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New Webinar Announced: Yael Averbuch West & Greg Simmonds

The Important Role of Individual Technical Training for Player Development

In this hour long free webinar we will be joined by Yael Averbuch West, Founder of Techne Futbol - and Greg Simmonds, Founder of Own Touch and Futsal RVA to discuss considerations for parents when it comes to:

  • Individual Technical Training
  • Player Confidence
  • Developing Motivation
  • Successful Soccer Parenting
  • The Importance of Love of the Game
  • Tips for Parents on Finding Moments of Inspiration

Wednesday, April 21  1:00 EST

Yael's Bio:

Yael Averbuch West is the founder of Techne Futbol, a training app designed to help players form an individual relationship with the ball.  She is also the executive director of the National Women's Soccer League Players Association. A professional soccer player, she last played as a defender for Seattle Reign FC in the National Women's Soccer League.

During her career as a center midfielder at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Averbuch was named national player of the year by both Soccer Buzz and Top Drawer Soccer. Averbuch was selected in the first round of the 2009 WPS Draft (4th overall) by her home state team, Sky Blue FC. She later played for Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC in the Damallsvenskan and the UEFA Women's Champions League and made a brief stint with WFC Rossiyanka. She is a two-time WPS champion with Sky Blue FC and the Western New York Flash.

Averbuch played for the United States at every level of the youth national teams and represented the United States women's national soccer team from 2007 to 2013.


Greg's Bio:

Before turning professional, Gregory Simmonds was his high school's (Sherwood High School, Olney, Maryland) first ever All-American athlete - the second is US National stand-out Oguchi Onyewu. He also still holds the record for goals scored at his alma mater, Howard University. Simmonds began his professional soccer career with the Hershey Wildcats where he scored 35 goals, had 16 assists and was named USL-1 Rookie of the Year in 1999 and Team MVP in 2000. Simmonds also played for D.C. United in the CONCACAF Champions Cup in 1999.

Simmonds also boasts international experience, having played with the Jamaican National Team youth and senior teams (Reggae Boyz) in 1999. Signed by the Miami Fusion in 2001, he tallied 4 goals and 2 assists in league and Open Cup matches. After the Fusion folded in 2001, he signed with Rochester Rhinos in 2002 where he led the team with 9 goals and 6 assists. In 2003, he played in 27 games with the Richmond Kickers. Simmonds played for USL First Division team Charleston Battery for the 2004 and 2005 seasons and was the team’s leading scorer both years with 18 goals and 9 assist. In 2006 joined Virginia Beach Mariners where he was team MVP after leading the team with 9 goals and 5 assist and being named to the league’s ALL STAR TEAM.

Simmonds finished his professional career with 75 goals and 37 assists, last playing for the Puerto Rico Islanders.

Simmonds retired from professional soccer shortly after he founded the Soccer and Futsal programs at U-TURN Sports Performance Academy where he served as Director for over 3 years.  Simmonds then became the Co-Founder and President of Own Touch Soccer, as well as Co-Founder and President of FutsalRVA. Simmonds holds a US National A License Coach.  FutsalRVA has produced four US Youth National team players from and currently has five US Youth Futsal National Championship titles.


Questions answered live

Suitable for parents and youth coaches

Registration limited - Register today!



About the Author Skye Eddy Bruce

Founder, SoccerParenting.com Skye is a former All-American goalkeeper, professional player and collegiate coach. She holds her USSF “B” License and USSF National Goalkeeper License and is an active youth coach, soccer parent and coach educator.

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