The CSC Soccer Reporter

Chantilly Soccer Club, Vol. 5
 August 28, 2015
An Interview w/ CSC Club Technical Director, Marcelo Gangotena
Dear Soccer Enthusiasts,

A Q&A with CSC Club TD Coach Marcelo

Coach Marcelo Gangotena was recently hired by the Chantilly Soccer Club as their new Club Technical Director. He holds a USSF 'A' license, a USSF National Youth License, an NSCAA Director of Coaching Certificate, and is currently an instructor with the VYSA Coaching Education Department. With over 35 years of experience in the Northern Virginia area as a coach, player, and instructor Coach Marcelo is uniquely qualified to lend his observations of the
current state of club soccer and youth soccer development in Northern Virginia.

Q.  What is the state of youth soccer development in Northern Virginia?

Coach Marcelo:  I am concerned of people creating more and more clubs, most of them without a solid structure, no curriculum, no coaching and parents education, but just for the business part and not thinking about
the development of the players. Some clubs in Virginia are well structured, most are not. VYSA is making a big effort to encourage Clubs to get organized and make available licenses for all volunteer coaches so they can follow the appropriate steps to develop our young players. My hope for the future is that they all get on one side and work together for the good of the game.

Q.  What should parents look for in a soccer club for their children?

Coach Marcelo:  Qualified, licensed coaches, that the club has a curriculum, that they offer coach's and parent's education, and most importantly asking whether their kids are having fun playing/participating in the team.

Q.  How important is club culture?

Coach Marcelo:  Very important. Club culture and identity needs to align with the parents/players values and beliefs. If a club doesn't offer the values that you go by, then it is time to move on.  

Q.  What improvements are you making as Club Technical Director at the Chantilly Soccer Club?

Coach Marcelo: I am implementing a new identity to create a club culture. CSC has been in existence for over 35 years, but in all this time the Club has not had an identity, nor a club Culture. The idea is to implement a curriculum in lines with US Youth Soccer and the US Soccer Federation. We will educate coaches and parents, we will outreach to our community and let them know what soccer is and what this wonderful game will do for our kids in our community.

Q.  How important is it to have curriculum with a defined player development pathway?

Coach Marcelo:  Very important. The coach and the player environment needs to be improved. We need less emphasis on winning and think more about individual player development. We want to give young players opportunities by putting them in the best environment to succeed. There are no short cuts, and we need to be patient. The use of small sided games is necessary to develop individual skills 
and intelligence in accordance with a player's capabilities before we move to the next step.

Q.  What types of programs does CSC offer to support its curriculum and player development model?

Coach Marcelo:  We are establishing various programs where the players can choose according to their needs, availability, and love of the game. Regular training where a curriculum will be followed, Foot Skill Clinics where the player can improve and get more confident with the ball, Stickers Clinic for the 
more advance player who wants to learn scoring technique, Goalkeeper training, with a qualified goalkeeper coach, to learn the fundamentals of goalkeeping, Free Play for everyone to come and have fun playing and learning in a "free' environment in the "Street Soccer" format.

Later on for the winter we will offer futsal indoor training and competition and outdoor competition of small-sided games consisting of 7 v 7 or 8 v 8 depending on age.

Q. Who is your favorite player: Current? All time?

Coach Marcelo: There is not just one player. If I had to choose it would be Andres Iniesta from Barcelona. As a midfielder/playmaker, he is a very smart player who can read the game and make good decisions. Also, there is Messi, for his "amazing" individualism that can make a difference any time in the game.

All time player, I think Johan Cruyff is one of the pioneers of modern soccer.

Q. Who is your favorite team?

Coach Marcelo: There is not one particular team. When I watch games, I want to see good, technical soccer that is played as a team.

Q. Who is your favorite coach?

Coach Marcelo: Diego (Cholo) Simeone. He is a great motivator with strong knowledge of both the psychological and tactical part of the game.

Q. Who has been your biggest inspiration in soccer?

Coach Marcelo: In my youth the feelings of competing and challenging others in the game were my inspiration- creating the love of the game I have now. As I grow up I play with and watch players like Polo Carrera (Liga Deportiva Universitaria, Quito Ecuador) who was a left footed, play maker. He could place the ball wherever he wanted with the left foot, and was incredibly accurate. I think he was the Ecuadorian Beckham in the 70's.

Also, Coach Leonel Montoya- he talked to me and convinced me that I can play any position on the field.

Q. What's next for youth soccer development in the United States?

Coach Marcelo: US Soccer Federation just came out with new Player Development Initiatives to be implemented by the Fall of 2017. 
The purpose of this new initiative is for all state associations and clubs to implement birth year age groups, #'s of players on a field, and field dimensions, that together with the US Soccer Curriculum will be the key for the success of our game. It will all depend on how much the state associations and clubs are willing to work together for this to become a reality- all for the good and future of the game.

Thank you Coach Marcelo for sitting down with us, and good luck in your new position at the Chantilly Soccer Club.
Rec. Soccer Registration Still Open for Fall 2015
Young players will learn the basic fundamentals of soccer in a fun environment utilizing jamboree-style small-sided games and directed by USSF licensed coaches. Our U4-U6 program is an active start- an introduction to soccer and is focused on introducing movement skills like running, jumping, landing, kicking, catching, and throwing. At U7/U8 we introduce technical foot skills and continue developing enhanced movement skills- the ABC's- agility, balance, coordination & speed. The focus at the U9-U12 is more advanced technical skills and an introduction to the basic principles of play. 

The rec. fee includes weekly jamboree sessions, a free-play night for U6+, a uniform, and a ball for U4-U8. 

Our recreational program is expanding: SFL age groups have been added for boys and girls ages U11 and older. For players whose focus is on playing soccer for fun and staying healthy and fit without the intensity of travel soccer, our rec. program is the perfect fit. Our $150 rec. fee includes games, practices, and a uniform kit ($30 value). 

Volunteer Coaches: We need you! We're looking for mom and dad volunteer coaches and we would like to help you start on the coaching development pathway. The club offers coaching educational opportunities from our Club TD, Marcelo Gangotena, in the form of licensing classes, seminars, and clinics. 

To learn more about CSC's Rec. Soccer Program: Click Here

To learn more about coaching in CSC: Click Here

To register your child for Fall 2015 Rec. Soccer: Click Here
NEW!! CSC First Striker Clinics:

What:  A n introduction to soccer for boys and girls ages 3-5 years old. Fundamental movement and coordination skills will be taught through fun, soccer related activities and games.

When: Tuesdays and Thursdays starting on September 15 for six weeks.

Where: Fred Crabtree Park #3 

Instructor: CSC Club Technical Director, Coach Marcelo Gangotena

Price: $125 ($75 for each additional sibling). Soccer Ball and t-shirt included. 12 sessions total.

To Register:   Click Here

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