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San Clemente Surf (formerly SC United) affiliates with San Diego Surf


Youth Soccer News: San Diego Surf Soccer Club Grows Affiliate Network Adding San Clemente Surf Soccer Club

The San Diego Surf Soccer Club welcomes SC United into the Surf SC’s affiliate program this week. The new affiliate joins Anaheim, Hawaii, Inland Empire, Murrieta and Utah Surf SC affiliates, and will become “San Clemente Surf Soccer Club” beginning this season.

“We’re thrilled to partner with such a quality, up-and-coming organization. SC United has that special combination of coaching quality, administrative professionalism, field access and organizational ambition that we look for in each Surf affiliate. We see big things in their future, and plan to invest in their success going forward,” said Surf Soccer Club’s VP of Affiliates, Bryan Thistle.

Director of Coaching Chris Murray commented on the club's affiliation with Surf, “It’s a fantastic move for us to affiliate with such a professional organization as San Diego Surf Soccer Club.""We're thrilled to partner with the Surf organization. Our players are going to benefit in many ways from the support and opportunities the Surf network will provide us," said Edson McClellan, San Clemente Surf President.San Diego Surf SC new Affiliate San Clemente SOC Murray

"Surf SC has an impressive infrastructure both on and off the field and are nationally recognized as one of the top clubs in the country. We have worked hard to build a development-based training model in San Clemente implemented by an experienced coaching staff, such as UEFA A licensed coach and former Northern Ireland international Eric Macmanus, who serves as Director of Coaching for the boys' program," said Murray. "We are confident that this move will enhance our professionalism in all areas and provide security for our families by utilizing the outstanding resources that Surf has to offer, allowing us to develop our players to their full potential.’’

Both clubs have worked together in the past with notable alumni Roger Downes, who played at SC United for over 6 years before moving to San Diego Surf SC for his final years of play. During this period, the two clubs worked together as Roger won CIF Player of the Year, LA times Player of the Year, continued with a successful collegiate career captaining L.M.U to a West Coast Conference championship and then pursued a professional opportunity to train with Dundee United in Scotland with top youth coach Stevie Campbell.

“From the time I arrived at the club in 2004, we have concentrated on building a strong grassroots program with an emphasis on providing attention to detail, as well as working to progressively challenge our players each year. The program has grown organically from 4 to 16 teams and we are very confident more success stories such as Roger Downes will develop due to our new affiliation with Surf. We recently sent one of our U9 boys to London for a trial with Fulham in the EPL, one of the top academies in Europe. We are excited that players in San Clemente will not only be able to receive professional coaching in town, but will now have a variety of pathways to pursue their soccer ambitions through the Surf organization,” remarked Murray.

The San Clemente club has a unique element that focuses on player development off the field. With the inception of the club's Community Service Program, Director Kerri McClellan encourages participation in service projects throughout Orange County with organizations such as the Friendship Shelter, FAM, Project Linus, Homefront America, Rock the Autism, The Welcome Inn and the Special Olympics. These projects give the club’s players the opportunity to make a contribution to their community, as well as the time to work on team chemistry off the field. "The program has been a wonderful way to provide our athletes with an enhanced experience, while making a difference in the San Clemente community, " says McClellan.

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We are delighted to announce we are now part of the Surf Organization

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It is with great pleasure and excitement that we are delighted to announce to our members and potential members that our Board of Directors voted unanimously to become an affiliate of Surf Soccer Club. Our new name will be San Clemente Surf Soccer Club.

Surf SC, based out of San Diego, has become a nationally recognized club soccer organization with one of the premier college tournaments in the nation that every college coach knows and trusts.

Surf SC is one of only 11 Nike Premier Clubs in the country, we will now be part of a great organization that has members as far away as Utah and Hawaii.

"We're thrilled to partner with the San Diego Surf. The Surf is a top-rate organization and our players are going to benefit in a variety of ways from the support and opportunities the Surf network will provide us."

Edson McClellan, President

SC United is now San Clemente Surf Soccer Club! Here’s a FAQ about the transition:



Q: What’s our new name?

A: We will be known as San Clemente Surf Soccer Club but we can be referred to as San Clemente Surf or SC Surf. Team names will switch for the 2014/2015 season.

Q: Why are we becoming a Surf Soccer Club affiliate?

A: While SC United has built a great reputation since 1997 in San Clemente, Surf Soccer Club is a nationally-recognized brand that we believe can help us competitively by attracting coaches and players. The Surf Soccer affiliate program will benefit our club in a number of ways including

i) leveraging the Surf Soccer network and tournament organization to establish a signature club tournament, something we are looking into for 2015

ii) ongoing coach training and support from Surf Soccer coaches, including internationally renowned instructor Wayne Harrison,

iii) administrative and legal support,

iv) playing opportunities on Surf Select teams which will participate in national-level tournaments nationwide;

v) Nike Premier Club pricing on the best Nike gear,

vi) participation in major sponsorship deals that are network-wide,

vii) participation in Surf in-house scrimmage days,

viii) tournament entrance assistance,

ix) assistance in exposure to college coaches through the Surf network and tournaments, x) availability of international touring opportunities, and xi) all the benefits of joining the Surf family and working as a team to accomplish our goals.

Q: How much is this going to cost?

A: There is no per-player fee to become an affiliate for this inaugural season. It is intended that the per-player fee will remain $0 for the length of our agreement.

Q: What is the term of the affiliate agreement?

A: The initial term of the agreement is three years, with consecutive automatic extensions. It’s the desire of both Surf Soccer Club and our club that this agreement lasts considerably longer than the initial term.

Q: What is the purpose of Surf Soccer’s affiliate program?

A: Surf Soccer Club has established a network of clubs to share resources, collaborate and partner in projects involving soccer education and instruction, tournament planning and promotion, field development and club administration. Surf Soccer Club hopes to share their expertise and that of their affiliates to build uniformly well-run professional organizations that develop our players and successfully transition them to the next level of play.

Q: What is going to change along with the name of the club?

A: Our uniforms will change – we will look similar to the San Diego Surf teams in their colors of royal blue/white/black. We also hope that our dedication to the pursuit and negotiation of this affiliate agreement demonstrates to you that our Board is 100% committed to to provide a platform for the kids to pursue their soccer ambitions while playing in town, and that creates a sense of excitement about the future of the club. We’re here to stay, and we are aggressively pursuing advancement at all levels of the club that will benefit you and your children.




Rock With Autism

Karaoke Jam & Instrument Drive When: Sunday April 27th Time: 3pm-5pm Where: San Clemente Community Center 100 N. Calle Seville, San Clemente, CA 92672 What: Come show your support for Autism Awareness Month and Rock the Autism. “Karaoke Jam & Instrument Drive”, will begin at 3pm and everyone is invited.

Kids from the RTA programs will be singing their favorite song on stage and shine like the Rock Stars they are! We will also be having a bake sale, awesome raffle items and jewelry from Stella & Dot. *Bring your gently used instrument that has been sitting in the corner and donate it to Rock the Autism!

Special thanks to SC United, our local San Clemente Club Soccer organization who has partnered with Rock the Autism to help make this amazing event happen. *All proceeds go to Rock the Autism to help continue programs in our schools and Boys and Girls Clubs.

Come show your support and join the fun!!! Rock the Autism Mission Statement: Rock the Autism is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and dedicated to bringing a lifetime of Music to those living with Autism by putting instruments and microphones in the hands of Autistic and special needs children and letting them be free to express themselves.

For more information and/or to donate please call Tammy Jo Leonard #949-285-7522

Players aged 5-11

Director of coaching Chris Murray recently took part in the USSF Youth National Licence last week in Carlsbad. Coaches came from all over the West Coast and even as far as Canada to learn from Dr. Ron Quinn (major player in developing USSF Youth Soccer curriculum) re how children learn, grow at different stages and how activites and the soccer curriculum can be tailored to meet the needs of the child at different stages from 5-12.


It also reinforced our beliefs in small sided games at a young age (4 vs 4's), guided discovery, brain centered learning (cogi-training) and coaches using a positive nurturing approach at early ages are all effective methods and critical for long term player development.

We will be incorporating what we learned into our program, starting with our academy, which will be expanding in the spring, based on high demand and look forward to seeing the long term growth of our young players in a fun, positive and professional environment.



Interview with Matt Whitehouse, author of the acclaimed coaching book The Way Forward


Matthew Whitehouse is an A licence coach from England, working with a professional academy and the author of the award winning blog The Whitehouse Address and author of the acclaimed book on youth development The Way Forward. He has travelled over the world with a studied approach to coaching and recently took time to share his findings and approach with director of coaching Chris Murray.


We start our grassroots program (ages 6-9) and constantly work on technical training, small sided games such as funino with constant variations and use different coaching approaches- mainly guided discovery, self discovery and positive reinforcement to maximize learning. Can you explain why this training method is more beneficial for development as opposed to a heavy gaming circuit which involves multiple 8vs 8 or 11 vs 11 games at an early age ?


At a young age the young player needs to build the foundation for a successful future in the game. In order to do this they must master they core skills and foundation blocks for this development. Therefore technical development consisting of ball mastery, 1v1 skills and moves, running with the ball, ball control and short passing are all key for the early years. Yet it is more than this, the young player must develop their physical literacy skills, particularly their ABC’s; agility, balance and coordination. For instance, performing a 1v1 move in football requires key physical skills of balance, feints and acceleration. A more effective 1v1 move will come from a greater physical foundation. Therefore sessions for young players should involve games with and without the ball as they must develop physical skills which ‘just’ football cannot provide. And finally, the idea of playing anything above 5v5 is not right in my opinion. The small pitch enables more touches, 1v1 situations and attacking situations. It also promotes more touches and the development of tactical understanding. A 4v4 small sided programme can develop all the key skills necessary for a player while keeping them more involved, making it more fun and enjoyable. The bigger the teams the less involved many players are at this takes away their enjoyment and restricts their development.

Particularly in Southern California, some players are playing 50-60, 8 vs 8 games at 8 years old or 60, 11 vs 11 games at the age of 11 on adult sized fields and citing winning trophies an an indicator of development. Is this similar to England and why is this destructive to player development ?

To be honest no. In the US the young players play far more games than their English counterparts, more festivals (in which they play 3-5 games in one weekend). In England the actual contact time in terms of training/games is much less than in the US. In Academy football the hours are increased yet even then they are not playing as many games as players in the US. Therefore you should see more US players developing, however the difference is that many parents of young players in the US seek soccer as a way for a college scholarship, perhaps this is why there are less Americans becoming professional, even though for me there is greater structure and coaching culture in the US.

However in terms of the amount of games for 8-11 year olds being destructive I believe that 3-5 games in a weekend cannot be good for a young players body. And as well as this these young players must be exposed to a wide range of sports at a young age as to not be affected by the dangers of early specialisation and the restrictive element this has on a player. More sports at a yoing age will help develop a more rounded physical and social individual. Some will disagree, and say that in Spain for instance youngsters play football all the time, yet my argument here is that these players are playing in non-controlled environments away from coaches and instruction. They are in control of their development, creativity and ownership. In the US it appears too controlled by adults, as too in England where there are less children ‘playing out’ on their own. This is not developing thinking players.


People say players need to play more, you argue they need to think more, can you expand on this statement?

As I said before, young players are becoming mere robots who are controlled and told what to do by their ‘coaches’. The idea of thinking, making decisions and developing game intelligence is not been promoted by coaches who simply ‘tell’their players what to do. Therefore no matter how many games these players play in terms of contact hours and the route to 10,000 hours, if they are not in an environment which forces and allows them to make decisions, to learn, make mistakes and self-evaluate, then how can they develop the necessary cognitive skills required for elite levels of the game. The best players are those who can think, anticipate and make the best decision most often. This requires experience. Coaches however seem unwilling to allow their players to experiment or to try things, effectively stopping them being creative and intelligent players. It seems that winning at U9 is more important than developing a smart and intelligent player,


You’re a fan of Coerver / skills coaching which we incorporate at the club from an early age, can you explain why this method of technical training, encouraging creativity is so important at an early age ?

For me the development of a strong technical foundation is essential for the development of young footballer. The wider range of technical skills they possess makes them more effective in game situations. Developing ball control through ball mastery practices as well as building a 1v1 skill repertoire are key for a young player and Coerver helps develop this. Importantly coaches must look to put the technical development into skill practices which help the player perform these moves in realistic situations. Some believe Coerver is solely ball mastery but my experience of it is much more than this. It is about effective use of skill and this means having players perform in 1v1-2v2 situations to develop the skills and understanding of when, where and what. Coaches must allow players to be creative, to try moves and experiment. If they don’t allow this expression and creativity they will produce robots who have no flair, imagination or craft.

You work with professional academy players in England, can you explain your coaching philosophy and style and what you find is most effective ? What do you look for in a young player and how important are training habits ?

For me developing the culture, the environment is essential. In order to help a player develop you need to provide them with the right conditions in which to develop positively. For me I believe in a positive learning environment in which the player is able to express and create without the fear or worry of being told off for making mistakes. The key is that the player enjoys what they do as this is key for positive development. As well as this I look to provide an environment of high demand, high support. By this I mean that expectations on the players in terms of standards, quality and application is high yet I provide the support they need in order to attain these high expectations. It is positive but challenging as I believe players must be constantly stretched and challenged to continually improve. The guided discovery approach is one of the best approaches I use, as it enables the player to think and evaluate their performance. Giving them the answers all the time does not help develop thinking players.

I do believe that athleticism in terms of speed and agility are important components for developing elite players. Yet the key aspect I look for in a young player is a good attitude, a willingness to work hard and the ability to be coachable. This is key in order for the player to progress further in their football. If they have these psycho-social skills you can develop the other attributes


We have established a real communal feel at the club where we are all working together for the best interests of the players, all coaches following the same development model from grassroots through high school, can you explain why this consistency is so important ?

Continuity of a philosophy is fundamental to having a successful youth program. If a player keeps moving age groups and a new coach provides a different philosophy then this is not good for the player in terms of their development. A philosophy must run throughout the whole youth section as it is impossible to develop the skills and understanding of a philosophy in one season. It takes time to develop the technical and tactical elements required and therefore changing beliefs and styles each season will only affect the player negatively. Therefore having coaches who understand what their role in the players pathway is key. It is also important for these coaches to know what the end product, as in an 18 year old, looks like. Each season therefore is a chance to add new pieces to the player, with the hope that a decade of development produces the type of player the academy wish to have. As you can see this takes much time, and therefore continuity and long term planning is paramount.


What advice would give to a player to develop in their own time ?

Simply put the hours a week in training and games is simply not enough to develop the key skills and mastery required. The player must seek to enhance their individual skills, notably technical development in their own time. Ball mastery and 1v1 moves can be practiced on their own or with a friend and this extra practice time can be invaluable for their development. For older players going to the gym and enhancing their physical core strength, speed and explosion is important also. These are elements which if done away from training with a good schedule can enhance the all-round development of the player. As well as this the player should look to study the game, understand their role and responsibilities and watch games to see what the best players do. Reading books will help too. And finally putting together a goal setting programme and working on self-talk and visualisations techniques can enhance a players performance dramatically. In fact the work done away from the practice sessions can be more important if done correctly.

What advice would give to a parent to support their player in their development ?

The role of the parent is fundamental to the development of a young player. They provide transport and financial aid for the player and without them the player may be denied the opportunity to progress. Yet above all they provide emotional support to the player and this role is invaluable. How they use this mechanism can dictate how the player develops. Some parents believe that ‘constructive feedback’ is good for the player, yet this often means an abundance of negativity and faults. This is not good for the players well-being or enjoyment. Positive feedback will help fill the player with positivity and happiness which could be key for the players development. The best advice we say to our parents is to ask the player “how was that, did you enjoy yourself?”And then ask what the coach said and the advice the coach gave. That way they are getting the player to self-evaluate their feedback and performance. The role of parent is to support and nurture, not to be over-bearing to the child.

We incorporate training methods from Holland, Belgium (cogi-training), Croatia and Spain in our training model. You’ve travelled over the world studying global methods, can you share with us some of your findings ?

I like to think that my experiences around the world, meeting and talking with a wide range of coaches from football yet also different sports has given me a greater perspective on what I do and what I am seeking to achieve. As well as this I am avid reader of a wide range of books which help to educate me on different disciplines, on what it means to be elite and great and how a coaching culture and ways of communication are vital for players to develop positively.

In South America I found that there is just a love for the game which appears to be lost in Europe. This is especially true in terms of playing. Young kids just play football all the time. Perhaps it is a socio-economic factor yet it is evident that all these hours are producing skilful and creative players and leaving many European kids behind. What I also liked was their passion for the game, they love football. I am starting to see a trend towards young children not loving football like previous generations. This is especially true in America where I found many kids who didn’t like to watch soccer but enjoyed playing it. I found they lacked the passion and love for the game as others around the world. This is a shame for US soccer as I believe there are some talented players across the country, there are world class facilities and great coaching. Yet something is ‘lacking’and I believe it is the passion and love for the game.

In South East Asia there is a real development of football and coaching which is producing a continent of technically excellent players. The Coerver method has thrived in Japan and they are producing some of the most technically gifted players in the world. However there is the element of it being manufactured. It is very regimented and coached, there is a lack of freedom in their play. However this is not a bad thing necessarily, yet when I see South American players they such originality and individuality to their approach. These differences do come from the coaching philosophy and cultural aspects of each nation. Is there a ‘right way’? It is hard to say. Yet it is clear that the Dutch Ajax philosophy has produced the best and highest quantity of modern players with the skills necessary for todays game. Their focus on technical skills in a small sided game environment produces skilful and intelligent players. Spain inherited this philosophy and their success is in large part down to this.

The importance of seeing what the world offers is that you take what works for you and mould that to suit your environment, culture and players. The key is that you believe in what you are doing, if you have this passion and belief people will come with you and believein it also.