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Theo ten Cat is a UEFA A Youth licensed soccer coach, the proprietor of DutchCan Soccer and a former Vitesse, FC Twente, FC Groningen and Aberdeen soccer participant.

On this unique interview carried out by Nuno Milheiro, the 57-year-old coach tells us about his just lately based venture, which kinds a bridge between Canadian and Dutch soccer, and analyzes the present panorama of Dutch soccer.

After a number of years of being invited to prepare youth camps in Canada, Scotland and the Netherlands and the restrictions imposed by COVID-19, Theo took benefit of his 30 years of expertise as an academy coach and participant serving to younger and proficient soccer gamers to develop themselves to grow to be skilled soccer gamers. “I made a decision to start out my firm, DutchCan Soccer, final 12 months. Now I received my very own firm, the TTC Academy. In the meanwhile, we’ve 4 periods within the 12 months – two earlier than the summer time and two after the summer time – for six weeks. We do coaching periods on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. I’ve received youngsters from U9 till U13, and I’m making an attempt to get two pleasant video games in each course. Two weeks in the past, I began my Elite Academy, the place I do scouting. It’s step-by-step”.

Hopefully, in December, I’ll have 16 gamers who can be my first official TTC Academy group in a sure age group.

“That’s my plan up to now, and we’ll present different issues as properly, in fact”, he mentioned.

Unquestionably, grassroots soccer has lots of custom within the Netherlands, with sturdy influences from names equivalent to Johan Cruyff and Rinus Michels. Regardless of this historic heritage, it’s not in any respect problematic for brand new coaches to implement new methodologies with younger gamers.

Should you take your canine within the automobile, go to a forest and open the door, what do you assume the canine does? He runs away! That’s the way it must be with youngsters as properly.

“Allow them to do all their issues first, after which, barely, you attempt to management them a bit. They’re filled with power and adrenaline, just like the canine who comes out, however he takes a relaxation as properly, and we get used to the state of affairs. That’s what I do with my academy as properly. After I begin at 3 o’clock, the boys come more often than not at 1 / 4 to three, and I’ve received 20 balls and every part set. Then, I inform them “boys, please don’t break my coaching group!” and we’ve a chat. For the primary 10 minutes, I allow them to do no matter they need”.

The 57-year-old coach considers that there was a paradigm shift within the formative means of gamers, within the transition to the senior degree, and within the Dutch League itself since he hung up his boots. “You might have three or 4 good groups, however the remaining… I’ve seen matches the place if I did these sorts of actions – in a sport and even throughout a coaching session – the coach would come to me saying “Theo, you had a foul day, take a bathe and take a look at tomorrow”. There’s a few fascinating video games, with Ajax, PSV Eindhoven, Feyenoord, AZ Alkmaar, and FC Twente, however that’s all. FC Twente shouldn’t be enjoying that good soccer, however they’ve a system sorted out, and it’s tough to win in opposition to them. It’s not even good to look at, however they take lots of factors out of the video games.

There’s additionally one factor that has modified within the Nederlands. After I performed, each worldwide prime participant was within the Dutch league.

“I can include Romário, Ronaldo, Frank Rijkaard, Marco Van Basten, Ronald Koeman, and so forth. Each prime group had prime gamers. They began their careers within the Nederlands, however they didn’t end them. Romário and Ronaldo went to Barcelona, Robin Van Persie to Arsenal, Ruud van Nistelrooy to Manchester United, and Giovanni van Bronckhorst to Rangers, however of their first years, they performed within the Dutch league”, Theo added.

The Netherlands is lastly certified for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, after having missed the 2018 version, however his expectations for the nationwide group led by Louis Van Gaal are reasonable. “I don’t assume they are going to have an issue making the primary group stage. They’ll in all probability win. The extra surprises there are, the larger the possibilities that one of many good groups will win. It’s the most constant that can in all probability win the World Cup. I don’t see them once more. It’s too defensive. Simply give Memphis Depay a ball and one to the opposite ten gamers in order that he can play together with his personal”, be concluded.

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