GOALKING Soccer School Academy

Professional Soccer School Academy

The GOALKING Academies are now year-round training schools for youth soccer players in the Edmonton Region, for field players and goalkeepers.  GOALKING Academies are endorsed by the Alberta Soccer Association, with a 3-Star Endorsement for the established GOALKING Goalkeepers Academy, and with the new GOALKING Soccer Academy already with a 1-Star Endorsement at its opening. 

GOALKING Soccer Academy is the new GOALKING training program for field players.  GOALKING has put together a top-notch Licensed Coaching staff, including former Professional players (such as a former Uganda National Women’s Team player), with many years of experience training and coaching youth soccer players in different countries. 

The Mission of the GOALKING Academies is to provide basic to advanced training to youth who wish to improve and master technical and tactical abilities to compete at higher-level soccer competitions in our Edmonton Region or beyond.  GOALKING Academies are independent from any soccer team or Club, but the Academies function as a complement to teams or clubs for players who want to develop to the top of their potential.

Several GOALKING Goalkeeper Academy trainees have already advanced in their soccer careers by being accepted or serving as tryalists in youth Regional programs of the Alberta Soccer Association (Winter Program, Alberta Team, REX, etc.), and GOALKING Soccer Academy is set up to lead to the same opportunities for its field player trainees.

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New GOALKING Camp for Field Players and Goalkeepers

GOALKING announces the opening for registrations of its upcoming camp for field players and goalkeepers on March 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th.  Different training groups from 5 to 18 years old (Co-Ed).  The format will be learning and training with field players or goalkeepers for 2/3rds of each session, then the last 1/3rd field players and goalkeepers will get together to practices what they have learned, and compete field players vs. goalkeepers.  Spots are limited:  register NOW! www.goalking.ca

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ASA Excellence Provincial Winter Program 2017/2018

Congratulations to the GOALKINGners Joseph H., Ethan H., Tim S., Sabrina A., Sara P., and Calais B., for been selected for the ASA Excellence Provincial Winter Program 2017/2018. I can testify as to how hard you worked for this, either in the GOALKING seasonal goalkeeper technical program, or at a camp. Coach Armando is very proud of you. Many other GOALKING youth goalkeepers are getting prepared for future Elite tryouts; very proud to see all these young goalkeepers advance in their soccer careers. www.goalking.ca

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Tim with FC Edmonton Academy

GOALKING is happy for Tim, as he has signed with the FC Edmonton Academy. Tim has shown hard work during different GOALKING camps; I am, and our GOALKING community are very proud of Tim. He has moved yet another successful step forward in his promising soccer career. Good luck Tim, I am very proud!

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Joseph Holliday with the FC Edmonton Academy

GOALKING is happy to share with the GOALKING community that our Trainee, Joseph Holliday, has signed with the FC Edmonton Academy. Joseph has worked very hard for this opportunity, training and playing always up to his optimal level and beyond. Joseph has been a GOALKING trainee for 3 years, and he attended the Elite SoccerPlus camp in Fullerton, CA, with Tony DiCiccio last year. Last winter he was selected to play in the ASA Winter Program, and also invited to join the ASA Alberta Provincial Team squad. At only 12 years old, Joseph has been attaining Elite positions in our soccer community, culminating now signing with the FC Edmonton Academy.

GOALKING is very proud of Joseph, who has moved yet another successful step forward in his promising soccer career. Good luck Joseph!

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Coach Armando training with the Pandas Soccer

Excited to share that Coach Armando will collaborate this coming Fall/Winter season with Coach Liz Jepsen, at the University of Alberta women’s soccer program: Pandas Soccer. This involves special training sessions for the Senior Panda’s players / goalkeepers.

The Pandas play in the Canada West University Athletic Association (CWUAA), a conference that has notable results in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) with its CIS Gold medalling (CWUAA - 16, OUA - 7, AUS - 5, QSSF - 1). The CWUAA is a challenging and rewarding league in which to compete.

For more information: http://www.pandasoccer.ca/why-pandas-soccer/

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Coach Armando training with the Junion Pandas Soccer Program

Very excited to share that Coach Armando will continue as the Goalkeeper Coach & Trainer for the Junion Pandas Soccer Program (University of Alberta - Women's Soccer Program) in Edmonton, for the cycle 2017-2018.

Jr. Pandas was launched in the fall of 2014 as an alternative High Performance Player Development Opportunity for players in Grades 10 to 12. The mission of the Junior Pandas Soccer Program is to develop female athletes to be future leaders in women’s soccer.

For more information: http://www.pandasoccer.ca/junior-pandas-soccer-progra/

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Coach Armando training with the Women’s EXCEL Program

Very excited to share that Coach Armando will continue as the Goalkeeper Coach & Trainer for the Women’s EXCEL Program (Canada Soccer Pathway) in Edmonton, for the cycle 2017-2018.

REX is designed to ensure more of Canada’s exceptional young female players find their way into the best competitive environments, so that our Women’s National Team is provided with a steady stream of players meeting high standards to keep us competitive on the world stage.

For more information: http://albertasoccer.com/player/excellence/

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Joseph, New Player for The FC Edmonton Academy

We are happy to share with the GOALKING community that our Trainee, Joseph Holliday, has accepted the invitation to join the FC Edmonton Academy this coming September 2017.  Joseph has worked very hard for this opportunity, training and playing always up to his optimal level and beyond.  Joseph has been a GOALKING trainee for 3 years, and last summer he attended the Elite  SoccerPlus camp in Fullerton, CA, with Tony DiCiccio.  Last winter he was selected to play in the ASA Winter Program, and also invited to join the ASA Alberta Provincial Team squad.  At only 12 years old, Joseph has been attaining Elite positions in our soccer community, culminating now his acceptance into the FC Edmonton Academy.

Coach Armando and all the GOALKING goalkeeping community is very proud of Joseph, who has moved yet another successful step forward in his promising soccer career.  Good luck Joseph!

Remembering Tony DiCicco

To the GOALKING community,

I’m extremely sad to share with you that our good friend and mentor (Olympic gold medalist coach at the 1996 Summer games in Atlanta, and FIFA Champion at the 1999 Women’s World Cup), Tony DiCicco has passed away yesterday.

Tony was our special guest in 2014, running a goalkeeping camp for more than 200 players from our Edmonton region, with Lisa Cole and Tony’s son Nicholas DiCicco as specials guests.  Tony was such an amazing man, a great inspiration to me and to our Canadian GOALKING youth goalkeepers who met him in 2014; Tony visited us every time he came to Canada, including the last time during the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, during which he was working for a TV channel as a special commentator on the games.  At that time he again took time from his busy schedule to get together with me here in Edmonton to chat about international soccer.  I was so lucky and privileged to to be mentored by him, including during my NSCAA National Goalkeeping Diploma in 2016 in Florida.  The majority of my current goalkeeping mentoring in Canada, Elite, Competitive, and Community, comes from the strong fundamentals taught to me by Tony DiCicco, who not only taught me the best of being a goalkeeper, but also about the personal values I need to pass on to my goalkeeper trainees.

May he rest in peace, Tony, my good friend and mentor.  He will always be remembered for his great contributions to the soccer community.

Coach Armando Sanchez

 Source: Tony DiCicco (@tonysocc) | Twitter

Source: Tony DiCicco (@tonysocc) | Twitter

Goalkeeping Training with Sting Sao Paulo FC in Edmonton

It is now confirmed:  Coach Armando will continue coaching and training all the youth goalkeeper members of the Sting Sao Paulo FC Club in Edmonton for the upcoming season, the 2009s to 1999s.  Our goalkeepers have shown tremendous improvements that have carried over to their games in which they have demonstrated superior savings techniques coming from their weekly goalkeeping training, as part of Sting Sao Paulo FC Technical Training Program.  Several of our goalkeepers have helped their teams to qualify for City Finals and Provincials, and a few of them have even been selected to participate in the Provincial ASA programs.

Coach Armando is looking forward to another amazing season with his youth trainees, collecting stories of success.  Coach Armando will be under the direction of the Technical Director Jorge Rodriguez in the new Sting Sao Paulo FC Technical Training Program.

 Em nove anos, Léo só disputou um amistoso contra o Londrina pelo São Paulo (Foto: Djalma Vassão/Gazeta Press)

Em nove anos, Léo só disputou um amistoso contra o Londrina pelo São Paulo (Foto: Djalma Vassão/Gazeta Press)

Congratulations to KC who was chosen this winter as a trialist for the Elite REX program of the Canadian Soccer Association, which is the conduit program to play on Team Canada.

KC is a highly committed GOALKING trainee who has been working hard for this opportunity; GOALKING is very proud of her. KC was one of the 10 goalkeepers from Edmonton who went to the goalkeeper training program in California with SoccerPlus in July 2016, from which KC has now received an invitation to be part of the NTC (National Training Centre) Elite Program in 2017. KC is currently training with Sting Sao Paulo FC, along with a dedicated weekly training session with the GOALKING Elite goalkeeper trainee group. Congratulations KC! This is just the beginning of a successful soccer career.

 

For more information about the REX Program: http://www.canadasoccer.com/files/CanadaSoccerPathway_WomensEXCELProgram_Guide_20140603.pdf

New, GOALKING Goalkeeper Academy

We are happy to share with you the official recognition in Alberta of the GOALKING Goalkeeper Technical Training Program, as the GOALKING Goalkeeper Academy.  GOALKING Academy will start offering goalkeeper training programs in March and April 2017 at the new indoor Turf training centre on Edmonton’s south side, SPORTS TC ( www.sportstc.com ).  Training programs will be offered for co-ed youth players with birth years between 2005 and 1999. Group sessions will be announced and open for registrations the first week of January 2017 on GOALKING’s website ( www.goalkinc.ca ). GOALKING Goalkeeper Academy is now endorsed by the Alberta Soccer Association.

GOALKING - Alberta Soccer Three Star program

GOALKING is very proud to share with all its members that the Alberta Soccer Association has granted the highest level of endorsement possible to GOALKING, naming the training program an Alberta Soccer Three Star program. The Alberta Soccer administrative and technical staff reviewed and validated the GOALKING training curriculum, endorsing GOALKING as a recognized Soccer Goalkeeping Academy.  GOALKING is currently the only goalkeeping academy in Alberta with this level of validation from ASA.

GOALKING has been training youth and adult goalkeepers since 2007, and this step of earning the Three Star Alberta Soccer program level is the result of hard work and training of all GOALKING goalkeeper trainees and staff trainers.

Congratulations to all GOALKING members!

GOALKING New Club House (Sports TC)

GOALKING has initiated training sessions at Sports TC ( www.sportstc.com ), the new Club House for the GOALKING Goalkeeper Technical Training programs, camps and clinics.  GOALKING at Sports TC will be able to organize and offer new goalkeeper training for youth and adults, with greater control over our schedule.  GOALKING will very soon publish the upcoming training programs at www.goalking.ca

Congratulations to Joseph H. who has been selected as a goalkeeper for the 2016-17 (Alberta) Provincial Team, Winter Training Program – 13 Boys North

Joseph is a highly committed GOALKING trainee who has been working very hard for this opportunity; GOALKING is very proud of him. Joseph was one of the 10 goalkeepers from Edmonton who went to the goalkeeper training program in California with SoccerPlus in July 2016. Joseph is currently training with Sting Sau Paulo FC, along with a dedicated weekly training session with the Sting Goalkeeper Technical Training Program.  Congratulations Joseph! This is just the beginning of a successful soccer career.

Congratulations to Sabrina A. who has been selected as a goalkeeper for the 2016-17 (Alberta) Provincial Team, Winter Training Program – 13 Girls North (10 Years Old)

Sabrina is a highly committed GOALKING trainee who has been working very hard for this opportunity; GOALKING is very proud of her. Sabrina was one of the 10 goalkeepers from Edmonton who went to the goalkeeper training program in California with SoccerPlus in July 2016. Sabrina is currently training with Edmonton Strikers, along with a dedicated weekly training session with the GOALKING Elite goalkeeper trainee group. Congratulations Sabrina! This is just the beginning of a successful soccer career.

Armando Sanchez starts in his new position as Regional Women’s Excel (REX) Goalkeeper Coach

As an Alberta REX Goalkeeper Coach, Armando gets to train some of the top Elite female goalkeepers in Alberta.  The REX program works so that “players with a Women’s Regional EXCEL Centre who demonstrate their ability to meet the highest standards may move in the Women’s National EXCEL Program, presented by Bell….  Women’s National EXCEL Program is intended to maintain a ‘conveyer belt’ of players demonstrating the program’s highest standard attributes towards the Women’s National team”  (Women’s EXCEL Program: A Guide for Players and Their Parents online pamphlet). Alberta Regional  Women’s EXCEL players also get the opportunity to be scouted for professional teams, such as The Vancouver Whitecaps. (http://www.whitecapsfc.com/youth/post/2016/08/08/whitecaps-fc-partner-alberta-soccer-association)