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Cesena USA has opened registration for US and International female players interested in playing for Cesena USA WPSL in 2018!

Cesena USA will once again carry a 1st team and a “primavera” group each with 20-25 players. The Primavera group will consist of ’01, ’00 and ’99 top level players. Players from the ’98 class and above will be looked at for the 1st team.

All International players must be registered in our database by Tuesday, October 31st. All locally based high school and college/university players must be registered by Tuesday, October 3rd to be considered and invited to our evaluation sessions.

For more information click here! 

Close to 70 players including a few goalkeepers from area high schools participated in our 2017 edition of the Cesena Summer Academy. The Maryland SoccerPlex Program brought together players from all around the Maryland/DC Area to spend a week with our Italian Federation Coaches.

In Virginia, we celebrated our 7th year of the Cesena Summer Academy with players from 6 of the 12 Cesena USA teams participating. Coach Max Bonazza had this to say regarding his experience, “ It was truly exciting for me to see the growth and development that these players have gone through over the past few years…I look forward to this event every year…my evaluations attest to the success and strength of the Cesena USA Program.” We all now look forward to our 8th gathering on 2018 as we get closer to our 10th year anniversary of this flagship event in our program.

A special “thank you” to all our coaches, volunteers, parents and players that made the 2017 camp a memorable experience!    

Cesena USA: “Metodo Giovani” - Following Our Namesakes Lead!

07/20/2017, 8:00pm EDT
By Cesena USA Staff Writer

“Metodo Giovani”, directly translated means “the young method”. In Italy, Cesena’s method of training and developing their youth players is well known and respected. This club philosophy stems from a deep and historically rooted belief that the true success of any club depends on their ability to develop (properly educate) youth players. At first glance this visionary type philosophy would never stand a chance. There are many perils in the way as many components need to come together if education is to stay in the forefront of the clubs vision.

Leadership- the first danger to philosophical collapse comes from the club leadership. If the club board of directors and specifically, the club president does not have a passionate (almost fanatical) belief in youth development, failure is just around the corner.

At A.C. Cesena and Cesena USA, it is evident that club leadership guides the clubs direction as it pertains to the education of their youth players. Both clubs spend a large amount of resources to ensure that programs are properly managed, continuously evaluated and upgraded when the need arises.

Structure- the club must have a method for identifying and selecting players that have the aptitude and desire to continue their soccer education. The stability of this “structure” is affected by many influences including the following:

Coaches: these individuals must be professional staff with a strong background in development. The days of using “I played in high school”, as fulfillment of a coaching requirement are long gone. These coaches are teachers by trade and education is paramount above results especially in the youth ranks. Coaches must report to a Director of Coaching (DoC) that continuously evaluates and supervises the adherence to a curriculum regardless of weekend results. The DoC must have the flexibility to add and/or remove coaches that don’t adhere to club philosophy. A.C. Cesena has the following club positions that keep this "train" on track:

  • (Direttore Area Tecnica)- Club Technical Director
  • (Resp. Area tecnica Sett. Giovanile)- Director of Youth/Program Development
  • (Coordinatore Settore Giovanile)- Youth Programs Coordinator

Cesena USA has similar positions here that keep things organized:

  • Andy Vera-Club Technical Director
  • Frans Aarts- Director of Youth/Program Development
  • Dave Sbitan – Youth Program Liaison/Coordinator

Parents: In every soccer culture around the world, the “parent component” has become the most discussed and (at times) most dreaded.  Nothing seems to be off-limits for certain individuals when it comes to their child’s soccer (football) experience. In Italy one of the many challenges stems from parents disagreeing with referee calls and letting them know about it! When it comes to the rules of the game everyone seems to be an expert including parents.

In other cultures, club directors deal with the misguided perception that payment equals entitlement.  In ALL soccer cultures, when this feeling of entitlement begins to bleed into the educational component, effects can be disastrous and undermine every aspect of the clubs direction.

The secret is to see parents and coaches as "partners" in the players (child’s) education and development not a "merchant/customer” type relationship. As coaches we MUST commit to instill in each and every player confidence in their abilities and a concept of self-worth that transcends club soccer. We must compassionately convey to them that "where" we place them and "how" we train them is the best developmental option we can provide. From parents we rely on their support and positive reinforcement; encouraging players to openly communicate with coaches and utilize each training session or game as a learning opportunity. Here as in Italy, coaches and parents must see themselves as mentors and in a role that hopefully inspires our program participants.

The “Metodo Giovani” is more than a slogan that identifies a style of teaching. It is what we live to apply every day of our lives.  Every child that ever crosses our path has a purpose and a wealth of potential.  We embrace the opportunity, tuck our warm-ups in our socks and get to work.

It is good to know that in a world that is full of “coaches” the educators shine through…in both the “old” and the “new” world!

ODFC Cesena Transfers WPSL Player To Italy!

07/14/2017, 2:30pm EDT
By Shelley Kline

Rebecca Deegan To Jesina Calcio

ODFC Cesena USA is proud to announce that an official transfer offer has been made to Becca Deegan (WPSL 1st Team) from Jesina Calcio Femminile in Italy’s Serie “B” professional league. The club Jesina is based out of Jesi, Italy a town in the province of Ancona in the Marche region.

Becca joined us this current season from Delta State University where she was team captain for all 4 years. She represented the England Under-17 and played at the highest premier level of soccer with Everton Ladies.

Andy Vera, ODFC Cesena USA GM had this to say, “Becca has been presented with a tremendous opportunity, her ability and strong personality will serve her well in the Italian league. She is the 1st from Cesena USA given this honor but she won’t be the last…she has earned this opportunity and we wish her nothing but the best." Becca is due in Italy by mid-August for the start pre-season training.

Jecina Calcio Press Release!

Cesena USA Growth Exceeds Club Expectations!

06/20/2017, 6:45pm EDT
By Jessie Wright

Ten+ Cesena USA Teams will soon begin preparing for the fall 2017 season after a record growth this past spring. ODFC Technical Director and Cesena USA Program Director, Andy Vera explains the growth, “It has been an excellent spring…tryouts went very well with as we added two ’02, one ’01 and one ’06 boys teams. Our ’06 girls’ team is now carrying a full roster and we’re working on a 2nd team right now. We are also finalizing a girls ’09 team from our RTP graduate list. Our ’05 girl’s teams are solid with (black) playing in the VA Regional tournament this coming weekend. The ’05 (white) is at a full 18 on their roster and are going to be stronger than last season.”

The program growth is owed to a strong band of volunteers, coaches, players and parents that, according to program directors, “all pull in the same direction”. The addition of strong leadership within the group of directors has also played a huge role in the programs record growth. Coach Frans Aarts, Director of Player and Coach Development said this, “the Rising Talent Program (RTP) is identifying and developing some magnificent players that will soon ready for travel soccer if that’s where they want to go. From our Little Friends program to the RTP and beyond we all follow the same script.”

The Cesena Program will stay busy this summer with many of the teams only taking a couple of weeks off before heading back to the training pitch. The Cesena USA Summer Academy will bring together some of the best Italian Federation coaches (FIGC) to work with our kids in mid-July to kick-off the preseason training. Every team should be back preparing for their preseason tournaments by August 7th.

The program growth and success is no accident, the environment needs to be right and the addition of critical club staff members must be addressed. The Cesena Program counts on a specific Fitness/Conditioning Director, a highly specialized GK Director, a knowledgeable Director of Player/Coach Education and an energetic, structured, Director of Travel Operations. All these talented individuals work closely with the Club Chairman and Technical Director to make things work.

All of us can’t wait for the fall 2017 season!

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