The Long-Term Player Development Plan for Carli Lloyd

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Carli Lloyd, US womens national team player, 2015 World Cup winner and Golden Ball winner puts her success down to the long-term vision and planning of her coach James Galanis. At the recent ESPN Womens Sports Summit, both explained how they approached the goal to make Carli the best player in womens soccer.

Here are some of the key points from the ESPN interview.

Begin with the fundamentals.

I saw a player who was getting by on her potential,” Galanis said. “I said to myself, ‘She is going to go to waste because she doesn’t have the right habits.’ Physically, she was very weak, mentally she wasn’t as competitive as she should have been and her character as far as being coachable wasn’t great. But I saw her skill and movement without the ball. I knew the U.S. national team was lacking players like her. I just needed to improve the other three areas. I told her she could go all the way. I said, ‘You can go on and become the best player in the world.’ She didn’t believe me.

How to approach daily training

 have to create an environment that will make her uncomfortable, but by the end of the session, she has to be comfortable,” Galanis said. “The next day, I make the workout a little bit harder. The only way you can do that is by continuously creating new environments and constantly breaking barriers … After the World Cup, my goal was to make her feel like a rec player.

Dealing with the highs and lows of competition.

This World Cup, those first three games in group play, I was at an all-time career low in confidence,” Lloyd said. “After the first game, my teammates and I didn’t feel like ourselves. By the third game after Nigeria, I had to dig out of it, deep. I didn’t feel like I was contributing. James was in Greece vacationing with his family. I called him and he was like, ‘Go to the mall, stop thinking about soccer.’ He said, ‘No one is going to remember what you did in the group games. You have an opportunity to change how this tournament goes. Roll up your sleeves in the knockout rounds and change this tournament.

Winning the World Cup was a dream come true after so many years of wanting something so bad,” Lloyd said. “After that final whistle, I dropped to the ground on my knees and got emotional. After I found my phone in the locker room, I gave James a call. I was like, ‘I just won a World Cup. But I’m not stopping.’ The success had just come and I wanted more. I want another World Cup.

Always setting new goals.

I watched the game yesterday for the first time,” said Lloyd, “I did miss two more goals that I could have put in the back of the net. That kept me hungrier. I had a conversation with James a couple weeks after the game. James was like, ‘You know, you coulda scored five goals.’ He’s right. I could have, on that header and another in the second half. His son was in the car with him and he was like, ‘Dad, she scored a hat trick in the World Cup final. She did all right.’ He said, ‘Yes. But she could have scored five goals.'”

Listen and watch the whole interview at : ESPN

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