The Best Coaching Advice You’ll Ever Get, and Probably Ignore


Go master how to properly train 10 different rondos. Stop making forays into exotic topics like ‘guided discovery’ or some academic neurological studies on learning. Stop it with the hundreds of sport session planner diagrams, and your buffet of drills. Stop it with buying a new soccer book every week, thinking somehow your art will […]

The State of the American Soccer Establishment

American Soccer Development

Purple: We love you, you guys are doing great. Keep up the good work. Keep at it, and one day you could be great. Tan: You’re ruffling feathers that may get you in some trouble. The system will work to bring you back into the purple fold. And if it doesn’t, perhaps some action will […]

Brian Kleiban will be Joining the LA Galaxy

Brian Kleiban and Mike Munoz - LA Galaxy

And with that, the process with the best prospects in the academy will continue. With the dissolution of Chivas USA last year, MLS decided to sustain its academy until the end of this season. At which point, it too would cease to exist. Of course all of these players would have found homes in other […]

Our Match vs FC Barcelona – U13/14 – MIC Cup 2015

FC Barcelona vs Chivas USA infantil MIC 2015

In pursuit of world class, one better have some grip on what that actually means. And that, I think, requires going beyond your domestic soccer bubble, especially if the standard for world class does not reside there. Winning an American league or tournament, no matter which you want to cite, does not give you a […]

Come Join 3four3 in Vegas or San Diego this Summer

John Pranjic

You told us in person, you told us via emails … and you better believe we’ve been listening. So here we go, we’ve started working on launching two events this summer: A coaching conference / summit A player camp Coaching summit Location: Las Vegas, NV Date: July 25, 26 or August 1, 2 3four3 contact: […]

[Podcast] What’s Wrong with American Soccer?

soccer podcast

Listen in below, as John Pranjic does a great job of hosting a discussion on topics ranging from how and why 3four3 got started, to where we are now, to where we’re going. And of course the biggest problem with American soccer – a system that limits our market’s potential, disincentivizes investments, alienates the majority […]

American soccer said no, Latino soccer said yes!

Jose Choco Gomez - Atlante FC

Choco Gomez signs with Atlante FC. Jose “Choco” Gomez, a 2013 Hermann trophy finalist, has signed with storied Mexican club Atlante FC, after being repeatedly snubbed by American pro soccer outlets. A talent, known throughout his college career as the “midfield maestro” finally has a pro contract, and is now a Potro. This is a […]

How NOT to Coach Playing out of the Back

Soccer Playing out from the back

It’s like everywhere I look in American soccer media, and to quite an extent, the English as well, the advice being thrown around on player development is the worst thing you can follow. The inspiration for this article came from Twitter via a coach posting the following activity he runs (& recommends). I saw the […]

[Video] Chivas USA vs San Jose Earthquakes U13/14

U14 Chivas USA academy - 3four3

The US Soccer Development Academy held a showcase for its Western region academies at the Stubhub center a couple weekends ago. Here’s a full length match between two MLS teams. I think it’s important to make more matches like these available. That way the country can start better gauging what the team & player standard […]