Overtime with David Benning
Overtime: February 2024 Edition – Road to Europe as a Professional Player
Since my last contribution I was approached about understanding the pathway to the professional world of soccer in Europe. First and foremost parents need to understand that FIFA decided in 2009 to ban the transfer of players under the age of 18, with three exceptions (as laid down in Article 19 of FIFA’s International Transfer Regulations); that the child’s parents change countries for reasons unrelated to football; that the transfer takes place between countries of the EU or the European Economic Area, the player being between 16 and 18 years of age; or that the player and the club of destination belong to countries no more than 50 kilometers from the border.
Overtime: January 2024 Edition – Navigating the Path to NCAA Soccer Scholarships
Often, I am approached with inquiries about the steps a player can take to optimize their chances of securing a student-athlete scholarship for soccer. It's a question that resonates with many parents seeking the best guidance for their aspiring athletes. In navigating this journey, it's crucial to address common misconceptions. A staggering 98% of club coaches, while well-intentioned, may not have the direct capacity to secure scholarships. The truth is, only about 2%— comprising university/college head coaches or assistant coaches—hold the keys to such opportunities.
Overtime: December 2023 Edition – Beyond the Final Whistle and in Overtime: Nurturing Character and Growth at Milton Magic
In the fast-paced world of youth sports, the influence of parents and coaches extends well beyond the confines of the soccer field. As we navigate the intricacies of developing our young athletes, it is essential to recognize and embrace the profound life lessons that soccer imparts. In this edition of Overtime, we delve into three powerful quotes that encapsulate the ethos of Milton Youth Soccer Club and the valuable journey our players embark upon.
Overtime: November 2023 Edition – Introducing Overtime
As the Director of Soccer Operations, I have been asked if I would contribute to the Club’s monthly newsletter to the membership. I am a person of few words as I believe that actions speak louder than words. However, with the Club as big as it is and continuing to grow as the Town of Milton does, being available to meet and talk with each member about the vision of the Club would be an impossible task but one I am willing to do over time.