EA Sports announces interative soccer training online

By Stephany Nunneley, Thursday, 20 August 2009 00:26 GMT

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EA Sports and US Soccer announced the joint venture of EA Sports Interactive Training, which is a free, online tutorial using technology to train the “soccer stars of the future”.

Available here, the tool interactively demonstrates the Best Practices for Coaching Soccer book which serves as the sport’s definitive player development guidelines in the US.

Each video features John Hackworth, U.S. Soccer Development Academy Technical Director and U.S. Men’s National Team Assistant Coach, handing out advice for players ages 8-12 along with their coaches to help improve real-world technique.

Lordy. EA’s taking over the wide world of sports.

Hit the link to see for yourself and read the official press release below.

August 19, 2009 – EA SPORTS and U.S. Soccer have teamed up to introduce EA SPORTS Interactive Training, a free, online tutorial that uses EA SPORTS technology to help train the soccer stars of the future. This interactive resource, available at www.EASPORTSinteractivetraining.com employs the EA SPORTS soccer game engine to illustrate U.S. Soccer’s coaching book “Best Practices for Coaching Soccer in the United States” which serves as the sport’s definitive player development guidelines. John Hackworth, U.S. Soccer Development Academy Technical Director and U.S. Men’s National Team Assistant Coach introduces each video segment with expert coaching advice for players ages 8-12 and their coaches to help them improve real-world technique.

The U.S. Soccer “Best Practices for Coaching Soccer in the United States” manual is an invaluable training guide created by U.S. Soccer’s Coaching Education Department to give youth and junior level soccer coaches in the United States a set of fundamental tools to help open up the game of soccer to young players in ways that celebrate the sport’s spontaneous qualities. The Best Practices Manual is available for free download at ussoccer.com. EA SPORTS uses sophisticated physics and its animation engine to bring the resource to life by helping players and coaches visualize the professional benefits of drills and convert that to precision on the field.

Specific features of EA SPORTS Interactive Training include:

· Six videos focused on drills – Passing, Dribbling, Heading, Shooting, Receiving and Defending

· Three levels of complexity for each video module

· Expert instruction from John Hackworth, U.S. Soccer Development Academy Technical Director and U.S. Men’s National Team Assistant Coach

Given the insatiable appetite EA SPORTS is seeing for digital content among youth demographics globally, this online resource is likely to resonate with young players and help U.S. Soccer in its mission to help continue the development of soccer at all recreational and competitive levels. Since last June, more than 500 million online game sessions of EA SPORTS games have been played, and more than 2 million game highlight videos have been uploaded to EA SPORTS websites.

To experience EA SPORTS Interactive Training, log on to www.EASPORTSinteractivetraining.com.

EA SPORTS is an official and exclusive interactive entertainment licensee of U.S. Soccer. EA SPORTS Interactive Training is just one of many partnership initiatives between EA SPORTS and U.S. Soccer which deliver cutting edge media to soccer fans across the U.S.

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