Wednesday, November 28, 2012
The United team is combining with the Glens and preparing for the President's Cup in March. It is not having open tryouts but interested families should email the coach and set up to attend winter practices. The Tigre team has several openings. It will be having tryouts on Feb 9th at Crocker in the morning, exact time TBD. In its first year in CCSL Prep, it took 2nd place, and is playing some very nice soccer. Tigre has been to one tournament so far on its own but many players have guested for other teams at tourneys.
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Sunday, August 5, 2012
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Friday, July 13, 2012
Over the Memorial Day weekend, the combined Barca/Glens team got 2nd place in the SF Cup, a 3-day tournament. The boys went undefeated into the final, outscoring opponents 18-6, but met up with the DeAnza Force squad, which was also a combination of its Premier and Gold players.
Across the Bay, the rest of the Barca squad dominated the El Cerrito 7 v7 tourney, winning all its games handily.
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Monday, February 20, 2012
Barca teamed up with Glens, both putting in half their team, to play in the Juventus President's Cup. It was their first experience with the big field and 11-aside soccer. The kids made new good friends and played confidently against a Juventus team from Redwood City, Atletico Santa Rosa Chelsea, and a National Soccer Academy team, outscoring them 15-1 in the group stage. Also in the bracket were the San Francisco Seals and Real Madrid from Newark. We took the final and the Bronze championship with a nail biter 1-nil victory over Santa Rosa.
Sunday, February 5, 2012
Another mistake by David Luiz, this time losing track of Chicharito for an easy header. For most of the play, Luiz tracked his mark, but as the play continued, and switched sides of the field, Luiz eventually cracked, and ball-watched, rather than getting a body on Hernandez. Watch here.
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Sunday, January 29, 2012
In a thrilling final vs. Argentina Crece at the Bladium, Barca narrowly won 7 to 6. The game was 5-5 at halftime, but tighter defenses by both teams turned it into a real nailbiter. Congrats to all the kids, playing tough in a league a year older.
Friday, January 6, 2012
This video shows a goal by Aston Villa last weekend against Chelsea. It demonstrates perfectly, in a single play, two very bad habits that lead to poor defending - first, Mierles doesn't put pressure on the ball, and allows straight ahead dribble penetration - and second, David Luiz watches the ball (the dribbler) and doesn't track the striker behind him, so he gets dragged out of position.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Though undefeated at the tourney, a frustrating tie in the Saturday night game, despite dominating possession, only got us into the 3rd place game, where we had a terrific, high-intensity match under the lights in San Carlos with South San Jose Arsenal. Barca prevailed in penalties.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Barca has worked hard to improve its intensity and work rate defensively. This finally paid off in a hard fought weekend at the Golden Gate Invitational in San Francisco at the Crocker Amazon soccer complex. In each of our bracket games, it was hard fought and tight and close for much of the game, but Barca eventually broke the games open late, scoring 14 with 2 against over the three games. In the final against an excellent MFRC Earthquakes team from Redwood City, Barca scored early and then withstood a long-ball attack during the second-half to win 1-0. Thanks to all the 8 teams in our age group who pushed each other to better performances.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Friday, September 9, 2011
If you spend a little time clicking through old posts on this website, you will learn a lot about the Barca United team. Until now, only players and their parents have visited this site. This post is here to familiarize others with the team and our philosophy.
Most of the Barca United players are in 5th grade; two are in 6th grade and one in 4th. We play year-round, but we actually encourage kids to enjoy other sports simultaneously, and we accommodate conflicts. United has lost only a handful of games through the indoor, spring, summer, fall and tournament seasons. Far more important than winning, though, is the quality of play. We are teaching Barcelona-style modern soccer: maintaining possession, rapid passing, and advanced-passing combinations. Using pass-counters, we track the number of passes the team makes during a game. In the fall of 2010, for instance, the kids averaged 170 passes per 50 minute game - a rate equivalent to over 300 passes in a 90 minute game. This has increased at the U11 level.
I frequently make quick, short videos for the kids to watch during the week, so that our practice field time - a precious resource - isn't squandered with a lot of speechifying about big concepts. Instead, we use practices to model and correct. The big concepts come across in training videos or letters.
Even then, the best thing about Barca United is the chemistry between the kids and their families. Many of the parents are former or current players, and real fans of the game. We try to expose the team to the true culture of soccer, and pass along our love for the game.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Braving 95 degree weather (in the shade), Barca's two wins and one tie got them into the final of the CVU Open. Though dominating the run of play in the final, Barca could not manage a goal, and a great goal by the CVU Elite team on a well-shaped corner kick and hard header into the net gave CVU the win. Congrats to CVU, and thanks to all the eight teams in the age group. It was a fun weekend in Sacramento over Labor Day.
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Thursday, January 6, 2011
We will be playing in the Dave Fromer Indoor Soccer league in Marin.
For inspiration, here are two videos to watch. Note the passing combinations, the deception, and especially how the players trade positions continuously to throw off the defense.
- highlights from UEFA futsal 2010 world cup (click for video)
- a very good men's team competing against average men's teams. (click for video)
Monday, January 3, 2011
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Well, we didn't have the excitement of motels and pools and dinners together like in Redding, and a fair number of kids had to miss games for school commitments, but the Juventus tourney grew into a super-exciting weekend, with an extra-time penalty shootout in the final game Sunday afternoon. The work we put into penalty technique in Redding really paid off. Our only loss was to a Class 1 team (the Earthquakes, from the East Bay), and we might have given them a tougher game if all our team had been able to attend. Nevertheless, we learned a lot from that one loss - the Earthquakes were not faster than us, nor stronger than us, they were just more technical, positioning themselves better without coach help. They were inspiring and a model for what we should become with another year of training together.