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Summer Training Opportunities, Brought to You by Coach Joey

Vikings Soccer Club strives to fulfill the needs of those passionate about soccer year-round. As a result, Coach Joey has taken it upon himself to create additional training opportunities for those looking to continuously hone their skills. Below, you can find what Chef Coach Joey has cooked up for the soccer-hungry Vikings this summer.

Below the programs you can find messages from Joey himself, sharing his philosophy for coaching.

Real Madrid and Vikings?!

Real Madrid is hosting a skills camp in San Francisco this July! A portion of your signup will go directly to the San Francisco Vikings' Scholarship Fund. Be sure to use the code RMFVIKINGS for a $30 discount!

"The clinics are the perfect tool to develop the physical, sports, and social skills of our students in an international environment. The aim is to introduce the children to the values of Real Madrid: leadership, teamwork, effort, solidarity, cooperation, and respect." 

There is limited space, so sign up soon before you have to go on the waiting list!

Click here to be taken directly to the registration page!

(Showing up in a Barcelona jersey may result in heavy conditioning.)


Starting June 8th,  kids can play Dutch 4v4 games on Saturdays at Paul Goode field in the Presidio.  Players do not need to be current Vikings Club members to participate.

Each day has two sections. Section 1 is 12pm-1:30pm for kids K-2nd grade. Section 2 is 12pm-1:30pm for kids 3rd-5th grade.

Cost is $15 per session.

Email coach Joey Almeida for more information.


Starting June 3rd, train ball mastery with coach Joey Almeida on weeknights Mon-Thurs from 5:00-6:30pm at Paul Goode practice field, located at 768 Portola St, SF.

Sessions focus on control and deceptive movements

Multiple instructors present, so all ages can be accommodated.

Kindergarten through high school ages. Players do not need to be current Vikings Club members to participate.

Cost is $15 per session.

Email coach Joey Almeida for more information.

U-13 and Older Training Opportunities

Vikings is organizing Summer training specifically for playes U-13 and up (11v11 game model). Starting on June 10th, we will offer the following:

Finishing Touch Clinics

This clinic will focus on attacking, shooting, and finishing. The players will participate in a series of activities and games to goal.

Mondays at Beach Chalet from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm.

Cost: $15 per session

Email coach Joey Almeida for more information.

Tactical Awareness Sessions

The players will spend the majority of the session playing in a game (3v3 up to 9v9) so that they have the opportunity to express themselves and learn to make decisions on their own. The coaching staff will help guide the players when needed.

Wednesdays at Beach Chalet from 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Cost: $10 per session

Email coach Joey Almeida for more information.

Message from Coach Joey

Over the Summer I will be sharing some of my approaches to coaching. We will start off by looking at the six tasks of a coach to help you create a coaching development plan. Now that the season is over, I believe this is a perfect time to reflect and evaluate your performance over the past year. This will hopefully allow you to rejuvenate and help you become the coach/person that you want to be.

The Six Tasks of a Coach:

  • Coaching Games
  • Coaching Training Sessions
  • Leading the Team
  • Leading the Individual
  • Managing the Performance Environment
  • Leadership

This is a simple way of looking at what it takes to be a coach. Everything that a coach does can be placed into one of these basic categories. How you approach these tasks will determine  how successful you are as a coach. It's not about results, it's about how effective the parents and players view you in their overall development.

I encourage all of you to take some time to look over he "Profile of a Grassroots Coach" (attached). What are your strengths? What are some areas for growth? A good coach is always looking to develop their strengths. More importantly they work to turn their weaknesses into strengths. How can you achieve this?

Consider the following quote:

DREAM written down with a date becomes a GOAL. A goal broken down into steps becomes a PLAN. A plan backed by ACTION becomes REALITY.

This is essentially a roadmap to achieving your goals. I used this roadmap to create a personal development plan for my National "B" License (attached). I've included a blank copy of my personal development plan so that you can create your own action plan. It doesn't need to be as detailed as mine, it just helps to have your goals mapped out. Take it step by step, and focus on achieving one short term goal at a time.

Other suggestions:

  • Share your goals with another Vikings coach, they can help you by holding you accountable and providing support. 
  • Print your plan and post it on your wall or take a photo of it with your phone so that you can see it every day. I believe this will motivate you to take the actions necessary to achieve your goals.
  • Use this road map to help your players set goals and create plan of action (leading the individual).

If you have any questions or need any help creating your coaching development plan, please feel free to reach out. 

Winning The Workout

Hi team, 

I hope everyone had a great weekend. Last week I wrote about the six tasks of a coach and how to develop a personal development plan. The key point was how you approach the six tasks will define your success as a coach. To build off this idea, I'm going to focus on how to approach training sessions (although it can apply to all six tasks). It's all about the time and effort you put into getting better at the task at hand.

"Winning the Workout"

According to Vern Gambetta, the well-known coach and athletic consultant, there are three essential ways of approaching a training session.

Level 1: You show up. You do the job exactly as you're told to do it; nothing more, nothing less. You get a little better.
Level 2: You show up. You do the job, and you target certain tasks that'll help you toward your goal. You work the workout, push yourself, think about technique.
Level 3: You show up, having thought about how today's session fits in the larger goal. You work very hard, pushing yourself into the discomfort zone over and over, with full commitment. Later, you reflect/analyze/critique your performance with a cool, objective eye. You get a LOT better, creating what Gambetta calls "the quantum leap."

Think of the three levels like bronze, silver, and gold. Level 3 is winning the workout.


CP's: (Coaching Points)

  • "Winning the workout" requires investing time and energy into the process of getting better
  • Periodization: structure your training sessions to achieve short AND long-term goals
  • Some of the most vital work takes place off the field: planning, evaluating and reflecting 

How can you "win the workout?"

  • Book of Experience: writing down experiences in a notebook to learn and reflect
  • Develop daily practice plans (and a long-term plan) or focus on running one activity as best as you can (if you have minimal time)