ANB Soccer


July 4, 2011 (RELEASE) --

The ANB Academy is pleased to announce the success of its 3rd International ID Camp with technique, development and recruiting as highlights of the event. From June 9th to June 13th, 2011, The ANB Academy had the privilege of hosting numerous coaches from professional clubs in Europe at its training grounds at The Country Day School. Represented clubs included SM Caen, Auxerre, St. Etienne (France), Wolverhampton Wolves & Everton (England), Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia) and Kayserispor FC (Turkey).


On Saturday evening June 13th, 2011, the European Coaches and scouts delivered a two hour lecture/open forum on how each club recruits players and how their academy youth system functions -

o Bob Bennett talked about the recruiting system at Wolverhampton Wanderers FC and his job as a scout.
o Ian Lavery explained the inner workings of Everton Football Youth Academy.
o Francois Rodrigues elaborated on the strength of Caen's formation system in producing top level professionals.
o Guillaume Dumoulin described what is necessary for a North American soccer player to succeed in Europe.
o Luc Bernard showed the new system of development of the FFF.

Their overall message was very clear:

o Technique will always be the foundation of the futbol player.
o Age related training is fundamental.
o Higher frequency of training is essential.
o Competitions' outcomes should reflect the development of the player.

Passion for the game is crucial for coaches and players. On Saturday & Sunday, the ANB Futbol complex at CDS hosted 80 athletes from all over Canada for 2 days of practical sessions, small sided games, coordination/speed testing & full sided games.

Overall, the level of play was higher than in previous years and all the coaches / scouts were impressed the effort and skill of the players.

o Coach Rodrigues - he was impressed with the improvement level of the ANB players and the good quality players that were from outside the Academy.
o Scout Dumoulin - seeing the younger player improvement level, he believes that it is a matter of time for North American players to close to gap. Young players must be monitored on a yearly basis.
o Scout Bennett - will be sending a scout to the Foyle Cup in Ireland ( to follow on a list of specific players participating in this competition.
o Scout Lavery -very impressed with technical quality of players and was extremely pleased to see the high level of play from Canadian players

There are many players who are on the scouts' short lists. The coaches and scouts will be discussing next steps with the Academy Director and monitoring the players' progress in the upcoming months. Most interesting is the European trip being planned for the ANB U-16 team travelling to participate in The Foyle Cup (N. Ireland) and The Keele Cup (England) at the end of July. Both Wolverhampton and Everton have indicated they will be sending scouts to evaluate the players in competitive environments.

Plans are already underway to prepare for next year's ID Camp. "This event is the first of its kind in North America especially in Canada, we look forward to working with all our European colleagues & the participants to access the talent pool," said Bassam Naim, Academy Director.

ANB academy's vision is to become Canada’s leading soccer development organization. Its mission is to identify Canadian soccer talent, and to maximize the potential of players at any level, through professional coaching and training.

For more information on the programs offered by ANB academy, check out our website site at or by telephone at 905-313-8661 or via e-mail at

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