This was originally posted as a forum discussion on the WPS Fan Corner. Pop on over there to weigh in 🙂
So you guys may know this about me, but for those that don’t, in a addition to being a total web geek, I’m also a soccer coach. And because of that, I get to work with the WPS coaches a lot here at the League office. Anyway, I can’t believe preseason is finally here, and all I can think about is how nervous/excited I am for my coaching buddies. They’ve been working their socks off since the end of the season last year. All the time that WPS fans are bored… sittin’, waitin’, wishin’ for their favorite players to get back on the pitch… the coaches are busy at work making trades, setting up schedules, scouting games, drafting players, etc.
But now is where all that work pays off (or not!). At this level, the coaches’ work is much different than in the youth game. During the season in the pro game, as the coaches will tell you, it’s more about player management and tactical team development. And for those who did their homework in the off-season, this is where the rubber meets the road.
So head on over to the Fan Corner post for the full preseason schedule. What I’d love to hear from you is which coach’s off-season work will shine in these early stages of 2010?
All photos from http://www.isiphotos.net
My YouTube search for “Be Prepared” brought this Lion King video up. I decided to post it b/c there’s definitely a connection – it’s a bit of a stretch though 🙂 but worth a giggle if u think it through.