This is an exciting time for AYSO and the AYSO United program. With the addition of Technical Director Robbie Earle, the growth of AYSO’s club program has extended the opportunity for players to take their talents to the next level. AYSO United has formed a staff that is dedicated to the development of all youth soccer players no matter what their skill level may be.
GoalNation spoke with Earle on his role at AYSO United and his goals helping develop youth soccer players who love to play the beautiful game.
In the often confusing and crowded youth soccer landscape, it is unusual for any new organization to find great success immediately — but that is exactly what AYSO United — AYSO’s official club program — has seen in its first year.
With 16 locations nationwide and over 2,500 players in its first year, AYSO United is quickly establishing itself as an authentic, premiere club program.
Built on the philosophies of the traditional AYSO Program, AYSO United embraces all that has made AYSO great while adding the traditional components of club soccer.
AYSO United’s focus lies within player development and a commitment to the player rather than results. Through these philosophies, specifically everyone plays, the commitments are what AYSO is hoping can really change the way club soccer is perceived.
Recently, AYSO United brought on Robbie Earle as the program’s Technical Director. Earle is a former Premier League player, Jamaican national team star and current studio analyst at NBC Sports Group’s Premier League.
GoalNation spoke with Earle on his transition as AYSO United’s Technical Director and the goal of the organization’s new program.Diane Scavuzzo: What would you say you are most excited about joining the AYSO family?
Robbie Earle: The opportunity to influence kids’ experience in the game. We all started off at a young age and people go on to different levels, whether it’s playing for enjoyment or playing at a professional level. The formative years are so important. It is critical to create the right environment and the right ambience — so that kids can enjoy the game, flourish and gain confidence.
Diane Scavuzzo: Would you say that your biggest goal at AYSO United is to create the kind of environment you just described?
Robbie Earle: Yes, definitely. A healthy environment for young kids to grow, whatever that is. Some kids are just going to be enjoying this great sport and that’s perfect.
Diane Scavuzzo: What do you think makes AYSO United different than other soccer clubs?
Robbie Earle: I think the biggest thing is that AYSO is often the first point of entry. Everyone gets 50 percent of the time on the soccer pitch and that’s what you really want to do. You train on the week and with your coach, but ideally, everyone wants to be part of the team. I’ve seen kids standing on the side with like one or two minutes to go — and then they are thrown on and then the whistle blows. You see their disappointed little faces and that’s not what it should be about. Youth soccer should be about everybody being a part of it. Some people are quicker, faster, stronger, but at this point that shouldn’t be the main focus. It should be about everyone taking part and playing their part and growing with the sport.
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