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Travel Soccer Overview

With over 80 travel soccer teams, Arlington Soccer Association is one of the largest clubs in Northern Virginia. Led by Director of Travel Coaching, German Peri, as well as a large and diverse technical staff, the players and teams are in good hands for player development.

Our travel program begins at 9U and goes up through 23U. Our teams play in the CCL League, NCSL and ODSL, as well as select teams competing in both Region I and National League.

Download the Arlington Soccer Association's Travel Soccer Charter here.

Travel program frequently asked questions.
 

Travel Soccer Goals

The aim of Arlington Soccer's travel team is primarily to develop players to their maximum potential while conveying life values and building a love for a healthy lifestyle.  In conjunction with that, players focus on being a good citizen, a good student and the best soccer player they can be.  We aim for:

  • Very smart and skilled soccer players
  • Players willing to play and give everything for the team
  • The integral development of each player: Education (Ethics / Habits), Technical, Tactical, Physical and Social

Coach Badiee Leads Travel Coach Ed Session

-- by Coach Marc Cascio

Capice?”  Coach Matt Badiee asked his 07 boys as they prepared for a field session in front of a conglomeration of Arlington Youth Soccer coaches gathered for the inaugural coaching education training.

The boys clapped their assent- which is obviously their conditioned response.

 What followed was a well-orchestrated, sublimely beneficial session on high pressing. Badiee, who holds virtually every potential soccer license under the sun, leads his charges in the same way that he leads the coaches: through complete organization based on observation and analysis, and through a Socratic method which challenged both groups to evoke and incorporate their own knowledge.

Prior to the field exhibition, Badiee had conducted a classroom session. In the past at other places, such sessions have tended to have a “sage on the stage” feel, where the instructor spoke and the coaches were just expected to sit quietly and listen. Badiee, in contrast, functioned as an erudite guide: he proposed questions based on video analysis to the group and created an amiable and collegial atmosphere which proved to be conducive to enlightening discussion. Coaches chose groups of four and were asked to write down answers within their group which were, ultimately, shared amongst the array of coaches. The mixture of humor and wit in conjunction with a group of dedicated coaches sharing their knowledge had a galvanizing effect on a group of already tight coaches who are bonded in the idea of doing the best they can for their players. The two-hour classroom time flew by, and we were all anxious to observe the players on the field.

One of the tenants that Badiee emphasized was that coaches should “Get comfortable being uncomfortable”. This is an idea that I personally have encountered in many different arenas, and those who embrace it are primed to achieve because discomfort means less to them than does progress. And, it’s a good thing too, because I am sure that I wasn’t alone in thinking back on my own sessions while watching Coach Badiee’s and thinking “Why didn’t I think of that?” and “ Wow, I can’t wait to incorporate what I have seen and heard today to make my sessions better”. But, this training was all about growth, and I am also sure I wasn’t alone in finding the five hours on that Saturday morning with my fellow coaches and Baidee both exhilarating and educational.

At the culmination of the session, Badiee addressed the coaches, stating that he had learned from us and that he would love any feedback or requests for information that we had. He closed the excellent training session with his trademark “Capice?”

For more reasons than one, I wanted to clap!

(posted 2/4/20)

Arlington Alumni Daniel Damiani Eligible for MLS SuperDraft 2020

Arlington, Va. – Former Arlington Soccer Alumni midfielder Daniel Damiani has been listed as one of the eligible players for selection in the MLS SuperDraft 2020.  The SuperDraft will take place on Thursday, January 9th in Baltimore MD.  We wish Daniel the best of luck.

Damiani, a native of Alexandria, Va., played the past two years for the George Mason Patriots and started all 32 of his games played. Damiani recorded three goals and one assist for seven points in 15 games during the 2018 season.  He played 17 games and registered one assist during the 2019 campaign.

Before joining the Patriots, Damiani appeared in 22 games and recorded two points in his two years at Virginia Tech.

Prior to his college soccer career, Daniel spent his prime development years playing in Arlington for the extremely successful Arlington Impact Red (1997).  Daniel was a key part of the team that won 3 state cup Championships, 1 Regional Championship, 1 National League Championship & 2 trips to the USYS National Championship where they finished as finalist and semifinalist. Daniel was coached by several current members of the Arlington Soccer Coaching Staff including Grant Smith, David Camara & Tony Damiani.

SEE ALSO:  Daniel Damiani Eligible For MLS SuperDraft 2020 (gomason.com)

(posted 1/9/20)