The facts for your kid being the next Messi

Messi’s story inspires thousands of young children (and their parents) worldwide to pursue their dream of becoming professional footballers. From the humble neighbourhoods of La Bajada, in the Argentine city of Rosario, to becoming a legend. As a result, thousands of kids pack their suitcases every year to go to Europe to see if they are lucky enough to land a contract. However, let me reveal what the actual statistics show.  September 2000   A young 13-year-old Messi set foot in Barcelona … Read more

Soccer Girls: 9 rules to become the next Samantha Kerr

Soccer Girls by Con Boutsianis

Are you excited about the Women’s World Cup in 2023? Well, I am, and how great is it that we have it right on our doorstep with our neighbours in New Zealand, so we will watch the games live or on tv at a more comfortable time for a change. I am glad to know … Read more

7 common mistakes that will kill your kid’s soccer career!

Article "7 common mistakes that will kill your Kid's football career" by Con Boutsianis

A couple of months ago, I was in a Zoom meeting with the Director of one of the best football/soccer academies in Europe, and he said, “From my point of view, the biggest hurdle for the players’ career is their parents”. It was a rather harsh statement, but I do see his point. For instance, I’ve seen many young players … Read more

How Can Learning Chess Make You a Great Footballer?

How Can Learning Chess Make You Succeed as a Footballer? By Con Boutsianis

Over the years, there have been many comparisons made between Football/ Soccer and Chess. They are similar in many ways from a strategic or tactical point of view. In this article, I will outline the important analogies about mastering both games.   The 6 Key Rules for Chess & Football/Soccer Thinking Ahead  The goal in chess … Read more

Do You Learn More from Winning or Losing?

Do You Learn More from Winning or Losing Soccer Matches?By Con Boutsianis

Most people I asked this question, “Do You Learn More from Winning or Losing Soccer Matches?” answered losing because they know what they did wrong. When I was asked that same question, I also noted losing, but once I thought about it a little more and listened to other perspectives, I soon realized that there was more to learn from winning than I thought.   … Read more

My personal letter to you, the Club’s soccer coach

Open letter to soccer coaches by Con Boutsianis

I really wanted to write a letter to all the soccer coaches, mainly those from our community’ Football Clubs.  Firstly, please let me tell you that I am really amazed by your capability to juggle your primary job, family, and coaching commitments all at once. I know it’s not easy.., you must meet the Clubs, parents, and players expectations for something that you are barely get paid for. It is an enormous responsibility to take on with little reward at the end of the day. Most of the time, you must find ways to improve your coaching skills. It requires a lot of time and … Read more