Visiting Chivas USA Academy

Visiting CD Chivas USA Academy

Chivas USA’s Youth Development Academy welcomed internationally renowned instructor and Coach Frans Hoek, Wednesday, as an invited guest to work for a day with Red-and-White coaches and youngsters. The Dutchman and former goalkeeper has coached at global soccer powers such as Ajax, Bayern Munich and FC Barcelona among other significant stops in his career as a youth coach.

As a current coach for the Dutch National Team, Hoek is a highly-sought instructor and his “Hoek Method” has earned him international praise. Chivas USA Youth Academy Director Sacha van der Most, who was instrumental in the creation of the Red-and-White academy, has known his fellow countryman since the mid-90’s, and arranged Wednesday’s clinic. Hoek mentioned that the session was not so much a case of instruction, but rather a discussion of soccer philosophies and strategies.

“It’s always about sharing ideas and experiences,” Hoek said as he looked upon Chivas’ youngsters at their academy facilities in Bell Gardens. “I was very fortunate in my life that I was coaching at high levels with different clubs – Ajax, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and the national team in Holland now. You meet a lot of people, coaches that have a lot of interesting [ideas] and I think it’s our duty to share these things with other coaches because I am in the place where I am because coaches shared their knowledge with me.”

The interest in Hoek’s knowledge has allowed him to travel regularly to the U.S. over the last five years and in that span he has seen first-hand the growth of the “beautiful game” in the States.

“I think that the last five years there has been an enormous improvement. They really talk about the game now [in the U.S.], they practice the game and they really coach the game. So I’m not surprised of how it is, it’s only a question of how it can be, especially in this area where you have excellent soccer players.”

For Van der Most and the rest of the Academy coaches, having someone of Hoek’s experience and knowledge as an invited guest to be able to interact with and exchange methodologies was a unique and special opportunity.

“For us it’s a humbling experience,” said Van der Most. “He tries to make you aware and to think about things in a different manner. Frans has been at the top level for a long time. Besides coaching at the top level he is also a very well-known educator. Everyone was very excited and energetic to have him here for the session.”

As one of the Red-and-White organization’s stellar areas, the Academy has produced some of the top teams at the youth level as well as several players who have ascended to the First Team.  Moreover, there have been countless young Goats called in to participate with the U.S. Youth National Teams. As Hoek looked on as the Chivas U-14 squad warmed up, he said that it is always a satisfying feeling to lend his insight and knowledge.

“I think it’s a duty for people that have been at the top level and who still are to give something back to the game,” Hoek added. “I do that also in Europe. I have had many invitations to give lectures and demos. I love the U.S. and love especially this part of the U.S., it reminds me of Spain where I have worked and it is similar. So it’s wonderful to share it. Whatever they do with it is their responsibility.  I hope they use it and I hope they use it to make themselves better and especially to make the players better. I hope it will be beneficial for everyone involved.”

Source: CD Chivas USA Academy

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year

Frans Hoek MCHNY 2014

Warmest thoughts and best wishes for a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year!

Frans Hoek Sports Studiedag 2013

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Dit jaar zal op zaterdag 21 december 2013 de alom bekende en traditionele Frans Hoek Sports Studiedag plaatsvinden. Van 10.00 tot 16.00 uur is iedereen van harte welkom op het sportcomplex van FC Weesp, Papelaan 153, 1382 RL. De Studiedag kent wederom een hoog Nederlands Elftal-gehalte, twee leden van de vaste staf zullen in Weesp acte de presence geven:

Danny BlindDANNY BLIND (met ondersteuning van video-analist MAX RECKERS):

Inzicht als coach in het spel van je eigen team en de tegenstander. De visie en speelwijze in relatie met sterkte/zwakte tegenstander. Met name ook kansen en bedreigingen daarbinnen.
Met beelden van het Nederlandse Elftal.


Inzicht in spelhervattingen (aaanvallend en verdedigend). Kansen en bedreigingen mbt spelhervattingen. Met beelden van het Nederlandse Elftal. Ook zal er een praktijkdemonstratie onder de leiding van Frans worden gegeven.

van het bedrijf Turner, zullen een presentatie geven over nieuw projectanalyse van gegevens voor objectieve waarneming van acties en veranderingen van de coach als basis voor beslissingen (duurzaam realiseren van prestatieverbeteringen).

Overige informatie:
De studiedag is bestemd voor alle trainer-coaches vanaf 16 jaar, ongeacht het niveau waar men werkzaam is.Iedere deelnemer ontvangt een KNVB-certificaat. Trainer-coaches in het bezit van een KNVB-licentie kunnen door het bijwonen 3 studiepunten vergaren voor het verlengen van de licentie. Door met name ook het stellen van vragen kan men de ideaalsituatie vertalen naar het eigen niveau.
Kosten: slechts € 59,00.
Hierin is inbegrepen: koffie/thee, lunch en de studiemap. 
Voor KNVB-licentiehouders zijn 3 studiepunten te behalen. Leden van Trainersmagazine, VVON en CBV ontvangen 5 euro korting op deze studiedag (graag bij aanmelden je lidmaatschapnummer vermelden).

Tijdens deze dag laten wij u graag ons werk en passie zien.
Wij zien jullie dan ook graag op 21 december in Weesp!

Voor verdere informatie en inschrijven ga naar:

Highlights of Turkey – Netherlands (0-2)

Arjen Robben celebrates his goals with Robin van Persie. Photo Koen van Weel

The Dutch pulled out a 2-0 win against Turkey. With the win against Turkey, we  improve to 28 points out of 34 games.
Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder scored the goals.

On youtube the highlights of the game.

Van Persie beats Kluivert; new topscorer all-times


A hattrick from Robin van Persie earned the striker the status as Holland's all-time leading scorer as the already-through Dutch hammered Hungary 8-1 in their World Cup qualifier in Amsterdam on Friday.

Van Persie took his tally to 41 goals from 80 appearances, passing Patrick Kluivert's record on a night of clinical efficiency from the Dutch, who were already qualified for next year's finals in Brazil and racked up their eighth win of the campaign.

Van Persie opened the scoring with a 15th minute header and equalled the record soon after as the Dutch dominated and went into half-time 4-0 ahead. article-2455254-18AEBF5800000578-194_634x407
Kevin Strootman and Jeremain Lens profited from defensive errors to also score before half-time with Van Persie breaking the record with his third in the 52nd minute, before being taken off to an standing ovation from the Amsterdam Arena fans.
There were also poignant sideline celebrations with Kluivert, now an assistant to coach Louis van Gaal.
A bizarre own goal from Szilard Devecseri in the 64th minute added to the Dutch tally.
Then late efforts from Rafael van der Vaart and Arjen Robben rounded off the high tempo performance from the Dutch, who had been warned by Van Gaal that they would be playing for places in Brazil.
Hungary's goal came from a penalty converted by Balazs Dzsudzsak after a handball from Jeffrey Bruma just after the break.
Netherlands have 25 points from their nine games, with their final match away to Turkey on Tuesday.

Next Tuesday, the Dutch will play against Turkey in Instanbul.
Turkey and Romania, who both have 16 points with one match remaining, are fighting it out for a playoff spot.