Eddie Loewen is an expert on German’s Youth Bundesliga, understanding how Germany has emphasized the player development of youth soccer players for years. Loewen grew up playing in the Bundesliga and played professional soccer in 3.Bundesliga before coming to the USA. Loewen holds a UEFA A license and USSF B.
As the CEO of Global Soccer Development, Loewen scouts talented youths and arranges for high level, elite player trials in Germany as well as competitive youth soccer immersion trips.
With the new GSD Cup in Germany, Loewen is currently looking for talented players with ID Camps in Southern California in late February 2019
Diane Scavuzzo: What is right and what is wrong in American youth soccer?
Eddie Loewen: Let’s talk about what is right, first.
Most other soccer countries would envy our soccer/sports complexes. Our infrastructure is very good for the majority of youth clubs. We have tons of excellent facilities where players can develop properly.
If I could change one thing, it would be to add locker rooms and a clubhouse to every facility, where kids and families can hang out and socialize while having food and drinks because it would promote camaraderie.
THE TEAM CHEMISTRY AND BONDING THAT OCCURS IN A LOCKER ROOM ARE IRREPLACEABLE.
We have a lot of talented young players ages 8-14 and I believe that we are doing a good job on the grassroots level developing players that are technically sound and athletic.
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