Yael Averbuch (@Yael_Averbuch) has incredible story. It’s a story that has so many twists and turns. But somehow she was able to navigate the murky New Jersey soccer scene and emerge as one of America’s best female players.
Her story is special.
Some of the highlights include:
- Playing up on a U14 boys team.
- Skipping high school soccer.
- Playing college soccer at her dream school.
- Earning 26 caps with the USWNT.
- And navigating some sketchy deals with teams overseas.
Her insight into the player development process and what it actually takes to become a special player is incredibly valuable. She talks about how much time she spent hitting the ball against a wall and how important it was for her to train on her own away from the organized team practice. Personally, I think this is the type of stuff that every American player, coach, and parent needs to hear.
In addition to playing professional soccer, she also launched her own business that focuses on player development. A quote from her website reads, “The Techne Training System is very special to me because it encapsulates a process that has come to define who I am — the process of striving for mastery.”
If you’re interested in learning more about that program or connecting with Yael on social media – you can find links to everything she does on 343coaching.com
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This conversation with Yael is easily one of my favorites that I’ve ever recorded. Why? Because Yael tells it like is. She gives you an authentic look at her development process.
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Good pod. I believe you both also support ‘soccer pickup’ programs for youth.
In the blog post linked below, I wrote about 3Four3’s Player’s Club and a program in KC called Zone 1 that I believe Yael was involved with when she was there.
If you do a follow-up, I’d like to hear about learnings both of you had from those programs.
Yael, and FC KC, is missed in KC!