I want to thank everyone for another successful year for the Medford Strikers Soccer Club. At the beginning of the year we welcomed many new players into our club and were able to form new teams. The year came and went and the success we had in many aspects makes me proud to be the Technical Director of our club.
I measure success by the individual improvement of our players as well as the overall improvement of each team. Individually it was very obvious that all our players improved in all aspects. Technically they became more comfortable with the ball, tactically they learned to play the modern style of soccer, physically they were superior to their opponents, and mentally they competed with great admiration.
In terms of team development, all our teams displayed that they are tactically very advanced. Their ability to play multiple formations and exhibit versatility are a result of their willingness to learn the game. Our goal is to teach our teams how to play in various ways so that they will be able to adapt to whatever the opponent throws at them. The ability to change formations every week or even in the middle of a game is very impressive for any youth team.
I’m also pleased that 6 of our 10 teams won their respective leagues with 3 of our teams winning back to back league championships in impressive fashion. We also competed in very competitive tournaments and managed to win the Championship finals on 12 different occasions. When you consider the small size of our rosters, our teams really did a marvelous job of competing for entire weekends.
My staff and I are already looking forward to the upcoming year. We had a very successful try-out and all our teams have a lot more depth now. The players we selected will create a lot more competition within our squads which in turn will help our teams improve even more.
Thanks again for the support you all showed and thanks for the opportunity to work with your children. They are great kids and we thoroughly enjoy helping them grow as soccer players and people.
See you in July.
Medford Strikers Soccer Club