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

Frans Hoek visited Cap FC

FC cap

Last month, Frans Hoek visited Cap FC with words of encouragement and challenge to work and train at your best at all times.

Cap FC has been established to train young people about life through the simple game of soccer. Cap FC is quickly growing to become a great option for kids to learn and play competitive soccer with top level training here in this region. Cap FC was established in December 2005 and continues to add teams to serve the needs of kids and families in the Sacramento region. homelogo

Norcal Premier Soccer International Coaches Course a great succes

Frans Hoek Norcal

With more than 180 coaches to attend, the International Coaches Course 2013 at Norcal Premier Soccer in San Francisco, was a great succes.

Sessions were given by Course Clinicians:
Ruud Doktor - KNVB  - Dutch Soccer Federation
Gordon Young - Motherwell FC – Scottish Premier League
Frans Hoek - Dutch National Team, Former Asst Coach FC Barcelona, Ajax Amsterdam & Polish National Team, FIFA, UEFA, KNVB
Renato Paiva - S.L. Benfica
Filipe Cortina - S.L. Benfica
Daniel Serravite - Weston FC Sports Science Director

Course Details:
The course is aimed at Coaches working with players age U14 - U20.
Each clinician was asked to teach the different phases of the game – to reflect the trainings in their club style and system of play.

Santa Cruz City Youth Soccer Club hosting Frans Hoek


The Santa Cruz City Youth Soccer Club is hosting the Club and Team Development Camp, created by Frans Hoek.
Several Dutch coaches who work in the Royal Netherlands Football Association (KNVB) are teaching at the excellent Branciforte turf field according to the common, successful system that has spread Dutch players and coaches far and wide.


 The Santa Cruz City YSC 02B boys with Frans Hoek and Andrew Ziemer.

Frans Hoek Coaching Courses at LA Galaxy

The LA Galaxy will be hosting three coaching courses conducted by world renown Dutch National Team assistant coach Frans Hoek! Participants can register for one, two or all three courses in order to receive a discount.

View the course curriculum to decide which sessions are the best fit for you:
- coaches self assessment
- youth development
- play & game analysis

For more information, check the website of LA Galaxy: