Local Youth Soccer Players Learn What it Takes To Become A Pro

Windsor's youth soccer community is learning it takes more than just skill to be a good player. 

Windsor TFC held its coaches and parents soccer clinic on Saturday. The clinic was run by Windsor-native and University of Maryland soccer coach Sasho Cirovski and Michigan State University coach Damon Rensing

Both coaches have helped develop the skills of over 50 professional soccer players throughout their careers.

The coaches gave players insight on what to expect heading into college soccer programs across the United States and Canada. 

Local coaches in attendance also learned what developmental aspects they should focus on to help their players enter the college level. 

Cirovski says soccer takes a lot of work to find sucess.

"There is an element of individual responsibility that the players have to understand," says Cirovski. "The gap between the players who are good and good enough are sometimes very small and it is those players who put in the extra work who have the extra chance to succeed."

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Members of the community package cake mixes and other goods at St. James Roseland Anglican Church on February 25, 2017. (Photo by AM800's John Hutton)

Cirovski says the number of professional Canadian soccer players are on the rise — and a kid from Windsor has every chance to join those ranks.

"I think the quality of Canadian players on a relative basis to the population is very similar to American players. You are talking about a ten to one population ratio. Certainly the quantity of quality players are higher in the US, but in terms of the overall quality there is top end talent in Canada," says Cirovski.

Rensing says soccer clinics like the one put on by Windsor TFC make a difference in players professional development. 

"From the soccer standpoint just kind of what the demands are for division one level speed of play," says Rensing. "We teach them what we are looking for, what we demand of our players in training sessions and we let them know how the process works with the college selection process." 

Over 80 players attended the clinic, with many of them hoping to one day make it to the big leagues.