Expert performance is the result of focused, deliberate practice. Our starting point is the culture we create at our practice sessions. Training in the secluded confines at USF Negoesco is calm. Coaches don’t need to yell; players can actually listen. Respect is mutual. Players are devoted to the lessons of their training, so they can execute the high-speed movements and exact timing of their passing. Nobody but coaches and players step on the field. The turf becomes their classroom. It is a distinctly different quality of environment than the medley of teams across many clubs and ages at the city’s public soccer complexes. We train there too -- everyone does -- but Negoesco teaches our players what real practice is meant to be. We don’t show up late. We don’t goof off. We don’t disrupt our teammates. We then take this culture to every field we train on.
A typical travel team in San Francisco might train 75 to 85 times a year.We train 110-130 times a year, depending on each team’s summer program. It works out to nearly 50% more training sessions than typical SF travel teams. Better still is the fact our players train with highly-experienced, highly-licensed coaches and often in a focussed training environment free from the multiple distactrions often present on city firls. It all adds up to not just more training but better training.
The players enjoy it. It is not a grind. It is not stressful. They are applying themselves, transforming their wishful dreams into personal goals. They know it takes effortful work to develop mastery. They see the results. They enjoy the work. They love their coaches. They are all doing something they love to do.
The SF Elite Academy
Our mission is to provide an elite level program for soccer players in San Francisco.