ACADEMY PROGRAM


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BE DIFFERENT.
Who leads our Academy Team?
You may have noticed a few new faces around the pitch lately. MSB United Academy is led by three experienced and knowledgable coaches. Bogdan, Sergio Sr. and Sergio Jr. are responsible for all aspects of coaching at MSB.

These experienced coaches have created a brand new program for us which will change the delivery and focus of our U4-U8 MSB Juniors program, team practices, player Academy sessions and coach education.
The MSB Academy program has been created for players from U9 to U19. This is an ideal environment for our players to improve their ability to perform in 1 vs 1 & game-like situations under the supervision of our highly experienced coaching team.
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BOGDAN BOTEZATU
DIRECTOR OF SOCCER OPERATIONS
Bogdan grew up in Suceava, Romania where he played professionally for the local teams Bukovina, Cetatea and Foresta in LigaII and LigaIII. After graduating from Stefan cel Mare University of Suceava, Bogdan moved to London, UK to pursue a coaching career. As well as working in England, Bogdan had other international coaching roles with soccer clubs in the UnitedStates, India, Greece, Spain and Canada.
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SERGIO MEDINA SR.

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF SOCCER OPERATIONS
Sergio comes from Santiago, Chile and started playing soccer at the age of 5. At the age of 15, Sergio was admitted into Universidad Catolica, a renowned Academy and powerful club in South America. At the end of 1973, Sergio moved to Mendoza, Argentina where he married his wife Patricia. They remained in Argentina for 4 years. In 1977 they arrived in Lethbridge, Canada with a baby on the way; to begin a new life.
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SERGIO MEDINA JR.

ACADEMY DIRECTOR
Sergio started playing at very young age (6 years old). He continued playing throughout his childhood, youth and adulthood, including a short period where he was qualified to play for a Chilean professional team. Sergio is very eager, devoted and committed to teach, coach and share his soccer knowledge with the community to help children and youth to develop sportsmanship, as well as to make it the “Main Focus” of his future.
The MSB United Academy Program will focus on exposing players to game-based situations where they can further refine their ability to perform soccer specific actions (e.g. passing, creating space, shooting, etc.).

We believe that 1 vs 1 situations are at the core of youth player development, but it is vital that players are also able to recognize space, teammates, and opposition around them, thus the importance of the games-based approach in the Academy Program.

Research into coaching practice within soccer commonly reports that coaches employ a “traditional” approach to skill acquisition. Traditional coaching approaches assume that technique needs to be mastered prior to game play, but these approaches focus on the practice of technical skills often in overly simplistic and unpressurized situations that do not mimic the demands of real game play. This direct approach can create a separation between technique and tactical knowledge, leading to a disconnect between practice and game play where players are not able to respond to game situations.

MSB United believes that the game-based approach is the most effective way to improve decision-making, skill execution, and physical fitness in youth soccer.

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MSB PLAYER DEVELOPMENT PHASES
The MSB United Player Development Phases (PDP) provide players with age-specific training, preparing them to be successful in realistic game situations. This lays the foundation for them to progress in their journey towards maximizing their potential as soccer players.

To find out more about what Academy focuses on in detail, visit our PLAYER DEVELOPMENT PHASES page.

COACHING METHODOLOGY
At MSB United, the role of our coaches is to teach the game in a way that helps players maximize their potential and be successful at the highest possible levels.

This means our training exercises must be fundamentally sound, and our methodology must be based on best practices. In other words, our instruction must encompass all components of the game, always prioritizing decision-making and understanding.

Our Academy team will constantly evaluate the training methods utilized by the MSB United coaches to see whether we are impacting players in the desired manner to help them be successful. Needless to say, our coaches must constantly be learning and growing in their teaching ability.

Ultimately, our coaches are held to standards that insure that our players have the best chance of accomplishing their personal longterm goals.
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