4 May, 2017 / 0
Torrance, CA May 4th
Six philosophies have long been the staple of the American Youth Soccer Organization and non-more so than positive coaching.
When it comes to working with female players AYSO United was fortunate to hire Jessica Cheeseman (Former professional player and youth development coach in England)
“We were looking for a high level female coach that would fit with our AYSO culture, and be a role-model for all our players and Jessica ticks all those boxes” Anthony Fulton (United South Bay Director of Coaching)
Jessica, a native of England developed her skills in the professional playing for the Tottenham Hotspurs Girls Academy. Upon finishing her playing career Jessica followed her passion for coaching and education, working in community development programs around London.
“I began coaching as a player in my final year of University, taking over the team as player coach leading us to the British University Finals-. I then began coaching with the local Academy program. We had two great seasons and saw 8 of my players sign pro contracts with Premier League Clubs” Said Jessica Cheeseman
With more girls playing youth soccer it is important that they have role models to look up to driving them forward in their development.
“The youth game has without a doubt dramatically changed over the last 10 years here in the US, the success has also followed. Most importantly for me is that with the interest of the game higher, the knowledge of the game continues to grow which then in turn means the vital fundamental stages of the game improve as coaches now have a better understanding of the game and players are then able to develop at a quicker rate than before” (Cheeseman)
AYSO United is continually looking at ways to develop our coaches though coaching education, player development programs and informational pieces. AYSO is not only a place for players to develop, however the AYSO Coaching pathway supports coaching development with United presenting the opportunity for coaches to compete against other organizations.
“Having being a part of AYSO for the last five years, and witnessing the work ethic in which everyone involved with the organization demonstrates, in order for players to continue to develop, I feel mostly excited about the fact that the largest soccer club in the U.S.A now has a player pathway all the way from U4 through to collegiate Level'(Cheeseman)
AYSO United is fortunate to have a coach of the caliber of Jessica, and we are confident the South Bay program and the players are in good hands.