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Welcome to the Way of Champions Podcast hosted by John O'Sullivan and brought to you by Changing The Game Project.


Each week we connect you with the top minds in sport, coaching, leadership, and creating championship programs so you can take your athletes and teams to the next level.

May 19, 2019

Our guest this week is Erik Imler. Imler, a UVA graduate, was a NCAA National Champion in 1989, 1991 and 1992 and went on to be a member of the 1992 Olympic Team and represented the United States as a player and then as a coach.
As a Youth Academy Director and passionate blogger who is dissatisfied with the status quo of youth soccer development in the United States, Erik is on a mission to support the positive change that must be experienced in youth development. Erik is in constant search for intelligent and thought provoking soccer conversation and is determined to make a difference in the youth club soccer landscape.
His youth programs address the most prominent technical deficiencies in many youth players – passing and receiving – while simultaneously creating a thirst for skill mastery and love of the game among the players.
Check out Erik's soccer BLOG – Can't Pass, Can't Play as he attempts to educate parents on what really matters.
Highlights from the Podcast:
Min 03: Getting to know Eric Imler
Min 06: The early days of playing professional soccer
Min 13: Organizing your coaching library…then thinning it out
Min 16: Choosing to work with the younger athletes
Min 23: Erik goes to Spain and attends the TOVO academy
Min 29: Skill acquisition and motor learning
Min 33: Designing coaching on how children learn 
Min 44: The Coaching Philosophy - Defining your why and how of coaching 
Min 49: Organizing practice depending on age and numbers
Min 55: Redefining the expectations of what the players do on the field 
Min 1:04 Leaving a legacy as a coach
Resources Mentioned 
Can’t Pass Can’t Play [BLOG
Continuing the Legacy of Johan Cruyff with TOVO Academy and Cruyff Institute Founder, Todd Beane [PODCAST]
I Once Was Blind… (BLOG)
Connect with Erik Imler
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