very good soccer player and he also is a very good student and he will be a fine ambassador for our academy as well as Canadian Soccer.  I would like to congratulate Ben from all of us at our soccer academy as well as everyone who played a role in his development as an athlete and as a student/ person.  I would like to recognize his high school Bill Crothers that is recognized as an athletic based school.

I would like to congratulate and recognize Ben Dad David who has been there every step of the way, as well as the rest of his Family.

Our academy and myself personally would like to congratulate Ben and wish him only the very best as he enters the next chapter of his life. We will work hard to help him make sure he is most ready for the exciting challenge and be prepared to impact at Bryant University from the start.

Sincerely,

Bobby Graham
Academy Director
www.winstarssoccer.com

 

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We have partnered with Sports Recruits

Happy to announce that we have partnered with Sports Recruits and real excited about this initiative as our academy is a Players first Academy and with SR we can work to become the best Academy in Canada for the Serious and Gifted Soccer Players who want to get to the next level.

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Dejan Jakovic Signs with Los Angeles Football Club - MLS

 

Dejan Jakovic Signs with Los Angeles Football Club - MLS

One of our Own Back in the MLS

 

My Former Player Adrian Cann Inducted in University of Louisville Hall of Fame

Congratulations to Cards Soccer alumnus Adrian Cann, inducted tonight into the UofL Athletics Hall of Fame

- C-USA Player of the Year
- Canadian National Team
- 15 Year Pro Career

 

 

Winstars 2018 Senior Team

Winstars 2018 Senior Team
(click for larger picture)

 

Winstars 2018 Junior Team

Winstars 2018 Junior Team
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Schellas Hyndman's Do's and Dont's of College Recruiting


Schellas is now the Head Coach at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix Arizona – NCAA D1 Soccer Program

Schellas Hyndman's Do's and Dont's of College Recruiting

http://www.usyouthsoccer.org/schellas_hyndmans_dos_and_donts_of_college_recruiting_/

 

Coaches Email List - NCAA Division 1 - 2018

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2018
NCAA Division 1 College Coach Contact Information

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United Soccer Coaches

2017 NCAA DI MEN – FINAL

 

Champions are Made Here

 

Bobby Clark - Head Coach at Notre Dame Retires

http://www.und.com/sports/m-soccer/spec-rel/112817aao.html

All of us at our soccer academy wish Head Coach at Notre Dame the very best in his retirement. Meeting Coach Clark, fellow Scot at the Bethesda Tournament in Maryland – 1986 and have been a friend ever since.  A Legend in Scotland as Goalkeeper with Aberdeen FC. and done one amazing job at Dartmouth College, Stanford University and University of Notre Dame.  He has been most successful as a NCAA Division 1 Coach and is a fine ambassador for Collegiate Soccer in the USA sending many players to the Professional game.

More important to me is the person, so special and so much passion for the game and you just always want to be in his company as you learn so much as well as he lights you up and motivates you about the game.  Had one of my Players at Dartmouth in his first recruiting class – Danny Sankar who is most successful for the journey and learning from Coach Clark.  I had the pleasure with our academy to spend a couple of days at Notre Dame with our academy and present him with a plaque for his dedication and commitment to the game.

He certainly will be missed, however we wish him the very best in his retirement with his Wife Bette and his wonderful Family and Grandchildren.

Bobby Graham – Academy Director     

 

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Our Match vs. Philadelphia Union Academy Team

Sunday October 15th – our match vs. Philadelphia Union Academy

Was a great day and match as you can see for yourself, as our academy takes on the Union Academy. 

https://vimeo.com/240237124

Both teams together after the game on Saturday October 14th (Click on image to enlarge)

Bobby Graham – Academy Director  


Congratulations to our academy Player Joey Bellotti

 

Joey Bellotti

Our Academy Player Joey Bellotti, who is a member of IMG Academy scored two goals for his Team to beat the top team in their League by a score of 2-1. All of us at Winstars are happy for Joey as he looks forward to earning a University Scholarship at a top University with an excellent soccer program. 

We all look forward to him coming home at Christmas.  Last year Joey was selected out of players from all over North America to go to Italy and represent an All Star Team play at the Italian National Training Center as well as watch the National Team play a game.

What a wonderful experience for Joey, as well IMG is a very well recognized academy for sport and education, located in Florida.

Best wishes for rest of the season to Joey and his Team     

Bobby Graham – Academy Director    

 

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A nice Testimonial by our former Academy player Ethan Vigario – now on Full Scholarship at St. Francis University – Ft. Wayne

Eathan Vigario

Hello, I am Ethan Vigario, a former player of Bobby Graham. What I have to say is straight forward, easy to comprehend and to the point. If you are looking to get to a college on scholarship and if it is a serious dream / goal of yours then I recommend going nowhere else other than Winstars.

Not only does Bobby and all the coaching staff provide a professional training environment for significant development, but they also treat you like they son. It is a family like no other and definitely stands out from the rest. Bobby likes great footballers, but also great people and that's why you don't see 1000 kids in his academy, you only see. Around 40. This is because to him it isn't about the money, he cares about you and your future.

I hope you end up taking up this opportunity, regardless of how far or close you live. I traveled 2 hours to get to training and Bobby and the academy made it more than worth it. You can shoot me an email if you have any further questions regarding any of this.

Ethan Vigario.

 

NCAA DIVISION 1 RANKINGS

NCAA

http://www.ncaa.com/rankings/soccer-men/d1

 

Winstars vs St Francis

 

 

Dreams Come True

 

 

EVERY DAY IS AN OPPORTUNITY AND KNOW YOU MUST DELIVER

Message to Our Players:

No one gets handed anything in this game.

No matter how talented you are. The most you can ask for is an opportunity. Then it's up to ...you to take advantage of it. How much time have you spent honing your skills and working on your game? How much have you sacrificed?

Enough to make an impact at a high level? Okay. Then show everyone. Then if you do deliver make sure you're aware that the level of expectation goes up with all the praise, and it's your responsibility to grow with it. Physically and mentally. That's what separates the great from the average. And that's why they stay at the top. Every day is an opportunity and every day they know they must deliver.

EVERY DAY IS AN OPPORTUNITY AND KNOW YOU MUST DELIVER

 

Winstars vs. FC United – at Wish Field – De Paul University Chicago - Saturday August 19, 2017

Winstars vs. FC United – at Wish Field - De Paul University Chicago - Saturday August 19, 2017 - Part 1 of 4

https://vimeo.com/231421272

Winstars vs. FC United – at Wish Field - De Paul University Chicago - Saturday August 19, 2017 - Part 2 of 4

https://vimeo.com/231425501

Winstars vs. FC United – at Wish Field - De Paul University Chicago - Saturday August 19, 2017 - Part 3 of 4

https://vimeo.com/231429246

Winstars vs. FC United – at Wish Field - De Paul University Chicago - Saturday August 19, 2017 - Part 4 of 4

https://vimeo.com/231437253

 

 

Tryouts for our Academy

Past Players

Past Players of Coach Graham
http://www.winstarssoccer.com/win_players.htm
if you are looking for an academy that has a proven track record in development and placement of Elite Soccer Players who have grades and are serious about school.

Summer Tour August 2017


Our Team and FC United Team together for a picture after the match

Our Team and FC United Team together for a picture after the match (Click to Enlarge)

FC United Coaches and their Academy Director Jamie Smith fellow Scot and former Glasgow Celtic Player

FC United Coaches and their Academy Director Jamie Smith fellow Scot and former Glasgow Celtic Player  

 

Importance of having a Strength and Conditioning Coach

Training Coach

Our Academy has made the investment to having a full time strength and conditioning Coach, Joe Vecchoine, he will bring a professional approach to warming up prior to games and practices as well as cooling down, as well as help our athletes work on strength, speed and power, all very important to help our athletes to get to the next level of play. See below

Strength & Conditioning

Training Coach


As an academy, we are dedicated to developing our athletes in preparation for the next level. Our strength & conditioning coach, Joseph Vecchione, works with our athletes to develop the physical qualities (i.e.. Strength, power, speed, endurance) that a young player needs to make the step to the next level.

Training CoachWe integrate strength & conditioning into every practice, starting with warm ups
and ending with cool downs. By doing so, we can work to improve the physical attributes (strength, speed, power) that build well rounded and robust soccer players. We also conduct monthly testing batteries to monitor our player’s progression and provide informed programming.

In addition to on-field training, Joseph hosts drop-in group workouts for our boys at his garage gym on Tuesdays @6:30, Wednesdays @6, and Sundays @11. For our athletes who would like to join a drop-in session, or book semi-private training sessions with Joe, please contact him via e-mail – coachvecchione@gmail.com

 

Joseph Vecchione Bio

VecchioneJoseph is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength & Conditioning Association. He studied Kinesiology at the University of Guelph-Humber, where he performed concurrent training research on endurance athletes, looking to minimize the interference effect (IE). Studying the fine balance of strength/power training and endurance training to minimize the IE of a program’s desired adaptations is critical to the successful programming of soccer players and athletes.

During his 5 years of coaching experience, Joseph has worked with hundreds of athletes at all levels; grassroots, high school, university, national and Olympic. Joseph had his athletic career cut short by 2 ACL reconstructive surgeries as a young soccer player, which has sparked a relentless drive to physically prepare athletes to be resilient and dominate in their field of play.

Joseph has worked in many settings, including the Canadian Sport Institute of Ontario, the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre, and the University of Toronto.

www.josephvecchione.com

SAT WORKSHOP WILL START AFTER SUMMER TOUR

I highly recommend any of our academy student athletes take the test with Dan Sankar, it is a 12 hour course that would cost more if done with another company or individual. All our funds received are given to Dan, we do not keep anything as we want our players to succeed. I highly recommend that you register/register your Son if he is in grade 10 or 11/12. The next test date is October 7 and the final date to register with the SAT College board is September 8.
https://sat.collegeboard.org/SAT/next-steps-toward-college

The SAT Test – Date of Test October 7th register by September 8
Date of Test – November 4 register by October 5
Date of Test – December 2 register by November 2

Please register online as that is the best way and we will start on the Sunday after the Labor Day weekend.

WINSTARS SAT WORKSHOP

WHERE: Winstars Academy Office
WHEN: starting after the tour / will be prior to or after our training sessions on Sundays
COST: $400

SAT Prep Course

Complete SAT Prep Course
Cost per player: $400

INSTRUCTOR: Dan Sankar (416) 575-6958

CLASS RESOURCES (bring to each class)

SAT Preparatory Book (will advise which book to purchase, not needed for the first class)
Scientific Calculator
Dictionary
Workbook/Paper, Pens, Pencils, Erasers

ABOUT THE SAT: The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) is a standardized test required for admission to all U.S. colleges and universities. The SAT evaluates the student's knowledge in the areas of writing, critical reading and mathematics. The SAT helps universities compare students from different parts of the country and the world with one standardized measure. In addition to the student's school marks, extra-curricular activities and admissions essay, SAT results play a crucial role in the admissions process.

STUDENTS WILL:
* Learn important study techniques and concepts for the three sections of the SAT.
* Learn general study and test preparation skills.
* Do many practice questions and essays and be provided with ongoing evaluation and feedback.
* Do vocabulary building exercises with the purpose of applying these to actual SAT questions.
* Do timed test sections in the areas of critical reading, writing and mathematics

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
* 20+ years of experience as SAT and High School Mathematics Instructor
* B.A. (Psychology), M.A. (Sports Psychology), M.Ed. (Counselling Psychology)
* Player for Dartmouth College, NCAA Division 1, All-American, All-Ivy

 

Sat Testing Dates 2017-18

SAT
Link

 

Catching Up With Daniel Festa - Manhattan College Graduate

Catching Up With Daniel Festa

Catching Up With Daniel Festa
Courtesy: Manhattan Athletic Department
Release: 07/13/2017

Riverdale, NY - With this year being the 50th anniversary of the Manhattan Men's Soccer team we will be checking in with different alumni throughout the season to see how the program has impacted their lives.

Our second former Jasper is Daniel Festa '14.

What does being a member of the Manhattan Soccer family mean to you?

"Being a part of the Manhattan Soccer family means that I have brothers from all over the world and that Gaelic Park will always be our home field. It means staying connected with friends and supporting the program to attract future talent that will enable it to continually grow stronger."

What has Manhattan Soccer taught you?

"During my time with the program, I learned the values of working hard and how to persevere even against low odds. Additionally, the program has afforded me the right to spend time with people from different parts of the world. This has in turn taught me the importance of effective communication in a global marketplace."

What are you doing now?

"I am currently working for Morgan Stanley in Fund Services. I deal with hedge funds and their investors on inflows, outflows, transfers or capital and also reporting and distribution of information pertinent to their investments."


6 Expectations On the Road to Success

When I arrived in Tampa as head coach, I began meeting with the players who lived there, trying to understand from them what needed to be fixed. Although all the issues were relatively minor, they contributed to the team’s second class, defeatist, excuse-laden mentality. I began to sell the philosophy that we are responsible for what happens to us, not anyone or anything else. No excuses, no explanations.

At a team meeting, I ran through a laundry list of excuses our players could easily hang a poor season on if they chose to: We have a new coach staff. We have to learn a new system on both offense and defense. We have sub-par facilities. We have a young quarterback. We never get the benefit of the doubt from officials. We might move cities. Those were all great excuses, and we could have used all of them. However, our goal was to win and excuses weren’t an option. Have you been using excuses lately? Here are 6 expectations I communicated to my team on the road to success.

1. Be a pro.

2. Act like a champion.

3. Respond to adversity; don’t react.

4. Be on time. Being late means either it’s not important to you or you can’t be relied upon.

5. Execute. Do what you’re supposed to do when you’re supposed to do it. Not almost. All the way. Not most of the time. All of the time.

6. Take ownership.

Is this how you approach your marriage? Your role as a dad? Your job?  Whatever it takes. No excuses, no explanations.

http://www.allprodad.com/dungy/6-expectations-on-the-road-to-success/

 

Bobby Clark: Shaping minds, not just professionals, at Notre Dame

Bobby Clark: Shaping minds, not just professionals, at Notre Dame

https://www.fourfourtwo.com/us/features/bobby-clark-notre-dame-soccer-coaching-legend-ncaa#dASJFO7cXPrwYeoj.99

 

The Secret by Dani Alves - You really need to read this article

The Secret by Dani Alves - You really need to read this article

https://www.theplayerstribune.com/dani-alves-juventus-the-secret/?utm_content=bufferdc8f9&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

How to Improve Stamina for Soccer

How to Improve Stamina for Soccer

Check out all our best drills, gym workouts and articles on how to improve stamina for soccer 

https://www.fourfourtwo.com/performance/training/how-improve-stamina-football

 

Our Goalkeeping Department

Goalkeepers are the most important player in a Team, at our academy we have an excellent Coach Roberto Carranza who specializes and trains our goalkeepers three times a week.  We invest much time, effort and finances into our goalkeeping and have had much success in the past with Goalkeepers who went on to the next level.

Past Goalkeepers Coached by Academy Director Bobby Graham

  1. Peter Pappas Philadelphia University and Professional with Philadelphia Kixx
  2. Loukas Papaconstantinou University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Now a Dentist
  3. Jaro Zawislan – Clemson University - Former Head Coach at Cornell University – Men’s Team
  4. Thomas Zawislan – Creighton University
  5. David Clemente – University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)
  6. Raj Wakhale – Hartwick College
  7. Melford (Junior James) – University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)
  8. Robert Marinaro – Clemson University – Now Head Coach of Kent State University (Women’s Team)
  9. Rasih Pala – Northern Illinois University
  10. Jay Mason – University of the Incarnate World - Now Head Coach of Cal Poly (Women’s Team)
  11. Phillip Cavicchia – Appalachian State University
  12. Chris Skelton – Niagara University
  13. Dennis Kramer – Southern Polytechnic State University
  14. Jamie Englefield – Winthrop University
  15. Domenic Spedaliere – Eckerd University
  16. Spyros Sergiotis – Wilmington University
  17. Adriano Debreau – Western Michigan University
  18. Matthew Zaikos – Urbana University
  19. Zachery Zeke – Adrian University
  20. Jordan Sedhi – Seton Hill University
  21. Christian Brunet – Lewis University
  22. Nicholas Luciani – Culver Stockton University
  23. Karman Saini – Swedish First Division Husqvarna FF

 

 

Adidas is now our official Clothing Supplier of our Soccer Academy

Some of the sports apparel each Academy player will receive

AdidasWINSTARS ACADEMY SUPPLIER

 

 

Student-Athlete NCAA Resources


Links

NCAA Eligibility Center  *Formerly known as ‘Clearinghouse’ and is required for all Division I and Division II athletes
The College Board  *SAT Registration, College Search Tool, Scholarship Searching Tool

 

 

20 Questions to see where you should go to school

 

 

Choosing a college isn’t a four-year decision; it’s a 40-year decision. From campus to classes, academics to culture, there’s a lot to consider. And, often, students don’t even know what they want in a college experience. To help your student-athlete better understand their best college match, you can start by asking them the right questions. In this article, we provide 20 questions to gauge academic and cultural fit.

We are not covering questions for determining athletic fit, as that is an entire topic in itself. These questions can help you start a list of potential colleges, and you can add athletic fit to whittle down your choices.

Remember: You’re trying to figure out what your student wants in a school, not what you as a parent want for them. A lot of parents will frame questions by giving an obvious bias to one answer. For example, “Do you want to just be another number in a class with 500 kids in it?” Instead, phrase questions so your student-athlete can share what they really think.

It might be tempting to try grinding through all 20 questions at once. But, you’ll likely get a lot of eye rolls and, “Ugh, I don’t know!” responses. Instead, ask a couple questions at a time and keep track of the answers in a notebook. That way, you can refer back when you need to.

Ask these 20 questions to see where your student should go to school.

Academics. To parents, academics may be the most important aspect of determining best college match. For high school students, academics may be the first thing they push to the side. These questions help narrow down schools where your student would thrive academically.

1. What do you want to major in?

2. Would you be willing to adjust your major?

3. Do you want to be taught by full-time professors or graduate students?

4. Which type of classes do you prefer: lecture style or discussion style?

5. Will your major require an internship?

6. Do you want to take classes that interest you or would you like to stick to your major?

7. Is the prestige/reputation of the college important to you?

8. Do you fulfill the academic requirements to be accepted?

Culture. When students go to college, most of them will be living on their own for the first time. They need to feel at home in their university, surrounded by students who they can connect with. Campus culture refers to the type of students at the campus, the location, physical attributes of the campus and what stands out in the student body.

9. Are you more interested in a social campus, a commuter campus (where students tend to go home on the weekends) or a quiet campus?

10. How far away from home would you like to be?

11. Would you prefer to go to a school where you already know a lot of people?

12. What are your weather-related deal breakers?

13. Do need a lot of green space?

14. Do you prefer to be in a large city?

15. Would you like a religious university?

16. What kinds of extracurricular or social activities are you interested in?

17. Do you want to be surrounded by people who share your viewpoint?

18. Do you want a diverse environment?

19. Do you like seeing people you know around campus every day?

20. What specific experiences do you want to have in college (e.g., studying abroad)?

Bonus: 5 financial questions for parents

College is a huge investment. As a parent, you need to be realistic about what colleges are feasible from a financial standpoint. Ask yourself these questions to make sure you—and your student—know where things stand financially.

1. How much are you willing to pay for college and how much responsibility will fall on your student?

2. Does your student qualify for any scholarships or financial aid?

3. Will your student be supporting themselves while at college? Is the college town’s cost of living realistic?

4. Will your student need to participate in a work-study program or similar arrangement to help cover the cost of tuition?

5. Are you and/or your student willing to take out college loans? How much?

Time Management Winstars

 


How to be a Professional Footballer

Link to article

 

Our Future Stars

 

Testimonial from Barry Gorman, Former Technical Director, FC Dallas and Penn State University Coach

Barry Gorman

Bobby Graham is, without doubt, one of the foremost pre-eminent youth soccer ambassadors Ontario has produced. His commitment to the development of youth soccer in Canada is second to none. I can think of no one, in America or Canada, who has assisted more players in progressing to the Collegiate and Professional ranks.

For over 25 years, Bobby Graham has provided numerous, incredible opportunities for countless Canadian youngsters to showcase their talents at the best soccer events throughout the USA. The sheer number of former players who can trace their academic-athletic opportunities back to Bobby Graham run organizations is testimony to the man's "Midas" touch. The truly remarkable success rate his programs have achieved throughout the years, both on and off the field, is an indication of the excellent high standards he expects, creates and maintains.

The Winstars Soccer Academy is an outgrowth of that desire for excellence. It is a professionally run organization where it is clearly evident, "they are on the right track and have ‘bottled’ something special." On the coaching side, they are extremely well organized while constantly preparing and coaching players in a meaningful, competitive environment. On the academic side they are, in my mind, the leading source for soccer scholarship information and advice in Canada.

In my former role, as the Head Coach of Penn State University Men's Soccer Program for 22 years, I got to know Bobby Graham very well and am delighted to count on him as a valued and trusted friend. We share a similar vision of the "beautiful game," but more importantly, a strong core value in how best to monitor the growth and development of aspiring young soccer players.

Without question, I would recommend the Winstars Soccer Academy to any serious student-athletes and their parents as a worthwhile, positive career/life changing investment. I look forward to continuing to stay in touch with Bobby Graham and enhancing my professional relationship with the Winstars Soccer Academy.

FC Dallas

Barry Gorman
Technical Director – FC Dallas
Former Head Coach Men's Soccer – Penn State University

NSCAA Past President


Champions are Made Here - Video

 

6 FACTS YOUR PLAYER MUST KNOW IF HE WANTS TO BE PRO

Barcelona

http://www.knowhowsoccer.com/6-facts-your-player-must-know-if-he-wants-to-be-pro/

Success doesn't happen as an accident. It is hard work, sacrifice, ups and downs, determination, motivation, but, most of all, love for the game and love doing your job.

Training is a process. It consists several main components:
1. periodization,
2. preparation,
3. organization,
4. dedication,
5. consistency.

All main factors, joined together, create entirety when you're making professionally organized plan with long and short term objectives.

While you're preparing your training program always consider:

CONTINUATION
→ the connection between the sessions – so the transition from one day to another, and one week to another, is gradually developed.

PROGRESSING

→ building up challenges and training loads in coming sessions.

CONTROLLING

→ using these methods you are constantly controlling your players but laying on their effort and making them naturally building up their performance. Each subsequent training is an upgrade to the previous work so it must be proposed on a higher level than the previous one.

Playing the highest level isn't for everybody, and that's what makes it so special. Only the ones who made it know what kind of commitment to soccer training takes to get there. With that in hart, there are few facts your player should have in mind if his dream is to become a pro.

1. THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE AVERAGE AND THE GREAT PLAYER
In the modern game, at any level, soccer training and conditioning is essential. What makes the main difference between the great soccer player from the average one is their ability to do 'that something extra', something special during the match: dribble few players on the run in dying minutes of the game, precisely cross the ball to a teammate who is on the run passing the defender, clear the ball from the opponent in a counterattack action…'that something extra'.

2. YOU CAN NEVER RETURN THE LOST GAME OR THE LOST TRAINING
If you commit yourself, make it count. Keep the consistency and persistence in training, attending every practice without any excuse. There are many factors that can distract you from the training, but you must know that every practice will make you better than before.

3. PLAYER HAS TO BE CAPABLE TO PLAY 10 OR 120 MINUTES
You are training hard to be fit and in your best shape for the match. You must be prepared at any moment coach decides to put you in a team. It can be full match or part of the game. Coach will decide to play you depending on his vision, situation on the pitch, including tactical variation or injuries.

4. TRAININGS ARE HARDER THAN THE MATCH
Many times coaches propose physically demanding practices. The purpose is to be prepared to the last minute of the game playing in high tempo, not losing rhythm or level of performance. Hard work in training is guarantying lightness and ease during the game.

5. WORK HARD DURING PRACTICE AND HAVE FUN DURING THE MATCH
If you did your job well during training, you don't need to worry about the coming game. If you're prepared well, you will be fully focused only on your best performance and team's effort during the game.
Physically fit players are confident, motivated, in control of their potential having variety of options to choose.

6. IF YOU GIVE YOUR MAXIMUM DURING THE GAME, YOU WILL SLEEP CALMLY NO MATTER IF YOU LOSE OR WIN
After every match, player should analyse his own performance and where he stands. What is needed to work on to improve and what should be polished and mastered till the automatism. But one is definite, put your maximum effort because that is what is expected from you. Level of your performance depends on your preparation.

Becoming a good player takes a lot of time, hard work, and practice, especially. Be honest to yourself and set standards you wish to achieve. At the end, the price will be huge. Satisfaction, joy and respect are just a few of them.
→ Preparation prevents poor performance.

Arsene Wenger, How To Build a Footballer

Arsene Wenger

When a manager of the calibre of Arsene Wenger takes time to tell you the key to becoming a truly great player like Cesc Fabregas, you listen. See what the great man had to say on commitment and the desire to improve.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8G8E01bn7J4

 

Harvard's Ferguson formula for success

Harvard's Ferguson formula for success
http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/football/34356242

SIR ALEX ON THE IMPORTANCE OF DISCIPLINE


Winstars Tryouts
Tryouts for our Elite Soccer Academy

We are only interested in very talented players as well as students with good grades and a passion and desire for the game of soccer and also to play soccer at the next level. NCAA Collegiate Soccer. Looking for a few players as we are close to full for the fall and winter season.  Only serious student athletes and soccer players communicate.

Showcase our Players at the best events in USA/Canada and Europe
Professional Staff with a proven track record of success both with development and winning
The number 1 Academy in Canada for athletic scholarships at NCAA Universities
Meaningful training in a quality environment / more significant games
Academy Director has now sent over 350 players to the USA on athletic scholarship/unparalleled
Talent ID criteria centered around the players ability to control the ball

Academy Director – Bobby Graham
www.winstarssoccer.com

 

Men's Soccer
NCAA Division 1 Rankings - NSCAA Coaches

http://www.ncaa.com/rankings/soccer-men/d1/nscaa-coaches
Men's Soccer
NCAA Division II Rankings - NSCAA Coaches

http://www.ncaa.com/rankings/soccer-men/d2
Men's Soccer
NCAA Division III Rankings - NSCAA Coaches

http://www.ncaa.com/rankings/soccer-men/d3/nscaa-coaches

 

 




The Route to a Dream

Harvard
2015 Summer Tour

 

 Checkout our past summer tour –so it will give you an
idea on what we do besides the soccer, we visit the
schools, meet the coaches, tour the campus.


 

 

 

 

NCAA logo



NCAA Division 1 College Coach Contact Information

Click Here

 

Daniel Festa Time Line

 

Winstars Academy

 

Canadian Dynasty of International Proportions


Article by Nicholas Spiller
Published: August 20, 2014

Most youth soccer players share a common goal as they grow into their late teenage years: They want an opportunity to keep playing the sport in college and beyond! While numerous soccer teams and programs are aimed at helping players achieve those dreams, few organizations consistently get their players to live that goal.

Hardly any places in Canada develop players as well as the Winstars Soccer Academy, which has successfully placed over 300 players into colleges across Canada and the U.S. There, they have been able to learn the game and receive a great education as well.

The Winstars Soccer Academy is led by the brilliant soccer mind of Bobby Graham, who has over 30 years of coaching experience in the sport. The focus of his program is geared toward helping players learn the technical skills required to play soccer at the highest level. While most teams focus on athleticism and running, Winstars understands the importance of working well on the ball and as a team.

The Academy also harnesses a relatively hands-off approach to gameplay. Bringing in the right group of players is key, and with this mindset players are given freedom to play and have the trust of coaches to best utilize their skills.

Additionally, Winstars Soccer Academy benefits from being the most successful and proven club in Ontario for several decades. Coaches across North America are familiar with the team and these relationships are very beneficial to aiding young players in the recruitment process for college teams. The team takes part in many travel excursions for prestigious tournaments or to various colleges. A current tour in August 2014 will see the squad visit universities like Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, and James Madison University.

The Winstars has been the most successful Canadian Club program ever to compete at the prestigious Dallas Cup. Bobby Graham teams have competed in the Super Group for many years, playing against the likes of AC Milan, Boca Juniors, Tottenham Hotspurs, Moscow Dynamo, Benfica and International of Brazil as well as the best the USA had to offer, Dallas Texans, Chicago Magic, etc.

Additionally, numerous college scouts and coaches love to attend tournaments like the 10th annual Collegiate Boys Showcase, set to be held this December. Such exposure gives players every opportunity to catch the eye of a specific college coach or recruiter. But at its core, the reason such chances come about is due to the competitiveness and quality of the Winstars Soccer Academy, which prepares players for college and professional soccer like no other club in Canada.

While hundreds of players have earned placements to various colleges, some have even been able to play soccer professionally! One such player is Dejan Jakovic, who not only featured for UAB, but also went on to star as a defender for D.C. United and currently plays abroad in the J-League. Dejan was one of 20 players from Bobby Graham teams that went on to play for Head Coach Mike Getman at UAB, and they have been a top 25 NCAA Division 1 program for many years.

As stated by Barry Gorman, former Penn State head coach and technical director of FC Dallas, "Without question, I would recommend the Winstars Soccer Academy to any serious student-athletes and their parents as a worthwhile, positive/life changing investment."

Winstars Soccer Academy isn't just another soccer club to play during your teenage years; it is a vessel to propel your future as a soccer player! Available to boys aged 12-18, this is Canada's finest youth soccer program and gets players opportunities to continue the sport in college year after year!
See article

 

Daniel Festa


Daniel Festa, a past Winstars Academy player, has recently Graduated in Economics and Finance, from Manhattan College, in Riverdale, New York! Keep up the Great Work Daniel!

Daniel Festa signs with Manhattan College for 2014.

Our News section is constantly changing! We work hard behind the scenes to create as many opportunities as possible for our players.